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New Independent Music Business Model: Crowdfunding, Fanffiliates and Webcasts

Since I won’t be able to make it to the Homemade Music Symposium this weekend, I at least wanted to give my two cents on something that independent bands need to think about and adopt into their strategy. Many people

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How to Write a “Professional Enough” Band Bio

Having an objective and effective band biography can be a challenge for many bands. Often, the bands write these bio themselves (they are usually better at their instruments than at basic grammar) and are full of overly flowery explanations of

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Using Your EPK to Put More Money in Your Pocket Presentation

Using Your EPK to Put More Money in Your Pocket Presentation – Mohawk Bomb Records View more Keynote presentations from Ivan Pena.

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How to Take Music Reviews (Advice for Bands)

One of the ways people find out about new music is by listening to what their favorite trusted music critics have to say. Whether it’s a local newspaper or Rolling Stone magazine, getting reviewed is very important to bands, especially

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How to Make a Flyer

In this post I will impart the 6 things to keep in mind when making a flyer for a show or event. It may seem simple and trivial, but a good flyer/poster will give people all the information they need

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Timeless Advice to Musicians from Thelonius Monk

My buddy Wes Price from Polysound Studios sold me on the fact that this handwritten note was created by Jazz God Thelonius Monk in 1960 as an advice sheet for his new drummer. I think that most of the advice

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How to Book a Tour in 7 Steps

Touring is hard. With the current economy, its even tougher for independent bands to hit the road and actually make some money. Despite the financial constraints, touring is the most effective way to spread your music across the land. Sure

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