Dan Howson's reply:
Here’s some thoughts that have come through myself and George Ibbetson an artists of old and now Artist Rep for SJM:
A large percentage of local crew are in-fact in bands or budding
musicians looking to meet the right people and play in a band. It’s how
Noel started out!
As a crew member you can watch performances, look at how they work and
pick up tips and tricks from the bands you are working for on the day.
You may not pay to see the band and they may not float your boat but
surprisingly they will have something to offer you from their
performance and not music!
Crew get to know people in the music scene and form contacts and
relationships with them and other musicians, and the best part is, it’s
one of the easiest departments to get into in the music industry, entry
level! Although you have to be prepared for hard work lifting boxes and
unsociable hours. So contact all the stop crewing companies.
Throughout the years I’ve met load of people who have wanted to be in a
band but work in all areas of the music industry as they try and get a
break or get the access they need. From management to labels and
marketing if you are in the industry you have a better chance of finding
the information you need.
Other than that I would suggest local rehearsal rooms or studios, if
you are near one. The studios and rehearsal rooms are more often willing
to take on volunteers so may not pay.
And if all else fails, a trip to Silvia Young would be best to get performance tips!
The other way is to get your band out there playing gigs and meeting
other musicians especially session musicians, make contacts and network
as much as you can.