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3 Things Musicians Don't Think They Need to Invest In, but Actually Do

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As indie musicians get more and more freedom and power over their music, it also means they need to start making calls about what they should invest back into their career, and these days, there are a lot of options. Do you focus on hiring an artist, creating product, and developing your merch? Do you focus 100 percent on the music and give up a percentage of your income to a manager or agent to take care of the business side? Do you pay big bucks to work with a top-of-the-line producer? Or do you give your fans some physical product like CDs and vinyl?

Of course, every music career is different, and every artist will need to invest differently to grow their career. But there are a few things that every artist should invest time and money into on an ongoing basis (and they're probably not what you expected).

Artists: 5 Best Practices to Make the Most of Apple Music

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A version of this article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.


We hope everyone has been enjoying the brand new Apple Music and exploring all of its exciting features. As with all new friends, it takes a little bit of time to get to know and understand how best to work with it. To help, here are five best practices that you can follow to start maximizing your streams on the service.

5 Inspiring Stories That Will Make You So Proud You're a Musician

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Though music has always played a large part in the lives of those who make it, scientists today are discovering just how important it is to society as a whole. Obvious to many are the emotional responses we get when we hear music: it stimulates old memories, causes us to calm down or feel other emotions, and can even inspire us for the future. Now, studies are showing that it actually builds new pathways in the brain, strengthens old ones, and contributes a completely unique type of neurological stimulation.

This only reaffirms that our job as musicians is extremely important. Not only does music help us live fulfilling lives, but it also helps society like nothing else can.

This is something to be extremely proud of. There are cases everywhere of people who were injured or traumatized and were able to come out of their hopeless state and heal through music. Here are five such cases that will make you feel very proud to be a musician.

Road to Nowhere: Is the Internet Killing Touring for New Bands?

Banditos signing their record contract while en route to one of the 150-plus gigs they play annually. (Photo courtesy of the band)

The internet has brought the world closer than ever before, yet for young bands on the road, the tool that should be their strongest ally might be working against them.

My hometown, Birmingham, AL, has a strong local music scene. There are lots of great bands, new venues, and supportive audiences. Musicians play in each other's projects without much care for sticking with specific genre. As a result, both the bands and the crowds are more musically diverse. There's a general pride in seeing local bands succeed – even if it's a band whose music you don't particularly care for. It's lovely.

But I've noticed something: not as many bands want to leave the nest. What's more, fewer bands from the Southeast seem to be making it to town. There was a time when trading shows with bands from out of state was the norm. Now it seems that bands are more likely to stay in their own bubbles rather than branching out.

5 Rules for Sharing a Practice Space With Another Band

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

Being in a band is not always the easiest thing in the world. But between trying to score good shows, write good music, and keep everyone in the band on the same page, there's also that necessary evil most of us must face: sharing a band practice space.

With rents rising everywhere, there's almost no choice but to have to split rent with one or two (or more) bands, and often, you have no idea who these people are. Hopefully, you've already made sure that they're dependable and won't pawn your stuff, so let's move on to the week-to-week kind of stuff.