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6 Important Contacts to Add to Your Band's Website

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Some musicians think websites in the age of social media are a relic of the past, but I would argue that they’re still important and that they're worth the time and potential expense. There's so much you can do with a website that can’t be done on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

One of the many essential pages you should have built into your website is the contact page. At first glance, you might think it would be mostly empty other than one email address, but there's so much more you can add that benefits you as a working artist.

5 Ways to Engage Fans With Facebook Live

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As someone who has always been a little camera shy, I completely understand the resistance to embracing all that Facebook Live has to offer. I mean, for one thing, it’s live, so you can’t edit it to perfection. (Did I mention this is also a major plus?)

Second, you can feel a little silly talking to an audience you can’t see and hoping (trusting) they’ll interact with you either as the broadcast goes out live or when they watch the replay. Tip: Many people tend to watch and comment on replays, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a huge turnout straight away.

But the fact remains that as Facebook continues to push Live to its users, the potential for growing your audience and engaging fans becomes all the more important. Because we know it can be a little nerve-wracking, here are a five ways to get started.

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?

3 Ways to Improve and Revamp Your Next Music Crowdfunding Campaign

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With the rise of Patreon and the long-time staples Indiegogo, PledgeMusic, and Kickstarter, crowdsourcing is becoming one of the ways many artists count on money coming in to create new music, tour, even pay for band photos and equipment. Now, more than ever, musicians are forced to think like entrepreneurs.

The 6 Must-Dos When Taking Band Photos

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As a musician, photoshoots are a necessary part of your continuous to-do list. You need photos of yourself and your band for a number of reasons, including album covers, social media profiles and content, press, and so on, so you'll need to be in front of a camera at some point, even if it makes you nervous.

The form your photoshoot takes — everything from several expensive hours in a professional studio to your friend and their iPhone — can differ greatly, but the things you need to think about before, during, and after the event are the same, no matter what.