As an artist or creator in the entertainment industry you do not need to know everything about the business in order to succeed, but you should hire people who do. When I was a teenage recording artist back in the late 70’s, I can remember being intimidated by the “suits”. Now that I am on the other side of the desk, I have a broader perspective. I am here to tell you that those “suits” can help you; provided, however, that like any other aspect of your life, you use your instincts in making your selection.
In this part of the series, I want to cover some common mistakes musicians make when it comes to wardrobe selection for their photo shoots.
We all know festivals can be expensive – from forking out for your ticket, right through to buying food and drink to tide you over once you’re actually at the event: everywhere you turn it can seem like someone is trying to get you to part with your cash, and you might start to feel like you need a financial advisor to help you balance your carefully calculated weekend budget.
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Location, location, location - A focus on location is a key aspect in business, with its importance being exemplified in ventures such as opening a venue, a restaurant, and delving into real estate investment…but what does it have to do with marketing your music? Because we now have access to a global stage thanks to social media, many musicians think about promoting their music on a large geographic scale, right off the bat. But what happens if you push your music using social media networks and don’t find a connection with your online audience or can’t find a way to increase interaction?
A New York Federal Courts’ recent decision concerning a “work for hire” determination could prove controversial. The Court’s ruling involved “Iron Man”, a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan and a music composer working in television back in the 1960s.
Even in 2015, unsigned musicians are still releasing their music and asking “where’s my money?” right out of the gate. It’s extremely important that every artist look deeply into this question. First of all, in my view, the expectation is flawed. If you have less than 10,000 genuine fans and you’re hoarding your music, waiting for those iTunes sales to save you, you’re shooting yourself in both feet.
Music therapy is an established method of treating a wide variety of developmental and emotional afflictions, and is rapidly gaining acceptance in treating patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research has shown how children and adults with this condition can benefit in a number of ways from music therapy.
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For my fellow Independent Recording Artist, I want to share with you what I believe to be 7 great fundamental steps for a successful, long-term career. As an ANCIENT Artist..lol, the process I presently use applied to a young Artist, would most likely guarantee a long and strong career:
The studio. Such a glamorous and misunderstood beast.
You’ve googled the crap out of it…
“recording an album”
“what to bring to the studio,”
“how to prepare for the studio,”
“what Instagram filters take the best pretentious studio shots?”
“do craft beers clog up my vocal chords?”
…and you’re about as read up on it as could be.
I think musicians, more than any other profession, have this masochistic pleasure to accept god-awful pay for their talents. In fact, most are BEGGING to play for free. They say things like “It’s just the way it is” or “I’ve gotta pay my dues” or “I just do it for the music, man”. No one ever say these things again or
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(Updated July 8, 2015)