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5 Mistakes Musicians Make to Get Ahead in Their Careers

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If your music isn't selling as much or as fast as you'd like it to or enough people aren't coming to your shows or following you or following up with you, you may want to look at what you're doing that can be turning them off from you and/or your music.

Remember: There's no fast lane to success. The faster you rush to get to the top, the faster you will either burn out or trip over your own actions on the way there. Below are five mistakes you want to avoid when attempting to grow your career in music.

5 Holiday Ideas for Thanking Fans This Year

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Your fans deserve a little something for sticking by your side and being your number-one supporters all this time, don’t they? With the holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to show them what they mean to you through a little holiday-lined cheer and creativity.

Check out our top five ideas for wowing fans this holiday season and giving them a little something to look forward to in their digital (and physical) stockings.

3 of the Best Fests: Play Musik Fest 2019 and More

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This week, check out three of the best fest opportunities accepting submissions from Sonicbids artists. Get onto the same stages as Ray Charles, Stone Temple Pilots, Ludacris, Sublime, the Dixie Chicks, the Beach Boys, MGMT, Young the Giant, Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow, and more at Musikfest 2019 and two other festivals with major industry exposure.

Read on to find out how you can land these opportunities of a lifetime.

A Look to the West: 4 Great Gigs Open Now

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This week our Sonicbids Gig Roundup looks to the West for only the very best gigs to take you from Fall to Winter. Gather fans off the slopes and the streets with these four opportunities you won't want to miss. First up, just down the mountain from the best ski slopes in the world, Silver City searches for the perfect band to play their Aspen New Years Eve Party. Hosting the best talent locally, regionally and nationally, Silver City is Aspen's premier food, drink and music destination for their local and international clients. Read on for more on this op and three more to warm your toes when the days get cold – the mountains are calling.

3 Books That Can Help Solve the DIY Musician's Biggest Hangups

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It’s hard being a DIY musician – part-time or full-time. You know this.

Doing most (or everything) on your own is tiring. Depending on your resources, you might have to be your own manager, PR person, accountant, and roadie. And on top of that, you can’t forget to be the artist.

Many indie musicians (myself included) experience a learning curve when it comes to doing some of those things, whether it’s the business side of music, promotion, or just creating and sharing more music.

So, to help you solve some of those common problems, here are three books that have encouraged many a musician.