Dear Columbus Musicians,
Tiny House Music Collective is meant to be an organization for the whole music community in Columbus, but I’m addressing this to you because without you, there wouldn’t be a music community in Columbus. So first of all, thank you.
I initially had the idea for the Tiny House Music Collective several years ago when I, like many of you, found myself thinking “how am I going to make this band successful?” After years of research, of trial and error, and of a whole spectrum of experiences ranging from good to great, from bad to worse, I’m still figuring it out. The Columbus music scene is constantly growing and changing, and on top of that the music industry itself isn’t what it used to be. Whereas before “success” meant getting signed to a label and riding that wave to stardom, it now means relying less and less on those old industry institutions and putting in more and more work yourself.
We created Tiny House because we know that none of us would be where we are today without the support and advice we have gotten over the years from our community. There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about putting Columbus on the map or turning it into a “music city,” but that’s not why we’re here. It’s not why I’m here. I’m here because so often musicians come to me asking questions like “how do I know if this person is the right person to manage my band?” or “why won’t these booking people respond to my emails?” I’m here because my inbox is full of messages from out of town bands wondering where to play and who to play with. I’m here because I’ve had to explain to people over and over again why it’s not okay to ask musicians to play for “exposure.” I’m here because I’ve spent hours and hours booking tours in other cities wishing there were just one place that had a list of all the information I needed. I’m here because I get what kind of hard work and effort and patience it takes to try to “make it” in this industry.
In music there are a lot of different paths to choose from, and a lot of different steps to take in order to move forward with any degree of ease or success. At the end of the day, what’s most important to me is that each of you has the right set of tools to do exactly what you mean to do with your music. That means something different for everyone, but my hope is that Tiny House will serve as a community, a trusty reference, a meeting space, a networking tool, a teacher, and a friend for anyone who needs it.
Use this organization to your advantage. Show ’em who’s boss.