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Here's Why You Should Think Twice About Taking a Low-Paying Gig

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Musicians seem to have a problem asking for money. It can be tempting to accept low-paying jobs as a way to set yourself apart from the competition, particularly if you're just starting out. The paradox of this approach, however, is that it can lead to a dangerous downward spiral that’s not just bad for you, but for all musicians. Here are a few things to consider before you take a low-paying gig.

How to Avoid Blowing Your Budget Before Your Album Release

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You’ve got your hands on your freshly mastered album, something you’ve poured countless hours and thousands of dollars into. When release day finally comes, you wait anxiously for the media to pick it up, for the sales to roll in, for the praise and recognition you know you’ve earned to come your way.

Instead, what you’re met with is a deafening silence. The media isn’t chomping at the bit like you’d hoped, the sales are minimal, and although your friends and family have high praise, it about ends there.

Ask a Music Lawyer:  How to Actually Hire a Lawyer

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I've previously discussed what to consider when hiring an attorney and how to find the right attorney for you. Some questions have been asked about what the hiring process actually looks like once you have found the attorney with whom you want to work. Overall it’s fairly simple, however, the process can be filled with uncertainty if you’ve never hired an attorney before. Procedures vary slightly between attorneys, but here’s an idea based on the general landscape and my own personal experience.

3 Ways to Tell if a Music Company Is Scamming You

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While there are many reputable companies and organizations in the music industry – in fact, the vast majority are on the up and up – there are a few that like to prey on the unaware. While I can't give specific names (and even if I could, there are likely ones that haven't hit the radar yet), here are three hallmarks to watch out for to know whether or not you're about to get scammed.

3 Science-Backed Tips to Make More Money From Your Fans

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There are a lot of tips that can be useful when it comes to making it work in the music industry as an independent, up-and-coming artist. Oftentimes, the best people to look to for advice are those who have been there before, as they can give some sage advice and reflect on their experiences. Those suggestions are certainly helpful, but sometimes you need a little more than anecdotal evidence. Here are three scientifically proven tips that will help you raise money, sell merch, and form lasting relationships with your fans.