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Diy Musician tips

Reach new fans by mixing up your venues

Reach new fans by mixing up your venues


Clubs are glamorous. They are loud, crowded, often flashy. Everyone is dressed up and often sipping drinks. The atmosphere is great for meeting people in the industry and making conversation with fans. If you’re lucky someone might buy you some drinks after your set too! Playing in clubs can be great. It’s wise, however, to keep your fans in mind when booking shows. Perhaps not all your fans like to go to clubs?...

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Creating your band shirt

A variety of sizes. and styles.

It may seem expensive to carry a huge range of sizes and styles, but consider the profit you are losing by not catering to those who don’t fit the SML/MED/LRG sizes. Most likely your fans come in all shapes and sizes and providing options for them is vital. Not only that, but imagine their delight when they finally find a band that carries their size. I would personally suggest carrying XS-2XL. It is inclusive of your thinner than average and thicker than average fans without breaking the bank.

*Keep track of what sizes sell the best and what styles...

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Start Collecting Royalties on sites like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify by creating a TuneCore account

Start Collecting Royalties on sites like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify by creating a TuneCore account

Do your songs get downloaded or streamed internationally? Has your music been used on YouTube?

There are a lot of different websites that people use to download and stream music. When your music is bought and streamed it generates royalties. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration collects these royalties for you so that you have a way to receive them. Best of all you keep the rights to your music...

If you would like to have your songs featured in movies, television, or video games we highly recommend taking a look into TuneCore.

 

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So Merch more. Tips for selling Merch.

So Merch more. Tips for selling Merch.

Think merch is just a good way to make a few bucks? Think again! Not only does Merch draw in profit, increase fan to artist conversation and let fans easily identify each other, it promotes you/ your band!

Here one moment. Gone the next?

Don’t leave your merch table unattended. This is a recipe for disaster in more than one way. Not only do your fans have to sit around and wonder when you might be coming back, it’s also tempting for sneaky paws! Of course you want to socialize, and if you’re playing you can’t bring your booth on stage, but make sure you leave a trusted friend at the table. Extra points if your

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Get your songs used by YouTubers in their videos by getting a creative commons licence.

Create something awesome. Share the love. Bask in the sharing.

Creating content on YouTube is hot right now. While Justin Bieber with his 100’s of millions of views per month will likely not be playing your music on his channel, there are a ton of avenues to pursue.

If you think your fans are likely also gamers you can go onto YouTube, search gaming, switch the filter to channels and find a ton of different channels and YouTubers with thousands to millions of subscribers.

By holding a creative commons license (there are different ones to choose from) you can now choose to allow others to use your music (or art etc.) on their sites- in some cases they are able to make money off of your music; however, they have to give you credit...

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Get Creative with How You Generate Profit

Get Creative with How You Generate Profit

Shows are often late at night. Everyone’s having fun, having a few drinks. After the show, most people are likely too tired to go home and search the web for the new music they heard. They wake up tired, perhaps a bit hung over, and perhaps they forgot the name of your band. Even if you give out free CD’s with just a few tracks your chances of making money will increase...

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Being Your Own Boss Can Be Hard: Balancing day jobs with your career.

Being Your Own Boss Can Be Hard: Balancing day jobs with your career.

A construction/desk job during the day may be just what you need to support your musical career and personal lifestyle. Mind you, it is important to consider if you are able to balance your full time job with your musical career.

 

As you start booking more shows, going on tour, and needing more time off will your day job allow you to reduce your availability? If your current job requires a set schedule, you may have trouble balancing this lifestyle and transitioning to a place where you can focus all of your attention on your real passion. Music...

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Throwing a killer show

Throwing a killer show

Before you can throw that killer show you need to know what a killer show looks like. If you are throwing concerts for your friends and family in your backyard- but want to be playing at clubs and local venues, go to lots of concerts at the clubs and venues you want to play at...

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So You’re Doing It Yourself. DIY and Social Media Tips.

So You’re Doing It Yourself. DIY and Social Media Tips.

Taking the time and effort to create badass pages pays off. It skyrockets your chances of reaching followers, viewers and fans, as well as your likelihood to show up closer to the top of the page when Googled. Think of the last time you Googled something and couldn’t find it. How did you feel? Likely frustrated and disappointed. And I’m betting you didn’t Ask Jeeves...

 

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Up your game! 10 tips to help musicians build a career at any stage of development

Up your game! 10 tips to help musicians build a career at any stage of development

Simply being the most talented lyricist or guitar player in the world won't drive you to fame. Success requires that a lot of people not only know about you, but are talking about what you’re doing. Some people are lucky and get scouted by chance on YouTube. A video went viral, and fame practically landed in their lap. Sadly, most of us will have to work for exposure...

 

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