Booking shows can be a challenge, particularly if you're not at a point in your career where you can afford a booking agent, and lining up gigs is often both a time consuming and frustrating process. As with so many things in the music industry, there's no silver bullet, but there are some practices which can help you get your foot in the venue door.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces on how local bands can seem more professional (on a budget), why simply uploading new music isn't going to bring you any fans, and what some of the seasons spookiest songs (surprisingly) are.
If you're a local band that's still a little rough around the edges, getting anyone to care about your music or show an interest outside your immediate family and friends can be difficult. That said, here are a few ways to give your band that professional sheen without breaking the bank.
Putting your music online is obviously an essential part of accruing fans, but a "build it and they will come" mentality does no one any good. Here we look at what is actually necessary to building a database of fans.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the difference between ticket brokers and ticket resellers, how to bring happiness into your life using music, how to run a band from a project management perspective, and more.
The world of online ticket sales can seem like a murky one, and not without reason, but in reality not every transaction is as fraught with peril as it may seem. Here we break down the difference between a ticket seller and a ticket broker, the risk difference between the two.
While project management when used in the context of a band may cause some to run screaming, there's a lot to be said for the application of the rules and techniques which apply to project management being implemented in a music business context. In this piece we explore of the dos and do nots of project management and how they can be applied effectively in a music business context.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared articles on effective branding for independent musicians, whether or not a career in music is a good choice, why streaming data is so important for artists, and more.
Choosing a career in music is a decision that is often looked on dubiously by some of the more pragmatically minded professional adults in the world. That said, there are a number of pros to such a pursuit as well.
While those who bemoan the streaming economy will be quick to point out the difficulty of making a living solely off of streaming, there is still tremendous value for artists in making their music available on streaming services, particularly where data gathering is concerned.
For good or for ill, the first impression potential listeners get of you will likely result from whatever online persona you've established for yourself, meaning it's critical to get it right the first time. Here we look at how to establish a solid online persona/reputation, while keeping an eye on how developing technologies could effect you.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mobile Apps For Making Music • Copyright And The Consumer • Drugs • More
On MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at 10 great mobile apps for creating music from scratch, how to understand the basics of copyright law as a consumer, whether or not musicians are really more likely to use drugs, and more!
Although both residents of the Northwest, Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith shared much more than just a geographical similarity, and both represented a fiercely independent, do-it-yourself mentality which optimized the vibe of their respective cities of Seattle and Portland.
Last week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on quitting the music industry to join your local scene, how to deal with and hopefully prevent arthritis as a musician, how to get more gigs for your band, and more.
Arthritis is hugely prevalent in the population, and one of the primary causes of disability in adults. The lifestyle of musicians makes them particularly prone to this ailment due to the repetitive strain practicing and performing can put on one's joints. Here we look at how to keep arthritis at bay, and cope more effectively with it as a condition.
While every band has to start somewhere, lining up shows can be a challenge, and finding decent shows to play, particularly at the early stages, is not easy task. Here we look at some mixed techniques to try in an effort to line up more shows for your band.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on weird mixing terminology, how to use Spotify and other streaming services as an independent artist, how to identify if you need a manager, and more!
The world of recording and mixing can often seem intimidating, with its various technical complexities and confusing terminology. Here we help explain a few of the more befuddling terms which are often thrown about in the recording studio.
Although the financial benefits may be minimal for those artists just starting out, the streaming economy is here to stay whether we like it or not, meaning that knowing your way around Spotify and other streaming services is a valuable asset for any musician or artist.
While play count is one of the major factors in determining your success on Spotify, getting featured on a playlist is also one of the greatest influencing factors when it comes making or breaking your music on as streaming service. Here we look at how to land one of these coveted placements.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on how to find the perfect affordable headphones, how Aretha Franklin touched our lives, the best way to bring out more denizens to your venue, and more!
With budget cuts and shifts in the curriculum regularly occurring, arts and music are often the first to go, considered as they often are unessential electives. Those passionate about music know this is far from the case however, as illustrated in these five points.
On MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at articles discussing how to create a band, Jerry Garcia musical legacy, why people who claim to hate Metal could just be listening to the wrong albums, and more.
Jerry Garcia acted as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, a band who musical style will forever impact music across the globe. In this piece we explore the artists legacy on the anniversary of his passing.
Music's ability to impact our health and well being as humans has long been established. A new study has revealed exactly what happens when a person hears their favorite song, and how their brain responds.
Outdoor festivals can often present some of the best live music experiences of a person's life, provided care is taken to make sure attendees don't have to endure too many of the slings and arrows cast by nature. Here we look at how outdoor festivals are accommodating fans.
Something familiar to any musician on the street worth their salt, the Nashville Number System is a form of shorthand notation which allows those familiar with chord numbers to act as last minute sub or sit on a session. Here we look at what exactly the system is and how it works.