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How to Find Music Gigs That Pay

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Making money as a musician is difficult, but many amateur musicians don’t realize that paying music gigs aren’t just for headliners! Whether you’re getting started in your music career or trying to take things to the next level, here is what you need to know about finding music gigs that pay (in something other than coffee!). 

Think Local

The best place to look for music gigs is in the community that you live and work in. What’s the music scene like in your area? What venues do local musicians play in? What bands in your area seem to get a lot of gigs? Approaching the right venue for your first few paying gigs will lead to more opportunities. If you have trouble getting traction on your own, you can see how other local acts would feel about hiring you to open their sets for experience and a cut of the ticket sales. Don’t get discouraged!

Have the Right Promo Package

The right press kit will set your solo act or band apart from other local artists. You should ensure that your promo package is short and sweet and that it includes everything venues and promoters expect:

  • A demo CD
  • A short biography or one-sheet that showcases your band
  • Newspaper or press clippings
  • Additional links to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.)

Never send attachments if you are communicating via email, as people will not open them.

Know Your Rate for Music Gigs

How much do you charge for a gig? If the answer is “whatever they’ll pay me!” you need to come up with standards for yourself. What is the minimum amount you will accept for a gig? Do you charge by the hour or by the type of gig? Take the time to feel out what the market rates are for your area and price yourself accordingly.

Do You Need to Get More Music Gigs?

  • Don’t get bogged down in your requirements for where and when you’ll play, or you will risk isolating venues that could be a great fit for you while you are just starting out.
  • Never pay to play. There are many music venues that take advantage of young, inexperienced artists and require them to pay to be included in a showcase. You might need to pay a hiring fee or cover some promotional costs, but you should never be asked to pay more than that.
  • Invite music bloggers and local influencers to your shows to create buzz and get more reviews that will lead to more books in the future.

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How to Use Facebook Live to Build Your Fan Base

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Facebook Live is one of the newest and most popular tools for budding musicians and anyone looking to connect with fans online. Like any livestreaming service, including Periscope, it offers people anywhere in the world the ability to watch you and comment as they view. Unlike other streaming services, it integrates with the Facebook platform so that your fans and followers can get notifications whenever you go live. Continue reading How to Use Facebook Live to Build Your Fan Base

Building a Better Band Newsletter

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Whether you’re just starting out and struggling to email your fans or an experienced band finally starting a newsletter, building a great band newsletter is one of the best ways to keep in touch with your fans and attract new ones. Today, we’re exploring the simple ways you can build a better band newsletter.
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Songwriting Tips & Tricks for the Busy Artist

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When music is your job or your part-time hobby, it can feel more like work than play. Songwriting is one of the most important parts of being an independent music artist. Unfortunately, sometimes your well of inspiration runs dry or you’re too busy to sit down and think about writing a song. If you are a busy artist always on the go, here are some of our best tips and tricks for songwriting when you’re on the move.  Continue reading Songwriting Tips & Tricks for the Busy Artist

Ideas for marketing your hip hop music

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Ideas for marketing your hip hop music

After you’ve written a dope song which flows, has a solid theme, fresh rhymes and a tight beat, you’re ready to market your hit-to-be. It may seem obvious, but before you even decide to promote your music you need to have quality material to promote. Otherwise, it’ll be a waste of time and money with no progress made. So, make sure your product is great and by great I mean mixed and mastered, high quality and relevant to your fans. There’s lots of competition out there, so give your fans and potential fans more than just a top quality record. Deliver a record DJs will be happy to play.

Once you have a song that will truly go viral, there are other things to do to best market your hip hop music. Continue reading Ideas for marketing your hip hop music

A new perspective on showcases

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I spoke to an artist this week who was telling me about her experiences with showcases when she first got started. Most of you know my stance on showcases. If not, check out The Showcase Trap.

This artist gave me a new perspective on showcases. She looks at it as exercise for new independent artists. There are some benefits to paying for performances when you first start out: Continue reading A new perspective on showcases