I know that some people like them and some don’t but you cant deny that the humble Open Mic is an invaluable part of the independent music industry as a whole.
Personally, I think they’re a great example of a grassroots music industry at work. But I didn’t always think that way about them.
In a past life, I ran a pretty successful Open Mic that went on for about 7 years and I still remember the time I was asked to consider putting it together and running it
I had cynically thought (based on previous experience participating in other Open Mics) that an Open Mic was a great way for an unscrupulous venue to provide live entertainment but not pay for it but as I found out pretty quickly, it didn’t have to be that way.
At the start, I had no idea how an Open Mic could benefit anyone however, as time went on, I could see how a well run Open Mic, done properly, can be a real help to singers and musicians who are just starting out.
With that in mind, here are some of the benefits of participating in an Open Mic that you might not have thought about…
Open Mics are a great networking opportunity for songwriters, performers and musicians of all experience and skill levels. Everyone gets together in one place with music as a common bond and allows magic to happen
It’s a great night out in a relaxed, performer-friendly environment listening to music performed by anyone and everyone. A mixed bag of good and improving performances. You can feel comfort zones being shattered.
You can road-test new material as it is being written (even works in progress if you are daring) and get great feedback from your peers plus, other singer/songwriters are present you can easily find a songwriting partner
It is an opportunity to perform in front of an attentive, respectful crowd in which you can promote other shows, get names on a mailing list and sell your product.
Plus, if you have a band that you are starting and you want to get the vibe happening before your first gig or, you are looking for other band members then Open Mics are perfect for this.
Lastly, most Open Mic venues have music on other nights so consider your performance an audition for a gig on another night. I know that I have personally got myself onto a venues band roster through participating in their Open Mic and treating it as an audition of sorts.
Well, there you have it… 6 benefits of participating in an Open Mic that you might not have thought about.
Can you think of any more? If so, let me know. What has been your Open Mic experiences to date?
Until next time, just get out there and do it,
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