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How Much Should You Charge for Your Gigs? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

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To hear most of my musician and artist friends talk, money is the “not fun” part of the creative process. It's awkward to some, and to others it feels like it totally demeans the work itself.

While this is a noble and high-minded point of view, the reality is that your unique voice is worth something to the world. You need to pay your rent to be able to make more art, after all. To help you come up with an appropriate fee, ask yourself these four questions.

5 Simple, Effective Ways to Show Your Fans You Care

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When it comes to connecting with your fans, there are a lot of ways to go about it. Some of the basics include things like replying to their comments or sending them a heartfelt thank you when they follow you. As far as I’m concerned, these should fall under “being a band 101.”

But for those of you that really want to go above and beyond, make a lasting impression on your audience, and grow those relationships to superfan status, these tips are for you.

4 Opportunities Your Band is Missing Out On

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When you know your music is destined for something big, it can be difficult to take it slow. It’s easy to set your sites on playing the largest venues, getting on the highest profile blogs, opening for the biggest bands — and to want it to all happen now. But if you try to skip all the steps between “just starting out” and “major success” you’ll find that you tend to stay in the “just starting out” phase a little too long — if not forever.

The reality is, when you try to skip over all the nitty-gritty steps of building your fanbase, networking with other bands and industry, touring locally, building your brand, and anything else that’s generally considered the business side of the industry, and instead put pressure on the music to do all the work, you’ll find that no matter how great the music is, you simply can’t get it off the ground.

In today’s industry, having a head for business is just as important as having a talent for music.

The Secret to Making More Time

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“If there were only more hours in the day…” “I have too much I want to do, I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

These statements are as common in the music industry as open mic nights and 360 deals. They are usually said either at times of pure exhaustion or pure mania, with no sense of focus or strategic thinking.

The truth is, there are more hours in the day than we think and we don’t need to sacrifice sleep to find them. However, there’s no magic bullet, either. We can’t rewind the clock or slow down the Earth’s rotation. The secret to making more time for things that matter requires three things.

5 Mistakes Musicians Made Last Year to Avoid in 2018

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The path to perfection is an impossible one — everyone falters, flubs, and blunders in all areas of our lives. As a musician, don't be too hard on yourself for making mistakes. What you should be concerned about instead is what you're learning in the process.