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Musician Life

May 22, 2017 06:00 AM

Allison Johnelle Boron

4 Rock 'n' Roll Road Trips to Take This Summer

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The wanderlust-inspiring days of summer are fast approaching, and even though the rest of your year might be occupied recording or touring, you're probably also looking for a warm-weather escape. Luckily, road trips are usually easy to convert into day trips, especially when they're located within driving distance of major cities. When your destination is music-centric, it makes all the more sense to take a little time off.

Here are five trip ideas tailor-made for musicians and creative types. If you've got a favorite destination, be sure to share it with us in the comments!

5 Ways to Finance Your Music Career Through Grants and Funding Opportunities

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Beefing up your band fund should be a multi-faceted effort, not a single-strategy one. When you include a variety of sources – door money at shows, merch profits, crowdfunding – you're sure to reach your goals faster. One path of opportunity often overlooked, however, is grant funding.

Competition for many of these awards is incredibly stiff, of course, but the rewards can be undeniably game-changing. Learn more about five current grant opportunities for independent musicians below. Do the research, send a compelling application, and continue honing your craft. Whether you snatch the grant or not, the process of applying is, at the very least, fortifying. Good luck!

5 Crucial Wake-Up Calls for Emerging Musicians

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Hopefully, you've been in the music business long enough to know that miracles don't happen overnight and it takes real, honest work to achieve any success, no matter how small. Still, it's okay to carry some pie-in-the-sky dreams in your back pocket. Just make sure you pair them with a healthy dose of reality. If you're in need of a little real talk, here are five sound reality checks for your music career.

Ask a Publicist: What to Do When That Music Journalist Goes AWOL

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One of the biggest frustrations of a publicist is not receiving responses to pitches we send. We sort of anticipate it when the pitch is a cold call or we haven’t yet built a relationship with a writer, but the real head scratchers are when a journalist raises his or her hand high with interest and then seemingly disappears despite repeated follow ups from us.

On a recent Facebook post, a journalist summed this up in one sentence. “If you’re not hearing back from me, it’s because I’m trying to think of a way to tell you 'yes'  and failing."

You may be thinking that if a journalist likes your music, he or she should just write about it. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Here are three reasons why an interested journalist may have gone AWOL.