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We Love How These 3 Music Nonprofits Are Helping Our Communities

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconJul 31, 2014 12:39:56 PM

tag icon Features, nonprofit

Image via Sylvia G Photography

Music has a way of healing the soul. While many well-known music nonprofits focus on the importance of education in music, there are many nonprofits gearing their focus towards other aspects of music, such as music therapy, self-esteem, and healthcare. Here are three wonderful music nonprofits who all share the common belief that music can change our lives and bring positivity into our communities.

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The Real Cost of a Crowdfunding Campaign (And How to Budget Correctly)

pencil icon Andrew Hall

date iconJul 31, 2014 11:56:00 AM

tag icon Features, crowdfunding, Legal & Finance

Image via rmmagazine.com

When it comes to managing and securing funds as an independent artist, crowdfunding has become a great tool to leverage a supportive community that can help you get to the next level. Whether it's for an upcoming album release or to help you branch out to a new touring market, this modern-day fundraising approach will allow you to offer some unique merchandise or special experience for your fans in exchange for their financial support.

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Spotlight On: Darlingside

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconJul 31, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon artist, darlingside, Spotlight

Darlingside (photo by Robb Stey)

One of our favorite bands that has risen out of the Boston music scene is Darlingside, composed of four songwriters, a chorus of voices, and more instruments than we can keep track of. With no front man, the group is a product of true collaboration and diverse talents. Auyon Mukharji traveled to Brazil, Turkey, and Ireland for a year to study the countries’ traditional music and instruments, while Harris Paseltiner picked up the cello at age six and appeared twice on NPR with his classical piano trio. Dave Senft learned guitar as a street musician in Boston, while Don Mitchell toured nationally as a boy alto, and later worked as a singer-songwriter on sunset boat cruises in Maine.

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The Backwards Method to Music Success

pencil icon James Moore

date iconJul 30, 2014 12:40:48 PM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

The Weeknd (image courtesy of James Moore)

The following is an excerpt from Your Band is a Virus by James Moore, reprinted with permission.

 

The music industry has changed so much in the past 10 years, that there has emerged a "free path," or a backwards method of promoting, and this presents another way to go when approaching your website design. I present this as another option, as many people are tired of the “information overload” so common on the internet. When you provide something simply and directly, it can pay off, and people spread the word accordingly. Please note that this “backwards method” is my suggested method. While the sales tactic definitely works for many bands, I have seen many more forward-thinking artists make huge strides by making their music free and easily accessible.

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3 Creative Ways to Make More Money Gigging

pencil icon Dave Kusek

date iconJul 30, 2014 12:08:00 PM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking, Columns

Gigging and touring is the bread and butter for indie musicians today. Playing local gigs on the weekend with a few regional or national tours can provide enough income to get by, but there’s a lot more to gigging than performing and ticket sales. The fan interactions, collaboration opportunities, and merch possibilities open up a number of income streams for musicians. Let’s take a look at three creative ways you can use the tools you already have available to make more money at your gigs.

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