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Crowdfunding success is a process, not a fluke

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt February 3, 2016

crowdfunding successMy methodical and logical ways of working at my music career don’t account for “fluke.” I quantify everything. I even have an 8-step process for writing emails. Inspiration, luck, coincidence, and fate, are all concepts I dismiss, claiming that really we have the power to create exactly what we want, with the help of a few key tools. Read more.


Social Media Tools for Musicians: #DMchat Recap

by Lucy Briggs February 1, 2016

new social media tools for musiciansMadalyn Sklar, social media coach and founder of, offered thoughts on marketing and new social media tools for musicians. Q: What is your “secret sauce” for growing your Twitter following? A: Tweeting every day, participate in chats, respond to notifications, use Twitter lists, engage. Read more. Read more.

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Some things I wish I’d known before making an album

by Chris Huff January 26, 2016

making an albumIn life, and when making an album, things happen. The more you understand about the process and the more detail-focused you are, the better your chances for success. So here are some things I wish I had been told before I started putting together an album’s worth of material to be pressed and distributed. Read more.


Disc Makers Twitter Chat on January 26th with Madalyn Sklar

by Lucy Briggs January 22, 2016

Madalyn-DMchat-1200-628Join host Lucy Briggs and our community of music industry colleagues for a Disc Makers Twitter Chat about new social media tools for musicians featuring Madalyn Sklar on Tuesday, January 26th at 4pm ET! Learn Madalyn’s battle-tested strategies and recommendations for musicians, and add your voice to the conversation! Read more.

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The history of the incomparable Gibson Flying V guitar

by Andre Calilhanna January 20, 2016

Gibson 1967 Flying V The Modernistic trio of the Flying V, the Moderne, and the Explorer were first designed in 1957 with the concept of bringing futuristic design elements to the Gibson electric guitar line. Borrowing ideas from other modern designs of the era, Gibson created some of the more exotic production guitars of its day. Read more.


Predictions for the music industry: Part 2

by Bobby Borg January 6, 2016

predictions for the music industryMusic isn’t going anywhere – we dance to it, graduate to it, and get married to it. But the music industry will continue to change and grow. Part 2 includes predictions for the music industry related to artist branding, live performances, and new products that might evolve for musical artists. Read more.


What to do after the interview

by Michael Gallant January 5, 2016

give a great interviewLast month, we published “How to give a great interview as an indie musician,” with advice on how to give a great interview for a newspaper, blog, magazine, radio, or whatever. A big part of making the best of an interview is knowing what follow-up to do once the interview is over — and a few things to avoid doing, as well. Read more.


Predictions for the music industry: Part 1

by Bobby Borg December 30, 2015

predictions for the music industryAfter witnessing how quickly new technology has changed the music business in just the past five years, it’s a safe bet that no one can know for sure what awaits the music industry in the near future. Still these predictions for the music industry by leading industry professionals are interesting, insightful, and inspiring. Read more.


Talk the talk: How to give a great interview as an indie musician

by Michael Gallant December 22, 2015

how to give a great interviewIf you’re at the point in your career where music journalists and bloggers want to interview you, it’s important to be prepared. Getting press requests but not convinced you know how to give a great interview? These seven tips can help you prepare, focus, and deliver an interview that can impact your music career. Read more.


Five strategies to help boost music merch sales

by Matt Bacon December 18, 2015

music merch salesLive shows are an opportunity to make music merch sales that you can’t pass up, and having a strategy is the best way to maximize those sales. Here are five points to keep in mind when stocking your merch booth. After all, if you’re creating awesome merch, you can sell it at a 150% or even 200% mark up with no one batting an eye! Read more.


Burned out? Maybe it’s time to pause and refill the well.

by Chris Huff December 17, 2015

long music career Whatever the circumstances, we all get burned out. In that fatigued state, it’s easy to think that this is the end. We might as well apply for that job at the shoe store now and sell the guitars on Craigslist. Our minds will give us 1,001 reasons not to do something, and especially will attempt to kick us when we are down. Read more.


8 tips for holding band meetings that don’t suck

by Bobby Borg December 3, 2015

band meetingsYou’ve heard it before, “it’s called the music business for a reason,” and one good business practice that can help you meet you music career goals is holding effective band meetings. To ensure your meetings go smoothly, check out the following eight easy-to-execute tips. Read more.


Music News: Adele breaks sales’ record, Willie Nelson gets Gershwin Award, Shrapnel records catalog acquired by The Orchard

by Andre Calilhanna November 25, 2015

music news adele 25Whatever you think of Adele’s decision to follow the likes of Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke and sidestep streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, she’s proven again that she has the star power and “four quadrant” appeal to change the trajectory of album sales for the industry this year. Read more.


Changing the pressure during your live performances

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson November 19, 2015

change the pressure during live  preformancesBeing intentional with different visual presentations for the variety of moods your songs invoke is part of what Tom Jackson calls changing the pressure on your audience during your live performances. “I’m not talking about acting or choreography, I’m talking about thinking, “What should this song look like?'” Read more.


How to survive as a solo cover musician

by Chris Huff November 12, 2015

solo cover musicianIt’s a cliché to say that show business is tough, but the reality is that it’s worse than that. It eats good people alive. Here are three survival skills I’d like to pass along that have helped me get through 15 years playing solo acoustic cover songs in bars, restaurants, private parties, corporate events, and pig roasts in cemeteries. Read more.