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How to Juggle a Music Career, Day Job, and Family: Advice From Damen Samuel

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How many times have you just wished there were more hours in the day to work on your music? We've all been there: feeling overwhelmed by life's responsibilities and just wishing we could spend all day doing what we love. But it's not that easy as a self-managed artist. Not only do you have to juggle your day job and your music, but you have to act as a manager, publicist, booker, and more, all of which eats up your creative time to work on your craft and songs. Damen Samuel, an international singer-songwriter and traveling troubadour based in Melbourne, Australia, has more than a lot on his plate. Between having two children, a full-time job, and managing his own music, he still finds time to successfully submit to and perform at big events like the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. We caught up with Samuel to find out just how he manages to do it all.

Where Are They Now? 5 Bands Who Are Doing Big Things After Playing CMJ

With SXSW all wrapped up, start casting your eyes on the next great opportunity of the year for independent, rising artists: CMJ Music Marathon. The NYC-based music festival showcases promising, up-and-coming bands, giving them the opportunity to prove themselves to all of the tastemakers, label heads, and press attending the event. In addition, thousands of music lovers come to CMJ to discover new music. It's easy to apply, and it'll give your music the opportunity to be discovered alongside hundreds of independent musicians.

Sonicbids brings hundreds of bands onto the stage at CMJ as the exclusive application platform for the festival. Here are five CMJ success stories that were booked through Sonicbids last year.

5 Surprising Things You Probably Didn't Know About CMJ Music Marathon

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Even if you've never attended the CMJ Music Marathon, you probably know about its nonstop party atmosphere, inspiring panels, and never-ending parade of shows that zigzag throughout New York City. And if you're a seasoned veteran of the fest, you may think you know everything there is to know about the ins and outs of CMJ-dom, but even you might not know these five surprising facts. Here's the scoop, straight from the CMJ staff themselves!

5 Reasons Why You Definitely Don't Want to Miss the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon

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The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon is a no-brainer opportunity for all independent musicians looking to break further into their music careers this year. Each year, thousands of artists perform in front of fans and music influencers from all over in New York City. It's an opportunity to hit big career goals, such as finding a lawyer, agent, publishing deal, etc. In addition, there are several learning opportunities with conference activites, panels, mentoring sessions, and more. And through Sonicbids, you can submit to perform up until June 25 – a minimum of 300 slots have been reserved just for Sonicbids members! Here are five reasons why you definitely don't want to miss this year's CMJ Music Marathon.

What Happens After You Submit Your Band for CMJ? An Exclusive Look at the Application Review Process

Onstage at CMJ 2014. (Photo by Alix Piorun)

Performing at the CMJ Music Marathon is a goal for many bands and artists because it means not only playing at a high-profile festival in New York City, but also exposure to other bands, industry execs, and legendary venues. You probably already know that, in order to get selected for the bill, you have to apply through Sonicbids. But what happens after that? How do we determine who's in and who's out? Here's the inside scoop from us, the CMJ staff.