10 Networking Tips for Musicians and Bands

Networking. For most musicians, this is something that most know they should do but feel uncomfortable with or don’t know how to approach. However, it’s something that can open the doors to better shows, a record label, a new sponsor, or even more fans. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years about networking: […]

Record Labels Accepting Demos

Every week, I like looking at the search terms that bring people to this blog. Sometimes, it helps inspire ideas for new posts. Other times, it’s just to get a pulse on what you’re interested in. Here are the top search terms for the past 30 days: Do you see a trend? Most likely, these […]

12 Ways to Get Your Band More Press

Getting more press is one of the most important parts of your music career. It helps your industry buzz, gets you better gigs, lands bigger sponsorship relationships, expands your audiences, and builds your music’s credibility. So how do you get more reviews or your work highlighted? You might have a list of accomplishments that you […]

The Ultimate Guide to Band Merchandise

These days, merchandise sales make up a pretty big portion of most touring acts’ income. The staples of CD’s, shirts, and stickers have become even more important as income from performing has gradually dropped. There are many tips out there of what bands should order and how they should sell their products, but there doesn’t […]

Independence for Musicians

In celebration of Independence Day, the Kindle version of my book How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements will be on sale until Sunday for only $2.99! If you have Amazon Prime, you can download a copy for free. Remember, creating strategic partnerships through sponsors and endorsements is one of the best ways for independent musicians to become successful. Not […]

6 Things Musicians Should Know That They Don’t Teach You in Music School

“The difference between school and life? In school you, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett Music schools might be great for really helping you fine-tune your musicianship skills, but there are some lessons that they don’t cover which […]

6 Bad Habits Musicians Are Guilty Of

It’s hard being a musician these days. In addition to writing/performing music, we’re often bombarded with the need to maintain an online presence, deal with licensing contracts, book tours, work with promoters, find sponsors, record/mix/master/distribute CD’s, and more. Because the work can be overwhelming, it’s easy to fall into bad habits and do things that […]

The Unspoken Rules of Social Media

Yesterday, I posted an article about the Unspoken Rules of Social Media on my marketing blog. There are some tips that I think you’d enjoy because they can be directly applied to bands using social media. For example, I write: Think more “social,” and less “media”: The world of social media can be compared to a  giant cocktail […]

How to Work With Music Industry Contacts

It’s no secret that often in the world music, it’s more about “who you know” than what you know. The industry generally favors pre-existing relationships, whether you are looking for a venue, a sponsor, a review on your new album, or a slot at SXSW. Like it or not, networking can make or break an […]