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Music Business

How to Handle Writer’s Block 101 for Musicians

There are no artists who don’t suffer from writer’s block occasionally. It may seem that some don’t, because they consistently generate great work, but they’re human too. In reality, professional songwriters simply have tools they can use to get out of a slump, and to prevent writer’s block in the first place.

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5 Ways to Pare Down a Song

We all remember 2020. Concert venues were closed, tours were cancelled, and live music in general had an unprecedented slump due to COVID restrictions. Live musicians struggled. If playing out was your main or only source of income, you needed an alternative, at least for a while. Now, people are back on stage, but not everybody. People like me, for example, who are immunosuppressed, still have to be careful out there. Plus, maybe you’re not into gigging….

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Can’t Gig? Alternative income for musicians

We all remember 2020. Concert venues were closed, tours were cancelled, and live music in general had an unprecedented slump due to COVID restrictions. Live musicians struggled. If playing out was your main or only source of income, you needed an alternative, at least for a while. Now, people are back on stage, but not everybody. People like me, for example, who are immunosuppressed, still have to be careful out there. Plus, maybe you’re not into gigging….

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How To Legally Use Copyrighted Music On YouTube

If you’re like most rock-n-rollers, you like it loud. And who doesn’t? But if you’re serious about making music for a long time, you’ll want to protect your ears from long term damage. Contrary to popular belief, your ears don’t “get used” to being exposed to super loud music over time. Instead, they get damaged, and eventually, that damage can become permanent, leaving you at a disadvantage on stage or in the studio.

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How to Beat Writer’s Block

Anyone can run into a little writer’s block from time to time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the waxing and waning of creative energy is an important part of the process, and everyone experiences a lull in creative flow at least once in their career – and usually it comes at regular intervals.

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Sharing Backend Royalties (or not!)

Imagine this scene.  You’ve laid down an incredible piano part, a great vocal, and a passable drum line.  You’re thinking this song would really be better with a real drummer, and you know just the person.  You call them up, send them the track and they love it.  You know how to integrate their performance, you know how to be flexible and collaborative, and you’re confident the track will soar because of your friend’s influence.

But when you think about paying for that work, things get a little iffy.  Maybe your budget is tight and you’d rather not spend anything, but your friend normally costs $200 a session.  What can you offer?

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8 Pitfalls to Avoid While Building Your Music Business

This article about building your music business first appeared on SonicScoop.com. I reprint it here and encourage you to check out their super informative site! It’s a jungle out there.  Or a forest.  Or maybe a desert.  It could be an ocean teeming with sharks.  Whatever it is, we can probably all agree the music

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