LIKE A BOY SCOUT BE PREPARED
There are a lot of associations, FB groups, agents, and knowledgable people all over the world. Use whatever you can to help gain knowledge.
Get advice from industry bodies and groups, government and of course, look who is playing where.
Travel time and organisation:
Make Contact!!! Major events have networking attached to a delegates list, and people attending the events, venues have friends on FB, the list is unending!!! Post things up on your social media, and you never know who else is going. If you don’t have prearranged meetings before you leave, you will probably not get any while you are on the road.
Unfortunately you MUST be able to talk yourself up.
No body wants to have to sell a band that doesn’t believe in themselves. Practice your pitch, on friends, family, it may sound silly, but it works. Hey boy scout, be prepared, it has to be different for all different people and for different occasions. People know what THEY know, not what YOU know. If you are chatting to a label, make sure you know which artists are already on their roster, and compare yourself loosely to who they already like and know.