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5 Ways to Boost Your Music Income Without Leaving Home

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Making it as a musician isn’t easy. It takes a lot of grit, determination, and long hours to make your mark and, if you’re lucky, start seeing some financial gain from it. But I’m a firm believer that you can make a living as a musician if you’re willing to get creative and step outside the box of what you think that looks like.

At the very least, you can certainly add some extra income to your pocket, and a lot of times, you can do it without even leaving the house. (So, no excuses!) There are a lot of revenue streams out there just waiting for someone to take advantage of them. And why shouldn’t that person be you?

Why Your Demo Isn't Enough to Make It in the Music Business

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In today’s world, musicians are expected to be a one-stop shop for their own marketing, production, PR, and everything in between. Long gone are the days of A&R managers, discovering your raw talented un-branded and undeveloped. As if it weren't hard enough to complete your demo, you also have to figure out how to promote it and when you should follow up.

Today, there are so many tools that offer ways to automate these added responsibilities, but they don’t handle everything. You still need a strategy and plan to know how you’re going to get your music out into the world.

5 Albums Recorded in Strange Ways That Still Sound Great

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Most audio engineers will tell you that there’s a right way and a wrong way to record music, and if you’re going into the studio to make an album, it’s worth taking the time to do things right. Not every great album, however, was recorded using the “right” methods. In fact, some of the greatest albums of all time were recorded in ways that would seem totally wrong to most experienced audiophiles. Here are some of the best examples of albums that used the wrong techniques to get the right sounds.

7 Ways All Musicians Can Play Every Show Like a Professional

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Most musicians are focused only on the music  and rightfully so. If you don't play a great show, you're not going to win over fans or be asked back to the venue. But more than being a great band, you want to be taken seriously. Here are seven ways you can step up your game and be a more professional musician.

6 Ways to Gently Nudge Fans About Buying Tickets to an Upcoming Show

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Concerts are one of the primary ways you’re going to make money as a musician, so while it can be exhausting to promote all of your shows over and over, it’s what you have to do to stay in business. In fact, you’ll probably end up spending more time promoting concerts and pushing tickets than actually playing onstage!

After initially releasing dates and announcing a tour, how do you make sure you sell as many tickets as possible? Social media will quickly become your best friend, so here are six helpful tactics that can help you sell, sell, sell!