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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.

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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.

The Number-One Reason You’re Not Getting a 'Yes'

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A big part of being a musician is pitching your message and your music to countless tastemakers. Whether the goal is to book a show, land a sync deal, or secure an album review, a large part of your time is spent pushing your music on others and hoping to hear "yes."

Why They're Not Accepting Your Unsolicited Material

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If you've been pitching your demos long enough, you've surely seen something to this effect: “No unsolicited material.” But what does this mean? Simply put, if someone didn't ask for it or it didn't come through someone he or she knows, you're wasting your time. At best, you might get it back with “refused - return to sender” on it (if you've sent it physically). At worst – and more typically – it winds up in the trash.

These music executives aren't doing this because they're heartless and want to crush your dreams – it makes very real sense. Here's why.