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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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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What To Expect When You're Expecting…To Book a Tour

[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.]   So you’re band is killing it. The crowds at your hometown shows are getting bigger and bigger and you’ve dipped your toes into playing ‘out-of-town’. You just put out a […]

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5 Reasons Venues Aren't Writing You Back

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Patrick McGuire. Patrick is a writer, composer, and experienced touring musician based in Philadelphia.]   It can be a hugely frustrating experience to reach out to a venue in hopes of booking a show only to hear nothing back. When you’ve spent months or even years creating music, it can […]

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How To Book A Gig Yourself…and Be Invited Back

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo.] No matter what anyone tells you, we have yet to figure out a digital musical experience that can equal the fan connections a band can conjure through their live show. There is something in our DNA that is profoundly impacted by live music. Maybe it’s the shared experience […]

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