This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on a new grassroots touring course, Nick Cave's primary obstacles to creative progress, the effect music can have on student success, and more.
This week on MusicThinkTank, community contributors weighed in on the best way to learn music as an adult, a history of the acoustic guitar through the ages, how independent touring musicians can save money on the road this summer, and more!
While listening to music is a delightful pastime enjoyed by many, a surprisingly small number of adults are able to actually play music. That said, it's never too late to start! Here we look at some key tips for picking up an instrument and starting a new chapter in your adult life.
Being an independent touring musician may seem like an amazing job (and it can be!) but the reality is that life on the can be grueling and often expensive. Here we look at some key money-saving measures that prevent your tour from being a total financial bust.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors offered advice on purchasing gear, four ways you should use an electronic press kit, the ten rules of networking and more.
An electronic press kit (or EPK) is an essential tool for artists looking to make a positive first impression, whether its with venues, promoters, or any other industry gatekeepers, having a solid EPK will help give you a professional presentation and demonstrate that you should be taken seriously.
As with so many industries, networking is paramount to finding success in the music business, regardless of what area you may be operating in. Here we look at ten rules for effectively conducting yourself that will help you make connections and be remembered.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared advice on how to successfully recruit new band members, how to use data to find fans, where you need to register to collect all your music royalties, and more!
Royalties are, in the many ways, the number one source of income for a lot of musicians, particularly once they start to make it big, which is why making sure you're registered in the proper place to actually see that income is so important.
The onset of summer means it's festival season once again - time for rocking out to your favorite artists and spreading good vibes all around. Unfortunately, good vibes won't be the only things spread around, as festivals typically generate vast amounts of garbage and waste. Here we look at what festivals can and should be doing as they move toward a more sustainable model.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Promote Your Music • House Concerts • Unheard Of Music Festivals • More
On MusicThinkTank this week, our contributors shared original articles on the best methods for promoting your music, why you should opt to play house concerts over bar gigs, some amazing but unheard of festivals from around the world, and more!
In the digital age, many traditional obstacles to cultivating a successful career have been lifted. But this also means the field is more crowded. Cathy Baylis looks at how entrepreneurial artists can most effectively promote their music and stand out in the crowd.
While most people are aware of major festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, the scale and massive hype around these events can make them less appealing for some music fans. Here we look at ten exciting, but largely unheard of, music festivals from around the globe.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Home Recording Studio • Dark/Light Sides Of Digital • Write A Song In A Single • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on how to extra income through a home recording studio, the good and the evil of our transition to digital music, how to write a song in a single day, and more!
Provided you have some expertise in recording and production, a home studio can be an excellent source of revenue, either as a side hustle, or full-time business. Here we look at four invaluable tips for how to set up an affordable, quality DIY recording studio.
When embarking on the delicate process of songwriting, it can be tempting to hold off on committing to anything until the right inspiration strikes, but there is significant evidence that it may in fact be more beneficial to simply power through. Here we look at how you can train yourself to write a song in a day.
Being a gifted performer often has nothing whatsoever to do with how outgoing you are as a person, and in the music business, where networking is paramount, having an introverted personality can often seem like a liability when it comes to advancing your career. Luckily there are ways around this that can give you an edge.
Hitting the road with your band is an exciting prospect, but can be an expensive one as well. Even for established bands, anyone operating below rockstar level is likely to face financial pressures on tour. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to practice frugality while on tour.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Songwriting • UK Festival • The Business Of Sync, Music Supervision • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on some unconventional tips for writing music, how the UK festival scene has evolved over time, what goes on behind the scenes of sync and music supervision, and more!
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Almost as much about the spectacle as about the music, music festivals have always been notable for their eye catching visuals and remarkable fashion scene. Here we look at UK festivals in particular have changed and evolved with each passing scene.
Now one of the best ways to make serious money in the music industry, sync licensing and the music supervision process holds a lot of interest for bands and artists looking to raise their profile. This seven podcasts pull back the curtain and give us look at an often mysterious part of the music industry.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on a tax loophole just for songwriters, some important recent advancements in music tech to be aware of, how to submit music to blogs and radio, and more!
So often when submitting their music to a magazine or music blog, artists fail to do their research and follow proper protocol, with the result that their work ends up being rejected. In such a competitive field, it is essential that artists do the proper leg work to set themselves up for success.
As with so many creative arts, songwriting can often be an incredibly frustrating experience, and it can be easy for you to lose your inspiration and forget your love of the craft when compositional process grinds to a halt. Here we look at how to rekindle the fire and maintain your love of songwriting.
While practice is obviously essential to improving your performance abilities as a musician, where and how you do so can dramatically impact the kind of improvement you see. In this piece we look at how replicating 'gig conditions' can help you to more rapidly improve as a performer.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Gig Conditions • Band Website • Touring On A Shoestring Budget • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on why and how artists should practice in gig conditions, everything you need to have on your artist website, how to tour on a shoestring budget, and more!
If you're getting to the point where you want to take things to the next level with your music career, developing a solid website is key but, as a musician, chances are musical ability and songwriting are more in your wheelhouse than website construction. Fear not, here we look at a comprehensive checklist for creating the ideal band website.