Being a Musician

Whether you're worried about picking a release date for your album, or you're looking for a cheap way to promote your shows, these music tips will prepare you for being a musician.

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Should You Self-Release Your Album?
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Learn How to Make Enough Money as a Musician to Quit Your Day Job
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5 Things to Do Before You Play Your First Concert
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Here Are Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Self-Release Your Album
The Grammy is a prestigious music award.
Do You Know How Grammy Winners Are Picked?
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Career and Financial Advice for When Your Band Breaks Up
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Tips for Picking the Demo Tracks That Will Get Your Band Noticed
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Here Are Some Considerations for How Much the Opening Band Should Make
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Tips for Acing Your Band Audition
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How to Get Started in the Music Industry as a Musician or Artist
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Reasons to Fire a Band Mate and How to Do It Fairly
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Here's Why to Skip the Professionally Recorded Demo
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Why Bringing Your Demo to a Record Label Is a Bad Idea
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Benefits of Hiring a Booking Agent for Your Band
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These Tips Can Help You Get a Booking Agent for Your Band
Record Store
Paying for Music Distribution: A Careful Consideration
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The Pros and Cons of Signing a Deal With a Major Record Label
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Even Hip Hop-Rap Beatmakers/Producers Need Professional Representation
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These 5 Tips Can Help You Take the Perfect Photos of Your Band
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Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Music Manager
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Should You Use Pressed or Burned CDs for Your Album?
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What Is a Session Musician?
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Find out What to Expect With Merchandise Deals and Contracts
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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Indie Album Release Date
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Session Musician Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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Helpful Tips on How to Find Musicians and Start a Band
Self-promoting your music is an important skill.
How to Self-Promote Your Music
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Before You Sign a Music Manager Contract
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Top Music Schools on the West Coast
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The Pros and Cons of Making Your Own Music Release
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Tips on How to Record a Music Demo of Your Music at Home Inexpensively
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Getting Your Demo Heard After You've Sent It to the Label
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How Do Music Producers Get Paid?
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A Guide to the Best Music Schools in the East
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The Best Cities for Musicians and Music Careers
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Are You Ready to Attend a Music Industry Convention?
Songwriter Composing Music.
How Can I Join BMI or ASCAP?
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Writing a Band Biography in 4 Easy Steps
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Here Are Some Tips to Help Find a Music Manager to Manage Your Band
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7 Things You Should Do to Find Session Musician Work
LIVE 8 - Philadelphia - Production Atmosphere - Day 2
Here Is an Overview of How Tour Merchandising Works
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Learn About the Performance Rights Organizations BMI and ASCAP
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Here Are Some Helpful Tips on How to Jumpstart Your Music Career
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Here Are Tips on How to Know When You Are Ready to Play Live Music
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What Happens to a Demo at a Record Label?
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What Are the Signs I Should Quit My Band?
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Here's How to Decide Whether to Hire a Music Manager
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Do We Need a Band Contract?
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Do You Need a Physical Music Release?
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BA, BM, or BS... Navigating Music Degrees Available at College
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What Are the Five Top Music Schools in the Midwest?
3 Problems in Today's Music Industry Every Musician Needs to Know
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How Does a Record Label Decide What Advance to Pay Me?
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How to Know if Playing Music Full Time Is Right for You
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Considering the Pros and Cons of Setting Up a Band as a Business
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A Step by Step Guide on How Musicians Can Book Gigs and Concerts
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Here Are Some Tips on Booking and Etiquette of Being an Opening Band
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How to Land a Deal With Concert Tour Sponsors
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Learn How to Plan and Book a Concert Tour On Your Own
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How to Get a Great Music Gig in 6 Simple Steps

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