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Wednesday
Jul192017

Got Gear Or Skills? Here Are 8 Other Ways To Make Money With Them [Infographic]

If you haven’t made it big with your music yet but you’ve picked up some gear and some skills why not put them to other uses? Using the resources you already have you could create an additional income stream. Sure, it will take a bit of extra work but it can also help you make connections in the industry.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

8 Soft Skills Musicians Have That Employers Want

When people study music, they learn much more than simply how to sing or play an instrument. Most of us can’t become professional musicians as adults, but the time spent on music adds up to much more than “just a hobby.” Musicians gain a number of soft skills that are helpful in any type of career. As opposed to hard skills, which consist of specific knowledge and skills needed for a given job, soft skills are equally important abilities that allow you to interact well with others and complete work successfully, and they’re in high demand.
Having soft skills makes you more competitive in the job market and increases your chances of success in any position — even if you’re self-employed! Whether you end up in a music-related career or not, you will be more prepared to tackle future employment challenges by having these 8 soft skills learned through music.

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Monday
Jul172017

How To Drive More Traffic To Your Music Website

This post was written by Lisa Occhino and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

So, you’ve put a lot of time and effort into building a stunning band website, but after the initial rush of traffic and congratulatory comments from your friends, now it’s just sort of… sitting there. Why aren’t potential new fans and industry folks finding it?

It can be disheartening to wake up to double- or single-digit website stats every morning, and countless independent musicians run into the same problem — but fortunately, there are plenty of solutions.

Here are some of the best ways to drive traffic to your music website that you can start putting into action today!

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Saturday
Jul152017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Stand Out

Friday
Jul142017

15 Ways Your Band Can Stand Out By Going The Extra Mile

They say “The Extra Mile Isn’t Crowded”, but why is that? And what’s the “extra mile” mean for you? What are some extras you’re willing to provide that other bands or musicians may take for granted? 

Here are some ways you and your band might be able to stand out at club gigs and private gigs.

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Tuesday
Jul112017

11 Often Ignored Marketing Tips For Starting Musicians

Going in fully unprepared and expecting things to happen by themselves is going to lead to deep disappointment.

The start of any journey can be both exiting and a bit scary at the same time and it’s no different with music. But don’t let excitement distract you from the challenges that you’ll have to face.

When you are just starting out, I think you need both the right mindset and a few actual steps to work on so that is the aim in this article. 

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Monday
Jul102017

Why The Majority Of Musicians Don’t Get A Record Deal

It’s common for most musicians to not get signed to record deals because they make false assumptions about how this industry works. Don’t make the mistakes they make. Inform yourself and build value in your music career so you can offer it to record companies in the future.

Below are three critical mistakes tons of musicians commit when trying to get recording contracts (and what you need to do instead):

 

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Monday
Jul102017

How To Get A MusicBrainz Page For Your Band

This post was written by Lisa Occhino and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

If you’ve never heard of MusicBrainz before, it’s sort of like Wikipedia, but specifically for information about music. It’s open source and maintained by the community, meaning anyone (including you!) can help contribute information about artists and their related works.

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Sunday
Jul092017

Song Licensing - What Is It And How Do You Do It?

Song licensing. This is a phrase used in the music and recording industry on a regular basis, but unless you are part of that industry, the topic is a bit vague to say the least. What exactly is song licensing, is it necessary, and how do artists go about licensing one of their songs? Here we’ll break down all the most common questions and clear up any misconceptions about song licensing.

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Saturday
Jul082017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Creating A Band Agreement

Thursday
Jul062017

4 Pieces Of Equipment Every Inspired Indie Band Needs For Practice

The drum kit, synthesizer, speakers, and amplifiers are all essential pieces of equipment for your indie band. When you are planning on a live performance for a big crowd, there may also be other devices that you will need in order to achieve the desired effects. Consider these four pieces of equipment that your indie band could use during practices and rehearsals.

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Wednesday
Jul052017

Musical Mayhem: 4 Issues That Could Destroy Your Flourishing Band

Being in a band is a dream that many people have growing up. For most, their dream ends after high school or after getting tired of playing small gigs for family or friends. However, there are a chosen few groups that gain fame across the country and throughout the world. What are some issues that could derail that success?

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Monday
Jul032017

Creating A Band Agreement: What You Need To Know

This guest post by Canadian entertainment lawyer Byron Pascoe originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

Being a musician is a business. If you’re in band, one of the most important elements of organizing your business, is having an effective band agreement.

Without agreement among the members of your band, whether verbal, written on a napkin (is that still done?), texted, or written by an entertainment lawyer (shameless plug), some key issues will need to be negotiated at a time when perhaps not everyone is acting reasonably. Or you may need to rely on the law, which may not provide appropriate solutions for your situation.

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Saturday
Jul012017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Tones For The Troubled

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