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Should You Crowdfund Your Music Career?

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This article originally appeared on Royalty Exchange.

 

Back in the day, a hustling artist could peddle a mixtape out of their trunk at swap shows, or grind it out long enough for a major to sign them. Then came crowdfunding through sites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter. A gift from the music Gods that put the power back in the artist’s hands. A platform that allows them to go straight to the source of their fame to collect funds for new projects. Or so it seemed.

5 Ways to Make This the Best Summer Ever for Your Fans

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Is there anyone who doesn’t relish in the magic of summer? There’s something about the imagery of lavish pool parties, late nights, unforgettable moments, and a season that simultaneously feels like it could last forever and flies by. It’s pure magic.

It’s no wonder this is the season of touring, festivals, brand-new songs and albums, and breathtaking adventures. If you think about it, summer is pretty much built for anything and everything new and exciting.

So instead of holing up in the studio all summer or sitting on a bunch of great ideas, we’re challenging you to make this one to remember for your fans and to really go above and beyond over the next few months. We’ve compiled a few ideas—some a twist on old classics, others a little ambitious — to help you make this the best summer yet.

What to Do When Your Latest Music Release... Falls Flat

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“What if I release this record and no one streams/downloads it?”

That’s one of the most common fears musicians have; it’s also the main thing that keeps them from releasing music period.

Does it happen? Yes. Can you strategize to avoid it? Sure.

4 Benefits to Renting Instruments (And Where to Get Them)

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It may sometimes seem like everything connected to being a musician is expensive. Studio time, touring, merchandise, and even the instruments you need to make your art can clear out your bank account.

This is a sad truth about the music world, and there’s little anyone can do about it. While you can’t skimp on everything, there are certainly times when corners can be cut and a few dollars can be saved. Renting instruments, while not something often talked about, may be just what you need to keep your wallet safe... at least for a bit.

4 More Music Industry Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now

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Not too long ago, I published an article on some of the best music business podcasts. Prior to delving into things, I hadn't realized there were just so many – and quite a few of them very good. I just didn't have room to get it all into one bite-sized post. So now, I present an additional list of four great music business podcasts you may not have heard of!