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3 ways to support local musicians

Local musicians are, most of the time, hidden gems. Although the rise of social media gives them a platform to promote their music, there are many things that we, as a community, can do to support and help them reach even higher.

Music in the Community’s main purpose is to facilitate live music experiences. Through the four events and eight musicians/bands, we organised with the support of Space and Broomhouse Hub we did just that – helped them have the experience of live music scenes. Unfortunately, the lockdown restriction only allowed for one of the events to have an invited audience so far but either way, it’s a big step forward. You can listen to the Youtube recordings here.

But we can’t do it alone. We need you! We need the help of local communities in embracing their local talents. Here are 3 first steps you can take towards this:

1. Attend their performances

With the lockdown restriction coming to an end on the 21st of March 2022, you can enjoy a few hours by yourself or with friends, listening and supporting local talents. Most events are free or very affordable so it won’t be a financial burden either. Tag them on your social media and encourage your friend to listen to their songs.

By attending events in your local community you are not only supporting the artists but also the venue, printers, photographers and so on.

2. Recommend them for a friend’s party, wedding and other private events

Many people are asking for singer/band recommendations on social media to perform at their events. Try to find and help them connect with local talents.

3. Offer honest feedback and write reviews

Same as a business, musicians, especially those just starting, will benefit from honest feedback. And writing a social media review will encourage even more people to attend their events or listen to their music and offer them social proof and credibility.

Music in the Community is planning more on organising many more live events there year so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. Until then, have a look at websites such as Eventbrite, What’s on Edinburgh and Edinburgh Live. Have a great time!

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