Category Archives: Making Money

Don’t Be A Slave For Your Music Business

A while back, I went out to see a hard-working Schwilly Family Band at a venue near my house. They dazzled the crowd with grace and charisma in a way I hadn’t seen before. They get booked a lot, playing about 300 shows a year. They had one of the most diverse and interesting merch…

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The Good News And The Bad News About Being A Musician Today

I’ve got good news and bad news for you. Which do you want first? I hope you said “bad news” because that’s what I’m starting with. It’s a difficult truth that a lot of musicians have a hard time swallowing. But an important part of my job is delivering difficult truth’s and helping musicians move…

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The 2X/ 4X Guideline

Inevitably, as you try to make money playing live, you will run into the question of what might be a reasonable amount of money for your act to bring in per night. (This question is also tied to what rooms you can expect to work in.) Now, of course, there are no hard and fast…

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My Presentation at the Utah Music Festival Workshop

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The Art Of Not Quitting

It’s easy to be hardcore when you’re a young musician. I remember those days well. You’re willing to play any gig at any time, drive as far and in whatever weather as needed, compromise your own comfort and income, drive a beater, live on ramen noodles and cheap beer, and to do anything else required…

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There’s Never Going To Be A “Right” Time

Truer words have never been spoken.  That is why I’m using this quote from an interview, I recently watched, as the title of this article.  The quote is from my good friend Nate Compton, front man of ELISIUM, a national touring indie band.  In the interview, which you can watch below, Nate talks about his…

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SPIDERS, FLIES, & THE IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING

In the entertainment business, think of yourself as a spider. Your web is your life. It shelters you. If you have a poorly constructed web, when the rain comes, you will be washed out. It feeds you. A spider with no web, catches no flies and thus, will starve to death. Spiders weave their webs…

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Approaching The Venue That Doesn’t Know You

It’s sort of like looking up a very steep hill – there’s a venue you’re hoping to play at, but they have no idea who you are. How do you get their attention? Having been a venue operator “back in the day,” I’ve received numerous “cold” contacts. Some of them got me to respond positively,…

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