This post is part of The Renegade Musician Series.

If you can’t be bothered to connect with fans on Twitter, leave a reply on a blog post, or listen to a 10-minute podcast, I don’t know how you ever expect to get anywhere in your music career. It’s baffling.

I’m sick of it. We need to change the music business culture, and it starts with us. We need to start connecting with each other, building relationships and partnerships, communities, and collaborations. We need to be leaders in our communities. We shouldn’t be kicking back, drinking beers and being armchair philosophers on the sidelines.

If you’re serious about supporting indie music, don’t just talk about it. Buy albums from artists and bands in your scene and share them with your friends. That’s being in alignment with your values.

If you’re serious about supporting indie music, don’t just talk about it. Buy albums from artists and bands in your scene and share them with your friends. Click To Tweet

If you’re serious about supporting indie authors and coaches, don’t just talk about it. Buy my books and services. If mine aren’t a good fit for you, find someone else you resonate with. That’s being in alignment with your values.

Don’t be a talker. Be a doer. Be a difference maker.

A Renegade Musician doesn’t run from work. They embrace it. Because they know the difference they can make in the world. They aren’t selfish. They’re willing to share in their success and bring others out into the spotlight. They’re willing to work together with others to build a scene, start an open mic, create a community, host workshops, and more.

Working with others is fun, fulfilling, and rewarding. It can produce astounding results never anticipated.

Working with others is fun, fulfilling, and rewarding. It can produce astounding results never anticipated. Click To Tweet

In Calgary, there’s a successful, award-winning singer-songwriter and his name is Troy Kokol. Although he isn’t required to give back, he does so by hosting local songwriter workshops and by teaching other musicians how they can become better songwriters.

Let’s create a culture of paying it forward. Imagine the impact. That’s the kind of stuff I get excited about.

If we keep taking it up the butt, guess what? Artist exploitation isn’t going to get better. Give an inch and they’ll keep taking a mile.

We could create a world where artists don’t starve. If that doesn’t get you up in the morning, then I don’t know what will. That’s what gets me up in the morning.

Don’t wait for someone else to do it. It starts with you!

Don’t wait for someone else to do it. It starts with you! Click To Tweet