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Mark Your Calendars for These 10 Music Conferences That Won't Break the Bank

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There’s no shortage of awesome conferences and festivals, but finding ones that are as affordable as they are brilliant can be a little tricky.

Here are 10 can't-miss music conferences from around North America that are sure to provide a healthy dose of inspiration without breaking the bank.

So What Do You Do Again? A Guide to Roles in the Music Industry

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Building your team as an artist can be incredibly overwhelming – especially when roles in the music industry are so loosely defined and everyone does a bit of everything.

Still, there are some hard and fast rules about which team members do what. To get you started, I’ve compiled all that research into one, handy mini-field guide. Happy team building!

4 Ways to Create (and Perfect) Your Band Persona

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One of the most powerful things you can do for your career is to create a strong brand identity, something your band stands for and believes in that seeps through in every photo taken, every post on social media, every press interview, and of course, in the music you make.

But if you’re stuck on how to actually create that persona and make it stick — you’re not alone. Check out these four tips for discovering and perfecting your band’s persona.

How to Avoid Blowing Your Budget Before Your Album Release

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You’ve got your hands on your freshly mastered album, something you’ve poured countless hours and thousands of dollars into. When release day finally comes, you wait anxiously for the media to pick it up, for the sales to roll in, for the praise and recognition you know you’ve earned to come your way.

Instead, what you’re met with is a deafening silence. The media isn’t chomping at the bit like you’d hoped, the sales are minimal, and although your friends and family have high praise, it about ends there.

4 Music Communities You Didn’t Know Existed

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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.