7 Ways You Can Support Your Local Music Scene

Support Your Local Music SceneThere are several ways you can show your support and help local music in the Madison area, as well as any place that has a local music scene. Supporting local music isn’t expensive, a serious headache, or inconvenient. This list proves it, so no more excuses!

Educate Yourself

Can you name 5 bands in your area? Do you know where you can find the most up-to-date event calendar? Can you take a guess as to how many musical acts are actually in the Madison or Dane County area?

If you answered ‘NO’ to any of these questions, you may want to consider checking out Local Sounds Magazine. Local Sounds Magazine is South Central Wisconsin’s online music magazine, covering CD reviews, show reviews, feature articles, recent news, and interviews.

Donate Whatever!

Everyday several people donate their time, money and efforts to support artist careers, including local booking agents, promoters, retail outlets, and of course, the fans. Why not join them? It doesn’t always have to be a time consuming effort. When attending a local show, offer to donate your time helping setup or tear down. When you like a band, contribute by purchasing their music. Volunteer your time at a local music festival or other event. Help poster the town by street teaming for your favorite band(s). The possibilities are endless!

Encourage Future Musicians

Studies show that children or even babies that are exposed to a variety of music at an early age do better in life. Music is a creative aspect of life, and every child should have the opportunity to experience it in one way or another. Who knows, the next big star could be attending a Madison school, or growing up under your own roof. Encourage your children to pick up an instrument or stretch their vocal cords.

Share The Wealth

Are you a local music fan already? Don’t hold it all to yourself! Tell your friends! Tell your family! Point out local artists that may sound like bands they are familiar with or a fan of, and encourage them to attend that band’s next event. They could become hooked too!

Attend Events Regularly

When we say regularly, we don’t expect you to go to a different show every night of the week. Not even a weekly show is necessary. We all are busy individuals, and even we can’t get to shows that regularly! But make a point of going to maybe 1-3 shows a month, just to break up your hectic schedule. You can even look for regular events planned by the city that involve local artists so the whole family can attend!

Support Artist Efforts

Being an artist is as much a career as being a lawyer, doctor, or manager. These are positions you might support on a regular basis just by going to work or shopping at your local Wal-Mart. You can show the same support for artists by attending their shows every now and then or purchasing an artist’s CD and merchandise. By doing so shows that you care about their efforts and are willing to help them along their way.

Support Local Music Industry Efforts

Even though artists make up a large portion of the music scene, they aren’t doing it all by themselves. You can show your support by contributing what you can to local efforts made by the people who work behind the scenes. This includes local media, local recognition efforts such as the annual Madison Area Music Awards, local distribution, local retail, local promotions and more.

Matt is one of the co-founders behind Local Sounds, a non-profit organization that helps promote, preserve and develop Madison's local music scene. He has played drums for several bands and was formerly on the MAMAs board.

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