After a long, relaxing 4th of July weekend, it's the perfect time to use that revitalization to kick your music career into high gear! First up on your to-do list: brush up on your music biz knowledge with our most read posts of the week.
If you want to be an active professional musician, you should learn to sing. It's an incredibly beneficial skill for your ear development, and it's a lot of fun as well!
There are tons of benefits to being able to sing and play an instrument at the same time. For musicians that are primarily instrumentalists, this will allow you to sing backup vocals and harmonies in your groups, thus making you a much more valuable player. Plus, if you start a group but can't seem to find a singer, you can just do it yourself! Additionally, it's great for singer-songwriters, as they can learn to accompany themselves without having to hire extra musicians, which gives them a lot of mobility and makes it much easier to book tons of gigs and tour.
However, singing and playing at the same time is hard! Doing one at a time can be difficult enough for many people, so how are you supposed to do both at the same time? Well, the short answer is lots of practice. Aside from that, here are four tips that I've picked up along the way that may help.
Money in the music industry is a messy subject. There never seems to be enough – or at least, never enough that's granted to the ones actually making the music. A key aspect of making and keeping money is the ability to manage it well. As a band, there are lots of expenses you'll incur, as well as a lot of investments that will need to be made and fundraising that needs to be done. But with all this money going out and so little coming in, how is the band supposed to support itself?
I've played in a lot of bands, and each managed its money a little differently. Here are some of the methods I've learned over the years.