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6 Important Contacts to Add to Your Band's Website

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Some musicians think websites in the age of social media are a relic of the past, but I would argue that they’re still important and that they're worth the time and potential expense. There's so much you can do with a website that can’t be done on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

One of the many essential pages you should have built into your website is the contact page. At first glance, you might think it would be mostly empty other than one email address, but there's so much more you can add that benefits you as a working artist.

7 Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Attract People to Your Band Merch Table

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One of the biggest moneymakers for any band is merch – band shirts, stickers, and drink coozies are something 99 percent of bands offer their fans. If you don't have any of these, you run the risk of looking under prepared to both your listeners and the venue.

But what happens if you have a whole bunch of cool products and your merch table is still looking lonely and desolate? What if nobody buys anything and only a few people even look? Here are seven ideas to help you avoid those scenarios and move some merch.

How to Use Time Blocking to Accomplish What You Want as a Musician

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As a creative, it can be hard to stick to a rigid schedule. Not only can your days involve being on the road or discovering unexpected opportunities that you can’t turn down (i.e., someone canceled a gig and they need you onstage!), but sometimes a creative mood can strike (or not strike) and the plans you made can go quickly out the window.

It is possible, however, to work as an independent creative and still maintain a routine that works within your lifestyle.

5 Strategies to Beat Band Overwhelm and Get Back to Making Music

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Do you feel like you can’t keep up with everything? Are you feeling bogged down with your list of to-dos, which include checking social media 24/7, getting your music up on iTunes and Spotify, booking local shows or a tour, and coordinating each band member’s schedule before confirming gigs and rehearsals? It can often feel like there’s little time to do what you set out to do: make music.

If you feel like you’re winging it and have a lot happening at once without any strategy to manage it all, don’t despair. Below are five ideas to help you beat band overwhelm.

Why Your EPK Matters: 6 Insights from the A3C Selection Process

This past week, A3C [All 3 Coasts] Festival & Conference went live with MICXSIC (pronounced Mike Sick), of Savage Fam Productions,and Marc Gianni, A&R Consultant with A3C, to check out Sonicbids submissions and share their insights on what makes for an effective Electronic Press Kit (EPK). Here are some of their insights on a great EPK and how to make your submission for A3C in October stand out.