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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.

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?

7 Reasons You Aren't Getting the Gig

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Gigs are the lifeblood of any artist – they get fans, help sell merch, and (hopefully) help make some real money. But here you are treading water, and your phone is dead silent. Your band's email account is gathering spam and cobwebs. What gives?

Here are seven reasons you might be struggling to book those gigs.

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.