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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.

5 Simple, Effective Ways to Show Your Fans You Care

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When it comes to connecting with your fans, there are a lot of ways to go about it. Some of the basics include things like replying to their comments or sending them a heartfelt thank you when they follow you. As far as I’m concerned, these should fall under “being a band 101.”

But for those of you that really want to go above and beyond, make a lasting impression on your audience, and grow those relationships to superfan status, these tips are for you.

4 Opportunities Your Band is Missing Out On

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When you know your music is destined for something big, it can be difficult to take it slow. It’s easy to set your sites on playing the largest venues, getting on the highest profile blogs, opening for the biggest bands — and to want it to all happen now. But if you try to skip all the steps between “just starting out” and “major success” you’ll find that you tend to stay in the “just starting out” phase a little too long — if not forever.

The reality is, when you try to skip over all the nitty-gritty steps of building your fanbase, networking with other bands and industry, touring locally, building your brand, and anything else that’s generally considered the business side of the industry, and instead put pressure on the music to do all the work, you’ll find that no matter how great the music is, you simply can’t get it off the ground.

In today’s industry, having a head for business is just as important as having a talent for music.

The Emerging Artist’s Guide to Spotify Playlists

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For many artists, landing a placement on a Spotify official playlist or a reputable blog’s coveted playlist is a major victory. In fact, in many instances, those Spotify placements are proving to be just as if not more sought-after than high-tier blog placements.

But for the emerging musician, landing that placement is never as simple as having great music. I interviewed artists who have had successful placements, along with those that do the placing, to tap into three major areas of interest: How emerging artists gain Spotify playlist placement, if Spotify placement a reality for most emerging artists, and if there’s a certain milestone artists need to speed up the process.

Why Moving to LA Isn't Guaranteed to Make Your Dreams Come True

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There’s this myth in the music industry that packing up and moving to Los Angeles to chase your dreams is bound to result in massive success. The only problem? It’s not necessarily true.

Sure, there are plenty of artists who make the move to California each year and find themselves in the right circles, talking to the right people, and making the right moves — but that isn’t because LA is some magical place that does all the work for you. It’s because they had a plan in place, they did the work, and they made the right moves. LA on its own isn’t a miracle worker, but it can work for you if you put in your share of the effort.