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Planning a Viral Music Video - Back to the 90s with New Artist Model Member Jensen Reed

An Interview with Jensen Reed on the Viral Music Video Back to the 90s It's the big question on most musicians minds... How do you create that perfect viral music video? One that can launch your career forward and raise awareness for you…
The best musician website tips

The Best Musician Website Tips - 3 Easy Fixes to Try Today

You’ve probably heard this a thousand times before… as a musician, you need to have a website. Sure, it’s easy enough to put together a website for your music with all the easy website builders available today, but making a REALLY…
how to not waste time promoting your music on social media

Promoting Your Music on Social Media - How to NOT Waste Time

  Let’s talk about promoting your music on social media. More specifically making the task of promoting your music on social media not suck. I mean, who has time to spend hours coming up with social media posts to promote your music…

How to Make Great Cover Songs & Use Them to Grow Your Audience

For a lot of musicians, there’s a bit of a love/hate relationship going on with cover songs. On one side of the equation, it’s fun and insightful to cover other people’s songs. And if you pick the right song, fans will really go crazy…
4 ways to make band practice more efficient

4 Ways to Make Band Practice More Efficient

When it comes to band practice, practice only makes perfect if you use your time efficiently. Many bands get together with the initial intention to practice for a few hours, but get distracted and goof off, resulting in little or no progress.…
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Tips for Emailing Music Bloggers (And Other Industry Professionals)

Emailing music bloggers, music venues to book gigs, and other industry people like press outlets and record label execs is just downright frustrating for a lot of indie musicians. More often than not, you put all this time into your emails,…
creative band merch ideas your fans will love

5 Creative Band Merch Ideas Your Fans Will LOVE

Music merchandise is a great way to make money as a musician and express your personality as an artist, so it makes sense to have some creative band merch ideas that will make you stand out from the sea of band tees out there. Of course,…
what authors can learn from the music business

What Authors Can Learn From the Music Business

Recently, I was interviewed by Joanna Penn, self-published author and indie advocate and educator for writers, about the music business and the changes that have occurred in the music industry which preceded the shift in digital publishing:…
free music

How to Make Free Music Make Money

Technology. It’s provided a lot of really cool opportunities for musicians. I mean, now you can create incredible quality music with your laptop, you can release that music to the world with the click of a button, and you can connect with…
tour checklist

Tour Checklist: 5 Things You Must Have Before You Go on Tour

Going on tour is a big step in your career as a musician. It’s a great way to monetize your existing fans and reach new fans. But, it’s also possible that your first tour may not go exactly as planned, so you need to prepare accordingly.…
how to use Facebook ads to build your email list

How to Use Facebook Ads to Build Your Email List

Social media is great for musicians – it gives you the ability to interact with your fans and promote your music to a well-targeted audience. Even with all of the benefits, social media sites come and go. However, one thing seems to…
DIY Images for social media

3 Resources for Designing Awesome DIY Images

Images are one of the most engaging types of content. It’s been proven time and time again that social posts that include images will usually get more likes and comments than plain text posts. With that in mind, most everything you…
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Better Live Shows... With Music Theory

Try these music theory tricks at your live shows Booking a gig is just the first step. NOW you need to focus on putting on a great show that will draw a big crowd and get you booked again. It's easy to feel frustrated with your live shows…
Easy steps to get started with email promotion for musicians

Easy Steps to Get Started with Email Promotion for Musicians

Email is a big topic (which is why we dedicated an entire module to it in the Music Power Tools course), and it’s something that a lot of musicians put off. But I’m here to tell you that email doesn’t have to be scary, time-consuming,…

Music Theory Tricks Used in Hit Songs

Try out these music theory tricks Songwriting is often simultaneously one of the most magical and frustrating parts of being a musician. Sometimes, the best songs seem to appear in our heads without prompting and demand to be written down…
Improve your songwriting

How Music Theory Can Improve Your Songwriting

Songwriting is often a mysterious, transcendental experience when it is going well. It can also be one of the most challenging and frustrating creative experiences in music. Often, songwriting seems almost like a spiritual place we must…

Why You Should Learn Music Theory as an Adult

Music theory is wonderful, exciting, and enormously useful. But for many musicians who received any kind of music theory education growing up, the experience is usually exactly the opposite. Music theory classes can feel one step removed…
Get more fans on Twitter

5 Ways to Get More Twitter Followers for Your Music

Image via Depositphotos Twitter is a great channel for promoting your music and engaging your fans online. However, for it to be effective, you need to get more Twitter followers. First off - what you should not do. Don’t buy followers…

7 Smart and Creative Ways to Sell Out Your Gigs

Image via Stocksy First thing that comes to mind when thinking about promoting your music is probably social media, right? Social media breaks down so many barriers for indie musicians to reach and communicate with an audience - and…
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Know Your Craft

Know Your Craft So here you are again. Sitting with your instrument trying to learn or create another song - but the process is taking forever! Every new song you learn or write feels like starting from square one with a totally blank slate.…
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Get the Music Out of Your Head

Get the Music Out of Your Head We all have found ourselves hearing something in our head that sounds so great that we have to play it and get it down on paper. However, once we find ourselves there, the next step of actually getting what we…
break out of your old music habits
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Break Out of Your Old Music Habits

Break Out of Your Old Music Habits One of the greatest challenges any musician faces is the plateau. We all know what it is like. You finally start regularly practicing, you make some strong progress with a few things that you always wanted…
How to play and jam with anybody
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How to Jam and Play with Anybody

How to Jam and Play With Anybody Trust Your Ear  One of the hardest barriers to jumping in and playing with other people is the perception that there is a “right” and a “wrong” way to play music. This perception has come from…

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