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Why Musicians Should Build an Email List

Some have claimed that email is dead. They would be wrong. 2.6 billion people around the world are still using email every day. And so, very likely, are you. Social media is, of course, a very important marketing tool and a great way to connect with your fans, but social media and email don’t cancel each other out. You need both. Most people read all of the emails they get. When you announce your tour on social media, you’ll have a bunch of people who don’t care who will see it, and a bunch of people who really do care, who won’t. Your email list is a way to target specific people who want to see what you’re up to and make sure they get to see that information in a timely manner...

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Tips for Increasing Your Fanbase Using Social Media

It’s pretty impossible to know how many fans you actually have, but these days the closest metric is social media. For that reason, building your fan base is not much different than building your social media following....

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Collaboration Options Within the Industry

One great way to advance your career is to collaborate with other artists in and outside of your industry. This can be an effective tool for building your career, your brand, and your reach. You can be a lot more successful when working with others than working alone. Collaborations offer you the chance to expose your music to a fresh fan base, expand your network, and multiply your promotional efforts. So, what kinds of collaborations can you pursue...

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How Boundaries Can Make You More Productive: Part 1/2

As musicians, our lives are very hectic, and we’ve often got a lot on our plates. Trying to get our music writing and practice in, while working, and managing self-care and daily errands can get compounded by the fact that we’re often trying to maintain this level of discipline in close proximity to family, friends, or roommates. So how can we adhere to excellence despite all of the pressure? Boundaries. Specifically, loving boundaries.

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Traveling Thoughts: Passport Tips for Tour Part 2/2

Congratulations on your international tour! You’ve started the process of getting your new passport, but the trickiest part is getting an awesome passport photo that makes you look like the jet-set rockstar you obviously are. Here are my tips for getting your best and cheapest passport photo and completing your application.

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Traveling Thoughts: Passport Tips for Tour Part 1/2

So, you’re going on a international tour! But you need a new passport… Whether it’s your first passport, or you’re simply renewing, here are some tips for making the process as easy as possible.

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How To Use Kompoz Part 2/2

So you’re intrigued by the idea of online collaboration, but you’re still not sure how to engage and create on Kompoz? In these follow-up installments, I’ll go into more detail about how to use and get the most out of this visionary platform.

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How To Use Kompoz Part 1/2

These days, collaboration is easier than ever, especially if you’re willing to experiment online, artists from around the world can connect like never before, and self-recording technology is unbelievable. Que: Kompoz, a website that got its start in 2007 when Raf Fiol was looking for a way to more easily collaborate with his friends.

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Tools for Musicians: Top Five DAWS That Won't Break Your Wallet

If you’re just starting out in music recording or production, it can be a great idea to start with a free or cheap DAW. It’s also a great idea to get a feeling for where you might like to go as you progress so you can start learning on a DAW that is the same or is compatible in style with the more advanced DAW you’ll be moving onto, so you don’t have to relearn everything from scratch. Either way, if you’re ready to start working with a DAW, but aren’t ready to shell out the cash, here are 5 great cheap or free DAWs to start off with.

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Using Self Talk to Increase Performance Confidence (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 we covered why self-talk is important to work on and how you can get in touch with your own inner monologue and patterns of self-talk. Now we’ll address what to do to change these patterns to help build your own confidence with your music and performing.

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