When you don’t trust a “no.”

An artist asks, “The host said ‘no – not right for us’ to my inquiry, even though my genres seem to be exactly what they are into. Am I doing something wrong?”

[Coffee is made. Cream and agave are added and stirred. Team Fran investigates and responds.]

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Nice to hear from you. Looking at your inquiries, the main thing I’d like to see you improve is personalizing your requests. They seem very cut/paste, but more importantly, they fail to point out why you think they might be a good fit for the hosts. Are they showing an eclectic track record? Have they hosted some of your friends? Do they have a Golden Retriever, your favorite breed of dog? 8^)

Some hosts like to see a signal that you’ve read their profile, and it often helps if you find something to connect with besides genres and geography.

Other than that, I wouldn’t worry about the wording of their “No” response too much.

Keep in mind the investment of time and effort that a host puts in on behalf of artists they don’t even know – it’s not simply about whether they like your music or not. Do they LOVE it? Are they inspired? Does it connect them with something they deeply miss?
It’s a high standard to reach, but reach we must.
Glad you are finding interest and gigs in our network! Keep it up.

Author: Franman

Singer-songwriter, music entrepreneur, and founder of Listening Room Festival, ConcertsInYourHome, and Listening Room Network

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