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Pro Tip for Shy Performers: Create a Split Personality

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It may sound crazy, but hear me out.

Being a performing artist requires incredible amounts of energy. If you’re onstage more often than you’re not, then you know this intimately. You feel like you always have to be on your game. Like you always have to be “on.” Throwing all of your self into your performances is not only physically draining, but if approached from the wrong angle, it has the potential to strain you mentally, as well.

Have you ever said any of these things to yourself?

“Man, I love my fans, but I feel like I have to act a certain way around them and onstage.”

“I love my music… but I don’t always feel like I can be myself when I’m performing.”

You’re not crazy. It’s okay, it happens. Consider trying this: split your personalities.

How to Write Your Own Compelling Bio Using the Question-and-Answer Method

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Writing an interesting band bio can be super boring and difficult. You may be weighing your options – lay down some cash to book a professional bio writer? Ask a friend to help you out and risk it being just another poorly written bio? If you decide that you want to write an interesting bio for yourself, here's a quick and easy method.

Music Business 101

Feb 29, 2016 06:00 AM

Sarah Spencer

What 'No Unsolicited Material' Means and Why You Should Take It Seriously

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Artists and songwriters have encountered this roadblock of a phrase many times before: "no unsolicited material." The ominous slogan conjures up images of faceless label execs in black suits and ties with an arm out, palm forward in the universal gesture for, "Stop. We are untouchable. Your career goes no further."

It can be the most infuriating thing for an eager artist to deal with. That's especially true when you know you have great material that aligns with the label's brand and roster. I get you, buddy. I’ve been there, too. But "no unsolicited material" is actually not as scary and unapproachable of a term as it seems once you understand why labels use it in the first place.

The Ultimate Guide to Patreon for Musicians

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We’re familiar with the typical crowdfunding formula: a large sum of money is fundraised by many people for a one-time project, like an album release. Patreon allows fans an opportunity to support the ongoing creative career of a musician by pledging small amounts per month, or per creation, in exchange for fun rewards. Most game changing of all, artists are able build a steady, fan-funded income stream with monthly payouts.

The most basic explanation: it’s a subscription service to your favorite indie artists.

7 Basic Design Principles to Clean Up Your Band's Website (No Coding Required!)

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About once a month, a friend approaches me with the same question: "Will you help me with my website? I keep tinkering with it, but nothing I do looks good enough." As a web designer by day, it breaks my heart when I hear that my friends are struggling with indie budgets and WISYWIG editors, trying to fit everything they possibly can into the predefined templates of create-your-own-website services.

Over and over again, the overwhelming complaint is always, "Nothing I do looks good enough." Sound familiar? So many DIY bands run into this issue, and that's because "nothing looks good enough" is actually a symptom of a bigger problem: looking good does not equal working well for you. If you have the budget for it, hiring a professional designer or marketing firm will always give you the best results. But usually, indie bands don't have that kind of savings account.

Luckily, there are a few traditional web design principles that anyone can use to clean up their website. Best part? No code required.