I had a 20-something musician call me to ask for the phone number of a mutual musician friend that now lives in Saraland, Alabama. I gave him the number readily. He then said, “If I had your contacts I would be working the big stage and get there on my tour bus.” I responded by telling him that my contacts would do him very little good. To me, those contacts are relationships. I have been in the music business for 50 years now. I have accumulated a large number of relationships in that time.
Even if I had the perfect contact for my musician friend, he is not ready for the big stage much less getting there in a tour bus. Music business professionals seek music artists with a healthy following and a team in place. They look for acts that can tour, and have success with past album sales. They seek music artists that are serious about their music and career.
I have access to several databanks where I can contact virtually anyone in the music business. But until I can establish a relationship, they are simply contacts.