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4 Ways to Save Money on Food While Touring

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Whether you're at the top of the music industry or just launching your career, going on tour is expensive. It’s a necessity, and sometimes one of the only ways you’re going to make money as an artist. It still, however, costs money just to head out on the road to play for people... even if there’s no guarantee you’ll make your money back.

How Much Should You Charge for Your Gigs? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

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To hear most of my musician and artist friends talk, money is the “not fun” part of the creative process. It's awkward to some, and to others it feels like it totally demeans the work itself.

While this is a noble and high-minded point of view, the reality is that your unique voice is worth something to the world. You need to pay your rent to be able to make more art, after all. To help you come up with an appropriate fee, ask yourself these four questions.

4 Benefits of Playing Shows for Free You Should Consider

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Many people will tell you that accepting non-paying gigs as a working musician is a bad idea, and 90% of the time, I’d agree with them. Live performances will likely be one of your most important sources of income, so why would you go and give that away? I’m not here to tell you that it’s actually great, or even that it’s fair or right when someone asks you to perform for no money, but if you're willing to think about it in the rare occasion, there are some reasons why it might actually be in your best interest to say yes.

7 NYC Venues that Should Be on Your Radar

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Booking shows regularly can elude many artists. They submit emails and cold call venues, spin their wheels and waste hours without much to show from their efforts. Most of the time it’s because they are not working strategically. Remember to take into account the following parameters when determining if a particular venue is a good fit:

Try These 3 Simple Steps to Find More Paying Gigs

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Finding paid gigs, much like attracting new fans, requires consistent energy aimed at building relationships. You don’t need a ton of time, you just need a clear goal, a clear system for reaching out, and the ability to get creative with who receives your pitch. Here's how to do all three.