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3 Reasons You Could Be Hurting Your Music Career By Staying Busy

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It’s quite common to hear, “I’ve been so busy, I need a vacation!” or, “Things are so busy around here, I suppose I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The music industry is one of the last industries to embrace the self-care movement. Corporate titans like Arianna Huffington and Mark Cuban, along with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, have begun speaking up loudly about the importance of prioritizing time outside of work and working smarter, not harder.

All too often, musicians work 'round the clock in an attempt to prove to others how much they “want it.” However, the “24/7 grind” is nothing more than people staying busy, regardless of how much work is actually getting done. After all, when you’re on your second all-nighter, how much is truly getting accomplished?

Don't Ignore These 5 Signs You’re Slipping Into Burnout

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In the music industry, there’s a mentality that, in order to be successful, you must work 24/7. There’s a major guilt factor that comes with taking a day off to enjoy time with friends, family, or even on your own, and if you’re like most people in this industry, you feel a constant nagging in the back of your mind telling you what you “should” be doing.

But here’s the secret no one tells you about adhering to that mindset: It’ll destroy you.

3 Unexpected Ways to Book Your Next Show

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We all know the tried-and-true techniques of booking shows, but what about the unconventional? What about the weird and unusual ways that bands have secured gigs? When you’re feeling stuck or a little bored with the same ol’, same ‘ol, try out some of these unusual, but successful, tactics.

Want To Be A Tour Manager? Here's Advice From 4 Industry Pros

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Tour life. It’s something most bands dream about, but what about balancing your musical ambitions with the logistical requirements of planning and preparing for life on the road? Is it even possible for an artist to become a tour manager, too?

5 Stupid-Simple Ways to Instantly Boost Fan Engagement on Social Media

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You’ve heard it over and over again: without a strong social media strategy, your music, your message, and everything you’ve worked so hard for is likely to go unnoticed. As much as that reality stings, once you accept it, you can begin working it to your advantage. After all, a strong social media presence is a must for attracting everyone from blogs to festivals to managers. Even your fans can’t become fully engaged if you’re only posting once a week or pushing sales more than personality.

So if you’re ready to do a deep dive into your social media and really go all-in on strategy and engagement, check out these five tips.