It is with great regret to have to cancel our music showcase for May 11th in Tampa due to some unexpected issues. We will reschedule our showcase at a future date as soon as we can.
We have also decided not to be a part of the music showcase in New York City at the Cutting Room on May 13th. More news to follow as it happens.
It is amazing how many new collaborations we are building with across the US market and into Canada! We now have a connection with the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference in North Carolina, the Launch Music Conference and Festival in Lancaster, Pa and the Landmark Events in Canada. And we are in talks with so many other organizations that are here to support the independent music artists without trying to bleed them dry on their tight budgets. A breath of fresh air to me.
We now also have a connection with America’s Got Talent and hope to connect with The Voice as well. It’s all about collaboration today and we are here to make sure we do just that.
I am very excited to announce another collaboration with a new start up that is another great resource for songwriters and singers as well as anyone else that is looking to start a band. It is Gigmor. Gigmor was started by David Baird after realizing there was no good way to find band members for a group or gig so he created Gigmor. TBAIMS is proud to partner up with Gigmor so that anyone looking for a band member can sign up on this site and look for other musicians to collaborate with. It’s all about collaboration! Check it out!
As part of our way to help support music artists, I would like to share with you a new collaboration we have made with Music Gateway based in the UK. This fairly new start up has signed on 16,000 artists and industry professionals in just the last 10 months with over 2000 completed projects connecting music, film, tv and gaming segments of the industry. They are a unique b2b marketplace for music industry professionals. They have streamlined the way people manage their projects, conduct business, get hired, collaborate and find talent worldwide. It was a natural collaboration to join with them to provide yet another vehicle to support you, the music artists. You can learn more at this LINK
It has been a great ride so far starting TBAIMS back in January of 2013. And I am amazed on how many other people and groups have tried to copy us to the tee since we started. I have to say I’m flattered at their attempts, but so far no one has matched the quality and support they claim to offer like we have and I don’t expect them to as in this industry, there are more people trying to con the music artist than there are those that are as transparent about what TBAIMS will provide in terms of the support and exposure we bring to the table. If anyone has a doubt about that, then they haven’t done their homework in checking out those others out there. I am an open book and you can find me on most social networking sites and business sites like LinkedIn with as much information about me as there is. If anyone else is as open, then they will be as accessible to you as I am and that will be the true test at the end of the day.
I caution anyone to do their due diligence when it comes to opportunities that sound too good to be true. You don’t become a star over night in this business and anyone that tells you differently should be questioned very carefully. You have to work very hard to know how to promote yourself, have a stage presence and know how to engage your audience. Do that over and over and over again at as many venues you can, and one day someone will take notice.
At TBAIMS, we will not accept just any music artist to perform any longer as in the past as we are building a reputation with the industry executives we invite to our events that when they attend our showcases, they can expect to listen to the best of the best that is out there building their music careers.
So, I thought we would start a blog page for TBAIMS in order to provide some advice for up and coming independent music artists as well as updates about how TBAIMS is growing organically each and every day. I am truly amazed at how many new followers I see on my Twitter page as well as the number of direct submissions I receive despite the fact that we ask all potential music artists to submit via TalentArmyPromotions.com and Reverbnation.com.
So, though I am not that familiar with blogging per say, I’m trying to learn as much about it as I can.
What I would like to try and provide here is as much constructive advice to the music industry as possible and bear in mind, this is coming from someone still rather new to the industry, but likes the fact that I bring a fresh approach outside the box that can be more useful than what is conceived to be the status quo.
So, for starters, I wanted to share how we will choose the music artists going forward to perform at our showcases so that you can prepare accordingly. As I hope most of you know there’s a huge difference between listening to a studio recording and a live recording. It can make all the difference in the world when someone sings live as it is the best way to determine how good they have honed their craft. It’s not just being a good songwriter and musician if you want to be successful in this industry. You also need to have a good stage presence and be able to engage your audience.
If you ever pay attention to the headliners of today, you will notice how they are able to engage their audience and keep them focused on their performance. So, having said that, if you are an independent music artist and are interested in being considered to perform at one of our future showcases, please be sure to have some live performances on video available for our team to review. Otherwise, be prepared to be asked to audition live via Skype as that will be the only way we will consider your submission going forward.
It’s important to me that we are able to provide the best of the best to the industry executives that take the time to attend our showcases as that is what they are expecting from us. Once we start to lower our standards, we then lose the interest of these professionals and that is not going to happen on my watch!