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The One Thing That Pretty Much Every Failed Artist Has in Common

A career in the music business can be one of the toughest, most frustrating paths to take, especially if you’re a musician whose dream is to top the charts and sell out stadiums. It’s an industry where the overwhelming majority of musicians experience failure more often than success. For the sake of defining what success is, in this case I’m […]Read More »

Go Inside The World of Composing For The Hottest Film Trailers & Video Games

An interview with audiomachine’s Paul Dinletir There’s a fairly new genre of music that you need to know about. It’s called “Epic,” and it is primarily being used in movie trailers, identity stingers, and video game soundtracks.  If you’re a gamer, you may already be well into kicking ass on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.  […]Read More »

14 Ways to Make Money From One Song

As with any business, your products and services (whether they be your recordings, tours, merch, or anything else) are the stars of the show. They generate revenue and keep your music career afloat. This is why it’s so important to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity and find a variety of ways to satisfy your audience and make sales. Take a […]Read More »

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Pledge Music Interview: Funding Advice

  Performer recently had an opportunity to chat with Pledge Music founder Benji Rogers, to discuss his company’s efforts assisting independent musicians in reaching their funding goals.   How did Pledge Music get started? I’m CEO and also the first musician to use it. In fact we tried the system on my own EP.  I […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Creativity For Sale

For better or worse, a record deal consists of a handful of certainties.  One such certainty is that your label, whether major or indie, will own the sound recordings created under your deal.  But can a label own your music’s copyright?  In most instances, the answer is “no,” but this is not always the case.  […]Read More »

The Rebirth of the Cassette

  Upon first hearing buzz about mixtapes and The Walkman, many would grow nostalgic with images of something central to their youth, although some of those images may involve twirling a pen around the inner spool of the cassette to realign the tape. The more desired memories involve recording “tape letters” and splicing together clips […]Read More »

Confessions From the Diary of a Road Musician

NASA requires their astronauts to undergo intensive psychological testing before shooting them into space. After all, they’ll be stuffed in a cramped vessel with no way off, and co-workers they can’t escape. Road bands, however, do not require such testing. I have been advocating psych evaluations for road musicians for years, but I’m not holding […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Guide to Selling Your Music Online

Digital Down Low WITH PHYSICAL ALBUM SALES DECLINING in 2009 for the eighth time in nine years, the writing has been on the wall for nearly a decade.  And if the future of music lies in digital downloads, iTunes and its behemoth 70 percent digital music market is clearly the place to be.  For indie […]Read More »

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