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5 Ways to Engage Fans With Facebook Live

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As someone who has always been a little camera shy, I completely understand the resistance to embracing all that Facebook Live has to offer. I mean, for one thing, it’s live, so you can’t edit it to perfection. (Did I mention this is also a major plus?)

Second, you can feel a little silly talking to an audience you can’t see and hoping (trusting) they’ll interact with you either as the broadcast goes out live or when they watch the replay. Tip: Many people tend to watch and comment on replays, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a huge turnout straight away.

But the fact remains that as Facebook continues to push Live to its users, the potential for growing your audience and engaging fans becomes all the more important. Because we know it can be a little nerve-wracking, here are a five ways to get started.

10 Quirky Stops to Make During Your Next Tour

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Being on the road presents a ton of opportunities for artists. There’s the whole playing gigs, meeting new fans, and seeing new cities bit, but why not take the opportunity to see something a little different? Something a little quirky that you would never normally come across?

We’ve put together a list of 10 unexpected, fascinating pieces of the US landscape to check out next time you’re on tour. After all, why not use your tour as a bit of a mini vacation if you can swing it?

Don't Have an In-Person Mentor? Try These 2 Ways to Find a Virtual Mentor for Your Music Career

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Sometimes this industry can feel so lonely — like you’re fighting an uphill battle with no one to turn to for support. While there are undoubtedly communities out there designed to support you in your journey, the truth is that sometimes you just want someone to turn to for a quick question or piece of advice. You want someone who has already achieved much of the success you hope to who can guide you in your most confusing moments.

The good news is that kind of person does exist, and they’re called a mentor. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to find an in person mentor who can guide you through the ins and outs of your career on a regular basis — they’re available, hands on, and there to answer your questions when you get stuck.

An in-person mentor, however, isn’t always easy to find. If your search for the perfect mentor isn't turning out the way you'd hoped, here are two options for finding that person virtually.

6 Ways DIY Musicians Have More Power Than Ever

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Sometimes it can feel like your path as a DIY musician is paved with obstacles. It’s a lot of pressure, budget, and responsibility for just one set of people to handle, and having a label to help you out (especially with the budget side) can feel incredibly refreshing.

While it’s true that having a team to help you out when it comes to things like press or booking tours is something you’ll want to eventually budget for, there’s also a lot of power to be had by being a DIY musician.

6 Tools to Better Manage Your Music Career

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When it comes to being a musician, it’s always good to have a few tools in your back pocket. Things like Google Calendar and Mailchimp are fantastic tools and well known — but what about some of the lesser-known tools that have the ability to make your life as a musician infinitely better?

Below we’ve highlighted six tools that may have slipped under your radar — and why you should start using them.