Profiles

“Musicians have to market themselves in a way that they’re telling people they are ready to be supported. The next responsibility is on the people to support it. If you like the music and you want there to be more music in town, ultimately you’ve got to give something back.”

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“It would be great if there was a little more footwork put in to promoting events. A lot of that relies on the actual musicians to really build the community themselves.”

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“Birmingham has a bunch of great venues and festivals to discover new music. You can also check out record stores like Seasick, Renaissance, and Charlemagne. The people in those stores know a lot about local music or regional music. We’ve also got great radio stations that play local music like Substrate Radio, Birmingham Mountain Radio or Vulcanite Radio.”

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“I know a lot of people, especially those I went to high school with, that don’t ever venture outside of their comfort zones. They just have to be willing to see what’s out there. I think organizations like Create Birmingham are definitely trying to bridge the gap, but it will only help so much unless people are willing to participate and get involved.”

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“For me, it’s just getting out there and really getting to test your assumptions. Do I have a viable product to put out to the market? You really get to test that and you get to meet people and talk to people. It forces you out there and you find out what people like and what they don’t like. What you need to change, what you need to add. I think every small business owner needs to go through CO.STARTERS.”

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