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Explore proven strategies for success for independent musicians, songwriters and producers in this music blog about the future of music and you. Think big about your music career and prosper.

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Stop Guessing and Learn the Language of Music

When you pay attention to everything that's going on around you, you'll be surprised what you hear. Stop guessing what the chords might be Instead, learn about keys and harmonic function. This will take enormous amounts of guesswork out of…
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The Quest to Become a Better Musician

Time, Tonality and Harmony We all want to improve as musicians, but it can be hard to identify clear ways to improve. Just starting to practice on a regular basis can help you enormously, but it can also be a real challenge. Many times it’s…
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Séan McCann becomes a musical entrepreneur

After two decades and a turn to sobriety, Séan McCann took a good look at his life in the music industry. He wanted a change. It had been a good living for a while. As a founding member of Great Big Sea, Mr. McCann spent nearly half his life…
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How to make it in the new age of music

There’s no question whether or not the music industry has changed. Some say it’s for the worse, but others see opportunity in the new age of music and are helping others do the same.I has a chance to talk with Nick Ruffini of Drummer's…
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Musicians Guide - Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is all about setting up your website so that its pages are easily found and highly ranked by search engines like Google. This Musicians Guide Search Engine Optimization SEO will show you how. While traditional marketing avenues like radio…
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Dave Kusek Podcast

Dave Kusek Podcast I had a chat a couple of weeks ago with my friend Bobby Owsinski that he recorded for his Inner Circle Podcast. I I hope you enjoy it. We talked about a lot of things in the Dave Kusek podcast including the early days…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Matt Powell

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. On His Own -- And Loving It Canadian Singer songwriter Matt Powell isn’t a big believer in conventional…
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Why Lyric Videos Are a Great Option for Bands & Musicians on a Budget

Guest Post by Caroline of Culture Coverage When everyone is scrambling to bring more to the table, lyric videos pop up to prove to the industry that less is not only better but also incredibly effective. Cropping up as fan posted videos…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Declan O’Shea / Mako

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model Essential Power Pack: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. Keep moving or die If you’ve ever been near the ocean, chances are you’ve heard…
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What’s Working in Indie Music Today Lessons in Success from New Artist Model Member Rishi Deva

By Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath Sponsored by the New Artist Model Essential Power Pack: Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career. Rishi Deva manages the chart topping, award winning Canadian artist Parvati.  With his…
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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…

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.