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    This is the first in a new series of articles examining the various tools music artists should be using to advance and grow their careers.  The goal is to introduce artists to these tools while explaining how they contribute to helping an artist’s career, how to us...

December 4, 2017

"In cities across Canada, local live music venues are struggling and in some cases closing.

  

Toronto is considering a proposal to extend the hours of liquor licensing as a possible solution, but Mar Sellars argues moving concerts to earlier time slots might have a...

"The life of a Nashville songwriter is a glamorous parade of hit songs, money, No. 1 parties and awards shows ... or at least, so country music fans think. While those things can and do happen, the reality of the average songwriter's career in Music City is a much dark...

December 4, 2017

"Two weeks ago, we posted how musicians would lose their tax deductions under the proposed tax bill in the Senate. Let me again state that this applies to musicians who take itemized deductions on Schedule A against their W-2 income. For 1099 income or self-employment...

November 28, 2017

Music web designer Ross Barber-Smith of Electric Kiwi and Singer-songwriter Marcio Novelli talk about whether music artists should give away music for free while working to build up their fan bases.

November 4, 2017

As the recording industry continues to battle against the steady decline of physical album sales, and now steady decline in digital album sales, it can be difficult as an independent musician to determine the best path to take for long-term growth and success.

Ultimatel...

October 30, 2017

Start “selling” your new music before its official release date.

A pre-sale on iTunes or Amazon allows your fans to order your music anywhere from one week to six months in advance of its release. When the drop date arrives, your pre-sale customers will automatically be...

Bridge the Atlantic talks to Rocket to the Stars' own Wade Sutton about everything from live performance to the writing process to the relationship between music artists and the media.

October 27, 2017

Thousands of new songs are uploaded and shared on SoundCloud every day. Here are tips to help you get the most out of SoundCloud.

SoundCloud is one of the top platforms unsigned and independent artists use to share their music online. Despite recent rumors that it might...

I'm in a continuous dialogue with writers and artists literally across the world in the importance of "building teams" in their approach to music. Too many feel that the industry, publisher, producers, labels, agents, managers, etc. will come in and set everything righ...

Trying to carve out a career in music? Firstly, where do you apply to find a job as a musician? What sorts of activities should you be doing now to prepare yourself for a career in music? It turns out that your skill alone typically will not lead to success. Landing th...

October 17, 2017

On Monday (Oct. 16), IEBA hosted its Agents Power Panel with recent Nashville transplant Brian Manning (CAA – Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Penatonix), Pete Pappalardo (AGI – Hall and Oats, Megadeath, Kidsbop), Sam Hunt (Paradigm – Major Lazer, xx, Run the Jewels) and a...

October 17, 2017

Over the past few posts, I’ve covered how to decide if you’re ready to record an album, tips for writing songs, and how to handle the pre-production of your recording. Today I want to talk about one of the most popular ways to fund production for your album - crowdfund...

October 17, 2017

This might be the simplest and most valuable piece of career advice I can give you: Finish things! It doesn’t matter what those “things” are: maybe they’re songs, an album, a music video, booking a tour, a crowdfunding campaign, a new website, or new merch designs. Wha...

October 17, 2017

Whether you’re completely new to songwriting or have been making music for years, working in a space that’s conducive for creativity is essential if you’re taking your craft seriously. But musicians often have a bad reputation for not taking care of themselves, and som...

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