To help grow the music scene in Columbus, Music Columbus hosts Music Business Mondays to connect local artists with industry leaders.
Music Business Mondays, a monthly music industry education forum, started two years ago with the goal of educating young entrepreneurs about the business side of the music industry, said Bruce Garfield, director executive of Music Columbus, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing the music scene in Columbus. The most recent panel, “Get Booked. Get Signed.”, took place Oct. 25 at Strongwater Food & Spirits.
“I initiated them so that artists and students interested in a career in music would be educated about what the business is really about and could sit in the same room and mingle with industry leaders and their To ask questions. hear it from the horse’s mouth,” Garfield said.
Music Business Mondays revolve around a general topic and consist of a panel of industry speakers who discuss their careers and how they got into music, Garfield said. After the presentations, he said there was a Q&A session for attendees to ask questions and network with the speakers.
Over the past two years, Garfield said Music Business Mondays has had more than 6,000 attendees and 55 speakers, both live and virtual. Although there are plenty of musicians in the city, Garfield said the industry has yet to develop a music center in Columbus.
“A lot of it is about connecting people,” Garfield said. “That’s my goal: to make Columbus a musical city. In some ways it’s a music city, but the industry doesn’t know that.
For artists growing up in Columbus, Garfield said it’s important that there is a local music scene so they don’t have to go elsewhere to be successful.
“Whether you’re in a music city or a music hub, that doesn’t deter people who want to be artists from being artists,” Garfield said. “One of the main goals of the music commission is to create a music business infrastructure in Columbus for artists who don’t have to leave to get signed, or to have services that aren’t readily available here.”
Britton Dove, a talent buyer at A&R Music Bar, was one of the Oct. 25 Music Business Monday panelists about booking and signing. He said his intention was to meet with smaller local artists and educate them on what talent buyers are looking for.
“My intention was to give these local bands some fresh ideas on how to get noticed on the stage,” Dove said. “And also tell them the best practices of what it’s like to be booked, with what talent buyers are looking for and what we’re looking for from artists.”
Dove said his primary duties as a talent buyer are to work hand-in-hand with agents and bands and book them for shows at PromoWest venues. Because the majority of his job involves staying in the same venues to put on shows, he said he didn’t get many opportunities to meet smaller artists, so Music Business Mondays were a particularly good opportunity. .
“It’s very difficult for me because I’m landlocked to venues most of the time to put on shows that I don’t get out enough to see a lot of these local bands perform,” Dove said. “So for me personally, Music Mondays was an opportunity to meet new people and give some of my advice along the way.”
For people looking to make connections in the Columbus music scene and discover new bands, Dove said Music Business Mondays are a great opportunity.
“I think if nothing else, Music Mondays are a fantastic place if you’re in the local music scene to network and meet new people in the industry,” Dove said.
The next Music Business Monday, scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Big Room Bar, will be a combination of a Christmas party and a panel on the legality of music, Garfield said. Interested attendees can register for the event on Music Columbus website.