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Do You Need a Music Mentor?

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Whether you’re an amateur musician looking to play at more weddings or a touring band wanting to take things to the next level, a music mentor is critical to your success. Mentors are invaluable and can help you identify and achieve your goals faster than you could on your own. What are music mentors, and how can you find one for yourself?

What Can a Music Mentor Be?

Music mentors come in a variety of forms, but the two most common are:

  • Teachers, experts or professionals who you pay to offer you expertise. If you have the budget, the lessons you learn from a professional who knows a great deal about the music industry are valuable. This is an especially good choice if you play an instrument or sing and want to hone your chops while learning more about music.
  • Friends who you have a mutually-beneficial relationship with. If you don’t have money to spare, partnering with a friend or acquaintance who has skills that you want to have can be a great way to learn more. Make sure that you also have something to offer in return, since you won’t be paying.

What Do Music Mentors Have to Offer You?

  • Many of the biggest musicians today had music mentors who could help them refine their sound and introduce them to other music they wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. So much of being a musician is getting inspiration from musicians of the past. A mentor can help you in doing this!
  • If you use a teacher to help you improve your sound and gain more traction in the music industry, they can help make sure you are learning in the most efficient and logical way possible. After all, you need to learn how to walk before you can sprint. Learning the more technical side of playing your instrument or using your voice is valuable, and can last for long after your band has moved on to other things.
  • Music mentors also give you access to a much larger network of industry professionals. From other professionals in your neighborhood to recording studio owners across the country, your mentor can help you get to know the people that you want to know.

Work with the Professionals at ECHE Music to Find Your Music Mentor

At ECHE Music, we are dedicated to helping independent Christian recording artists build their fanbase, promote their music effectively and learn the business of music. To join our community, please visit our website.

You’re Great! No, Really! Overcoming a Lack of Self-Confidence for Musicians

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One of the hardest parts of being any type of artist is dealing with the vulnerability and self-confidence that standing on stage alone requires. In a world that makes millions of people who seem “better than you” more accessible than ever before, drumming up the courage to perform is no easy feat. How can musicians overcome a lack of self-confidence? Continue reading You’re Great! No, Really! Overcoming a Lack of Self-Confidence for Musicians

Hit the Road: Planning Mini Tours

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While booking a national, sold-out tour of stadiums might be your eventual goal, everyone has to start somewhere! Planning a mini tour is a great way to dip your feet into the world of touring, meet more of your fans and make some money. If you are ready to hit the road on a series of mini tours, here’s what you need to know to get started. Continue reading Hit the Road: Planning Mini Tours

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

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

Singles vs Albums: Which should you release?

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There’s no denying that the music business has changed dramatically over the last few years. CD sales have dropped even among A list artists and traditional radio has to struggle for listeners and advertising. The launch of download services like iTunes has created a dent in the CD sales market. Why buy the whole CD if I can just download the songs I want for a lot less? Now even downloads are losing their luster. Streaming is the new buzzword in the music industry. Internet radio and streaming services are popping up everywhere and gives listeners more control over what they hear. So with all of this in mind, should you really record an entire album for release? Should you only release singles? Is there a different strategy to releasing singles vs albums? Let’s take a look at the benefits of releasing a full album versus releasing singles. Continue reading Singles vs Albums: Which should you release?