What is the best way to support musicians you love - part 1!
This is the first installment of a three part blog series on supporting local musicians that you like or have come to love. In this post I will focus on what you can do to support them.
In this era of digital streaming, you’re bound to discover new and emerging music artists. If you find yourself listening to a group often, there’s much more that you can do to show your support for their hard work.
Seeing the musicians in concert and buying their merch is a great way to help them. Otherwise, promoting the group through social media allows you to aid the band from wherever you are. In this post I explore methods fans can use to support local musicians they like or have come to love.
Method 1: Going to their gigs and concerts
1 Purchase tickets before the night of the show. Booking costs for venues are expensive, especially for smaller or local bands looking to perform there. Artists will try to cover these costs through ticket sales, so buying tickets early for shows helps confirm they can afford the venue.
- Tell your friends to attend the concert with you. Artists will appreciate the extra listeners and sales.
2 Arrive early to concerts to watch the opening acts. Many times, smaller local bands similar to the headliners are featured performers. Showing up for the lesser known groups will let them know that they are being listened to and will urge them to continue pursuing music. Stay and listen to these artists and you may find your next favorite band.
3 Be loud and enthusiastic when the band performs.
- Make an effort to thank local bands if they are performing. Many times, they are doing it more for exposure than for profit.
Once the band you came to see comes on stage, be responsive to their performance. Yell, cheer, and dance throughout their set to show how much you appreciate them coming to perform near you.
4 Talk to the band members if they’re available. After their performance, many bands will enjoy the rest of the show or be by their merch table. You may be able to meet them out by their tour vehicle after the show is completely over depending on where they have to travel for the next stop. Mention that you’ve enjoyed their performance and thank them for playing so they know their audience. They’ll appreciate knowing that you came out to just listen to them.
- Approach them confidently and say something like, “Hey, I really enjoyed your performance. Is there a way I can help out?” This way, you can find out the best way to support them.
- Band members are regular people too. Be respectful of them and their boundaries.
5 Book the artist for your private event.
Many fans don't know that they can book their favourite bands for a private events. Fitchfork provides a platform that makes it easy to facilitate bookings, payment, and reviews. Musicians get 100% of what you end up paying. Artists on Fitchfork have very affordable rates and packages - just imagine having your favourite band at your party, even if it's just for an hour; your party will always be the one that had your favourite band.