Category Archives: Music Career Advice

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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Nurturing Your Creativity.

Ever been in a creative rut? It’s something I struggle with regularly. When I’m in a creative funk, nothing feels right. Everything sucks. I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall…and the Muse is mocking me. I begin to wonder, “what if my best work is behind me?”. Fear creeps in. I feel…

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Which kind of musician are YOU trying to be?

For most of human history, musicians have been community leaders. Creating connections, opening minds, and giving harmony to the voice of the people. People would gather around them and rally behind them. Celebrity is relatively recent. It’s about a lot of people loving you from a distance. It’s a product of large-scale, corporate marketing. The…

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Actually, Your Equipment Is Probably Fine

I don’t think I’ve ever been a fan of any “Battle of the Bands” setup, but I’ve been a judge for a couple of them. People asked, and it was something to do. After one such outing, a band that didn’t win was curious as to what had prevented them from reaching the top of…

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How To Be Taken Seriously Online As A Musician

I was talking to a musician last week who was complaining about how, although he’s a well-respected musician in his local area, he can’t get anyone he meets online to take him seriously. “I’ve got a website and a link for people to subscribe and get free music. I’m giving away 7 of my BEST…

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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 2)

If you haven’t read the first part of this two-part article, please do so by clicking HERE. Now it is time to get into what happened the night of the show…both the great and the not-so-great. I was driving to the venue in Ohio and had just pulled off an exit when it began snowing…HARD.…

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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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