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4 Music Communities You Didn’t Know Existed

Balanced Breakfast: Nashville. (Photo by Chelsea White; used with permission)

The music industry can be a lonely place if you don’t know where to meet people. Thankfully, there are some amazing communities both online and in person to help you connect with others who truly want to support you. They turn the ever-scary thought of networking into what it’s really meant to be – a way to build relationships and form friendships.

How to Get People to Give You Money for Your Music

Getting people to pay you without having to wear a horse mask is the goal here. (Photo by James W Copeland via Shutterstock)

Getting fans to hand over their hard-earned cash is no easy task. In fact, it’s one of the biggest challenges that artists face: making money from their craft. The truth is, there are a lot of tactics I could throw at you, and they’d read like some kind of get-rich-quick scheme, but at the end of the day, those tactics aren’t the ones that stick. What does stick is relationship building.

Musicians: 5 Tools That Will Transform Your Productivity and Keep You Organized

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I have a confession to make: I have a bit of app FOMO. I am constantly worrying that I’ve missed out on the app that's bound to make my life easier, my business run smoother, and my life become more organized. But there are so many options out there that the trouble is it can become almost paralyzing trying to figure out which ones make the most sense for you and your path.

There are hundreds of brilliant apps, but I’ve narrowed it down to five that I feel are universally beneficial whether you’re a musician, an entrepreneur, or just someone who really needs a kick in the butt with organization. Check them out below.

4 Crucial Things Festival Programmers Want You to Know Before Submitting to Perform

Boston Calling 2015. (Photo by Mike Splain)

Picture it. A beautiful summer day, not a cloud in the sky, and you tuning your instrument backstage. You can hear the roar of the crowd as you try to focus on your task, every second bringing you closer to your debut at a festival you’ve been dying to play since the first moments you decided to pursue a career in music.

And then it’s time. You step onto the stage, and if you thought the rumble was loud before, it’s nearly deafening now, and it’s all for you.

But how did you get there?

I interviewed several festival key players – Jeff Klingman of Northside Festival (Brooklyn, NY), Jeremy Weiss of the LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival (Lancaster, PA), and Fred Hausman of the Eastlake Music Festival (Oakland, CA) – to find out what turns their ear, what makes them offer an artist a spot on the lineup, tips to make your submission stand out, the importance of the live show experience (because, guys, we really mean it – your live show can’t suck), and more.

3 Ways Traveling Can Boost Your Music Career

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I don’t want to overstate the obvious, but I bet there’s a lot of you right now who are dying to get out of your town and travel a bit. Lucky for you, I have some pretty great news: traveling can be one of the best ways to boost your music career.

Whether you’re a musician, manager, promoter, label owner, you name it, the way to help propel your career isn’t just by sitting behind your desk or practicing in your room all day. It can actually be extremely beneficial to get out of your chair, outside your city, and explore the world around you.