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.

Avoiding common songwriting obstacles

Songwriting tips from Ben CampIn Part 2 of our interview, songwriter Ben Camp shares his perspectives on the art and craft of songwriting, including methods he uses to develop compelling song ideas. He expands on his thoughts about the importance of co-writing and why he believes it’s essential to build a network of talented collaborators while pointing out some of the common mistakes aspiring songwriters often make. Read more.

The road to becoming a successful songwriter

Successful songwriter Ben CampBen Camp interview, Part 1. “Doubt is part of the creative process. Even people who are at the top of the songwriting game today struggle with the process. [One hit songwriter I know] has said that he’ll come up with 100 different melodies to find the one that sticks. So it’s essential to not be afraid to throw out those hundred until you hit on one that lights you up on the inside and you know, ‘Wow, that’s it!’” Read more.

Music workshops: how to choose, prep, and “work” music industry events

attending music workshops Music workshops can be outstanding resources when it comes to education, networking, and generating ideas. But how can you be sure the enticing-sounding workshop you’re being pitched is meat, rather than hype? How do you make the most of your time and elevate your career in the process? We’ve got tips from two industry veterans who know the world of workshops inside and out. Read more.

networking in the music business

Networking in the music business

Networking in the music businessWhen you get invited to a party in the music business, a conference/workshop, a #1 party, or any other music industry function, you want to act appropriately, meet the right people, and do the right things – but what are they? There are many ways to make great connections and be successful at networking in the music business, but there are also many pitfalls that can make a terrible (and damaging) first impression. Read more.

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.

16 Years of Music Marketing in 30 Minutes – Interview with Echoes’ Andre Calilhanna

An independent artist has to constantly put out material that is going to interest and evoke a response from your audience. So it’s not just releasing music, though certainly you can do that pretty easily – the tools are there for you to put out a song a week if you wanted to. Be it video content or blog content or tour diaries, there are plenty of avenues for you to consistently produce content that will draw your audience in and keep them engaged. 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.