Contracts: Don't Play A Note Without One

Until the contract is signed, nothing is real. - Glenn Danzig

As intimidating as a contract sounds, it can be quite relieving and lead to healthier personal and business relationships. A simple way to lighten the mood is to use the word “agreement” instead of “contract.” This implies both parties are equal in negotiations and “agree” to the terms at hand.

Agreements protect both parties in the event one or more terms are violated and come in many forms....

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10 Income Sources for Musicians

Multiple. Streams. Of. Income.

Ever hear those magical words? Musicians, artists and freelancers who diversify their income increase their sense of job security and freedom of choice. There are many sources of active and passive income in the music industry to choose from. Let’s start with 10.

1. Performing Live

This might include restaurants, bars, clubs, stadiums, music festivals, house concerts, retirement homes, libraries, parks, cruise ships, Disneyland/world, airports, coffee...

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5 Ways to Kickstart Your Music Career

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

So you made it through music school and you’re ready to start your career. Ambition and hope is at an all time high and then you remember in 6 months your student loan payments begin. Panic, frustration and fear set in... Wait. Let’s not go down that rabbit hole because it doesn’t do anyone any good and a positive mindset will carry you through the hard times.

This post will cover 5 ways to kickstart your music...

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How To Set Your Rate As A Freelance Musician

Freelance does NOT mean free...

So you’re a musician who’s ready to start working and live your lifelong dream. Let’s skip the finding work part for now and cut to the phone call from your friend or stranger: “Hey, my restaurant manager thought it would be snazzy to have a saxophone and accordion serenade our guests for 5 hours next week and I immediately thought of you.” (No mention of compensation.)

Now what?

When it comes to setting your freelance rates...

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Music Business 101

“Thriving artists don't make art to make money, they make money to make more art.”

- Jeff Goins

You might hear the words "music business" and shudder. I can certainly relate, but I prefer to make music my business in order to fund personal creative projects on my terms. 

The music industry is moving away from gatekeepers (booking agents, public relations, radio, blogs, record labels, etc.) and more towards the DIY (do-it-yourself)...

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