Pros and Cons of Open-Mic Night

The popularity of open-mic nights has rapidly grown in the past years. While many used to describe open-mic nights as a boring stage with nervous artists, it has now become an exciting live music performance experience. There are many positive outcomes from performing at an open-mic night, however, it is important to also know its negative effects. Find out the pros and cons of open mic nights.


Increase Followers

While many artists already have followers that support their music, open-mic nights are a great way for indie musicians to introduce their music to a new people. This can easily turn into an increase in fanbase if you are able to engage the audience.


Open-mic nights can help musicians practice and improve their live music performance in a less formal environment. The audience doesn’t know what to expect so by gauging their response, you can see whether elements of your act work or not.


Open-mic night welcomes people of different ages and musical backgrounds. This means you have the chance to network with fellow musicians, artists, talent scouts and other people in the music industry.


No Revenue

The majority of open-mic venues do not charge door fees therefore the night revolves around free music. While the venue makes money off of spectators and musicians by selling beverages and sometimes snacks, artists do not get paid for their live music performance.

Quality of Music Performances

Open-mic night is a great way for musicians to improve their music and get exposure, however, since anyone can perform songs at the venue, the quality of the performances cannot be controlled.

Lack of Music Gear

Since the performances at an open-mic night aren’t paid, sometimes the venue’s management will not feel the need to invest in sound gear. This forces musicians to use the little resources they can bring to the venue, which can affect the performance negatively.

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