Getting started, open mics and unpaid gigs

Featured Artist Coalition Lesson time: (2min 52sec)

You need to play live to build a following. Not just to reach more people, but to hone your craft and to see how people react to your music. But where to start? There's a lot of consternation in the industry about playing for free, but when you're just starting out, don't worry too much about it. Hit the open mic circuit and grab any gigs you can. Once you're confident in your craft, then it's time to make sure you get paid for your work.

About the instructor


The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) was founded in 2009 to support, promote and protect the artist community in the music industry.

The FAC nurtures a community of artists and provides support, advice and education in order to empower artist entrepreneurs in the ever evolving music industry. This includes running workshops, mentoring and networking sessions for our members.

The FAC nurtures, develops, informs and defends these artists. We are the ’go-to’ home for support, answers...  read more

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Become a Pro Musician

with Featured Artist Coalition

What's included?

40 lessons (2h 33m) Advanced video features Mobile, tablet & desktop access 100% satisfaction guarantee