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.

Re-amping and Your Home Studio

ampRe-amping is a recording technique that can salvage or spruce up tracks recorded in a home studio or less-than-ideal recording environment. It’s also a great way to experiment with sounds and tones without having to constantly re-record a part. You can even totally reinvent a part without compromising the original track. The basic idea is to take a recorded track, send the signal to studio monitors or an amplifier, set up a mic, and record the “re-amped” track. Read more.

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Press Kit Fundamentals – Press Release Writing Tips

Whether you’re announcing an exciting new collaboration on your latest album, or telling the world about that great festival gig you just booked, every artist’s marketing strategy needs to include a plan to spread the word to press, booking agents, promoters, club owners, music industry, and ultimately, fans. Enter the press release, the all-powerful written announcement that broadcasts the vitally important 5 Ws – who, what, where, why, and when – on your big news. Read more.

Press kit fundamentals – more band bio writing tips

As an artist or band, you’re going to be repeatedly forced to explain yourself. And you’re not going to go far if you’re unable to use words to communicate who you are, what you sound like, and why someone should care about you. In short, you’re going to need a press kit that includes an artist bio. The most important thing to remember is that a band bio is a professional sales tool that is part of your press package. Read more.

A familiar looking tour van ready to test the rigors of the touring.

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.

The Tip Jar Effect

The Tip Jar EffectRemember the Seinfeld episode where George goes to give the guy a tip at the pizza place, but the guy doesn’t see him put it in the jar and he tries to reach in and take his money back?

It’s funny because most of us can relate to it (well, hopefully not the part about reaching back into the jar!). If we’re being totally honest, when most of us give someone a tip we want them to see us doing it. We want them to feel like they’re getting hooked up and a part of us wants to be acknowledged for making a contribution. Read more…

Performance Contracts: For private events, weddings, and special performances, a band contract is key.

Imagine this scenario: Your band agrees to play at a private event at a local hall for a healthy fee. You learn six new songs requested by the person that hired you and are counting on the gig and the fee you will earn. Two days before the show, you get a text message saying that the gig is off because of a mix-up between the person throwing the party and the owner of the hall. What do you do? Read more…

One thing a day for my songwriting journey

Your music career goals If I told you to do 350 things for your music career this year, you’d say I was crazy. It’s not, if you do one thing a day to reach your music career goals. Breaking your goals into smaller tasks will make the impossible seem easy. Do one thing a day to promote your music career and you’ll be on the right path. Read more.