Etiquette simply means the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
I believe there are certain basic manners that every musician must cultivate. One such is appreciating your team.
A team is made up of different people who have a set of complementary skills coming together to achieve a common goal. In this case, the team ensures the successful running of the musician’s brand, which also includes a good ministration. They may comprise of instrumentalists, BVs, technicians, PRO, marketers, promoters etc.
I believe the success or failure of any musician is largely dependent on the team they work with. Amongst other things you can do to sustain your team and brand is to appreciate them at any given opportunity.
What do I mean? Everyone wants to be appreciated in one way or another. It is therefore proper for a musician to acknowledge and commend their team members as and when. You could have issues if a team member feels less appreciated.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve this;
1. Publicly Appreciate Them.
You can do this on stage before or after a ministration. You could also do that at a given event i.e. an awards ceremony, interview, etc.
It may be impossible to publicly appreciate your team members on stage every Sunday for example, but there are several other ways to do this.
2. Give Them An Opportunity To Showcase Their Craft.
There are quite a few reasons why you would choose a particular team member, i.e. they may possess certain unique skills that appeal to you.
Therefore, once in a while, allow them to showcase what they’ve got.
I agree this can be abused by some once given the opportunity, but if you have the right team members with the right motives, they wouldn’t go for the ‘glory’ as we term it. In any case, we are all unique in our own way, and are required to complement each other.
For example, you can duet with a BV who has a great vocal ability. You can allow an instrumentalist to give a free-style during an interlude etc.
3. Organize Periodic Get-Together.
Organize some food and drinks for you team, and invite them over for a treat. You can also go out with them to a simple, but classy restaurant or even to the beach.
This will go a long way in ensuring you bond and unite as a team.
4. Buy Them Presents.
This doesn’t have to be overly extravagant. It can be simple but nice; e.g. handkerchief, tie, shirt or even phone credits. More importantly, it must come from your heart.
If you don’t have the means to do anything big for them, periodic calls and text messages will go a long way in making them feel a part of the team. Check up on them as often as possible, not just when there is an upcoming event and you need them badly for a rehearsal for instance.
Bible says in Romans 12:10, “Love each other with GENUINE AFFECTION, and take DELIGHT in HONORING EACH OTHER.”
Dear musician, learn to appreciate your team members just as they or your audience would do for you when you are done with a good ministration. Remember without them, you are not complete. So go on and show them you care by appreciating them in your very own special way.