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The Emerging Artist’s Guide to Spotify Playlists

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For many artists, landing a placement on a Spotify official playlist or a reputable blog’s coveted playlist is a major victory. In fact, in many instances, those Spotify placements are proving to be just as if not more sought-after than high-tier blog placements.

But for the emerging musician, landing that placement is never as simple as having great music. I interviewed artists who have had successful placements, along with those that do the placing, to tap into three major areas of interest: How emerging artists gain Spotify playlist placement, if Spotify placement a reality for most emerging artists, and if there’s a certain milestone artists need to speed up the process.

Why Every Artist Should Play at Least One Instrument

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If you're an artist and don't play an instrument at least passably well, you're putting yourself at a huge disadvantage. There are exceptions, of course — if you're the lead singer in a band or have your own backing band, you may find it entirely unnecessary to learn an instrument. 

This has it's own pitfalls, however. Keeping a band together is often hard work. Egos, conflicting musical tastes, and personalities are often more than a match for the most talented of bands. This is not to mention the added expense of paying band members.

Outside of the perfect scenario where you have endless money to pay a backing band and have a ready-made band of great musicians who are drug and problem free, you'll need to consider picking up a guitar at the very least. Here are just a few reasons why it's smart to learn an instrument if you're an artist.

4 Benefits of Playing Shows for Free You Should Consider

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Many people will tell you that accepting non-paying gigs as a working musician is a bad idea, and 90% of the time, I’d agree with them. Live performances will likely be one of your most important sources of income, so why would you go and give that away? I’m not here to tell you that it’s actually great, or even that it’s fair or right when someone asks you to perform for no money, but if you're willing to think about it in the rare occasion, there are some reasons why it might actually be in your best interest to say yes.

25 Quick and Easy Social Media Prompts to Post in a Pinch

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One of the things musicians dread the most is keeping up with social media. With so much cluttering up our newsfeeds, it can become very easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of content and underwhelmed by the value of it all.

It’s also easy to fall down the rabbit hole of comparisons and fear-based-paralysis  you see another musician killing it online and you convince yourself you have nothing to say. Or you did, but someone else already said it, so why bother?

Any of this sound familiar?

5 Questions to Ask on Social Media That Will Increase Fan Engagement

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One of the most common responses I get from musicians when I ask them about the roadblocks they face on social media is, “I never know what to post!” What you may not realize is that a lot of the content can be provided by your fans and followers — all you have to do is prime your audience with a discussion topic.