Is It Worth It? Measuring The Return on Investment for Musicians

Last week, I was talking to an artist about potential shows for their first national tour. As a relatively new band, they didn’t know what kind of turnout would be there in several of the markets, even though they’ve had some prominent national press. Naturally, without a solid tour history, many of the promoters were […]

Post-Show Procedures: 8 Things Every Band Should Do After the Performance

Do you have a post-show plan? Is there a set of procedures that you work on after each performance? Or, does your band simply work on the next upcoming event – the next show, the next rehearsal, time in the studio, etc.? In almost every professional endeavor, there is some kind of routine or review […]

How Artists Should Deal with Auto-Renewing Contracts

It’s easy to fall into the routine of scrolling past terms conditions agreements without thinking much about them. However, they can often affect the future of your music, where it can be released, who controls it, and how it can be distributed. For example, a licensing agreement can change how future revenues are received (or […]

How Bands Can Break Into New Markets

This is a draft excerpt from my new, forthcoming book about turning your music into a full time career. Each the end of each chapter, I also offer up specific activities that can put these ideas into action. I’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback below! One way to grow your music’s reach is […]

How to Book Your Band’s Tour Interview with Live by The Beat

Here’s an interview I did over the summer with Live by The Beat. It’s about 40 minutes long but I share quite a bit of information on booking a tour, music business strategy, and what artists can do make the most of touring. What are some questions that you’d like answered about touring?

20 Changes Sonicbids Needs to Make Right Now

Since posting two in-depth reviews about the new Sonicbids EPK system (“An Honest Review” and “Review part 2”), I’ve had offers through tweets, emails, and chats by the company to talk to their Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and VP of Engineering about how the site/migration can be improved. I’ve experience many problems and multiple representatives […]

Review of the All-New Sonicbids EPK System (part 2)

I decided to give the new system another shot today. Yesterday, I spent about four hours re-working my artist profile, adding all of the elements that were lost in the transition, trying to make the layout as least unattractive as possible. Today, I found that most of my changes were lost (even though they were […]

An Honest Review of the All-New Sonicbids EPK System

Today, I was checking out a Sonicbids EPK that was emailed to me. Much to my surprise, the layout for a Sonicbids artist profile completely changed – there was no quick bio, music player on top, or a useful set of links (press, stage plot, etc.). Instead, I found a Pinterest-like layout with navigational tiles. […]

How the Trademark Office is Screwing Over Artists

If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, you know that I’ve been busy fighting the United STates Patent and Trademark Office because they denied the trademark application for my band’s name on the basis of my ethnicity. You can read about it at NPR, Daily Caller, and so on or hear it on a number […]

How to Sell Your Music: The Pitch

Another video from my “Breaking Into the Music Industry” workshop