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How to Find the Right Music Venue for Your Band

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Any show you're able to play is a great show, right? Especially if you're a young band struggling for exposure, you're likely to jump at the chance to play any show no matter what type of venue it's in. But is that place you're playing really the best for you? Will it aid your future success? And will it make your band look and sound phenomenal?

Consider these five things the next time you're searching for the perfect music venue for your band.

7 Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Attract People to Your Band Merch Table

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One of the biggest moneymakers for any band is merch – band shirts, stickers, and drink coozies are something 99 percent of bands offer their fans. If you don't have any of these, you run the risk of looking under prepared to both your listeners and the venue.

But what happens if you have a whole bunch of cool products and your merch table is still looking lonely and desolate? What if nobody buys anything and only a few people even look? Here are seven ideas to help you avoid those scenarios and move some merch.

4 Ways Songwriters Can Get Their Songs to Artists

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Many songwriters who are just starting out struggle with having a drawer full of songs they feel are ready, but they don't have the resources to get them to an artist. I'll admit this can be a daunting task. To help guide songwriters through that sometimes stressful process of connecting with artists who might want to record their songs, we've compiled these four helpful tips. Have one of your own? Let us know in the comments!

7 Reasons You Aren't Getting the Gig

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Gigs are the lifeblood of any artist – they get fans, help sell merch, and (hopefully) help make some real money. But here you are treading water, and your phone is dead silent. Your band's email account is gathering spam and cobwebs. What gives?

Here are seven reasons you might be struggling to book those gigs.

3 Reasons Why Your Song Can't Break the Rules (Yet)

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In both teaching songwriting as well as talking with fellow writers, I often hear, “Such and such a song defies conventions and is a major hit, yet mine, which does something similar gets rejected! What gives?”

It's a difficult issue to address, and the reasons why songs that “break the rules” are successful are numerous – which I'll get into here.