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4 Rules to Live More Creatively as a Musician

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One of the joys of living a creative life is that you don't have to play by anyone else's rules, and you get to call the shots on how you spend your time. It's always helpful, however, to have a list of guidelines to follow as a source of inspiration when things aren’t going your way.

Maintaining a positive outlook and keeping the big picture in perspective play a huge role in thriving as an artist. So, in order to avoid negative distractions and reach your full potential, follow these four rules as daily reminders of your mission as a musician.

4 Ways to Turn Online Conversations Into Offline Relationships

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It's never been easier to digitally communicate with people who work in the music industry. From artists and their managers to bloggers and their websites, one online conversation can transform into a vital relationship that carries its weight in gold both on- and offline.

But consistently turning these online interactions into relationships that extend beyond your screen can be challenging. Everyone is fighting for attention while not trying to come across as desperate, which makes it important to always have well-thought-out communication strategies in place. Here are four ways to turn online conversations into long-lasting, offline relationships that are mutually beneficial.  

The #1 Mistake Bands Make Right After Gaining a New Fan

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Building a dedicated fanbase is a vital part of sustaining a music career. Every person who shows that they truly believe in your music will make a difference in the long run. However, many bands often make the assumption that once they gain a fan, they’ve automatically acquired a lifetime’s worth of support. This is not the right attitude to have!

The top mistake bands make right after gaining a fan is thinking they don’t need to work to keep that fan. It takes a lot of effort to keep your fanbase consistently engaged, especially when you consider how many different artists the average music fan listens to.

How to Get What You Deserve as a Musician

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A full-time career as an independent musician is a labor of love. You can spend years working to perfect your craft and get your music out there, but still feel that you haven’t reached a desirable level of recognition.

There are many reasons why some artists earn endless acclaim while others remain stuck in the same spot, but the strategies to reach your full potential aren't hidden secrets saved just for the fortunate. Almost every "overnight" success story has years of effort behind it. Here are five ways you can put yourself in the best position to get what you deserve as a musician.

Honing Your Craft, Performing

Aug 30, 2016 07:00 AM

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5 Ways to Get More Energy From the Audience at Your Show

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Many artists make great music in the studio but struggle to get an enthusiastic response from their audience during live shows. Thankfully, there are techniques you can use that will get the crowd involved and fully invested in your music. Try these five ways of getting more energy at your shows, and you'll leave a strong, lasting impression every time you hit the stage!