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6 Apps to Run Your Music Career Like a Boss

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There are a ton of apps out there to help musicians tune their instruments, record and mix beats, and sell and order merch, but as we all know, there’s a whole other side to growing a career in music that all "musicpreneurs" could use help on — the business.

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.

5 Simple, Effective Ways to Show Your Fans You Care

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When it comes to connecting with your fans, there are a lot of ways to go about it. Some of the basics include things like replying to their comments or sending them a heartfelt thank you when they follow you. As far as I’m concerned, these should fall under “being a band 101.”

But for those of you that really want to go above and beyond, make a lasting impression on your audience, and grow those relationships to superfan status, these tips are for you.

5 Updates for Your Spotify Profile (That Just Might Earn You More Streams)

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You’ve jumped onto the Spotify bandwagon and want to get on as many as playlists as you can. You want to increase your stream count, and it looks like getting on playlists is the best way to do it.

Spotify is so much more than a playlist platform. It’s also a marketing platform for your music, tour dates, and what you want your fans to do and know. If you want to increase your Spotify streams, you should start with maximizing your profile on the platform.

Upfront Fee vs. Sharing in Revenue - Which Model is Better for Distributing Your Music?

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This article originally appeared on the AWAL Blog.

 

After you’ve finished recording, producing, mastering your newest release, it’s time to decide how to unleash your latest and greatest onto the masses. If digital distribution is part of your strategy — and it should be since there are about 170 million users on Spotify and 30 million on Apple Music to date  — you’ll probably start investigating a few ways to make sure your tracks are fed to all the major DSPs worldwide.

One major difference among digital distributors you might notice right off the bat is fee structure: Some require a flat, upfront fee to upload and distribute music, while others “share in revenue,” meaning they take a percentage of the income your music generates via their service.