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Musician Ears Reminder: Your Mom Said To Protect Your Ears!

2022-06-23T08:34:57-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy?  But as we share in today's article, it's hard to engage in continuous learning to improve your music career, practice your instrument, collaborate with other musicians, or really do anything in music without your ears. Protect those musician ears of yours! Musician Ears that Go on Tour Need Protecting: Steve's Story I know you don’t want to hear it, but it’s vital that you protect one of your greatest assets. Imagine life with partial hearing [...]

Musician Ears Reminder: Your Mom Said To Protect Your Ears!2022-06-23T08:34:57-05:00

Music and Money: How to Have a Profitable Music Career

2022-06-23T08:36:13-05:00

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 in this article, being profitable and managing your cash flow keeps your music business fueled, healthy, and even more fun to pursue!  Music and money CAN go hand-in-hand, and the only thing that's standing in the way of becoming a thriving artist is you! Music and Money: Lessons From Personal Finance Late in 2020, my wife and I rediscovered Dave Ramsey's "7 Baby Steps" and "Financial Peace University" systems. Both are simple [...]

Music and Money: How to Have a Profitable Music Career2022-06-23T08:36:13-05:00

How to Book My Band: Consider the Live Music Venue’s Needs First

2022-07-01T11:12:23-05:00

DISCLAIMER: This may not be the advice you were looking for when you searched "how to book my band", but know that this approach is going to make you an even bigger rockstar than you already are. You need to hear this to make the age old desire "I want to book my band" an easier and more enjoyable process for both you and the venue. Time to book some gigs. It’s natural that as you sharpen your songwriting and musical skills that you will want to perform your creations for [...]

How to Book My Band: Consider the Live Music Venue’s Needs First2022-07-01T11:12:23-05:00

Multiple Income Streams for Musicians: How to Become Recession Proof in Music

2022-07-01T12:27:32-05:00

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 in this article, stacking revenue streams, or having multiple income streams, is a smart business move. Is it possible to live on just one income stream in music? For music creators to build out a sustainable income they typically have to piece together multiple income streams consistently that add up to a live-able income. In fact, I think it’s a myth (or at least a rare exception) that a [...]

Multiple Income Streams for Musicians: How to Become Recession Proof in Music2022-07-01T12:27:32-05:00

I’m a New Music Producer: What is a DAW?

2022-07-01T12:28:54-05:00

The music industry is full of words & terms that might seem frightening to a beginner. One abbreviation that is constantly being thrown around is DAW. What is a DAW? DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation & is a piece of software that an artist can use to make their music. It can be used for composing, recording & mixing, producing & overall editing audio. There are a TON of DAWs out there & at the end of the day, it’s up to your discretion to figure out which DAW is right for you. What DAWs are out there for [...]

I’m a New Music Producer: What is a DAW?2022-07-01T12:28:54-05:00

How to Stay Productive and Organized for Musicians

2022-07-01T12:31:46-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy?  As Eleven's Steve Banik discusses today, staying organized is a big part of that.  How to Stay Productive and Organized If you’re like me, you might sometimes have trouble getting organized to keep your music business productive and profitable. We’re creatives, so we prefer to create rather than enter receipts, depreciate assets and plan for tax season. Fortunately, there are some easy ways for us creatives to get our house in order in this area and learn how [...]

How to Stay Productive and Organized for Musicians2022-07-01T12:31:46-05:00

Know Your Why: Start with a Personal Development Plan

2022-07-01T12:33:49-05:00

"Many musicians find it hard to develop their music career professionally because their “real lives” and the complexities of the music industry have gotten in the way. When musicians stop learning and investing in themselves, they hurt their chances of succeeding in their career." Maybe you read that first paragraph and thought "sure, but what does that have to do with Eleven?".  This paragraph is a part of Eleven's guiding principles: a one-page definition of our mission, key characteristics, critical actions, story pitch and theme that make up our reason for being.  It very clearly defines who we are, where [...]

Know Your Why: Start with a Personal Development Plan2022-07-01T12:33:49-05:00

Album vs Singles: What’s Your Music Release Strategy?

2022-07-01T12:34:41-05:00

In today’s rapid content, easy-streaming/consumption-from-the-cloud climate, what’s a better music release strategy: albums or singles?   Music Release Strategy #1: The Storytelling Nature of Albums Albums are still important when you have something to say as an artist via a collection of songs that have cohesion. If you’re inspired to create such a collection, and you think it will resonate with your audience, then you should pursue that.   Music Release Strategy #2: The Attention Span for Singles However, so much of the music industry (as well as just about any other industry today) depends on the attention of your audience. Unfortunately, [...]

Album vs Singles: What’s Your Music Release Strategy?2022-07-01T12:34:41-05:00

Musician Mental Health Check: Take Time For Yourself Daily

2022-07-01T12:36:39-05:00

Digital Workload and Mental Health I recently read an interview in Tape Op about the producer of the band Fugazi.  He spoke about their photographer transitioning from film to digital, allowing for thousands of photos to be captured at each shoot.  That change meant that the new enemy (from the photographer’s point of view) was the difficulty in committing to a change.  With thousands of digital photos to choose from, he was no longer limited by the cost of film, 36 exposures per roll, etc. This made me think about how the digital transformation can be paralyzing.  I started recording [...]

Musician Mental Health Check: Take Time For Yourself Daily2022-07-01T12:36:39-05:00

Looking for a Band Manager? Think Again Before You Delegate The Work

2022-07-01T12:37:34-05:00

Occasionally we will get asked by a musician or band if we are a management company or where they might be able to find one. We tend to answer their question with another question: What makes you think you need a manager? A good manager will open doors in terms of connections and opportunities that lead to more revenue for you from your musical craft. Doors that you would likely not be able to open as quickly or at all due to your being busy with other aspects of your music career and/or because you just don’t have the connections. [...]

Looking for a Band Manager? Think Again Before You Delegate The Work2022-07-01T12:37:34-05:00
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