In the past three weeks I have started to attend meetups by a local group of musicians called “Songwriters in Seattle”. This has been a very exciting and fruitful endeavour.
SiS is a very welcoming and passionate group of musicians from whom I have already started to learn from. There are musicians from many different genres. Other than the obvious benefit of networking opportunities, the group actually provides much more. Different types meetings happen with different focus areas (which I think is very efficient).
There are business meetings that focus on sharing info about the business aspects like marketing, online presence, etc. There are networking meetings with a focus on sharing music and giving constructive feedback. Then, there are the monthly showcases where members can take the stage and play. Overall I feel like this network of different meetings increases one’s progress as a musician on many fronts simultaneously.
If you live in the Greater Seattle area and you are a musician that wants to develop or just have fun, I suggest give SiS a try. You can search for it in the meetup.com. I wish I had thought about doing this search on the meetup much earlier.