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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.

Are You Assaulting Your Fans on Social Media? (Part Three)

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Do you wish you had more help promoting your music? Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work it takes to market your music to new fans? In the third and final part of the series of turning strangers into fans, I’m going to focus on how you can turn music fans into band advocates and music promoters.

In part one I went over on how to strangers into fans. Part two discussed how to turn those fans into purchasers of your music and merchandise. Now, let’s look at how we can turn those fans into your promotional team.

5 Musical Formats to Tide Fans Over Between Full Albums (Part 2)

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As I already discussed in part one, sharing music in many different formats and forms between full albums is a great career move because it keeps your name (and your art, of course) on people’s minds, and it allows you to dedicate the necessary time to your craft in order to ensure you’re really doing your next album justice.

In the previous post, I discussed five options that would work for many musicians when it comes to in-between projects, and in this continuation, I’ll give you five more. I wouldn’t suggest choosing  multiple options — you might delay finishing a new album for several years — but one or two before a proper record comes wouldn’t be a bad idea!

Are You Assaulting Your Fans on Social Media? (Part Two)

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In the first article of this series, I discussed how to engage people who haven’t heard of you and turn them into a fan. In this article, we’re going to take the engaged fan to the next level so they're purchasing what you’re selling.