10 Benefits of Working with Other Musicians

As musicians, we’ve all spent countless, sometimes painful, sometimes beautiful, hours alone practicing. The amount of time that the actual gig lasts (under a few hours?) doesn’t even compare to the amount of time that goes into practicing beforehand. So if we are spending so much time practicing, we want to get the most bang for our buck. That’s why it pays to work in groups- both abstractly, and in money.

Before we can dive into why it works, none of the ten reasons below will apply to you unless you have a collaborative group that fits. What’s your style? Rehearsal times? Leadership strategy? Overall goal? Finding your collaborative group just got easier. Log onto FindMySong and handpick the group that’s right for you.

Found your group? Below are ten benefits of group work done right.

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Please Let Me Follow Your Band: 5 Ways to Do Music Social Media Marketing Right

Your smartphone is silent again… its dead, black screen stares at you as you remove it from your pocket after your show. You force it to come to life as you log on to your social media sites. But just like yesterday, you’ve got 105 Twitter followers, and most of them are family, people from your high school, and a few of your mom’s yoga friends. Why is it that no matter how many gigs you get, and no matter how many fans show up to those gigs, you can’t seem to get people to show interest in your band online? Music social media marketing is difficult, but it’s too important  to ignore.

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Music Contracts: Why You Need More Than a Handshake

It’s nearing the 13th hour and you and your collaborating group of musicians are finally wrapping up the final edits. In a flurry, one of the artists brings up music contracts and “money.” If we even make any, you think. Let me get this chorus right and then we’ll talk about that. You settle quickly; “Cover the studio costs and then I’ll split what’s left with the band,” you say. You shake hands in a hurry and get back to work. But in your rush, you forgot about your friend who helped you with lyrics, and that other guy who lent you his recording equipment. By the time you get paid for your work (and you do get paid) your cut is three times smaller than what it was supposed to be.

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Get Gigs for Your Band and Keep On Getting Them

Let’s say you and your band has done a lot of things right… your work is good, maybe even great. You’ve got some incredible recordings, possibly even a full album. You have a collective style, and you’ve even developed some easily available merchandise. In such a competitive business, it’s hard to focus on all the different steps to success. However, building a fan base is a requirement. As a result, an unavoidable means to filling this requirement is getting gigs.

Good news, it’s not as difficult as it sounds to get gigs for your band. Sure – it takes hard work and commitment, but once you get a little practice with the system, it’s pretty straightforward.  Check out the tips below:

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Selling Band Merchandise: Is It Worth Your $ and Time?

As a musician, so much of your time is dedicated to your work that there is little time left over for an area of your career that is often overlooked: merchandise. With long practice times, countless meet and greets, and mad dashes to get your album together in time for your label, selling band merchandise seems like the last thing you want to focus on. It’s just too time consuming of a task, too expensive, and really not that important in comparison to getting your music out

Think againMerchandising is the biggest source of income for most artists. Without creative and enticing merchandise, an artist might not be able to fund a tour. Proper merchandising is what allows an artist to develop and maintain a fan base; it is the stuff that keeps you doing what you love—playing your music.

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5 Things You Can Do NOW to Be a Better Songwriter

It was a Tuesday night and I was sitting in the office of a friend and previous professor. He was bent over a copy of the lyrics I had written for a new

“Alex—this is fine. It’s just, haven’t I looked at this before?”

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