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Career Planning for Music Creators: A Routine That’s Sure to Take You Farther

2022-10-11T16:54:05-05:00

Did you know that if music creators take the time to think about their career planning on a regular basis they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy? Your music career deserves a fair amount of planning in order to be successful. How much time have you spent planning your career? If you’re like many of us, probably not enough. Career Planning & Self Assessment Self assessment is a large component of the planning process. The Myers-Briggs company offers a “Strong Interest Inventory” which is designed to help college students consider potential careers, but ...

Career Planning for Music Creators: A Routine That’s Sure to Take You Farther2022-10-11T16:54:05-05:00

Having a Music Mission Statement Means More Musicians on a Mission

2023-05-10T11:11:31-05:00

Music creators who develop their business skills and have a personal and business music mission statement defined are more likely to succeed in music and be happy. Changing the world with your music starts with defining the mission or cause you are leading. In Business, Most Mission Statements are TERRIBLE. For Bands, Music Mission Statements Don't Usually Exist. When you hear "mission statement", you probably think of a boring paragraph that big companies put out to "motivate" their team into staying productive and excited. They don't work because they are vague, uninteresting, and not memorable. Most musicians ...

Having a Music Mission Statement Means More Musicians on a Mission2023-05-10T11:11:31-05:00

What Is Song Mastering / Music Mastering & Why Is It Important?

2022-09-05T22:30:13-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy? This month's Amplifier, in partnership with Artist Republik, covers a bit of insight into the tracking, mixing and mastering process. What is song mastering, and why does it matter? During a song’s post-production phase, mastering acts as the final step in the process. The purpose of song mastering is to polish the audio, giving it a clean and cohesive feeling all around. This step is what makes the track sound flawless wherever it’s eventually played out, whether ...

What Is Song Mastering / Music Mastering & Why Is It Important?2022-09-05T22:30:13-05:00

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

2022-09-05T22:59:53-05:00

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!2022-09-05T22:59:53-05:00

Music and Money: How to Have a Profitable Music Career

2022-09-05T22:29:42-05:00

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 Career2022-09-05T22:29:42-05:00

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

2022-09-05T22:29:50-05:00

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 First2022-09-05T22:29:50-05:00

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

2022-09-05T22:31:07-05:00

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?2022-09-05T22:31:07-05:00

Know Your Why: Start with a Personal Development Plan

2022-09-05T23:04:18-05:00

"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 Plan2022-09-05T23:04:18-05:00

Musician Mental Health Check: Take Time For Yourself Daily

2022-09-16T22:54:35-05:00

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 Daily2022-09-16T22:54:35-05:00

Song Royalties for Beginners: Are you Getting Paid what you’re Owed?

2022-09-05T22:32:24-05:00

Before we jump in, I have two questions for you: When your song is used by someone else, are you getting paid for it? If you’re not, how would you even know? These are tough questions to answer. Sometimes it’s not clear how your music is being used, even when a contract is signed by both parties. For example, are you retaining 100% of your writer’s share? How much publishing are you sharing with someone else, if any? Is your music being re-titled? What are the terms and territory agreements, and are terms renewed automatically? These are just a few ...

Song Royalties for Beginners: Are you Getting Paid what you’re Owed?2022-09-05T22:32:24-05:00
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