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7 Facebook Groups for Musicians to Join in 2019

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If you asked me today what I think one of the most underutilized tools in online marketing is, I would say: Facebook groups.

Sure, Facebook has become a bit of a dead zone for a lot of us lately — we don’t use our Facebook pages as much as our Instagram or Twitter accounts because the reach and visibility just aren’t what they used to be.

Facebook groups are different. They’re a place for you to really connect with your potential fans, industry insiders, and can lead to tons of new opportunities. When used correctly, they can be a total game changer for your career.

Why We Still Use Music Genres (And How to Actually Define Yours)

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Let’s talk about something that a lot of musicians complain about whenever it is brought up – answering the “who do you sound like/what genre is your music?” question. Most artists hate it, and some even refuse to answer.

But here’s the thing we all need to remember: Saying who you sound like or labeling your sound is not defining who you are or what your music’s impact will be. It will, however, allow people to find you and feel that impact.

5 Steps to a More Productive Week as a Musician

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How many times have you uttered the words, “I wish there were more time in the day”?

You have 100 things on your plate, due dates are approaching, your eyes are bloodshot, and all you can think about is how fast the hours are flying by without your to-do list getting smaller.

The initial reaction to needing to find more hours in the day is to sleep less.

So you pull some all-nighters and find drinks/pills caffeinated enough to keep you energized and focused to make all of your deadlines. Sometimes that works. Sometimes you make your deadlines by the skin of your teeth. Sometimes the planets align and you’re able to make it all work.

And then you crash.

The problem is that you’re putting all of your energy and time (both of which you wish you had more) into working harder, when you should be using both of those precious resources to work smarter.

Musician Life

Mar 11, 2019 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

3 Dangers of Inter-Band Dating

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Bands can be plenty of drama all on their own – from flaring egos, to musical differences, to boiling resentment. Even if a band is mostly drama free, there are going to be issues from time to time. Some bands bring it on themselves, though, and one way they do this is by inter-band dating.

A surefire way to create epic amounts of drama (and possibly break up the band) is for members to start dating each other. This is doubly true if the people involved in the relationship are strong personalities. Here are just three ways it can really mess things up.

Musician Life

Mar 4, 2019 06:00 AM

Suzanne Paulinski

Rising Star Cyrille Aimée on Success, Building a Team, and Being Vulnerable With Your Audience

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Olympic medalist Picabo Street once said, “To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits, and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” Cyrille Aimée is improvising her way to her limitless potential as a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers,” as The New York Times puts it.