365 Days On the Road: 5 Things I’ve Learned

TuneCore Artist Ellisa Sun breaks down everything she learned while on the road in an RV as a touring musician for a whole year.

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5 Ways To Maintain the Fans You Made on Your Last Tour

You just got back from your latest tour and you saw those social numbers rise! Now, how do you keep up with these new fans? Rich Nardo breaks it down.

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Secrets For Digitally Advertising Around Your Next Tour

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Rich Nardo.] Depending on your personality type, digital advertising can seem like the simplest thing in the world or completely overwhelming. These days, the powers that be have made it incredibly easy to run ads across several areas of Facebook and Instagram simultaneously, and YouTube advertising is only […]

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Avoid Dead Ends: 6 Tips For Successful Touring as an Independent Artist

[Editors Note: This article was written by Rich Nardo.] If you were to survey one hundred independent musicians who have spent at least a full year touring, I’m willing to bet that at least 75 of them are going to say the experience did not live up to their expectations. Touring is arduous, it’s difficult […]

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100 Days On the Road: 10 Things I’ve Learned [Ellisa Sun]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Ellisa Sun, an artist who decided to hit the road in an RV while pursuing her music career. We loved this road journal about the lessons she learned along the way by day 100 and wanted to share it! Keep up with Ellisa’s journey on her blog.] 100 […]

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What Touring Looks Like For Unestablished Bands

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] When non-musicians think of bands on tour, they typically conjure up scenes of crowded venues, indulgence in the form of sex, booze, and illegal drugs, and thriving young musicians without a care in the world. The stereotypes associated with touring are often wrong and typically only […]

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What We Can Learn From Some Nasty Show Mishaps

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Whether you’ve been a musician for decades or are practicing for your first show, there’s always an unavoidable level of uncertainty when it comes to live performances. I’ve played hundreds of shows, but I still experience a tinge of panic every time I play, and for […]

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6 Live Performance Tips For Drummers

[Editors Note: This was written by Gideon Waxman.] Performing live is a lot of fun! But it can also be stressful if you are not prepared, as things can often go wrong when you least expect. Besides having all your equipment in check, your mindset on stage might be holding you back from reaching your […]

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3 Ways to Immediately Increase Crowd Participation

[Editors Note: This article was written by Suzanne Paulinski.] Have you ever been on stage feeling the blank stares from people in the audience, or – even worse, not seeing anyone look at you because they’re all on their phones or talking at the bar? It can feel pretty discouraging to play live, giving all […]

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Big Music Cities vs Small Music Communities: How To Decide What Cities To Focus On During Tour

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] At any given moment, there are thousands of new bands across the world routing tours in hopes of creating momentum for their music. While the world’s biggest music cities seem like can’t-miss destinations for new ambitious bands with a lot to prove, investing the time and […]

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