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5 Tips for Growing Your Music Career in the New Year

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Every year, I revel in the chance to break out a brand-new notebook, pick up my favorite pen, and start planning for all the wonderful, exciting, career-changing things I’m going to do in the new year. Yes, I am totally one of those people that finds inspiration in the whole “anything can happen next year” thing.

Why not? Why can’t 2019 be the year that you build a stronger bond with fans, make connections that can help guide your career, and put forth a momentum and path that will one day shape your legacy?

I believe in the power of change and the inventiveness that a new year brings. But, sometimes, you need a little kick start. Give these five tips a try to get ready to rock 2019.

4 Rules to Live More Creatively as a Musician

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One of the joys of living a creative life is that you don't have to play by anyone else's rules, and you get to call the shots on how you spend your time. It's always helpful, however, to have a list of guidelines to follow as a source of inspiration when things aren’t going your way.

Maintaining a positive outlook and keeping the big picture in perspective play a huge role in thriving as an artist. So, in order to avoid negative distractions and reach your full potential, follow these four rules as daily reminders of your mission as a musician.

Why You Should Give Yourself Permission in Your Music Career

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This content first appeared in Episode 31 of The Music-Preneur Mindset Podcast.

Many times, in a desperate attempt to reach our goals, we keep going even when something’s not working in an effort to avoid being honest with ourselves about choosing the wrong path or needing to rest.

We carry so much shame about making mistakes and taking breaks that it ends up costing us, rather than helping us move forward. When we give ourselves permission to do what we feel in our gut is the right thing to do, however, we bring so much freedom into our lives. Here's how you can harness that power as a musician.

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.