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Where Do You Fit in the Music Industry? A Step-by-Step Guide

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I've had many friends over the years who were very musical and wanted to eventually make music their living. However, I noticed that while many of these friends dabbled in a large number of musical activities, they didn’t have a very clear idea as to what they wanted to actually do within the music industry as a career.

The music industry can be incredibly complex, and I don't blame anybody who isn't sure about what path they see in their future. The good news is that there definitely is money in music if you're talented, dedicated, and have the drive necessary to live the hustle. If you or somebody you know is fairly musical and having trouble finding their direction in the music industry, I hope this step-by-step article can help you get on the right track.

Musician Life

Sep 8, 2015 06:00 AM

Dylan Welsh

How to Fire a Band Member (Without Being a Jerk)

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I've often equated being in a band with running a small business in which you're in a relationship with all of your co-workers. In a business like that, firing somebody from the company can be a very touchy and complicated matter.

The way you go about firing the troublesome band member is just as important as the decision to fire them. There are lots of things to consider before you decide how to do it and potentially a lot of discussion that needs to happen between the rest of the band members. Firing somebody you're friends with is going to be tough no matter what. Here's my advice that should hopefully make the process a little cleaner.

5 Smart Money-Saving Tips for Musicians on a Tight Budget

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So much of our focus as professional musicians comes down to making money, since it can be such a difficult thing to do at times. However, you might get just as close to financial security if you take some steps to focus on saving the money that you do make.

Of course, this is true for everybody, not just musicians. Some things are (hopefully) common sense, such as not going out to eat every day, avoiding expensive coffee beverages, and regularly depositing into your savings account. However, musicians can end up with extra expenses compared to the average person, such as gear maintenance, gas expenses for travel gigs, website maintenance, and hiring costs for other musicians. I've compiled a few musician-specific tricks for saving money that have helped me – hopefully they help you make rent easier as well!

The Most Valuable Connections Musicians Can Make – and How to Actually Make Them

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At this point, the word "connections" has probably been beaten into your brain so many times that you don't even want to think about it anymore. But what does it mean to actually "connect" with somebody, and how does that really help you?

4 Ways to Make Money on Tour (Besides Selling Tickets)

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It's a pretty well-known fact that touring is incredibly expensive. Even if your entire band sleeps in the van every night and survives on a diet of nuts and Top Ramen (not recommended), the cost of gas alone can be completely debilitating. And that's only if everything goes smoothly – there are always emergencies that can come up, such as van breakdowns, gear malfunctions, or medical emergencies. All of these problems will require money to solve.

However, touring is necessary for almost every artist or band that wants to grow their audience outside of their hometown (thus resulting in more album and merch sales). If your tour goes well, you'll be able to offset the costs through ticket and merch sales at your shows and hopefully have made more money than you spent by the time you get home. The reality of the situation, though, is that most bands end up losing money on tour the first few times they hit the road, and even established acts sometimes have trouble staying in the green.