Updated: Jul 20, 2021
If you are a musician or music artist, how do you get your music heard by the masses?
Music artists are always looking for the next big sound. What if they could be a way to join hands with other musicians to create something new and unique?
Is it even possible for music artists to have a mutually beneficial relationship with other musicians and music artists in a way that can propel an artist's career in many ways?
One of the best ways for music artists to grow is through collaboration. Collaboration allows artists to combine their talents and grow together as they create new music that will be enjoyed by listeners everywhere.
Music artists have a tough time breaking into the music industry. It is difficult for them to generate an income, receive recognition, and succeed in their careers without a team of professionals by their side.
The reality is that many musicians are not even aware of the benefits they can gain from collaborating with others in the industry.
Here’s how you -- as a music artist -- can collaborate with others and grow your business:
Create New Symbiotic (sometimes hugely profitable) Relationships
Collaboration helps music artists find others with talent that can help aid their own growth. One of the most popular (and common) forms of collaboration that music artists take to is creating bands.
By finding others with supporting skill sets, creating a music band is not only enjoyable and fun but is also a great way to create lasting bonds.
All of the popular bands you know (including ultra-popular rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Foreigner, and countless others) started as scrappy bands with endless jamming sessions in the garage.
Share Resources, Notes, & Creative Inputs
The music business, especially in the beginning, can be lonely. With you just sitting there and tinkering with your music, it’s hard to stay motivated and reach the chasm that you need to cross to succeed.
Music artists have a lot to gain from collaborating with other musicians.
They can share resources and ideas, not to mention the benefit of growing their own music business.
Just by associating yourself with other music artists, or others with parallel interests related to music (such as singing), you have a way to broaden your horizon.
Learn New Skills & Boost Productivity (With a Built-in Support System)
Collaborating with other musicians can help artists expand their own musical skills and experience while also giving them the opportunity to work with others who have different strengths.
While you can do what you are good at, you’ll automatically also learn from others who are good at what they do.
Plus, it just makes you extra productive.
Just by working with others, you have a natural conduit to delegate responsibilities to those who are good at what they do.
Songwriters can focus on writing songs or lyrics. Sound mixing engineers can mix your music faster.
Lead singers and vocalizers can practice their singing, and someone else can dig their heels into other important non-music things such as branding, promotions, events, booking tours, or getting gigs.
All of this creative music work happens in harmony, amid a layer of friendship, and bonhomie.
Get Constructive Criticism & Feedback
You wouldn’t know where you are going if no one tells you anything about it.
The success of your music career is determined by what “others” think of your music and not so much about what “you” think of it.
It’s a little hard to notice this, but a musician’s entire music career is shaped by constructive criticism and feedback.
As you grow popular, it’s still the public opinion, your fans’ passionate love for your music, and the general public’s acceptance of your music that’s actually instrumental in helping you grow your career.
By collaborating, working with others, jamming with bands, or even meeting people online (using any of the existing online collaboration websites available for musicians), you already get into the groove of creating music, getting feedback, and learning from it.
Then, create again.
Expand your Network (& potential fan base)
The moment you start joining others, collaborating, and building your network, you are also expanding your circle of influence.
Automatically, this is a great foundation to help grow your music business.
You can, for instance, get more gigs or maybe associate yourself with a popular music band or a prominent artist just because you happen to know somebody who knows somebody.
One way or another, you might find your way to associate yourself with record labels and increase your chances of getting signed.
More marketing and promotional opportunities present themselves along with recognition, credibility, and popularity.
Collaboration for musicians is not an option; it’s the strongest leap forward.