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Band Tips For Touring On A Budget

Austin-neill-403340-unsplashHitting 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.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Songwriting • UK Festival • The Business Of Sync, Music Supervision • More

MTTRecapNewThis 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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Evolution Of The UK Festival Scene

1Almost 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.

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7 Podcasts That Take You Behind Scenes Of Sync, Music Supervision

1Now 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.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Tax Loophole • Music Technology • Submitting Your Music • More

MTTNewThis 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!

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How To Successfully Submit To Music Blogs, Magazines, Radio

5So 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.

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Staying In Love With The Craft Of Songwriting

2As 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.

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Why, How To Practice In Gig Conditions

5While 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.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Gig Conditions • Band Website • Touring On A Shoestring Budget • More

MTTRecapNewThis 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!

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Building A Band Website: Complete Checklist

1If 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.

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Unsigned And Social: Touring On A Shoestring Budget

Storm the Palace at the Tin Coventry by Steve WeirTouring is challenging enough, and doing so as an independent artist on a shoestring budget is even harder. That said, careful planning and promotion can help make it a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, and mitigate the risk of financial and emotional devastation.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Air Travel • Acoustic Guitars • Eat, Sleep, Write • More

MTTNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors weighed in on the FAA's new ruling for musicians traveling by air,  how to pick your first guitar, five fantastic songwriting apps, and more!

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Instruments In Transit: What Artists Need To Know In Event Of 'No Deal' Brexit

1While there's been no shortage of media coverage over the ongoing Brexit dumpster fire, one group that often gets left out of the hypotheticals and conjectures are touring musicians. Here we look at what some of the technical ramifications might be for artists transporting their instruments between the UK and rest of the EU in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Ancient Music • Attractive Stage • Practice Space • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we listen to some ancient music,  learn how to craft an attractive stage setup, build the ideal home practice space, and more!

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Setting Up A Foolproof Home Practice Space

2Improving as a musician without practicing is impossible, and practicing without a space to do it in is similarly difficult. In this piece we explore how to allocate the optimal practice space with regard to temperature, humidity, and tech needs.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Classical Music • Brand Or Mouse • Reaching Out To Fans • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared ten surprising benefits of classical music, explored the question of 'are you a brand or a mouse?,'  offered seven email marketing tips for communicating with fans, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Music Blog • Fan-Friendly Website • Eating Healthy On Tour • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on figuring out who's reading your music blog, how to create a dynamic website that will appeal to your fans, the best way to save money while still eating healthy on tour.

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How To Build A Dynamic Website That Will Appeal To Fans, Attract New Ones

2Monetizing your passions can be a frustrating and draining experience, and so while most artists would rather focus on their craft, marketing it is essential as well. Luckily, a well put together website can do a lot of that for you, appeasing current fans and drawing new listeners in.

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Saving Money While Eating Healthy On Tour

2Going on tour may have a road-trippy feel to it, but being on tour also requires a significant amount of both physical and mental rigor, and it's important to take care of your body. That said, it's also important not to waste all of your hard-earned tour funds on expensive food.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Independent Radio/Blogs • Small Streamers And Unsigned Artists • Music Website Essentials • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, our valued contributors shared articles on the challenge independent music blogs and radio stations face in staying afloat, whether the proliferation of independent streaming platforms could be hurtful to unsigned artists, eight must-haves for your music website.

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8 Must-Have Pages For Your Music Website

2Whether you're an artist, venue, or gear seller, one of the most critical decisions you'll make when building your website is how the content is organized. Clear, concise menu options, and simple menu navigation make all the difference when it comes to appealing to users.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Handling Criticism • Music Résumé • Big Data • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on how musicians should handle criticism, how to right a music resume that will get you good results, why trust will be the next best opportunity for big data, and more.

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Tips For Writing A Music Business Resume

1When arming up for a job hunt in the music industry, having a carefully crafted, professional, and engaging resume at the ready is essential to even landing and interview. Here we look at five of the best practices to implement when putting together a killer resume.

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Music Think Tank Call For Submissions: Share Your Thoughts!

MTTNewThank you for your dedicated readership and the thoughtful and insightful content which has been shared by so many of you. Without these contributions, our sister blog Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have advice, commentary, or ideas about the music industry, we please encourage you to contribute a post to MTT!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Email Lists • Release Your Own Music • Starving Artist • More

MTTRecapNewContributors on MusicThinkTank this week shared pieces on how to build and use and email list, the best way to roll out your music, the problematic cliche of the starving artist, and more!

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Email Lists For Musicians: Where To Get Started

3An oldie but a goodie, email marketing is one of the best ways to turn fans who like your music into fans who buy your music, but building a robust, profitable email list can feel like a daunting task, from getting subscribers to choosing a platform, to actually producing good content. Here we look at how to make it all happen.

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Dirty Money And The Legend Of The Starving Artist

2The cliché of the starving artist has existed for centuries in all creative sectors, and the music industry is no exception. Unfortunately, this makes musicians all that more likely to expect a hand-to-mouth way of life, particularly when an impoverished lifestyle is encouraged on the basis of making 'art for art's sake.'

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