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Monday, May 21, 2007 

What to do and not do at a music conference

My thoughts after attending this weekend's Hyperfest in Albuquerque, NM

by Madalyn Sklar

I just returned from the second annual Hyperfest Music Conference & Festival. It was a lot of fun but makes me think of plenty of do's and not to do's.

Hanging out with Jodelle

Here is my list.


Have plenty of CDs (with the wrapper removed) and business cards on you. I'm amazed how many people don't do this!

Smile and be approachable. This is a network event so make the most of it!

Meet and mingle with music industry professionals as well as other musicians. You never know who can help you.

Attend workshops & panels. You can never know it all. Take the time to learn something new.

Be professional. Always, always be professional.

Follow up! What is the point of meeting all these new people if you don't take the time when you get home to send a follow-up email, phone call or hand written note.


Think you're better than everyone else. No one likes a diva.

Arrive late for your showcase. It's a great way to not get invited back!

Not be prepared to showcase. Be rehearsed. Be well groomed. Always look your best. Don't look like you just rolled out of bed.

I hope you found this useful! Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or comments.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

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