Backstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.
Bassist Malcolm Gold’s story about the benefits of MusicPro instrument insurance doesn’t involve theft or damage. It was just a momentary lapse of focus on a long commute. “It was a very stressful time in my life. I was traveling on a train with a beautiful 1966 ice-blue metallic Fender Jazz bass. It’s a custom color, and worth a considerable amount of money, to say the least.” Read more.
Playing music gigs in Canada just got easier thanks to a new law, but crossing the border with your instrument still requires preparation and organization. If you’re planning a trip to play music gigs in Canada, here’s some advice and a few online resources to help make your border crossing smooth and easy. Read more.
If you’ve ever been curious about the ins and outs of music instrument insurance, but don’t speak insurance, our friends at GearTrack can help act as interpreters. They spoke to Thomas Riley, a music instrument insurance expert from The Anderson Group, and here’s what they learned. Read More.
GearTrack’s intrepid gigging deputy gives advice on how to help the police track down your precious stolen music gear. In “Tips from a cop to help prevent music instrument theft,” deputy sheriff Jerry Cress gives advice about how preparation and prevention is the first defense against theft. In this post, he focuses on what to do to recover your stolen music gear. Read more.
A gigging musician – who happens to be a deputy sheriff – gives advice on what you need to do to prevent music instrument theft, including: most thieves are, generally speaking, lazy. They go for the easiest prey. A locked door will make most amateur thieves move on to easier targets, and in my experience, there are actually very few professionals. Most are what we call “snatch-and-go”. Read more.
Recovering a stolen musical instrument takes persistence, and there’s a right way to cover all your bases and increase the chances of getting your instrument back. Here are seven tips to help you deal with the worst case scenario: how to recover your stolen musical instrument if you discover it’s been stolen. Follow this advice, and stay safe out there. Read more.
If you’ve never been the victim of music instrument theft, chances are you know someone who has or you’ve seen at least one Facebook post about someone’s stolen music instrument. We’re sharing five simple things you can do to prevent theft and set yourself up for recovery in case it happens to you! Read more.
Buying the right music equipment can be a difficult and stressful process. Most of us have spent countless hours agonizing over gear decisions, and the mistakes we make are frustrating at best and painful at worst. Here are 10 useful tips to help you avoid common gear-buying pitfalls and make the most of your budget. Read more…