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1303, 2020

Ways to Earn Money Beyond Live Performances (during tough times)

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: Your Band Your Business|

Musicians are primarily gig workers. They string together numerous gigs to create a full-time income. When something like the recent coronavirus outbreak threatens musicians’ livelihood (i.e. live performances being cancelled), it’s wise to have other ways to earn income. […]

1512, 2014

Crowdfunding 101 For Musicians

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Your Band Your Business|

You’re in a band, which means you have no money. Ah, the eternal joke…but it’s true, of course. Those expensive instruments you bought certainly weren’t free. The thousand-watt amp that the neighbors constantly complain about was not purchased at a Wal-Mart for a low, low price. And instead of going to law school, or learning to be an investment banker, you spent your formative years learning how to play “Stairway [...]

2011, 2014

DIY: Making a Live DVD (Part 3)

By |November 20th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Your Band Your Business|

Today we come to the final article on DIY DVD production. If my first two articles didn’t scare you away – congratulations! You’re an official DIY badass, or perhaps slightly delusional. In either case, you now have excellent video and audio from your event. It went off without a hitch – all your fans have been talking for weeks about the giant rotating drum kit and the chorus of belly [...]

2810, 2014

Making a Live DVD – DIY! Part Two

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Your Band Your Business|

In our last article, we talked about the video aspect of creating a live DVD for your band. Now we’re going to talk about something that hopefully all of you musicians out there have experience with – audio! Today we’ll be talking about how to capture the amazing live audio to complement your amazing live video! […]

3009, 2014

Making a Live DVD – DIY! Part One

By |September 30th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Your Band Your Business|

All right all you insatiable DIYers out there, I’m about to hit you with the ULTIMATE in DIY projects for your band. No, not a mechanical fire-breathing dragon. No, not an automatic autotune machine for your singer. I am, of course, talking about the ultimate in luxury items for your merch booth – the LIVE DVD. […]

508, 2014

Why are you still trying to get signed?

By |August 5th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Music Industry, Your Band Your Business|

The music industry landscape has changed drastically over the past 10-15 years.  It’s pretty much unrecognizable from the music industry that I grew up with through high school.  So why hasn’t the mindset of the musicians changed as fast?  For those seeking a musical path to stardom, it sounds to me that the majority of bands still see getting signed as Nirvana (the point of enlightenment, not Kurt Cobain’s band). [...]

2907, 2014

When Should You Give Up? (Hint: Never?!)

By |July 29th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration|

“We know what you want to accomplish. We may even know how you’d like everything to turn out.  The real question ends up being– what are you willing to push through any dips for– what are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to, and sometimes be unreasonable about because you want it so much?  It is what’s actually going to get done.” […]

807, 2014

Sharing Rehearsal Space: It Is Everyone’s, and It Is No One’s

By |July 8th, 2014|Categories: Music Industry, Your Band Your Business|

The idea of mixing business with pleasure, through the oft-needed shared work space, came up recently during a discussion with two friends in NYC. He currently shares with other like-minded custom furniture builders without a problem. She no longer shares with other musicians due to the multitude of bad situations she kept finding herself in. […]

107, 2014

The Top 10 Music Industry Blogs You Should be Reading

By |July 1st, 2014|Categories: Music Industry|

I’ll be the first one to admit, compiling top lists like this is never easy and subject to author bias and reader criticism.  However, I’m still gonna go for it.  And that’s only because I’m putting this disclaimer here and letting you fantastically awesome people tell me what else I might have overlooked or should not have included in the comments on this article.  We good?  Aight, let’s do this. [...]

306, 2014

The Madison Artist’s Complete Guide to the 2014 MAMAs Red Carpet Experience

By |June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Madison Area Music Awards|

As most of you who live in Madison know, the Madison Area Music Awards, or MAMAs, are held late spring, early summer at the Overture Center.  This year the MAMAs are on Sunday, June 22.  The theater doors open and the Red Carpet Experience kick off at 6:00pm and the curtain rises at 7:00pm. […]

1305, 2014

Springboard to Fame? Why Festivals may still be Worth the Trip

By |May 13th, 2014|Categories: Music Industry, Your Band Your Business|

Dreaming about getting your band on a festival ticket where your music will get heard by those in the industry who may be able to help? Well, read on as we are pleased to share this guest blog from Mike with the hard-working band Sunspot. He explains what keeps luring them back to one of the biggest music gatherings in the country. It may just make you want to go, [...]

