IS IT TIME TO HIRE A BOOKING AGENT?

Booking AgentOne of the biggest dilemmas that emerging bands face in their careers is deciding when it’s the right time to turn over show booking to someone else’s (hopefully) capable hands. You may have great musical chops, but when it comes to booking gigs, communication and connections are key. Reaching out to venues is much more than just the copy and paste of a link in an email.
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BECOMING A FREELANCE MUSICIAN

musicianEverybody who works as a freelancer in any industry understands the hustle. It’s hard to live a life where you have next-to-no job security and where the money you make isn’t necessarily comparable to the actual number of hours you spend working. For many people, however, the hustle is completely worth it to be able to do what they love for a living. If you’ve got the skills, it’s totally possible to make your living as a freelance musician. You just need a little business sense, a good attitude, and tons upon tons of patience. I’m still getting off the ground as a freelancer, but here’s some advice I can offer that has worked well for me so far.
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5 HOBBIES THAT HELP YOUR MUSIC CAREER

MusicEven workaholics need to take a break. Most people have fun hobbies that they do outside of their day job, and creative types are no different. However, there’s rarely enough time to push a music career while simultaneously pursuing a hobby.
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THE CHANGING FACE OF MUSIC COLLABORATION

Music CollaborationWhile the landscape of recorded music is littered with countless famous instances of collaboration between artists it seems that, despite the connectivity of the modern world, many of the creative players in the music industry today are choosing to go solo. Here we look at why that might be, and what can be done to rectify the situation.
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MAKING THE MOST OF BAD CROWD TURNOUT

Bad Crowd TurnoutIt’s probably one of your biggest fears as a musician. You’re pumped for your upcoming gig, you’re ready to hear some noise, but when you make it onto the stage, your heart drops as you see the audience is practically empty. For any number of reasons (weird weekday, bad weather), you have a crappy turnout. Your first instinct may be to jump off the stage and run out of the venue, hoping in vain that no one even notices you were there, but pause for a second, and ignore this urge.
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6 THINGS EVERY ARTIST NEEDS FROM THE JUMP

Artist NeedsEvery rapper thinks they are the great, they think they are ready to change the game, and that’s good. However, before you can get to the top, you have to build the foundation from the bottom. With the internet today the world is at your fingertips, you just have to have the right tools.
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3 QUESTIONS TO ASK NEXT TIME YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING MUSIC

Don't Think About Quitting MusicThese are hard questions to ask yourself before you consider quitting music.  If you’re reading this, know that you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in very good company with thousands of other people who have felt the exact same way. A career in music isn’t easy, but you knew that long before your embarked on this journey. And why have you gotten this far?
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THE KEY TO FINDING WORK AS A COMPOSER

Composer WorkThe methods of finding work are constantly changing, and the type of music that sells is changing even faster. No matter how long your music career lasts, the difficulty of finding work will persist throughout for all but a lucky few. If you want a career as a composer, you need to be prepared to spend considerable energy finding work, and you’ll have to do most of it guerrilla style.
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