I wrote a recommendation to one of my organists friends and submitted it to a church where I played earlier with the hope that they would invite him to play a recital in the future.
It felt nice.
I helped my friend this way and created value but I also understand that this value will come back to me later.
I don't know when or in what form. But it will.
The same rule applies to you, basically to everything you do as an organist.
Because the value of your network is not in how big your network is, but in how many connections are between the people in your network.
In other words, the more organists you know who know each other because of you, the more influence you have in the organ world.
So, can you do this a regular practice?
Can you introduce two organists who you think could do business together?
Another organist friend who belongs to a cooperative wrote to me that when he asked for recommendations from people who are in the same cooperative, none of them were willing to reveal their contacts.
Crazy, isn't it? But it's true.
Organ world has been selfish for too long. We need more generosity than ever.
Give away your best information. Only then can you become someone whom we would miss if you were gone.