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Looking Back over a Decade

by Ross Barber-Smith

It’s hard to believe that another decade is ending, and a new one is beginning. For me, it’s prompted me to look back at my business and think about all of the artists I’ve had the privilege of working with over the last 8 years. Thank you… I have so many thank yous to give – both to clients, and to others in the music industry who have offered words of guidance, referred other artists to me, and who have trusted me with their projects. I’m truly grateful to all of you, and I’m thankful that we’re able to help each other grow and prosper. When I first branched out into web design full time, it was hard to see where things would go… initially, […]

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The Bare Bones Indie Release Roadmap

by Quinn McGraw

The following is a guest post from musician and podcaster Quinn McGraw. I saw an early version of this post on the awesome Facebook group Last Band Standing and asked Quinn if he’d mind re-working it a little so I could share with you. He kindly said yes, and here it is! To all of the indie musicians out there, I just want to preface this by reminding anyone reading it that the only people who feel their music needs to be out there as fast as possible, is probably just you. Many people lose out on opportunities in gaining traction and buzz with their releases by simply rushing them for no justifiable reason. Patience, and tact, are key. When you start […]

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5 Myths of Crowdfunding – BUSTED!

by Ariel Hyatt

The following is a guest post by Ariel Hyatt, founder of Cyber PR and author of Crowdstart: The Ultimate Guide to a Powerful & Profitable Crowdfunding Campaign. You may not know it, but you probably have fans willing to give you a lot more than they’ve ever had the opportunity to give. Crowdfunding is not only an opportunity to create an experience around the launch of a new product or idea, but as the crowdfunding campaign progresses, it becomes less focused on money and instead transforms into something that involves people on an emotional level, uncovering fans and a community you may not have known existed. That being said here are a few myths I’d like to clear up for you so […]

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Tell Them Your Story

Today, Your Personality is Just as Important as Your Music

by Ross Barber-Smith

“Today, your personality is just as important as your music.” Now, I know a lot of musicians aren’t going to like that. Many will argue and debate that their music speaks for itself. In some cases, it might – if it’s truly exceptional. But even if it is truly exceptional, I think that fans want more than that from artists now. They want a connection, a relationship, to feel that they are noticed and appreciated. This is why I believe that as an artist: the way you communicate with your fans is just as important as the music you’re putting out into the world. A lot of the time, we, as music fans, will stumble across an artist on social media without hearing them. Instantly, […]

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Musician Survey: How Much Support Do You Get From Your Fans?

by Ross Barber-Smith

I’m currently undertaking research for a book that I’m hoping will improve the relationship between musicians and fans, and I’m looking to gauge how much support musicians feel they are currently getting from their fans, and ways that this can be improved. If you could take a couple of minutes to complete a short survey, I would really appreciate it. If you provide your email address at the end of the survey, you’ll also be entered in a draw to win a $50 Amazon voucher. Your answers and feedback will help immensely with this new project – which in turn, should help other musicians in the future. Take the survey here. Thank you!

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6 ways for artists to get the most out of bandsintown

6 Ways For Artists To Get The Most Out Of Bandsintown

by Leah Taylor

The following is a guest post from Leah Taylor, communications director at BandsInTown. BandsInTown is one of my favourite online tools for musicians, and something I encourage the artists I work with to use on their websites. In addition to the tips Leah shares below, I love how it can be customised to match any website and how easy it is for artists to manage. There are so many awesome things you can do with this app – read on to find out more.

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