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Turn Your Tour Footage Into Your Most Valuable Marketing Tool

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Multitasking is an essential skill for independent DIY bands; you're juggling all the band-related work while, more than likely, also maintaining a second job ('cause being in a band is a job all its own), a social life, family, and so forth.

Thankfully, every now and then, you can make an effort doubly worthwhile: a band photo session can also serve as a meeting, a recorded rehearsal could become a demo recording. Maybe the most potentially versatile of your endeavors, though, is touring. There's ample room there for squeezing out extra purpose – especially if you're filming the fun (and not-so fun, even) all the while.

5 Ways to Finance Your Music Career Through Grants and Funding Opportunities

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Beefing up your band fund should be a multi-faceted effort, not a single-strategy one. When you include a variety of sources – door money at shows, merch profits, crowdfunding – you're sure to reach your goals faster. One path of opportunity often overlooked, however, is grant funding.

Competition for many of these awards is incredibly stiff, of course, but the rewards can be undeniably game-changing. Learn more about five current grant opportunities for independent musicians below. Do the research, send a compelling application, and continue honing your craft. Whether you snatch the grant or not, the process of applying is, at the very least, fortifying. Good luck!

5 Live Show Investments (Besides Gear) That Will Elevate Your Shows

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When we talk about a live-show setup, we're usually referring to gear, obviously. But there's actually more you can do to ensure a memorable performance. Sounding good is the bulk of the battle, of course, but looking good counts for something, too.

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Mar 15, 2017 06:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

7 Irritating Things Every Musician Deals With

Image via Stocksnap.io.Feeling like an outsider around your non-musician friends? Perpetually working but somehow always-and-forever broke? These are the kind of issues that, as an independent musician, are often universally unavoidable. We deal with them because we love what we do, but that doesn't mean we've got to fully submit to them, either. 

Commiserate by reading our top seven gripes below, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

7 Times You'll Want to Give Up Your Career (And How to Get Past Them)

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Ask any self-professed lifer, and they'll admit it freely: making a career as a DIY, independent musician is not easy. At some point, you may want to abandon music-making in search of a more financially stable and less emotionally and physically trying path.

For some, that may be the right move; nobody has any business faulting you for making a choice with your own well-being in mind. But a big-picture mentality – recognizing the ruts as temporary and making steps to skirt, or at least smooth over, the next potential set of bumps – can help you regain the strength and focus you need for the long haul.

It's totally understandable that the slew of inherent struggles, like relentless touring, penny pinching, and constantly pouring your soul out in the studio and onstage only to feel stagnant afterward, would wear you down.

Before you call it quits, though, consider our best advice to get through these seven disheartening moments most artists endure at one point or another.