5 Reasons To Start A Band (Besides Fame And Fortune)

2While many aspiring artists dream of performing in front of a crowd of thousands, the reality is that such an outcome is decidedly unlikely, and musicians should find other reasons to pursue music. Here we look at five such motivating factors.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Streaming Success Stories • Run A Business From The Road • Music Startups • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared streaming success stories, advice on how artists can run a business from the road, info on five cutting edge music startups, and more!

 

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How Touring Musicians Can Operate A Business From The Road

4In order to find success in the music industry, more and more musical entrepreneaurs are realizing they need to treat their careers like a small business, a small business which the they're often required to operate while out on the road. Here we break down how artists can best run their business while still maintaining a lively touring schedule.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Broadcast Tech • Soundtrack To Sleep • Make Your Music Stand Out • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLOn MusicThinkTank this week, our contributors shared articles on new broadcast tech that's reshaping the live music experience, how to get a better night's sleep through the power of playlists, what it takes to make your music stand out from the crowd, and more!

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How To Get Your Music To Stand Out From The Crowd

4With many barriers to entry lowered or entirely smashed down, creating music and making it available to the public has become a complete cake walk. Needless to say, this has led to a crowded marketplace, and getting anyone to take notice of said music has become harder than ever. Here we look at some key strategies for how to cut through the noise.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Promote Your Music • Streaming Service Payouts • Performance Rut • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on how to grow you fanbase, the mysterious ways in which streaming platforms calculate their pay per stream, how to get yourself out of a performance rut, and more!

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What Streaming Services Pay Per Stream

2Even to industry insiders, determining what exactly each streaming service pays out per stream can be a confusing and complex process, with each platform having its own unique formula for calculating what an artist actually earns. Here we break down some of the numbers in a more digestible format.

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4 Ways To Get Yourself Out Of A Performance Rut

2As a musician or performer of any kind, consistently delivering a high-quality show is extremely important to the success of your career. That said, we're all bound to get stuck in a rut of one kind or another eventually, what's important is how you get out, and back on top of your game.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Business For Bands • Music Education • Songwriters Seeking Inspiration • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared insights on what business skills musicians need to succeed, whether or not it's possible for touring artists to successfully pursue higher education, ten unlikely blogs where songwriters can seek inspiration, and more.

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Business Skills For Band Members

4No matter how much time you spend practicing and honing your craft, talent and ability are, unfortunately, only a part of what makes for a successful music career. For the modern musicpreneur, a solid grasp on content management, social media, and an ability to network are all key skills for industry success.

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Is It Possible For Touring Musicians To Attend School

2The question of attending college or going back to school is a dilemma many artists face at some point throughout their career. While it can stabilize your position in the industry and give some broader career options, balancing your life as a musician and getting a degree can be difficult. Here we look at some options the modern musician has when it comes to attending school.

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10 Unlikely Blogs Where Songwriters Should Seek Inspiration

1Staying inspired as songwriter can be difficult, and while many artists draw on sources like stories or personal life experiences, wells of inspiration can appear in many different forms even, as evidenced here, blogs! This piece suggests ten unlikely blogs that can, in their own unique way, get the creative juices flowing.

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The Love Of Listening To The Radio While Driving Not Dead

1Listening to music in the car has been a favorite past time of travelers as long as radios and cars have existed, and while many believe that recent technological advancements might have reduced this practice, a passion for music and radio on the road remains.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Workout Music • Radio On The Raod • Music Education

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, industry contributors shared insights on what the optimal playlist is when you're pumping iron, how the music lover's enthusiasm for listening to music on the radio while driving endures, and what a degree in music education is really all about.

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What's The Best Music To Work Out To?

6Whether you're a gym rat or simply enjoy the occasional light trail run, most people who work out prefer doing so accompanied by some sort of music, something which the industry is, of course happy, to capitalize on, with many songs and playlists tailor made for this purpose. Here, we look at what sort of music is best for the perfect workout.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Managing Your Band • Music Magazines • Playlist Streaming • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared pieces on how you can help keep things organized when you find yourself falling into a managerial role, what music magazines are doing to stay afloat in the digital age, how playlist streaming is hurting artists, and more!

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Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting The Artist?

1Leaving downloads and CDs in the dust, streaming (and consequently playlists) is now the new normal for music consumption. But just how much is this style of listening harming artists, and how much value is there getting your song a coveted placement on a popular playlist.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Making Music Careers Accessible • Rest & Relaxation • Strengthen Your Image • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLOn MusicThinkTank this week, our contributors shared several compelling articles on how to make music careers more accessible for parents, the best way to calm down after a show, how artists can strengthen their image, and more!

 

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Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Band's Image, Brand

3While most musicians dream of achieving some level of success, the majority of artists aren't lucky enough to also be natural entrepreneurs. Still, if you can't cultivate an interesting enough image to attract new fans, chances are you won't have much of a career in the music business. Here we look at some creative ways to grow your band's brand.

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'Success' In Music: What Does It Mean Right Now?

4In any industry, success is a nebulous concept, and perhaps doubly so in the music business. For one artist it could mean the ability to pay all their bills through their music, for another it might require getting a number one hit. Regardless, the modern music climate isn't what it once was, and a redefining of what success means must take place.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Indie Tour Tips • Self-Care On The Road • Pre-Show Jitters • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on what indie bands need to know before they embark on a tour, how artists on the road can maintain their personal health, some tricks for calming stage nerves before a show, and more.

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Self-Care On Tour: Musician's Guide

6For most artists starting out, touring represents a dream come true, and the idea of life on the road carries with it a colossally romanticized appeal. The reality, however, is that the touring lifestyle can be incredibly hard, challenging both your physical and mental health. Here we look at some important guide posts for taking care of yourself next time you load up the van.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: How To Write A Hit • Protect The Headliners • Getting Pumped For Your First Major Gig • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors broke down some of the reasons behind Old Town Road's success, how you can keep the headliners at your summer festival safe, what you need to do to get your band sufficiently pumped for their first major show, and more.

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Preparing Your Band For Their First Major Show

5When you land you first major show as a band, it's a big deal, and a sign that your group could be moving towards bigger and better things - but it can also trigger some serious nerves and anxiety. So how do you guide your bandmates to make sure your first major performance goes off without a hitch?

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Touring Health Tips • Not All About The Artist • Songs About Writing Songs • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on taking preventative steps to preserve your physical and mental health on the road, why music isn't all about the artist, how songs about songwriting can help fuel the creative process, and more.

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Preventative Health Tips For Touring Artists

2While taking your music on the road is the dream of many artists, life on tour - in addition to being an eye-opening adventure - can also be incredibly stressful, and put a significant strain on both your mental and physical health.

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Music: Not All About The Artist

5The modern music studio is about more than just the musician, and for those looking to pursue a career in the music business, much of what happens in a recording studio is as much thanks to the team of engineers behind the console as the person in front of the microphone.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mental Wellbeing • Getting Signed • Marketing Yourself • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our insightful contributors shared articles on how musicians can work to invest in their mental wellbeing, questioned whether or not bands still need to get signed to 'make it', what musicians need to know before marketing themselves for the first time, and more!

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6 Tips For Artists Marketing Themselves For The First Time

1As every successful musician knows, carving out a career in the music industry involves more than just musical skill, and also requires an ability to market yourself and your music to potential fans. Here we provide six key tips for those just starting out in decidedly tough industry.

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