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You Can Now Pay Important People To Listen To Your Music

By Ari Herstand It’s always been one of the biggest difficulties for an independent musician: how to get their music heard by ‘important people.’ Influencers. Industry people. Celebrities. Bloggers. Radio DJs. Music supervisors. Promoters. Booking agents. Managers. Labels. The issue… Continue Reading

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How to Nail Your Audition

By Christine Occhino Photo by Romanus Dolor Auditions are often a big part of the performer life cycle, and unfortunately for many musicians, the skills needed for them tend to be overlooked. Much of what I’m about to discuss might… Continue Reading

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5 Rules for Not Pissing Off Music Supervisors

By Michael St. James Image via performermag.com A version of this article originally appeared on Performer Magazine. I’m writing from the beautiful Hyatt in Los Angeles while finishing up details on a music supervision project for a film. This one… Continue Reading

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Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician (And All Its Dirty Secrets)

By Joe Marson Authors note: I do not work for Instagram nor am I endorsed by them (believe me, I wish I was). In fact, I don’t particularly like social media of any kind. But the passion I have to… Continue Reading

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How to Maintain Good Relationships With Venues

By jhonijackson.atl@gmail.com (Jhoni Jackson) Maintaining a good relationship with a venue can lead to more opportunities. (Photo courtesy of Soho Studios Miami) Cultivating good relationships with venue owners and the bookers who manage their calendars makes for smooth and easy… Continue Reading

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The Big Give Back: How to Work With a Charity (the Right Way)

By andrew.hall2236@gmail.com (Andrew Hall) Image via komu.com Historically, when money or awareness needs to be raised for charity, musicians are key figures for events or social campaigning. It’s in our blood to bring people together, and if that includes a… Continue Reading

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How to Pitch Your Band When You Can't Afford PR

By Amy Sciarretto Drowning Pool after an interview. (Photo by Gino DePinto) As my recent “Ask a Publicist” article explained, having a publicist is an essential tool for your band’s growth and success. But not every band can afford the… Continue Reading

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How to Be the Opening Act That Everyone Loves

By welsh.dyl@gmail.com (Dylan Welsh) Haim was once an opening act for Rihanna. (Photo via mtv.com) There are lots of really great things about opening for another band. If you play well and conduct yourself professionally, you have a high chance… Continue Reading

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5 Pop Labels You Probably Didn't Realize Accept Demos

By jhonijackson.atl@gmail.com (Jhoni Jackson) Passion Pit released both the Manners LP (2009) and Chunk of Change EP (2008) on Frenchkiss Records, a revered indie label that still accepts demos. (Photo courtesy of Passion Pit) Pop is an increasingly diverse and… Continue Reading

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4 Online Tools to Live-Stream Your Next Show

By andrew.hall2236@gmail.com (Andrew Hall) Image via thissongissick.com From direct communication tools like FaceTime and Skype to social apps like Vine and Snapchat, the options for quality live video interactions have increased dramatically, and the music industry has noticed. Nowadays, every… Continue Reading