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4 Times When Playing for Free Might Be Worth It

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With record sales sliding and streaming payments still not quite adding up to a reasonable living for many artists, it often falls to touring to pay the bills. Sadly, though, even that doesn’t always work out. Performing live can be one of the most reliable ways to pad your bank account, but if you’re just starting out, you won’t be grabbing large advances and selling out shows (yet).

You need to work your way up to that level of success, and sometimes, that might mean playing for free, even though that means forgoing a portion of your primary source of income. It can be a hard realization, but the good news is that there are a few instances when standing onstage and entertaining a crowd for free can be worth it. Here are four of them.

5 Strategies to Beat Band Overwhelm and Get Back to Making Music

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Do you feel like you can’t keep up with everything? Are you feeling bogged down with your list of to-dos, which include checking social media 24/7, getting your music up on iTunes and Spotify, booking local shows or a tour, and coordinating each band member’s schedule before confirming gigs and rehearsals? It can often feel like there’s little time to do what you set out to do: make music.

If you feel like you’re winging it and have a lot happening at once without any strategy to manage it all, don’t despair. Below are five ideas to help you beat band overwhelm.

3 Ways to Shift Your Mindset About Making Money From Your Music

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Some call the Law of Attraction pseudoscience, while others call it a load of crap altogether. There’s something to be said, however, for the fact that wherever you place your energy, that is where you will see progress.

If you put your energy into focusing on what’s wrong in a situation or how hopeless it is, you’ll fail to pay attention to possible solutions that cross your path. The same logic applies to finances; if you focus on how poor you are, you’ll never get far in amassing any wealth.

10 Quirky Stops to Make During Your Next Tour

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Being on the road presents a ton of opportunities for artists. There’s the whole playing gigs, meeting new fans, and seeing new cities bit, but why not take the opportunity to see something a little different? Something a little quirky that you would never normally come across?

We’ve put together a list of 10 unexpected, fascinating pieces of the US landscape to check out next time you’re on tour. After all, why not use your tour as a bit of a mini vacation if you can swing it?

5 Ways to Make Fans Happy with Your Social Media Content


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Social media can make us miserable – you've likely read about studies that prove this, or you've figured it out for yourself through that sinking, self-loathing feeling that sometimes creeps in after too much scrolling past people's accomplishments and perfectly angled photos.

But there are also reports on how social media can make us feel closer to friends, which makes us happier – so how can bands and artists channel that positivity, rather than contribute to the potential sadness of their fans?