Tag: Music Business Tips

You just can’t get there for free

Every artist that asks a professional for his or her help is asking for an investment. It might be an investment of time or money but either way, every minute is an investment. Today’s artists, more than anything, must be savvy hustlers. You have to learn how to survive to thrive. This doesn’t mean that …

Rehearsal & Preparation

If you’re going to stand a chance at all you must prepare.  Far too often I see performances, where the acts are forgetting the words to their own songs or the entire stage presence is completely disorganized and haphazard.  It makes for a horrible fan/listener experience. Watch the really good performers and what you come …

Songwriting & Ghostwriters

I hear all the time from aspiring artists, “I write all my own stuff”. That’s good that you write and that you write the majority of your own stuff, but it’s not as easy as you think to write a truly great song. When I ask artists why they think there are so many songwriters …

When Your Hit Isn’t A Hit

I get music submissions every day, anything from new music from unknown artists’ & tons of submissions for specific licensing opportunities. There’s one line that really tells me how much you don’t understand this business. “My new hit single”. I hate this line! It makes me not even want to listen. First, it’s new, so …

You Can’t Be A One Man Team

In today’s music business it is virtually impossible to manage everything that needs to be managed alone. This doesn’t even address comprehension. There is an amazing amount of data available everywhere. Just in your social media network, there is all the data that you need in order to understand how to create a meaningful impact. …

Technology Marches On, Blockchain & Music

For years we’ve accepted taking a reactionary response to technology and disruption in the music business.  I see this all the time across many industries & I’m always forced to ask if there is there a better way?  Historically it seems that disruption in the music industry has not been in the artists or songwriters …

The Music Supervisor

There seems to be a misconception in the indie music community about the role of the Music Supervisor. I hear about so much bitterness because an artist never heard back from their client, or their track wasn’t selected, or any number of complaints. The one I hear the most and would really like to address is more about …

Separate Perception From Reality, Expectations

Whenever our team is assessing new talent to collaborate with, we always have to consider the unique intangible of how much work it’s going to take to separate perception from reality. Everybody thinks that if they had the ball in the final seconds of the game that they will arise to the occasion, but very few do. That’s why those …

The Work IS The Reward

I’ve been blessed that I am able to work with great people and amazing artists. All of them, are known for their commitment and dedication to bringing great music to fans. But for those that are working their way in or trying to understand it, I can simplify it. When you get your opportunity, show, deal, job whatever …

First You Need to Define Sucess

Everyone wants to know how to be successful in the music business and I always say the same thing. “First, you need to define what success is for yourself”. We all set out with a dream, hope, or goal. In music, it’s usually to be as big as some superstar we admire. I ask the …

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