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The Number-One Reason You’re Not Getting a 'Yes'

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A big part of being a musician is pitching your message and your music to countless tastemakers. Whether the goal is to book a show, land a sync deal, or secure an album review, a large part of your time is spent pushing your music on others and hoping to hear "yes."

5 Things All Musicians Should Be Grateful For This Year (And Every Year)

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Every year I like to take stock of what's happened — the good, the bad, the things I could have done better, and the things I excelled at. Now just two weeks from Thanksgiving, it seems especially appropriate to reflect back on 2017 and find gratitude in what the year provided.

Why They're Not Accepting Your Unsolicited Material

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If you've been pitching your demos long enough, you've surely seen something to this effect: “No unsolicited material.” But what does this mean? Simply put, if someone didn't ask for it or it didn't come through someone he or she knows, you're wasting your time. At best, you might get it back with “refused - return to sender” on it (if you've sent it physically). At worst – and more typically – it winds up in the trash.

These music executives aren't doing this because they're heartless and want to crush your dreams – it makes very real sense. Here's why.

6 Tricks To Possibly Place Your Song On A Billboard Chart

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Many musicians dream of not only being able to make a living from their art but also seeing their name on the Billboard charts. It’s extremely tough to make happen, but even just one appearance on one tally is enough for some artists. While it may seem impossible, things are changing in music, and thanks to some recent alterations of how a number of charts are constructed, it’s become easier for up-and-coming acts to nudge their way in.

3 Reasons You Could Be Hurting Your Music Career By Staying Busy

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It’s quite common to hear, “I’ve been so busy, I need a vacation!” or, “Things are so busy around here, I suppose I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The music industry is one of the last industries to embrace the self-care movement. Corporate titans like Arianna Huffington and Mark Cuban, along with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, have begun speaking up loudly about the importance of prioritizing time outside of work and working smarter, not harder.

All too often, musicians work 'round the clock in an attempt to prove to others how much they “want it.” However, the “24/7 grind” is nothing more than people staying busy, regardless of how much work is actually getting done. After all, when you’re on your second all-nighter, how much is truly getting accomplished?