How to Earn Money Teaching Music – Even With a Busy Schedule

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Gfire Mayo. Gfire is an Austin, TX-based music teacher with TakeLessons.com, offering lessons in guitar, singing, piano and more to students of all ages. She has been teaching and performing music full-time for more than 17 years.] I have been singing, writing songs, playing the piano and guitar, and […]

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The Dos and Don'ts Of a Copy-and-Paste Music Bio The Media Will Love

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Shaun Letang, owner and editor of Music Industry How To – a site dedicated to offering music career advice to artists/bands, managers, producers, and anyone else involved in the music industry.] If your bio isn’t regularly opening the door to new opportunities in your music career, it […]

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Top 10 Keys to Success For Independent Hip Hop Artists

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Hao Nguyen and it originally appeared on Stop The Breaks, a digital marketing and promotion platform focused on showcasing independent hip-hop artists.] The independent route is a tough, long grind, no doubt about it. People look at the top independent hip hop artists in the game today like Tech N9ne, Nipsey Hussle […]

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Pressing Vinyl: Why It's a Good Call and Some Things to Consider

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Michael L. Moore, editor and founder of Devoted To Vinyl.] The life of an independent artist is a complex mix of jubilation and terror. On one hand, you’re excited to share your life with the world through your musical creativity. On the other hand, the thrill of […]

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Maximizing Facebook Ads On an Indie Budget

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog post written by Don Bartlett, owner of No Door Agency, an Austin, TX-based boutique management and marketing agency. Don also hosts a monthly seminar titled “Facebook Marketing For Musicians“.] Independent artists are constantly looking for ways to eke maximum value from very limited promotion budgets. As Facebook continues to […]

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Local Publicity: How To Maximize Events & Releases in Your Own Backyard

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Fiona Bloom, publicist and founder of The Bloom Effect. Prior to running her own business, Fiona has overseen many careers including her time at EMI Records where she ran marketing campaigns for Digable Planets,  Gang Starr, Shara Nelson, The Solsonics, Eternal and others.] Artists are so concerned with the big picture […]

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How To Work That 9-5 and Still Be an Inspired Musician

[Editors Note: This article was written by Rachel Bresnahan originally featured on the Sonicbids Blog.] I speak for myself when I say this, but I’m sure plenty of other musicians think the same: we all want a consistent, full-time, make-a-living-off-of-music job. Whether that’s behind the scenes or center stage, being able to sustain a life off of […]

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The #1 Skill Artists Need To Get Organized

[Editors Note: This is the first in a series of articles on organization written by Debbie Stanley. Vote for Debbie’s “Time Management For Musicians” Panel to be held at SXSW 2017.] The most essential organizational skill for a DIY musician is time management. Organizing your data and your belongings are important too, but those also require first organizing […]

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10 Kinds of YouTube Singles to Reach Fans

[Editor’s Note: This blog is written by Jesse Elmore and was originally featured on Hear The Music.] A good number of successful musicians’ careers are built upon hitting it big with a great single song. In today’s world of Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes the single has never been more important. The technology available to musicians today is incredible. Recording […]

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6 Essential Tools for Indie Artists

By W. Tyler Allen Being a DIY musician in today’s industry requires, work and hustle — but it’s possible. Straight up, it’s completely possible to become a successful independent artist in today’s digital landscape. How exciting is that?! You can make it, but like any profession or task, you need tools. Throughout my career working […]

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