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How house concerts can help you grown your fan base

By Guest Blogger We all know the scenario: you play at your local club to the same group of fans time and time again. Every week there may be a few new people there, but not enough to make a… Continue Reading

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A guide to getting gigs (part 3): how to promote your shows

By Guest Blogger [This article was written by guest contributor Yannick Ilunga of The Jazz Spotlight.] This is the final part of the three-article series A Guide to Getting Gigs. As the title suggests, in What to Do Before Looking for… Continue Reading

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5 Things You Should Always Do After Playing a Gig

By kathleen.parrish@hotmail.com (Kathleen Parrish) What to do after the final bow. (Image via tbo.com) You just played an awesome show – but now what? Even though the gig is over, there’s still work to be done. Some tasks need to… Continue Reading

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How to Make Mistakes Onstage Like a Pro

By welsh.dyl@gmail.com (Dylan Welsh) Photo via artquoteoftheday.wordpress.com Ideally, you’ll be so prepared going into every gig that there’s no way you could possibly make a mistake. Unfortunately though, mistakes are inevitable regardless of how much preparation you put into a performance.… 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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Top 5 Los Angeles Venues That Local Bands Love Playing

By Ryan Pfleiderer Born Ruffians perform at the Troubadour. (Image via flickr.com) The music community in Los Angeles is as diverse as the city’s population. You’ve got your downtrodden singer-songwriters, wannabe pop stars, hipster indie rock bands, too-smart-for-their-own-good MCs –… Continue Reading

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How to Identify and Develop Your Sound

By Tyler Allen Though Lady Gaga is inspired by Tony Bennett, she never tries to imitate him. (Image via radio.com) Developing one’s sound is a very important task for any artist – not only from a branding standpoint, but from… Continue Reading

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3 Ways to Drive Ticket Sales for Your Show

By grassrootsy Oftentimes people don’t understand the importance of pre-sales. In fact, if a fan doesn’t think a particular show will sell out, they usually don’t feel the need to buy advance tickets even if they do intend on coming.… 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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4 Ways Even the Shyest Artists Can Develop Their Onstage Persona

By Tyler Allen Alter eogs (like David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust) can help bring shy artists out of their shells. (Photo via thesuperslice.com) Artistry itself is a tough egg to crack. A lot of artists are protective of their work and… Continue Reading