Professional musicians need other musicians as they advocate for the arts and support each other. Here is a list of resources, tools, and professional organizations that can help musicians and those involved in the music industry stay connected.
- American Federation of Musicians: The largest organization in the world for professional musicians protects recorded music, negotiates agreements, and secures benefits as it prioritizes musicians in today’s culture and society.
- Americans for the Arts: This organization strives to support, sustain, and promote arts in the United States. It connects performers, community leaders, and businesses.
- American Musicological Society: The AMS works to advance music through teaching, learning, and research.
- Association of Teaching Artists: Collaborate, network, and support other teaching artists when you join ATA. It also recognizes the distinguished achievements of teachers like you.
- Business Cards: Promote yourself with business cards. You can print them yourself or purchase cards with your contact information, a picture, an inspirational quote, or other details.
- Business Plan: If you start your own business as a piano teacher or musician, create a business plan. It is a living document that outlines your plan for success.
- College Music Society: A consortium of musicians and scholars, the College Music Society promotes teaching and learning, addresses concerns related to music in higher education, and encourages creativity and expression. Find job openings, too, as you network with like-minded musicians.
- Fitness Training: Being a musician requires you to be physically fit. Regular exercise improves your flexibility, core strength, stamina, concentration, focus, digestion, and sleep.
- Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN): This coalition works tirelessly to ensure that the arts are part of K-12 education in the U.S.
- Musical America Worldwide: A voice for the performing arts industry, Musical America gives teachers and performers the latest industry news and information.
- Music Teachers National Association: Connect with other piano teachers who value music study and music-making. MTNA also advocates for teacher growth and development.
- MusicTheory.net: Your students can learn music theory and practice their piano skills anywhere with animated lessons for mobile devices.
- Musitek: Input, edit, and score your original compositions with Musitek’s software.
- National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM): Join a nonprofit organization that promotes active music-making. Through trade shows and other outlets, it supports public programming, scientific research, and philanthropic giving.
National Guild for Community Arts Education: Support and advocate for the arts as a National Guild member. The organization believes in the importance of community arts and provides resources, development, and networking for its members.
- Nimbit: Sell your music and merchandise, promote yourself, and manage your fans through Nimbit.
- Noteflight: Select the basic, premium, or learn feature as you and your students compose music, share it, or learn more about composition.
- Piano Society: Access more than 5,600 classical keyboard recordings presented by professional and amateur artists. You can also join a forum and discuss music with others and add your personal biography and recordings.
- Professional Arts Medicine Association: PAMA is a group of medical professionals, educators, artists, and administrators from around the world who work together to improve the health care of performing artists.
- Regional Arts Organizations: Advocate for music, support local artists, and collaborate with other musicians when you join a regional arts organization.
- ReverbNation: Share your original music with artists and fans or encourage your students to share their talents on ReverbNation.
- Society for Music Theory: According to the Society for Music Theory, everyone can learn to play the piano, and they offer a variety of resources that support this belief.
- Society of Composers: Composers and anyone interested in composition can collaborate and network as part of SCI.
- Teach Piano Today: Find tips and tricks to teach piano to any student.
- Teachers: Whether you’re a veteran or novice musician, you never stop learning. Find a teacher who will challenge you to learn new skills, improve your stage presence, or help you master other techniques required in your profession as you get better.
- Website: Many successful musicians maintain websites that share their story, concert schedule, and other tidbits. Hire a professional webmaster to build, populate, and update the site for you or do it yourself.
While there are other resources and professional organizations for musicians, this list can get you started in finding the information and support you need to be a success.