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The Big Give Back: How to Work With a Charity (the Right Way)

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Historically, when money or awareness needs to be raised for charity, musicians are key figures for events or social campaigning. It's in our blood to bring people together, and if that includes a great cause along with a great time, then it's a success for everyone involved. As a band, using your social media platforms or your own events as a tool to promote these causes can be beneficial, but it's also important to consider whether the cause is aligned with your brand and your community. Because if you're doing it for the wrong reasons (i.e. purely for self-promotion), then the goodwill you say you're trying to generate will undoubtedly come off as inauthentic. But if you're committed to raising awareness for the right reasons, here are some guidelines to help you out.

4 Online Tools to Live-Stream Your Next Show

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From direct communication tools like FaceTime and Skype to social apps like Vine and Snapchat, the options for quality live video interactions have increased dramatically, and the music industry has noticed. Nowadays, every major festival partners with a streaming service to leverage artist performances, and bands like Phish and the Black Keys have streamed some of their biggest shows to connect with a larger audience. With today's technology, everyone can do the same. Here are four tools you can use to stream your own shows and help grow your presence – not only in the city in which you’re performing, but around the world.

Features, networking

Oct 15, 2014 10:30 AM

Andrew Hall

How to Nail Your Networking and Have Genuine Interactions

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Networking gets a bad rap in the music industry. Many musicians even cringe at the word. It’s not, however, just about schmoozing to get what you want. If you’ve ever heard the saying, "It’s not what you know, but who you know" and got frustrated, then you’ll be happy to hear this saying: "It’s not who you know, but who knows you.”

Features, Songwriting

Oct 6, 2014 11:30 AM

Andrew Hall

3 Key Tools for Online Songwriting Collaboration (That You Already Know How to Use)

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Let’s face it: the songwriting process is a complicated one. It takes a lot of talent, focus, energy, and of course, collaboration. There’s the chord progression, melodies, beat, lyrics, and putting it all together. Everyone likes playing new material, so giving each person the opportunity to have input, learn, and create his or her part is key to having the songs ready to rehearse and play at your next show. Use these three great online tools to help you with your songwriting process and get you playing those gems in front of your fans in no time.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Band Rehearsal in 3 Hours (or Less)

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Nowadays, it’s essential to save as much time as possible – and when you’re in an up-and-coming band, you especially need all the time you can get. From promotion to business operations, tour planning to practicing, there are barely enough hours in the day. Not to mention that a lot of musicians balance a nine-to-five job with a music career. You need to be efficient as possible to accomplish it all. In this article, we'll roll out some rehearsal tips to get you in and out of your practice space in three hours or less.