Bands always ask me, “how do I make friends with other bands?” One of the best ways to do this and receive good karma is to organize your community. There is some serious organizing to be done in the name of preventing robberies of bands’ vans. Many police departments don’t care that the music industry is plagued by bands living in fear of their vans being robbed. This being a issue that is not local, it doesn’t get brought up in community board meetings and discussed at the corner cafe. Yet it plagues many of the cities in America, and can sometimes be the cause of one of your favorite bands giving up on music. For proof of this plague, just watch any site that delivers band gossip/news and see countless entries of bands being robbed of their livelihoods. So how do you make friends and help your community? First identify that is is a problem in your community, if it has happened more than once in your area, identify the neighborhood it occurred in. Write a small article about it and message every local band you can find in the neighborhood about getting organized. Maybe have them join a Facebook group? Go out to shows in the area and get a petition around and have every local band you can think of sign it. At your next community board meeting make a stink about it and demand the police do a sting operation. I know as musicians we tend to have a bad relationship with the authority types, but this is your time to use them for what they are there for. If they resist and another robbery occurs, make sure to write a letter detailing your community board meeting and the police’s resistance. Let the community know this is not the only crime these criminals commit and it could be their car next. Not only will it help the music community, but you will be a leader of your community, making friends, fans and doing some good in this world.