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Your network is your net worth
— Porter Gale: marketing expert, start-up advisor, and public speaker
Grind all day ‘til the FAM okay
— Chance the Rapper: Independent Musician/Businessman, 3x Grammy Winner, Kanye's Best Prodigy

What is The FAM?

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You ask for a job, you get advice. You ask for advice, you get a job.
— Patrick Henry, Entrepreneurship Professor at USC

The FAM (or the Free Artists' Matchmakers) is a career development community that seeks to create a "family" feeling in our network of aspiring music professionals as well as our partners and mentors.

This quote comes from my entrepreneurship professor at USC who taught me two powerful things that I have based the FAM around after starting this in his class. 

  1. The worst thing you can get when you reach out to someone asking for help is a polite "no". 
  2. The best way to learn is to ask questions.

I built the FAM as a tool for you to create relationships based on these two principles along with the principle of synergy to propel your careers forward. The idea that 1+1=3 means that you are more powerful when you work with others. The FAM here to create lasting relationships, memories, and most importantly: happy careers.

Why is networking so important?

Networking is one of the most powerful tools that exists in the professional world today. A lot of aspiring music professionals forget or overlook the importance of meeting new people, introducing yourself, and connecting with those around you. Whether you are looking for advice, looking for an internship, or just want to ask questions of someone who may have answers, networking means putting yourself out there and learning something. 

The beauty of networking is that no matter your experience, you can always learn something from someone else. 

The FAM makes it easier to network by creating a community for you to feel comfortable asking for advice or to collaborate on a song. The FAM is here to help you learn how you network best. The FAM encourages you to utilize this community as much and as often as you can to help you succeed with those around you.

We're not here to make money. I'm here to bring people together, using the power of music and collaboration to breed success for everyone in the FAM.

--- Aaron Raus, Founder

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Aaron with saxophone player Kamasi Washington

Aaron with saxophone player Kamasi Washington

Networking

We look to create an extensive, music-oriented network that empowers, enriches, and propels the careers of people passionate about music and the industry through an emphasis on connecting with those around you. The FAM is meant to be a tool to emphasize the importance of your network and actually utilizing it by giving you the first boost you need, highlighting the importance of resources like LinkedIn, emails, and USC Faculty.

 

Consulting

A premium facet of the FAM that is currently being developed for you, our consulting service looks to add a personalized approach to the career development of our network. Every member of the FAM will get a FREE initial consultation after they create a user profile. We will offer extended long-term career support plans at a very reasonable price.

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