Being a successful musician means knowing more than how to sing or play an instrument. Go Listen Boise President Stephanie Coyle said some of the musicians her organization has worked with in the past didn't quite understand this.
"They don't have a great press kit. They don't sometimes have music samples that we can listen to. Bios seem to be a little bit challenging for people to put together," she said.
In the hopes of filling that knowledge gap, Go Listen Boise has begun hosting the Musicians Meet-Up at The Crux, a weekly series of meetings that will precede the coffee shop's Monday-night open mic. They'll start with a meet-and-greet from 6-7 p.m., during which performers can sign up for the open mic and get to know each other. On the third Monday of each month, GLB will host a Musicians Development Session from 6-7 p.m., in which local pros will talk about topics relating to the music business.
The idea for the Musicians Meet-Up came from local musician-promoter Heather Roberts, who also organizes The Crux's monthly Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Roberts was an open mic regular before she began promoting shows as Ten Gallon Cat, and she hosted the inaugural Musicians Meet-Up on Jan. 6.
Roberts' concept dovetailed with GLB's longstanding wish to create a "social of some sort" to bring people together to learn about the industry. "And we haven't been able to really pull it off in one fell swoop, so this provided a good opportunity to touch base on a lot of different topics," Coyle said.
GLB has announced topics for the first three Development Sessions: Jan. 20, Finn Riggins keyboardist and Duck Club Presents promoter Eric Gilbert will talk about band basics. Following that, on Feb. 17, Record Exchange marketing director Chad Dryden will give pointers on building a press kit. On March 17, local artists will discuss the connection between visual art and music.