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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Why Basic Shows Often Aren’t Enough To Make An Impact

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] The rapid transformation music is currently undergoing is changing not only how audiences listen at home and work, but also how they experience it in a live setting. There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to giving fans a truly memorable live show in 2018, […]

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7 Of the Healthiest (Fast) Food Options On Tour

[Editors Note: This article was written by Angela Mastrogiacomo. In this piece, Angela breaks down some of the healthier options in the world of fast food on the road, and some might surprise you. If you’re here to gear up on knowledge before you hit the road, be sure to read our recent Tour Survival […]

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Your Tour Survival Kit

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Call me old (I’m 33), but touring inspires about as much dread in me as it does excitement these days. Yes, it’s an opportunity for me to connect with audiences, meet other musicians and share my art with the world, but even the thought of it […]

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5 Things To Bring to Every Live Show

[Editors Note: This article was written by Suzanne Paulinski.] Putting together a live show isn’t easy. You’ve got to find the right venue, pitch to and book the venue, promote the show, rehearse for the show, lug your gear to the show, and then perform! With so many moving pieces, not to mention the nerves […]

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How to Get Through a Show When Everything Goes Wrong

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire and originally appeared on Soundfly’s blog, Flypaper.] The thought of playing a show fraught with performance mistakes, sound problems, and an unengaged crowd is one that keeps musicians of all stripes awake at night. It makes perfect sense, too! After spending god knows much time, money, […]

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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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