Tips to Draw the Crowd: How Local Artists Can Beat the Struggle

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Adam Young.]   It’s supposed to be all about the music, right? Well, it turns out building a successful band takes a lot more than a decent melody. You’ve been writing, practicing, networking, booking and selling merchandise, and it’s starting to pay off. You’re building up a fanbase and […]

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Performing In a New City? Tips For the Traveling Indie Musician

[Editors Note: This blog post was written by Michelle Aguilar, a writer and digital artist based in Los Angeles.]   When I’m not studying, freaking out during mid-terms or in the mountains, there’s a high chance that I’m at a concert seeing/dancing to one of my favorite musicians or serendipitously coming across a fascinating artist. After getting […]

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5 Reasons Teaming Up With Another Band Means a Mutual Boost on Tour

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Jhoni Jackson, a music journalist and Puerto Rico-based venue owner.]   Heading out on tour with your band has the potential to bring everyone in it closer together. Co-existing and constantly collaborating, playing together night after night—becoming a tight-knit troupe in the process is almost inevitable. But why not double […]

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Industry Interview: Jake Schneider of Madison House Inc.

No matter what genres of music you love to make or listen to, it’s nearly impossible to have missed the unprecedented rise of electronic dance music in popular culture over the past decade. Derived from electronic and house genres, EDM has become a mainstay on college campuses, at major music festivals, and in clubs and […]

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3 Tried & True Methods of Negotiating Higher Pay From Venues

[Editors Note: This article was written by Jhoni Jackson and originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.] Upstart bands and artists in the early stages of cultivating a fanbase often encounter opposition when booking. From a business perspective, it makes sense: if a talent buyer or venue owner isn’t sure you’ll draw a crowd, then handing over […]

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5 Tips to Make Your Local Shows More Successful

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by David McMillin, singer, songwriter and frontman of Fort Frances (check out their latest release, “Alio“). He holds several songwriting awards and has helped to soundtrack shows on PBS, NBC and The CW.] Every band wants to experience the glory of the road—seeing new towns, meeting new people and feeling the thrill of a […]

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10 Ways to Book More House Concerts

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Joy Ike and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog. Joy is a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter and the founder of the music business centered blog Grassrootsy.] House concerts: everybody loves them, but most artists don’t know how to get them. They are the most-coveted type of gigs for singer/songwriters and acoustic […]

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Top 3 Reasons You Aren't Getting the Gig

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Jhoni Jackson, an Atlanta-bred music journalist and venue-owner currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was originally featured on the Sonicbids Blog.] Not getting a gig you’re pining over can be incredibly frustrating. It’s especially disheartening when you can’t figure out why you’ve been turned down, whether you never received […]

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