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Know Your Band Audience (No, Your OTHER Audience)

2022-07-01T11:26:53-05:00

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)2022-07-01T11:26:53-05:00

SMART Goals for Musicians: A Case Study By DJ Stacktrace

2022-06-03T13:04:56-05:00

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 Stacktrace2022-06-03T13:04:56-05:00

Time Management for Musicians – Balancing a Plan & Staying Flexible

2022-06-17T08:56:41-05:00

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 Flexible2022-06-17T08:56:41-05:00

Is Music Career Coaching Right For You?

2022-06-23T07:10:57-05:00

Did you know that if music creators develop their business skills they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy? 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?2022-06-23T07:10:57-05:00

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

2022-06-23T07:12:19-05:00

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 Business2022-06-23T07:12:19-05:00

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

2022-06-23T08:31:36-05:00

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 Farther2022-06-23T08:31:36-05:00

Having a Music Mission Statement Means More Musicians on a Mission

2022-06-23T08:32:18-05:00

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 Mission2022-06-23T08:32:18-05:00

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
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