How To Discover & Monetize Your International Audience

[Editors Note: This article was written by Chelsea G. Ira.]   As musicians, we’re usually focused on our home base when it comes to developing an audience. You grind the local venues, play with local bands, and work to expand to nearby cities. After all, the local fans are the ones who will regularly come […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Go Into Debt Over Your Music

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.]   The phrase “it takes money to make money” applies to lots of ventures, and music is no exception. But while it might be tempting to put the tab for your next album or tour on your credit card, you might want to think twice about […]

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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 2]

[Editors Note: This article was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. For Part 1 of this series, click here!]   In addition to the considerations we addressed in part one of this piece, there are some other clauses an artist should be aware of and include in a live performance agreement. We will now briefly […]

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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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4 Merch Items You’re Not Offering At Your Show (That You Should)

[Editors Note: This article was written by Hugh McIntyre.]   Making money as a musician has always been tough, but it’s harder than ever these days, so you need to put in the extra effort to sell what you can, when you can. Since physical record sales are down, most artists tour more often to make […]

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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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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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