Category Archives: Making Money

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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Ask The Captain: Episode II – Monetizing Your Email List

We discuss how to musicians can monetize their email lists.

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How to Play a Nursing Home Tour

Yes, any place or activity where seniors are specifically invited can be a potential gig. I would like to add, though, that it takes a special personality to get along best in this type of venue. You must be someone who GENUINELY cares about senior citizens and their well-being and who likes the crooning songs, old time favorites, and singalongs that they enjoy.

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