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5 Times Music Changed the Course of History

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Regardless of how you feel about America's current government, it’s clear that the political situation in the US is becoming increasingly heated. Whenever you turn on the news, there seems to be some new controversial political development. It certainly feels like we’re living through a major historical moment right now.

Through the power of social media, musicians are making their voices heard on political issues. It's certainly not the first time artists have chimed in on the political climate. Throughout history, you’ll find examples of music and musicians playing a big role in a number of major world events.

From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, here are some examples of times when music has changed the course of history.

4 Signs Your Producer Isn't Right for You

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Many criteria go into choosing a producer. Style, studio equipment, and even personality all play a role. It's tempting to put on blinders and just assume any producer is perfect for your music, but that's simply not the case. Here are four warning signs that the producer you're working with might not be a good fit.

Less Is More: Why You Should Pitch Your Music to Fewer Publications

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Logic dictates that the more music bloggers you reach out to about your band, the more coverage you’ll receive.

Not necessarily.

Here's Why You Should Think Twice About Taking a Low-Paying Gig

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Musicians seem to have a problem asking for money. It can be tempting to accept low-paying jobs as a way to set yourself apart from the competition, particularly if you're just starting out. The paradox of this approach, however, is that it can lead to a dangerous downward spiral that’s not just bad for you, but for all musicians. Here are a few things to consider before you take a low-paying gig.

7 Times You'll Want to Give Up Your Career (And How to Get Past Them)

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Ask any self-professed lifer, and they'll admit it freely: making a career as a DIY, independent musician is not easy. At some point, you may want to abandon music-making in search of a more financially stable and less emotionally and physically trying path.

For some, that may be the right move; nobody has any business faulting you for making a choice with your own well-being in mind. But a big-picture mentality – recognizing the ruts as temporary and making steps to skirt, or at least smooth over, the next potential set of bumps – can help you regain the strength and focus you need for the long haul.

It's totally understandable that the slew of inherent struggles, like relentless touring, penny pinching, and constantly pouring your soul out in the studio and onstage only to feel stagnant afterward, would wear you down.

Before you call it quits, though, consider our best advice to get through these seven disheartening moments most artists endure at one point or another.