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by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    01/18/2017

There are more and more services, websites, and products today ready to help us get our music created, distributed, discovered, heard, seen, and noticed. Never in history has music been this open and global. But because the musician market has exploded in size, it's attracted some unscrupulous or incompetent players out to prey on musicians' hopes and dreams of success. Here's how to avoid them...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    01/11/2017

A few weeks ago we shared the first four common legal and business mistakes musicians make and how to avoid them. This week we'll share three more. Avoiding these common mistakes can not only make your music business more successful, it can reduce a lot of unnecessary stress and headaches as well. To avoid even more problems and make your music business run more smoothly, do the following...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    01/04/2017

With 2016 coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to look forward to 2017 and plan your music goals. So, to help, here's our challenge to you as we head into the new year...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    12/21/2016

Each year around this time we like to look back to see which DIY Advisor articles were the most read, shared, and discussed. So, give us a drum roll as we share 2016's top 10 articles in reverse order, from number 10 all the way to the number 1 article of 2016...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    12/14/2016

This year, we hit over 100 articles here at the weekly DIY Advisor column, travelled to SxSW 2016, spoke and taught at various places across the US -- including giving our Making Money With Music talk in both Chicago and Austin. But in parallel to this, we also wrote and released five articles at Electronic Musician Magazine. We often don't always get to share those articles here, but with 2016 coming to a close, we wanted to collect the ones that are free and available online for our DIY Advisor readers and share them here...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/30/2016

Getting legal help is one of the more expensive and difficult things to get when you initially start up your music business. As a result, many musicians avoid getting legal assistance and unfortunately make some common mistakes. Legal issues can continue to get worse the longer you let them go. Fortunately, you can avoid these basic mistakes, so, we've listed out the top ones below so you can take more control of your music career...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/23/2016

Last year at Thanksgiving we talked about the flipside of giving thanks: how to receive it. Besides gratefully acknowledging the compliment, there are a lot of things you can do when fans thank you as well as when people you're doing business with thank you to give them a chance to do something for you if they wish. The key is to harness their energy and politely ask if they'd do something for you that's easy for them, such as telling the venue that they loved your show. But what if you want to give thanks? How do you really make it count? It's easy: you need to do the same things we wrot...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/16/2016

There's no one recipe for a music business. As we've covered here at The DIY Advisor, there are a lot of techniques you can use to activate income streams such as free merch. But even if you set up your income the right way, try just one thing at a time, take advantage of new platforms and technology, and go into it with the right mindset, there are no guarantees. But what we've found as we've interviewed successful musicians across the world is there are no two that did it the same way. But there's one thing that they all had in common: they all failed...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/09/2016

In the last couple weeks, we shared how to save money on touring by avoiding hotels and by playing house concerts (and staying there for free). For both of these techniques we made clear you don't need to sleep in your car save money and get free accommodation. But, sometimes, your car, or van, is the only choice you've got. Fortunately, there are tips you can use to make it sleeping in your car the best experience possible...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/02/2016

As we said last week, all of music business can be boiled down to one formula: the money you make minus the money you spend equals the money you keep. Although accommodation costs are a business write-off, last week we showed you ways you can go on a tour without paying for a single hotel by staying at people's houses. This week, we'll show you how you can get them to pay you to stay at their house...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    10/26/2016

All of music business can be boiled down to one formula: the money you make minus the money you spend equals the money you keep. The goal is to make as much as you can while minimizing your costs. When it comes to touring, one way to amplify your take is to keep your costs -- like hotels -- as low as possible. Although accommodation costs are a business write-off, there are ways you can go on a tour without paying for a single hotel.

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    10/19/2016

We've all heard of putting your money to work for you, but what if there were a way for you to make your gear work for you when you're not using it? That's now possible thanks to an innovative service called Sparkplug which bills itself as the Airbnb of gear...

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