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Music Copyright: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Music

2022-11-21T16:41:57-06:00

In this article, I’m going to share with you what you should know about deciding to copyright your music. Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple one, and if you are still unsure, it is a good idea to consult an attorney. Let’s go! Should I Copyright My Music? Copyright exists the moment you fix a work in a “tangible medium of expression” – for example, you record it in a file; you write it down on score paper; you paint it on a canvas.  Therefore, registration with the US Copyright Office is entirely [...]

Music Copyright: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Music2022-11-21T16:41:57-06:00

What Does a Business First Music Career Coach Do?

2022-10-31T12:00:52-05:00

In this article, I’m going to explain the difference between music-first and business-first, what a business first music career coach is, what they do, and how they can help you succeed in your music career. In fact, this is the exact level of service you’d experience if you were to work with one of our Eleven coaches.   Let’s dive in! The Importance of Business First vs. Music First Music First = Right Brain Most independent music creators only know how to pursue their music from a creative standpoint.  Some would say that it’s [...]

What Does a Business First Music Career Coach Do?2022-10-31T12:00:52-05:00

Music is Life: Make Your Music Career More Meaningful By Aligning With Your Personal Life

2022-09-05T22:11:30-05:00

In this article, I’m going to show you how you can truly experience "music is life" and better live your life as a career musician (anyone really). In fact, this is the exact conversation we start almost all of our music client relationships with in order to maximize happiness and energy when pursuing a music career.   Let’s dive in! The 2 Modes That Life Can Happen To You For most people on the planet, life will happen in one of two ways:  Life will happen to you (passive) You will happen to life (active) [...]

Music is Life: Make Your Music Career More Meaningful By Aligning With Your Personal Life2022-09-05T22:11:30-05:00

Know Your Band Audience (No, Your OTHER Audience)

2022-09-05T22:47:58-05:00

When I hear live performing musicians complain about low gig payment guarantees and a lack of gigs overall, the cause is usually pretty easy to identify: they’re typically not good business partners to the venues that book them. Keep reading to learn how to focus on your other band audience and correct this. Start With The Basics If the goal is to perform more live gigs – and eventually get paid more for those gigs – here are some basics you’ll need: Get Your Art In Order As music agent and [...]

Know Your Band Audience (No, Your OTHER Audience)2022-09-05T22:47:58-05:00

SMART Goals for Musicians: A Case Study By DJ Stacktrace

2022-09-05T22:28:29-05:00

By now you should have a good understanding of what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is.  In case you don’t, here’s a quick recap. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-Bound Figuring Out Which Smart Goal to Set First I recently decided to develop a goal around a new skill I would like to learn.  Specifically, I’d like to learn how to create high-quality, attractive videos in Final Cut Pro.  I already know a bit about FCP and am able to create functional videos quickly, but I have never been [...]

SMART Goals for Musicians: A Case Study By DJ Stacktrace2022-09-05T22:28:29-05:00

A Guide to Record Labels, Record Label Services, & Labels as a Service

2022-09-05T22:28:39-05:00

RECORD LABELS: An outdated business model that takes ownership and control away from the artist LABEL SERVICES: A music-first alternative that provides record label services without debt and loss of ownership LABEL AS A SERVICE: Eleven's business-first alternative that provides coaching, a marketable label brand, and label services without debt and loss of ownership TAKEAWAY: Which one is right for your growing music career? According to Exporation.io, record labels are companies that manufacture, distribute, and promote the recordings of affiliated musicians. Essentially, record labels work to sell the brand of the artist and the products they create. Seems [...]

A Guide to Record Labels, Record Label Services, & Labels as a Service2022-09-05T22:28:39-05:00

How to Make Money with Music Using the Revenue You Already Have

2022-09-05T22:49:55-05:00

Did you know that there are two ways for music creators to increase revenue? Reduce your expenses And/or increase your income Ideally, finding a way to do both will help to maximize your music career revenue. How to Make Money with Music: A Simple Income Exercise Here’s how you can get started identifying more revenue for your music career: STEP 1: First, audit your current income sources. Write down all the sources of income you have related to your music career. STEP 2: Next, write a list of all the main items you have to [...]

How to Make Money with Music Using the Revenue You Already Have2022-09-05T22:49:55-05:00

Time Management for Musicians – Balancing a Plan & Staying Flexible

2022-10-11T16:55:01-05:00

Time management. It's a skill we all struggle with and love to hate. There’s an old saying "there’s never enough time in the day." Do you agree? I certainly do. The thing is, there’s usually plenty of time in the day, you just have to have good or decent time management skills and manage it correctly, while ensuring that you do not burn out. Time Management: What does "manage it correctly" mean? Well, that depends. You have to define what’s correct for you. In terms of work, sometimes when you’re forced into high gear, that’s the best [...]

Time Management for Musicians – Balancing a Plan & Staying Flexible2022-10-11T16:55:01-05:00

Is Music Career Coaching Right For You?

2022-09-05T22:54:33-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy? As we share this month, the plans you have for your music career may not be achievable alone. Did you set a New Year's Resolution for your Music Career? Every year most people set their new year's resolution: I'm going to eat better I'm going to see the inside of a gym I want to read more books I want to change or improve my career But did you know that by February 1st most [...]

Is Music Career Coaching Right For You?2022-09-05T22:54:33-05:00

Like It Or Not, You Are a Music Entrepreneur with a Small Business

2022-09-05T22:29:28-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy? As we share this month, as a music creator, love it or hate it, you are a music entrepreneur. As a Music Creator, you are a Music Entrepreneur In building your entrepreneurial career, it’s helpful to understand to whom you’re selling your products or services. Music creators are typically selling both products and services to various audiences. Your live music performance is a service that you are selling when you book shows at venues. Likewise, [...]

Like It Or Not, You Are a Music Entrepreneur with a Small Business2022-09-05T22:29:28-05:00
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