Independent Venue Week U.S.: Booking & Performing Tips

Since 2014, the U.K. has been annually celebrating the unsung heroes that make our enjoyment of local live music happen: independent music venues. Each year, bands, labels, venue owners and promoters kick off Independent Venue Week – a week of awesome shows at participating venues, and it’s been a major success for all parties involved. […]

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From Local to Regional: Making That Next Step

[Editors Note: This article was written by Rich Nardo. This is a continuation of last month’s installment about building your local fan base – be sure to give it a read!]   Congrats! You’re starting to really draw a crowd in your hometown and the local press outlets are taking notice. That’s a huge step […]

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U.S. Artists Touring Abroad: What You’ll Need & How To Procure It

[Editors Note: This article was written by Robert Lanterman and originally appeared on Soundfly.]   For many artists, it’s a dream to see the world through the windshield of their vehicle. Touring and making a living on the road is an exciting way to travel, meet people, develop deeper relationships with your cohorts, etc. And […]

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A Brief Look At Live Performance Agreements [Part 1]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Read Part 2 of this series here!]   While there has been a decline in recorded music sales, the live performance sphere of the music business continues to post substantial numbers. For example, in 2016, Billboard Magazine stated that “global “gross box-office revenue” exceeded […]

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2018 Tour Goals: Fly Passport-Free to Play These Two Island Cities with Incredible DIY Scenes

[Editors Note: This article was written by Jhoni Jackson, a music journalist and San Juan, Puerto Rico-based music venue owner.]   If you think living on a island is a tropical, sunny breeze, please exit the #islandvibes hashtag on Instagram immediately. All those beautiful beachside backdrops will leave you tripping over tropes; yes, the scenery can […]

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College Gigs and How To Market Them

[Editors Note: The following is the first in a monthly series of a partnership between TuneCore and students at Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University. In an attempt to offer new insight and educational content for independent artists, we’re excited to give these music industry professionals of the future a journalistic platform.]   Have […]

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Opening Band Etiquette

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the Director of Public Relations and Creative at NGAGE.]   I’m currently reading Meet Me In The Bathroom; an excellent oral history of the rock and roll resurgence in NYC at the turn of the century, written by Lizzy Goodman. […]

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5 Questions Musicians Should Ask When Choosing a Venue

[Editors Note: This article was written by Adam Young.] There are myriad factors that go into choosing exactly the right place for your band’s next performance. Music venues come with many nuances that affect the overall quality of a show, from sound and layout to physical location and audience demographics. Before booking a primetime slot […]

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Road Hazards: 5 Challenges Of Touring and How To Avoid Them

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Patrick McGuire. Patrick is a writer, composer, and experienced touring musician based in Philadelphia.]   For young, ambitious bands, there’s nothing more exciting than hitting the road for a national tour. There’s something timelessly exciting and relatable about a band traveling from city to city in hopes of getting the […]

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As Recording Technology Advances, How Does the "Live Experience" Change?

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Sabrina Bucknole. Sabrina has been singing in musical theater for over eight years, and wrote this as a deep dive into how the meaning of “live” performance has changed over time.]   Seeing a “live” performance has changed in meaning throughout recent years. With the introduction of new technology to the […]

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