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3 Ways to Get Your Song Heard and Cut by an Artist

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Back before the advent of downloads, the music business was a different place. It didn't take much to get your song heard, at least in Nashville. Getting a song cut – particularly a single – was a lot harder, of course, but the truth is, now it's harder than ever. Here are three ways to actually get a cut – and what is actually involved with each.

Musician Life

Aug 28, 2017 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

5 Indicators of Whether You're an Amateur or a Pro Musician

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Being a pro – or not – doesn't depend on how many shows you perform a year, how much money you earn, or even how talented you are. It is 100 percent one thing: mindset. I've played with amateur musicians who had the heart of a pro and vice versa. The good news is that this mindset can be learned.

How to Finally Break Up With a Co-Writer

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Sometimes, it's time to pull the plug on a relationship. It happens all the time, and co-writing is no different. Even the best co-writing relationships can go sour (think Lennon and McCartney, for instance), and it's wise to think about an exit strategy if things are looking bleak.

Breaking up can be difficult for obvious reasons, whether it's with a co-writer or significant other, and you may notice some parallels between the two. Sharing your creative side with someone and pouring energy into a project can certainly be a bonding experience. Not to mention the fact that co-writers often know quite a bit about each other, especially if they've been at it a long time.

Regardless of the stage of your writing relationship, here are three ways you can let your partner down in the most professional and kind way possible.

3 Ways to Tell It's Time to Hit Pause on Your Music Career

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All artists experience hardships in their careers. There's always a question of whether to persevere or quit. The obvious answer, at least most times, is to soldier on. Often, we find success at the limits of our endurance, right when we're going to give up.

Sometimes, though, stepping away for a while is the right answer. Of course, it's always possible a temporary break turns into a permanent one – and, sometimes, that may be for the best. Only you can decide if and when to come back. Regardless, here are three ways to tell if you need to take a break from making music – at least temporarily.

4 Red Flags That You Need to Turn Down a Gig Immediately

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There comes a time in every artist's life where he or she is offered a shimmering, shining, amazing gig – maybe even the fabled Gig of a Lifetime! There are times, of course, when that's totally legit and it's not too good to be true.

There are other times, however, when a booker is blowing smoke you-know-where to get you to reduce your fee or agree to terms you might not otherwise be comfortable with. It may be hard to resist in the moment, but here are four times you'll be glad you turned down the gig!