If you’re going to be in NYC February 27th-28th, 2007, you might want to wander on over to check out Digital Music East. Its a great place to schmooze and learn more about what’s happenening in the world of digital music. $800. bucks will get you in this year if you’re dying to pay to hear the speakers, etc. HOWEVER, if you’re a student or a music business wannabee as I imagine you are, how about getting a little bit creative? The entertainment business is, after all, a creative industry, right? So if you don’t have the dough, you’re going to miss out on the speakers. That kinda sucks, but what you can do is meet the people GOING to the events by walking right into the lobby of the Museum of Jewish Heritage where the event is being held. Now, I am not advocating breaking any laws, or trying to sneak your way into this event. Please note! However, the registration is most likely in the lobby and there will be a lot of people getting their things straight before the event starts. So, if you’re up to it, wander in and see if you can’t strike up a few conversations. Most folks will be wearing badges with their names and companies right on their chests, so it should make things easy. Try it!
Now, if you can’t get in (I’ve never been to this particular event, so I’m not sure of the logistics and security), try having lunch at one of the nearby cafes. . .music industry personnel will be eating closeby each day so you could snag some folks there as well. Also, the hotels surrounding the Heritage Center will be filled up with music business personnel as well, so check out some of those places and see what turns up.
Getting a job in the music business often means being creative and persistent. Show your prospective employers just how much you want it WITHOUT being a pain-in-the-butt, and you just might be surprised how “lucky” you can actually become. Good luck! If you would like to learn more about checking out ways to network in the digital music business visit, The Digital Music Forum East.
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