Your vision statement is the first step in the marketing process: when you know where you want to go, it’s easier to map out the directions to get there. Read More.
Indie artist Megan Slankard is finding success in the new music economy through the fan-support platform of Patreon – reducing risk and rewarding trust among her steadily growing fan base. Read More.
Whether contributing backing vocals, laying down beats, or anything in between, playing the role of a musician for hire can be complicated. Here are some tips to help you make it. Read More.
People train for everything: marathons, driving tests, hotdog-eating competitions! Why on earth wouldn’t you train for something as huge, as dangerous, as awe inspiring, as being able to succeed in the music business? Read More.
Here are four strategies for breaking down barriers using drum lingo so you can communicate with your drummer and create a healthy groove. Read More.
You’ve heard it before, “it’s called the music business for a reason,” and one good business practice that can help you meet your 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.
You know what the secret is?” Rob “Blasko” Nicholson reveals, “The hour that you’re onstage, that’s not the important part. It’s the other 23 hours of the day. If no one can stand you because you’re a raging asshole or a drug addict or whatever for 23 hours of the day, it doesn’t matter how good you are for the hour onstage.” Read more.
The DIY concept has been evangelized, refuted, and defended as the way to achieve success in music. No matter what your opinion is regarding the do-it-yourself ethos, there is one thing that should be universally accepted: do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you are a one person machine. Read more.
Picking the right partners in the music business is a big-picture concept that cannot be understated. It influences every decision an artist makes regarding his or her career in music. Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel talks about the qualities of a good coach – and artist manager. Read more.
It’s called the music business for a reason — yet for many indie artists, organizing and maintaining the business end of a music career can rank just above dental surgery when it comes to activities of choice. It doesn’t have to be that way. Following just a handful of straightforward suggestions will streamline your music business existence and help you avoid common financial pitfalls that can eat up precious hours and energy. Read More.
This post was revised March 2017. Got questions about what to deduct, 1099s, and audits? We’ve got tax tips for musicians from a CPA who specializes in the music industry. Read more.