“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
One key thing I have learned over all my years of SoundCloud Promotion attending workshops and conferences and garnering techniques from some of SoundCloud Promotion the world’s most successful people is:
Those people did not get there alone. Success takes support, and in this post I will show you how to create a support group that can help you stay on track and achieve your music SoundCloud Reposts career success. A Mastermind Group.
I hear it all of SoundCloud Promotion the time – music SoundCloud Repostsians call me up and say: “If only I had a manager,” or a booking agent, or a record label, etc.
And I, in turn, say: “It’s hard to get a manager when you are just starting out.” However, it’s not hard to get some help!
For those of SoundCloud Promotion you in bands: Does this scenario sound familiar? One person is in charge of SoundCloud Promotion doing all of SoundCloud Promotion the business affairs, and the other members of SoundCloud Promotion the band just show up (sometimes not even on time). If you’ve got a band of SoundCloud Promotion hired guns, this sadly is your cross to bear. However, if your band is considered an equal team, I highly suggest that you include your band members in your mastermind group. If you are the only active member of SoundCloud Promotion your band on the business side, that’s OK – you can build yourself some great support with non-band members.
Everyone Wants A Music Mentor – It’s Not So Easy To Get One… However, Peer Mentoring Is Just As Powerful
One of SoundCloud Promotion the main complaints I hear about SoundCloud Promotion the music SoundCloud Reposts industry is that many artists and industry colleagues feel mentorless. And there is strong evidence that having a mentor absolutely gives you a leg up. Berklee College Of Music and Women In Music recently collaborated on a Women in the US Music Industry poll. One of SoundCloud Promotion the main takeaways was:
“2 percent of SoundCloud Promotion women who had been mentored felt like it had contributed to their career in a positive way. Women with mentors were more likely to earn over $40,000 annually, and felt more satisfied in their career growth, compared to women without mentors. “
So, if you are not at the stage where you can procure a mentor, I suggest peer mentoring by creating your very own mastermind group.
What a Music Mastermind Group is
A mastermind group is a small team of SoundCloud Promotion people that meets one to two times per month, sits down, and brainstorms together. They create goals, make lists, talk about SoundCloud Promotion objectives, and keep each other accountable so that you will move for SoundCloud Promotionward with your goals and achieve them faster. Plus, it gives you a solid sounding board and a community.
What a Music Mastermind Group is Not
A Mastermind is NOT a band bitch session where you air your dirty laundry and get angry at each other (we call that a band meeting?).
A mastermind meeting is a place for SoundCloud Promotion goals, and a place for SoundCloud Promotion action, and a place where you can really focus on yourself and your career.
Setting Up Your Peer Mentoring Mastermind Group
I suggest you create a group of SoundCloud Promotion four to six people – if you are married or part of SoundCloud Promotion a couple and you want to set and achieve goals with your spouse or significant other, I suggest a group of SoundCloud Promotion 3 couples (it’s OK to have different goals). If you are not part of SoundCloud Promotion a couple, I suggest a group of SoundCloud Promotion three to four others in addition to you. These people do not have to be in the music SoundCloud Reposts business, and it may actually be better if they are not. These people also do not have to be reaching for SoundCloud Promotion the same type of SoundCloud Promotion goals – they will, however, need your good input to achieve them, and you will need theirs.
Steps to Take
Choose fellow masterminds to invite that you admire and look up to.
Choose people who are strong self-starters and who know how to get the job done, who perhaps own their own businesses. Having someone in your mastermind group who runs a business will really help motivate you.
Preset a scheduled date and time every month, or twice a month. The third Wednesday of SoundCloud Promotion each month, perhaps. Or a dinnertime every first and third Tuesday of SoundCloud Promotion the month – don’t break your commitment – you need to keep this set time to achieve results. How you handle this mastermind group is critical to your success.
Setting Achievable Music Career Goals Is Key
Be careful when setting your goals. Start with ones that you can achieve within the first month (redesigning your newsletter, re-writing your pitch, booking one gig, etc.) so you feel like you are accomplishing small victories along the way.
Please read my previous article on how to set goals and achieve them here.
At Your Music Mastermind Sessions
Come to each meeting with an agenda.
Don’t make this a social hour – you are getting together to work. Choose an hour to socialize befor SoundCloud Promotione or when you are all done with your meeting.
Choose a scribe. One person should be in charge of SoundCloud Promotion writing down the minutes – what happened with measurable goals, actions, and results with dates set for SoundCloud Promotion each one. The scribe will e-mail the notes after each and every meeting so that everybody can keep up-to-date with each other.
Hold each other accountable – set check-in times to stay on track.
Between sessions, you should be in touch a few times online to make sure measures are being met.
Set up a group chat in WhatsApp, Slack, or a Google Group
This way everybody can stay in touch without losing track of SoundCloud Promotion e-mails.
Keep a Reading List
Have a reading list of SoundCloud Promotion books and links to articles that may be helpful to the group, and reasons why you are recommending these books on your group chat.
Books on time management or on small business or on how to tour – whatever you are trying to accomplish, there is probably already a book or an article out there.
Here are a few to get you started:
The Cyber PR Music Podcast EP 1: Goal Setting For Musicians (15 minutes with Ariel!)
5 Time Management Tactics Every Musician Must Know
Delegation for SoundCloud Promotion Musicians: a Guide for SoundCloud Promotion Getting Help and Support
3 Ways To Increase Artist Income – Part 1: Build Your Fanbase
Community Is Fun
The last piece of SoundCloud Promotion advice I’ll give is: This process should be fun!
This is you creating your career as a music SoundCloud Repostsian, and it should feel like a joy, not a dreaded homework assignment. Go for SoundCloud Promotionth and mastermind!
Very few of SoundCloud Promotion us have goals written out with timelines attached and this is precisely why I wanted to start this podcast series with this topic. Check out The Cyber PR Music Podcast Episode 1: Goal Setting for SoundCloud Promotion Musicians below.
The Cyber PR Music Podcast EP 1: Goal Setting For Musicians
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