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How to Book College Gigs as an Indie Musician

How to Book College Gigs - Case Study from Indie Musician Mike Sullivan Musician Mike Sullivan makes his living touring the college circuit.  The Los Angeles-based independent singer-songwriter knows exactly how to book college gigs, playing…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Luis Hernandez

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. Luis Hernandez is building a new music company in Mexico Luis Hernandez, founder of Pentagram Records is on…

Eight ways to start your next song

What is the best way to start your next song? Opinions differ but sometimes all you need is a new idea! New Artist Model member Lee Pat asked a number of songwriters and teachers 2 questions to see how different musicians approach the…
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Is "Marketing" Killing Your Music? FREE WEBINAR: SEE how to avoid the TRAPS that waste your time.

Do you feel like you are trapped in social media HELL ? Are you spending all your time promoting your music without seeing tangible results? FREE WEBINAR: "Is Marketing" Killing Your Music? Thursday June 16th at 8pm EST Join CD Baby's Kevin…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Angèlia Grace

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career Breaking into the world of independent music can be tough. But it looks like vocalist Angelia Grace might just…
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What's the best band website builder for musicians? Free Webinar.

Every musician today needs a great website. Each week someone asks me what platform is the best band website builder for musicians to create a killer website. There are many choices to be sure. Bandzoogle has what appears to be the best…
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Managing Your Own Music Career - Music Connection Interview with Dave Kusek

I had the good fortune of being part of a great article on managing your own music career that the fine folks at Music Connection Magazine just published written by Bernard Baur. Managing Your Own Music Career MC: You are a big proponent of…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Margaret Dombowski

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. Music is a family affair for manager Margaret Dombowski. The band she represents -- “pop punk” phenom…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Justin Ratowsky

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. Cali Conscious is all about good vibrations. The reggae band that got its start playing under the pier in Huntington…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Shannon Curtis

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. Ask singer songwriter Shannon Curtis about the key to her success as an independent musician, and she’ll tell…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Eric John Kaiser

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model Turn your passion for music into a career Eric John Kaiser is the “French Troubadour.”  A native of Paris who lives in Portland, Oregon, this independent artist…
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Startups Not Students - Boston Globe Article

Part of my thinking behind the New Artist Model online music business school was that I knew that a music degree or college certificate program was financially out of reach for far too many people looking to develop a healthy future in…
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How and When to Post on Social Media

Let's talk social media. It's something we all do as artists, but a lot of musicians aren't using it to it's full potential. Maybe you’re posting to Facebook and Twitter everyday but feel like your efforts are wasted because you’re not seeing…
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8 Tips for Making a Good Impression at Gigs

Guest post by Jonathan Sexton | CEO Bandposters Before I ran a company, I played hundreds if not thousands of gigs all over the US. I’ve played to 10,000 people (2 or 3 times) and I’ve played to 10 people (more than 2 or 3 times).…

Recording Music: How to Save Money in the Recording Studio

The world of recording music has changed a lot in recent years, especially for the indie musician. But one thing still remains the same. Whether you’re recording your first album or your tenth, it still costs money. In this article,…
Feature.fm: The Value of Music Promotion

Feature.fm: The Value of Music Promotion

This article is written by our friends at feature.fm. feature.fm is the first ad platform built exclusively for music, giving you access to promote your music directly inside streaming services. Play your songs to your target audience…

6 Things You Need to Promote Your Music on Social Media

Social media is a cornerstone to the artist-fan relationship today. With that direct connection you can find a fanbase, and develop a connection with your fans (something that wasn't possible in the past), and even sell music. Social media really…

Sync Licensing for Indie Musicians

There are a lot of musicians who dream of scoring a sync license. I mean, who wouldn't want their music on the big screen in front of tons of people? But once you start seriously looking into it, you discover just how much there is to learn,…

The History of Listening: Infographic

Since the beginning, the way we consume and experience music has changed time and time again. In fact, a lot of us have seen at least a few major shifts in musical medium in our lifetime. From vinyl to radio to digital and streaming, one…

The New Artist Model YouTube Channel

When we think of YouTube, we think of covers, viral videos, and music videos. But, while a lot of the content on YouTube is primarily entertaining, you can also find and learn almost anything from YouTube videos. There’s a wealth of information…

Music Strategies: Following Through

Image via Paul Katcher on Flickr There are a ton of music strategies out there that will help you grow your fanbase, get more gigs, sell more music, sell more merch, and grow your social media following. I’ve even shared a lot of them…

Free Training from Bobby Owsinski

Our good friend Bobby Owsinski has a lot of great training resources for aspiring musicians and producers. Check them out here: 101 Mixing Tricks His Blogs YouTube Channel His Site Bobby on Forbes    

Making Inspiration as a Songwriter

There’s a concept in music called “making it.” You know the story. “Making it” could be getting that big publishing deal, it could be getting the chance to perform in an awesome venue or at an event, or it could be a having…

Professional Musician vs Hobby Musician

There's an interesting divide among musicians. For some, music is just a hobby, and that's fine. But others need more. Everyone starts as a hobby musician, but eventually some want to take the next step. Unfortunately, moving from a hobby musician…
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The Return of Vinyl Records

How Vinyl Records Made Their Comeback.   Thanks to Liberty Games for this great graphic. http://www.libertygames.co.uk/blog/how-vinyl-records-made-their-comeback/
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Inside Abbey Road Studios

If you like the Beatles you have to check this out. If you are into recording or music production you have to check this out. If you love music you have to check this out. Am I making myself clear? http://g.co/insideabbeyroad Extremely…
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Frequency and Repetition

DUH! This just in... Researchers find most popular chart songs repeat same words over and over again. They claim the secret to a smash hit single is the frequency and repetition of the lyrics and found songs that repeat phrases are…
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The Dawn of Online Piracy and the Steady Drip of Music

The man who broke the music business... Read the tale of how music leaked from the pressing plants into the digital realm with this interesting piece from Stephen Witt and the New Yorker.  Like water seeking it lowest point.  "In 2001,…

YouTube Cards for Musicians

YouTube is an incredible platform for indie musicians, and a few recent updates will make it even better. YouTube has always been a great platform to attract new fans and forge deeper connections with your fanbase, but there are actually…

The $25K House Concert Strategy

Shannon toured and gigged as a musician through college. She was able to fund her own tours by playing colleges, a venue that’s typically pretty well-paying. However, she wasn’t seeing the exponential growth she wanted - it was more…

Get More Fans with Fluence

"How do I reach new audiences and grow my fanbase?" is a question I get all the time. It's easy to stay in contact with your current fans - there are amazing tools to sell your new music, create engaging fan experiences, and send direct and…

Make money in music and explore the Future of Music with Dave Kusek and the New Artist Model for independent musicians and indie artists. Make money in music via this future music blog. Learn about the music business from how to get on spotify playlists to instagram for musicians to how to promote your music and get your music licensed. Learn the best way to promote your music, music marketing and music career success strategies through the New Artist Model approach. Discover tips and strategies and techniques that you can use to advance your music career.  Find ways to book more shows and gigs, learn about copyright, licensing and music publishing, record labels, music marketing, music news, music website, musician success, merchandise, management, performing, songwriting and recording in this music blog. If you want to be a musician and make money in music the you must learn how to promote your music online and develop online press kits visit this future music blog now and learn about music marketing, online music promotion and how to promote your music.