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How to Avoid Blowing Your Budget Before Your Album Release

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You’ve got your hands on your freshly mastered album, something you’ve poured countless hours and thousands of dollars into. When release day finally comes, you wait anxiously for the media to pick it up, for the sales to roll in, for the praise and recognition you know you’ve earned to come your way.

Instead, what you’re met with is a deafening silence. The media isn’t chomping at the bit like you’d hoped, the sales are minimal, and although your friends and family have high praise, it about ends there.

Creating Small Goals for Maximum Success in 2017

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Are you looking towards the end of 2016 and wondering why you didn’t achieve more? Why didn’t your band get signed to a label? Why didn’t you get added to a major music festival? Why didn’t more fans support your music?

When you look at goals from a large-scale point of view and evaluate how you did on your quest to achieve them, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to say, “What’s the point anyway?” Big-picture goals are fantastic and it’s important to dream big, but sometimes you need to take a step back to look at ways to create forward momentum.

8 Cheap Merch Items That Bring Fans to Your Table

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Selling merchandise is incredibly important to most musicians, especially those who are independent or just starting out. While you'll surely make the bulk of your money on things like T-shirts, CDs, and vinyl, there are so many other items you could be selling that fans would be interested in opening their wallets for.

How to Know If It's Worth It to Take the Gig or Pass

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This is a guest post by Ari Herstand, author of How to Make It in the New Music Business and originally appeared on Ari’s Take.

 

Remember, nothing in the music industry is black and white. Not streaming. Not pirating music. Not playing gigs for free. Is playing for free ever okay? Short answer is yes. Should bands take free gigs? Short answer is maybe.

But nothing in the music industry can accurately be answered with a short answer. Use this guide to help you decide if the gig is right for you.

6 Ways to Make Music (And Money) Without Being a Performer

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Performing is something musicians do, but not all musicians perform. For those of us musicians who don’t like to or choose not to perform, we can be confused about our musical identities. Should we even consider ourselves musicians? (Yes, a thousand times yes.) But we don’t actually do what musicians “do.”