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Checklist: What You Need to Know to Perform Overseas

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Playing overseas for the first time is a big jump for many bands and may hold the key to widespread exposure. However, what should be an exciting personal and professional experience can become a nightmare if proper steps are not taken to board a plane, perform in a foreign country, and travel from city to city abroad with minimal hassle. Use the following checklist to make sure your next international festival or tour is smooth sailing!

3 of the Most Creative Ways Bands Distribute Download Codes

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There seems to be a divide between physical merchandise: from CDs, tapes, and records to T-shirts, other branded items, and digital downloads. The latter is criticized by record collectors and other purists for not existing physically, robbing some of mementos from their fandom. But what if bands paired digital music access with tangible merchandise, other than records or tapes? That is happening already on a small scale, as some DIY bands and labels have started including download codes with unique band merchandise, from the familiar promotional can koozie to never-before-seen works of magnetized art.

How to Persevere Even When You Get Rejected: A Q&A With Singer-Songwriter Catalina Gonzalez

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Though she began singing at a young age in her native Chile and did not move to the States until her freshman year of college, there's something very American about Catalina Gonzalez's sound. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter's longtime love of the American soul, R&B, blues, and rock songbooks helped forge a unique sound built on those time-tested styles. Spreading her love of music has taken Gonzalez on the same up-and-down ride shared by many independent musicians. But Gonzalez has built on her successes and learned from setbacks in ways that should inspire other upstart singer-songwriters. Read on to learn how she went from a couple of gigs a year to a couple of gigs a month, and her advice to fellow musicians on how to persevere in the face of rejection.

Why Concert Posters Are Still Relevant in the Digital Age

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Often, it seems like a Facebook event followed by a series of reminder posts for friends is ample promotion for a show. While regulars at house shows and rock clubs know to check social media and venue websites to stay up to date on local music happenings, there are other audiences that can be reached the old-fashioned way. Out-of-towners and others new to a particular music scene who see flyers posted in public places or are given handbills can find out about shows they would not necessarily read about online. Read on to find out more about the benefits of utilizing show flyers outside of the digital realm.

The Bandcamp Dilemma: Name Your Price or Pay Mine?

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While most artists would like to make a little money off their recordings to keep their tour van on the road or to fund their next release, many new acts are using Bandcamp to distribute their demos or studio recordings via the "name your price" option. Since April 2009, fans have had the option to literally name any price, donating as they see fit, or in most cases, having free, legal downloads for their listening pleasure. Others set a price for individual tracks, often $2 or less, or for entire albums, normally with a minimum price in the $8 to $12 range. That's usually less than CD or vinyl copies and is a viable option for listeners only wanting to upload the tracks to their phone or MP3 player. But is it smarter to set your own price, or let the fans dictate what your music's worth? Read on.