Managing Your Time, when Music isnt Your Day Job
You CAN do everything.Repeat.
Performing, Whats the Big Deal?
Performance anxiety is not something that only happens to musicians, singers, actors and dancers. It happens any time we feel pressure to "perform" in a specific situation or over a period of time.
Social Networking and Music: MySpace Puts It All Together in a Virtual Community
Today's music fan interacts with a "community" that is far larger than anyone ever dreamed possible before the widespread personal use of the Internet. This social networking is changing the way people market and sell music and it's doing so on a global scale.
Taking iPod Culture into Clubs as Well as Cyberspace: Jonny Rocket Interviewed by The G-Man
Already making plenty of noise in the marketplace is a new concept called Playlist, which exists both as a club and as an online music competition (see www.ipod-dj.
New Age Piano and Improvisation
There are so many areas in life where one must do things right. Thankfully, art is an area where great discoveries are made by making mistakes!Take improvisation for example.
Getting the Best Performance From Your Artist
So now you've decided to record your songs. Good for you, except that you will need people to play the instruments for which your music calls for.
The Various Countries - A Rant About Country Music
It is no secret that over the past couple decades country music has struggled with it's identity far more than any other genre in the industry. At this point nobody can really claim to be a country music fan without being questioned what kind of country fan? The answers being seemingly endless, I've broken them down into a few main categories (but really, there could be so many more).
Are iPods Changing the Way We Listen to Music
They're everywhere, and not only are they everywhere, they look cool too. Since its launch in 2001, 10 million have sold and 8 million of those were in 2004.
Name That Tune - Tips For When You Can't Remember The Song Title Or Artist
For years, you have been searching for a song lodged in your brain that is driving you nuts. Unfortunately, you have forgotten both the song title and the artist and all you remember are a few words.
Play Piano in the New Age Style
It's not what you play, it's how you play it. These words summarize the art of piano playing in general and New Age piano playing in particular.
Home Run Gigs
Are you still playing your heart out to small audiences on
gigs at unappreciative dives (excuse me, I meant to say
nightclubs) that feel paying you a couple of hundred dollars
for a 3-4 hour gig is also paying you about $150 too much?Unless you are a masochist, why do you continue to take
such beatings? Is it due to laziness, complacency,
cynicism, your now being jaded, or a combination of any
of the above?Are you aware that you could dramatically improve your live
performance income by making simple changes in the
types of performances that you accept?For instance, see the below list of gig types and the average
earnings possible, compared to traditional nightclub work:* Weddings ($1,000 *minimum* for 2-3 hours work)Instead of working yourself to death, so to speak, by
chasing wedding performance opportunities on an individual
basis, consider approaching a number of area caterers and
offering your services to them as an add-on to their own
services as, obviously, they will have significantly more
client opportunities.Not only will your music service now give catering
companies more value, as the client can now also
purchase the wedding entertainment through a single
source as opposed to contracting performers separately,
but this single joint venture alone will dramatically increase
your income, and on a more consistent basis.
How to Make $30,000 with Your Music Before Years End
As an independent musician and/or recording artist, if you
did *NOT* earn $30,000 (or more) with your music alone
last year, let's jump right in and get you started with doing
so this year.Again, bear in mind that the main necessary ingredient is
"consistency" of every aspect, and on a weekly basis.
How to Make State-of-the-Art Video Singles Cheaply
When it comes to promoting their new music releases, I have
found that most musicians only consider radio as the vehicle
for exposing their music to the public.Rarely do they consider publicity, in the form of print media,
Setting Up In-House Retail Sales
Now, that you are familiar and likely connected with online
music sales sites, such as CD Baby, or combination
online/offline retail sites, such as The Orchard, you are
probably comfortable in having your music distribution
and sales fairly covered.But, what if you could get even more music sales, and
even more profitable income?I'm speaking of consigning your product to retail stores,
but, with one exception.
Alternative Sales Sources for Your Music
Following, is a list of alternative sources that may
be interested in carrying your music for sale for
their particular clients and customers, if only they
were aware of your music.Most of the clients and customers are already
"captive" audiences who are waiting on a product
or service, so why not promote (and sell) to them
as they wait?Additionally, if these sources have their own
in-house music system (which many do), you
should also speak with them regarding adding
your music to their own in-house "playlist.
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