Have you ever wondered if there were solutions to fixing the music scene? We are constantly asking the same question. This article will give you three potential solutions that would be a good start to enhancing the music scene in your hometown.
Go to Concerts Alone (if you have to)
Written by Shannon Foster
When I think about the music scene, I first think of all the concerts that I have seen advertised throughout the years. I always want to go to them, but I usually never actually go. Now you may be wondering why, and I’ll tell you. I don’t want to go to a concert alone. When I see a new tour of a band or bands that I like, I instantly check the dates to see when they will be in or close to my town. Then I tell my boyfriend, “We should go!” But I haven’t ever been with him since we have different work schedules and we just don’t get tickets. Now, I don’t like this about me and I want to change, so that is why I wanted to write about this.
I’m probably not the only one who does this, and that is one of the reasons why I think the music scene could be suffering. There are so many fans for every band out there, but these bands won’t make money if you don’t support them. So here is my advice for every music fan, especially myself. Buy albums. Go to concerts. Support your favorite bands. They can’t tour, record, and grow without our active support. So next time you are debating on whether you want to pay $30 for a concert ticket or do something else, go to that concert. Go even if you are alone or go with someone who is not your boyfriend or best friend. Have a good time and listen to your favorite songs, because you’re worth it, and the bands sure do love it when you’re there, even if you’re by yourself.
Support Your Local Scene
Written by Jacob Andrew
When I get asked what my ideas are to improve the music scene; so many things come to mind. From music being pirated, to people on their phones the whole time a band is playing, the list is endless. In my opinion, the biggest factor that would vastly improve the music scene is support.
Now I’m not talking about going and seeing one of your favorite bands on their latest arena tour. That is a great way to support them but I’m talking more on a local level. Support your local music scene. I could go on for hours about this but I’ll get right to the point. In order for most bands to succeed, they have to build a strong local support first and build off of that. It’s not just about going to shows either. It’s about sharing their music, telling a friend about them, buying merch. Those things matter too. Even if you can’t make a show, invite 5 of your friends to the Facebook event. If you can’t afford to buy their song on iTunes, tell a friend about them. If you can’t afford to buy their merch, post a picture of them on your social media accounts and urge people to look them up. Little things like that go a long way!
Bands can have all the talent in the world, and still be nothing without fans. Fans make bands. Remember that. Support your local scene.
Write About Music/Artists
Written by Rob Clark
As a music journalist, covering concerts is a part of my job description. I am there to find bands that I love and that a broader audience might love as well. Music journalism enhances the music scene because of the power it generates to bring new fans to new bands they will enjoy. Music journalism enhances and increases the positive impact of music in our culture.
My job is to work with bands, PR, and tour managers. I work with them to spotlight bands all of us love. Being fair and respecting the artists is a critically important part of this. My job is to build up and not destroy bands. If I personally don’t like an artist’s music I do not write negative articles about their work. I recognize there are different tastes in music as there are in food. Just because I don’t like a group’s sound doesn’t mean someone else might not love it. The true authority of good music is not one person or a select group of aficionados; it is the heart of each listener. I only write reviews and advocate for bands and sounds I love or that have great potential.
This is just a sampling of things that could be potential long term solutions to enhancing our precious music scene. But like we said, the list goes on and on and on. What are some things you think would help improve the music scene in your area or even on a national or international level? Leave your answers for us in the comments section below!