This weekend my library held a music conference for teens and adults that brought in dj’s, recording artists, reps from record labels and more. It was of course not only a great opportunity for teens to network but they could also show off their music, dance, and dj’ing talents that they’ve learned and developed while at the library.

Some of the panel presentation topics that would probably lend themselves well to a workshop on a smaller scale included: career options for professional dj’s, placement of music (print media, Internet, games, movies), promoting your band/brand, CD critique session, and more.

Advice from the panelists to singers/songwriters that I heard several times that might be valuable for any teen wanting to have their music heard:
-every song doesn’t have to be a hit
-don’t put out a single if you don’t have an album
-make contact with a dj in person BEFORE or AFTER their show with your music
-give the dj or record pool the format of music they take and high quality
-don’t be afraid to pound the streets with promoting yourself
-swearing in excess not recommended
-sound like yourself-not everyone else

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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