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  • Writer's pictureKimmy Dickson

Why music communities are important

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

After starting HyperTribe I've come to realise the importance of support and community for musicians. I've spoken with over 2000 artists in the last two years and there is much more to just joining together as a group than you expect.


There's a sense of belonging.


It's nice to have a group of people you can relate to, who understand the struggles and challenges that come with the music industry. You can find people who share your interests, from obscure sub-genres to local bands in your town. Perhaps even more importantly, you can find support and solace among others who also know what it feels like to be misunderstood by others or have their dreams harshly crushed by reality.


When I was younger and first started making music, I was very lonely. I had no one in my life who understood what it meant for me to write songs on my computer every day; no one who knew how much it hurt when someone told me they hated something I wrote because they didn't get it; no one who saw how happy those moments were when someone did understand and appreciate what I made or said something nice about my work online or at an event where we met each other face-to-face (like at a show).


It's about more than just music.


Music communities are about the people you meet and the experiences you have with them. It's about finding friends who share your interests, or even people who don't share your interests but still enjoy spending time with you because of something else—their personality, for example. And it's about being able to connect with someone online when you're away from each other physically, which is increasingly common in our globalized world.


Creativity is encouraged.


Creativity is important in all walks of life. In music communities, creativity can be encouraged by sharing ideas and collaborating with others. You could collaborate with other musicians in order to produce more complex tracks that would otherwise be impossible for one person to create alone.


Furthermore, there are many different ways of expressing yourself creatively through music—and these aren’t limited solely to making songs and performing them live! You could write lyrics about your feelings for someone special (or even just about what happened today), record yourself singing over an instrumental track on GarageBand or Logic Pro X, then upload those recordings onto YouTube so others can listen too! Music communities provide an outlet for people who want their voices heard without having any formal training required beforehand (unlike academia).


Lifelong friendships are formed.


As a music community grows, the number of people you interact with will increase as well. With all these new people coming into your life, it’s important to keep in mind that friendships formed in music communities can last a lifetime. This is because you have something in common with the other members: music! With so much common ground, it's easy to talk about anything and everything with your friends from your local music scene. Plus, you can learn from each other, support each other through hard times and celebrate together during good ones—just like real friendship should be!


People push you to be your best self.


In addition to the support of friends and family, music communities are important because they offer a safe place for you to share your struggles with people who have experienced similar hardships. These people can be invaluable in helping you find the strength to keep going when it feels like all hope is lost.


People who are your friends and family will support you, but they may not always be able to understand what you are going through. It's hard for someone who was never bullied to fully comprehend how devastating bullying can be for its victims. Many victims of bullying feel alone and isolated as a result of their experiences—and therefore don't feel comfortable sharing these experiences with those closest to them.


In contrast with this, music communities provide a safe place where members from all walks of life come together, break down barriers amongst themselves by sharing their stories with each other, and emerge feeling empowered by having done so. This sense of community often leads people back into the real world feeling stronger than ever before despite their previous struggles with depression or anxiety caused by bullying or other forms of oppression from society at large (such as racism).


You can find support in the face of adversity.


What’s more, music communities give you a place to share your feelings. And what better way is there to work through difficult emotions than with other people who are also experiencing them? Through shared experiences, you can find camaraderie and support during difficult times.


One of the best things about being part of a music community is that it gives you access to like-minded individuals who will likely be able to relate to the things that are going on in your life. They’re not always going to have answers for everything (nor should they), but it’s nice knowing that there are people out there who understand what you’re going through as well and can offer their own experiences or suggestions when needed.


It doesn't matter if it's an actual physical space or simply an internet forum; there is something special about feeling connected with others who have similar interests or beliefs as yourself--especially when those beliefs aren't necessarily held by everyone else around us!


It takes courage to be vulnerable with people who have similar dreams and goals as you, but it's incredibly rewarding when they validate your feelings and experiences with understanding and compassion.


It takes courage to be vulnerable with people who have similar dreams and goals as you, but it's incredibly rewarding when they validate your feelings and experiences with understanding and compassion.


When you feel understood by others in a community of peers, it’s easier to make difficult decisions about what your next steps should be. You can share your work, ask for feedback from other artists, or even just vent about how hard the industry is for newcomers.


Sometimes finding the right group of people can change your life


While the music community may seem like it's only about music, it's so much more than that. While the people in your community can listen to your music and give you feedback on how they feel about it, they can also help you grow as an artist. If you want to further develop your voice or become more focused on specific types of genres, having people who understand you through these experiences is key. You'll be able to open up with them and get honest feedback on what your strengths are and what areas need improvement.


This will help push you toward being the best version of yourself possible!


Conclusion


Music is a big part of my life. I don't just listen to it, or play it—I'm in love with it. Music has helped me through some dark times and given me the courage to pursue my dreams even when things got tough. It's also made me feel like I belong in this world; like someone out there understands the way my heart beats faster when they walk into a room (hint: it's about more than just music).


So yeah, maybe you could say that music communities are important because they make us feel less alone; because they provide support during difficult times; because they give us a sense of belonging where we might otherwise have none; because they allow us to be our best selves by encouraging creativity and self-expression, while also fostering lifelong friendships with people who share similar interests and values. But those reasons only scratch the surface of what these groups mean for each individual member—and that's why we should all care about them.


Join HyperTribe to get these resources at your fingertips


If you want to take your music journey to the next level, join HyperTribe, an online global community of resources for musicians like you. With HyperTribe, you'll have access to a vast collection of educational materials, mentors and a supportive community of fellow musicians. Start your free trial today and see how HyperTribe can help you unlock your musical potential. Good luck on your musical journey.




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