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5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

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The end-of-year slowdown. If you’ve been in the music industry for a while, you recognize late October through the end of the year as a slow time for all things industry-related. Albums aren’t getting released, tours are winding down, publicists have less to promote, journalists have less to write about, promoters aren’t running as many shows — the whole industry feels it.

In truth, it’s a convenient time, since it allows us to focus on our loved ones during the holidays and gives us a well-needed break from the chaos that ensues the rest of the year. It’s also a great time to plan your next steps and start off the following year stronger than ever. So how do you do that? Start with these five ways.

4 Tools to Achieve Your 2018 Music Goals

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We’re approaching the end of the year, so now it’s time to start setting your band goals for 2018! Do you want to play at least one major music festival? Complete your album? Receive a minimum of five great reviews on your single?

Identifying and setting your goals is just the first step in achieving them. In past articles I’ve discussed: how to create SMART goals, how to start small to create massive results, and how to get back on track when it feels like a fail.

To greatly increase your chances of success, you should also assemble an arsenal of tools to help you get there. Below are just a few tried-and-true methods I use to achieve my goals. In most cases, I use the different tools in tandem with each other to generate the highest success rates.

7 NYC Venues that Should Be on Your Radar

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Booking shows regularly can elude many artists. They submit emails and cold call venues, spin their wheels and waste hours without much to show from their efforts. Most of the time it’s because they are not working strategically. Remember to take into account the following parameters when determining if a particular venue is a good fit:

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6 Tricks to Help You Possibly Place Your New Album on a Billboard Chart

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Having your name appear on a Billboard chart is something that many artists aspire to, but despite efforts made by the media company to include new names and listings that only focus on those who haven’t yet broken into the mainstream, it remains incredibly difficult to make it to that point.

If becoming a Billboard-charting artist is something you aspire to (it’s not for everyone, and not everybody who makes music actually cares about that sort of thing), here are some tricks that might help you game the system a little bit... though let me make it clear that even if you follow my advice outlined below, you’re still going to need a lot of help and a lot of luck to make this work.