Make a career in music: seven rules to put you on track

Music Career RulesHave you ever been a starving musician? It’s no fun. Wondering where this month’s rent money is going to come from, scrounging up change in the sofa to put gas in your car, hoping that a string doesn’t break during the gig. No one goes from a little known performer to self-sufficient artist overnight. Here are seven rules to help you transition from someone with talent and a dream to someone with talent and a career in music. Read more.

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Use YouTube for more than music videos

YouTube is the biggest video sharing site on the web, and since its launch in 2005, it has developed its own culture and has spawned a variety of communities within the deep oceans of the platform. Be it a music video or vlog, a television re-run or the viral video of the day, 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and over six billion hours of video are watched every month. Read more.

The Introverted Musician In The Digital Music Age

Music promotion for the introverted musician With six words, “Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur,” Alina Simone gives voice to a nagging feeling many musicians and songwriters have. Sure, the social media platforms and music promotion tools available to any musician today form an impressive array of conduits to share your music, reach out to new audiences, and establish your “brand.” But what about the shy artist who is not comfortable displaying her entire life to the world? Read more.

How to Stay Productive as a Music Composer

Music composer productivity tips As a music composer, musician, or artist today, you’re equipped with everything you need to create music: Pro Tools (or whatever DAW), tons of plug-ins, instruments, MIDI controllers… even video tutorials that show you how to use what you have. With all this high-end technology at our finger tips, how do you avoid information overload? How can you stay productive in your music career and actually get some work done? Read more.

Telling People You’re Broke Won’t Help Your Music Career

Music career killerYour fans are living vicariously through you. All of your successes are their successes. If you keep talking about all your music career failures, they’re not going to be so excited to be your fans as they already have enough failures going on in their own lives and don’t need any of yours. I lost a few early connections because I revealed too much struggle and not enough inspiring drive.
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A DIY Songwriting Workshop Idea

Songwriting Trio WorkshopAre you a songwriter who needs to co-write, but don’t take the time to do it on a regular basis? Is there a group of songwriters in your community facing the same songwriting dilemma? Songfinishers is a songwriting workshop idea that may be right for you and your community of writers to help build friendships, encourage one another, and co-write songs. Read more.

Hosting music networking events

Marc Alan Barnette (L) plays a 3rd Sunday. Photo by Kat Speer.Want to be involved and help build your music community? It starts with networking basics – building relationships with songwriters, musicians, and the other active people in your local music community. I tried it, and for 112 months in a row, from March 2003 through July 2012, I hosted a successful music event at my house in Nashville called the “3rd Sunday at 3:00.” Read more.

Busting Through the Plateau – or, How To Get a Music Career Back on Track

As a musician I wake up every day and say, “What am I going to do today that will push my music career forward?” The worst feeling is when I can’t answer that question. Like now. I’m at a point where I feel like I’ve reached out to all of my music industry contacts, tapped out my fans, and done everything I can think of doing. I know there is more to be done and I don’t know what it is, and I’ve reached some creative/career exhaustion that’s making me not want to do anything, anyway. Long story short: I’m stuck. Read more.

Creativity vs. Productivity – which comes first?

When you focus on productivity rather than creativity, your art and your business suffers because your whole reason for doing the business, expressing and sharing your creativity, loses its momentum and drive. Productivity metrics such as how many CDs you have sold, how many gigs are booked, how many Facebook fans you have, or how many tweets you’ve tweeted can leave you feeling out of sorts and divorced from your artistic self. Read more.

Wait! Don’t post that music video on YouTube without a sync license!

YouTubeMusicians getting in trouble with the law – well, that’s nothing new. What’s a good music resume without a couple of arrest reports to fill out the career dips? But what about that YouTube “take down” notice you just received for the video you posted of your band covering “Freebird?” You got a mechanical license to release the song on your CD (right?), and the video turned out awesome, so you owe it to the world to post it online. But did you get a sync license for your online videos of cover songs? Read more.

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Tips for Surviving and Thriving on Tour

Taking your music on the road is a great way to reach new audiences, see the world, and hopefully have a grand adventure — but any touring veteran will tell you that it’s not as easy as it looks. From maintaining peace amongst band members and staying healthy, to dealing with substandard accommodations and endless hours in transit, spending time on the road can present unique and unforeseen challenges.