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Ready to Network? 4 Tactics to Try Out at This Year's Conferences

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It’s officially conference season! Whether you’re heading to SXSW in March, Launch Music Festival in April, East Coast Music Conference in May, or Indie Week in November, there’s no doubt that we’re entering an exciting time for opportunities and networking.

Why (and How) You Should Prep for Your Summer Tour Now

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While we may still be scraping ice off our cars in most parts of the country, it’s definitely not too early to begin planning for your upcoming summer tour. Besides the fact that it gives you something to look forward to (warmer days! T-shirts! Ice cream!), it’s actually in your best interest to start planning months in advance, so that you’re giving yourself plenty of time to properly prepare.

Simply put, there’s a lot that goes into putting together a successful tour, and you don’t want to rush it. Here are five ways you can prep for your summer tour right now.

How Bands Can Get Booked at Major Festivals

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You’ve pictured it a million times. The roar of the crowd as you take the stage. The feeling of looking out at a sea of people, eager eyes, hands in the air. The first chords echoing through the festival. That overwhelming feeling of being on top of the world.

It’s kind of incredible isn’t it?

For many, playing the festival circuit can be a gateway to so many future opportunities. Beyond the incredible feeling of taking the stage to hundreds or thousands of eager fans, it can lead to more (and larger) bookings, new team members (like management), and of course it doesn’t hurt if you’re looking at signing to a label down the line.

But when it comes to actually making the connection and securing your spot, how does it work? We've put together a guide to getting booked at major festivals complete with advice from our in-house experts about giving yourself the best chance for success. Read on!

How to Work Backwards to Achieve Your Music Goals for 2019

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Now that 2019 is officially underway, odds are you’re either in full-fledged action mode, tackling those goals one by one and just totally on fire or you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, a little unsure, and completely clueless as to how to actually begin work on these goals you’ve set for yourself.

Thankfully, at Sonicbids, goal setting is kind of our thing. We help you plan for festival spots, licensing and networking opportunities, all while giving you a place to house that EPK — and to keep on adding to it as your professional resume grows.

Opportunities are all around you, and we like to think we can alleviate some of the stress when it comes to things like searching for that new bass player or partnering with a booking agent to make your summer 2019 touring goal a reality.

So grab your pencil and paper and get ready to tackle those goals!

9 Online and In-Person Music Promotion Strategies That Win Every Time

Image via pexels.comThink about your favorite band. What is it about them that makes you go to every show, buy all their merch, and follow their every move? Sure, their music connects with you — that’s the first step, after all. But if you think beyond the basics, odds are they have some kind of promotional strategy that keeps you engaged both in person and online. If they’re doing it well and being genuine about it, you probably don’t realize it’s promotion at all.

We’ve rounded up the strategies of major-label artists and emerging indies that are making their mark with unique, highly customized tactics that are ripe with inspiration. Here are nine ways to make them work for you, too.