605, 2014

The Revenue You May Be Missing Out On

By |May 6th, 2014|Categories: Your Band Your Business|

As a new band starting out, you might immediately think that there are only a couple of ways to earn extra revenue.  Between that and the fact that people around you are telling you to give up the musical dream and get a real job, you might think that music will never be an actual job.  But I have good news for you: music IS a real job, and those [...]

2904, 2014

Google Apps MotherF#@$%, do you speak it? – Part 2

By |April 29th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Your Band Your Business|

This week is a continuation of our last post on managing your band using free online resources. If you haven’t read the last post, then go check it out before reading this article, as some of the topics we’ll be discussing this time will be cross-referenced here. […]

2204, 2014

Are Fans Your Band’s Friends or Foes? (Part 1)

By |April 22nd, 2014|Categories: Fan Engagement|

There’s a recent music-related survey (Yes, ask anyone who knows me, I actually enjoy tearing apart the results of almost any type of survey) and it asked hundreds of people linked with the entertainment industry to answer one basic question: what do you believe is the most important thing for any band or artist to do? […]

1804, 2014

Hang Your Stockings! It’s Record Store Day!

By |April 18th, 2014|Categories: Local Music News, Music Industry|

Each year, people in the record store industry have looked forward to that special time in April when the jolly man comes down their chimney and fills their stockings with all sorts of gifts and goodies.  This year, that man is no other than Public Enemy’s very own Chuck D.  And just for the record (pun intended), this has nothing to do with Christmas.  It’s the third Saturday of April: [...]

104, 2014

Google Apps MotherF#@$%, do you speak it? – Part 1

By |April 1st, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Your Band Your Business|

Unless you’re very rich, or very lucky, as the leader of your band, you’ll also be the manager, secretary, booking agent, and public relations contact. You might also be writing songs, writing lyrics, and communicating with your fans on a regular basis. That’s a lot of jobs, and that’s a lot of work! I get asked all the time – “Fang, how do you do it?” Thankfully, there’s an easy [...]

2503, 2014

Your Music as a Business at Tax Time

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: Your Band Your Business|

“Apart from death and taxes, the other thing certain in this life is that I’ll never be a fashion icon.”   – Iron Maiden Lead Singer Bruce Dickinson A bit of humor as we dive into the timely topic of taxes. April 15th is looming on the calendar, and since I’m a deadline driven type (for better or worse!) the conversation is just beginning with our own tax consultant. […]

1803, 2014

Why You Should Keep Licensing and Royalty Management In-House

By |March 18th, 2014|Categories: Music Industry, Your Band Your Business|

With all the discussion about tackling the music business on your own and choosing not to get signed by the existing industry, it’s hard to keep the two separate.  There is plenty of overlap in several subjects that pertain to both the mainstream and independent industries.  The one thing that most people say you should leave to the mainstream is your royalties and licensing. I personally would beg to differ [...]

1103, 2014

Do you look like a band?

By |March 11th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band|

Picture your favorite five bands at the heyday of their popularity. Now, for the sake of argument, let’s put them all in a big bowl, cover the bowl, and have the giant robot from Queen’s News of the World album shake them all up. Could you have a friend who knows nothing about any of the bands in question put the bands back together, just based on what they look [...]

2502, 2014

SXSW: The Ultimate Guide to Representing your Band and Brand

By |February 25th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band, Music Industry|

It’s almost March, and if you’re in the music industry, you know what time it is: South by Southwest (SXSW) time!  As many bands make the annual trek to Austin to either perform or promote, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide that covers some important things to remember when representing yourself, your band, your business and your music to fans and industry professionals, [...]

402, 2014

9 Essential Tips for Kick Ass Band Posters

By |February 4th, 2014|Categories: Marketing Your Band|

So you’re a newer band on the Madison scene, and you want to start making a name for yourself. You’re going to want to let people know that you exist, and that they should come see you play! So what’s a band leader to do? Spam facebook? Start an email chain (“Send this event invite to 5 friends or you’ll DIE UNHAPPY AND ALONE!!”)? […]

2005, 2010

My First MAMAs Experience (2010 Guest Post)

By |May 20th, 2010|Categories: Madison Area Music Awards|Tags: |

Saturday, May 9 was a day of firsts.  First MAMAs show at the Overture Center.  First time for capturing pre-show red carpet interviews.  It was also the first MAMAs awards show for yours truly.  The annual music awards show is in its 7th year running, and I wanted to blog a day-in-the-life of a MAMAs staffer shadowing Matt Jacoby to try to capture the energy of the day. [...]

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