by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    09/20/2017

Because the internet and the new streaming world rewards consistent and regular releases of music, every musician needs to be focused on creating episodic releases of their output. So, this week we're tackling the next three idea-generators for creating music in our ongoing Creating and Making Music series...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    09/13/2017

Because the internet and the new streaming world rewards consistent and regular releases of music, changing your focus from releasing a yearly album to dropping episodic releases (singles, remixes, EPs, and other music drops that lead to final album) over the year is critical. Doing so can help grow your audience and make money with music in today's internet-driven music industry. This week in the Creating and Making Music series we're tackling the age old question: "where do you get your ideas?"...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    09/06/2017

In today's world of streaming, it pays to create more music and release it on a schedule. One common question we receive from musicians relates to how to create and produce more music for this new streaming world. This is often tied to questions about our TheSongOfTheDay.com project where our band, Beatnik Turtle, released one song for every day of 2007. They ask how we managed to write, create, produce, and release 365 songs and what we learned from the monumental creative exercise...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    08/30/2017

You never know where your music may wind up once you release it into the world. While much of your music today may be distributed through Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Pandora, and other streaming services, if you encode MP3s yourself, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure your MP3s lead your listeners back to you, your website, and more....

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    08/23/2017

Last week, we posted the first five tips for playing on the street, which include getting a license, creating a good space, and of course, having a well-seeded "tip jar". This week, we're going to take things to the next level by sharing clever ways to boost your income and grow your fan base each time you busk...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    08/16/2017

Performing your music in public for donations, or "busking", is not for everyone, but if you do or are thinking of doing it, it can pay off. In fact, busking today can generate income, interest, and grow your following more today than those who busked in the past. The key is to leverage all the tools available to you today...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    08/09/2017

One of the most effective ways to get your music heard and to boost your "music resume" is to find alternative venues where you and your music can stand out. We inadvertently discovered this idea with our own band when some of our friends who had graduated from Second City's improv training program asked if we'd handle the music for their latest comedy show's production. In this article, we're going to share four alternative ideas you too can explore for you and your music...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    08/02/2017

We constantly get great questions from readers and while many of them are specific to their situation, some of these questions cover topics any musician can benefit from. When a question like that happens, we like to share the answers in the DIY Advisor column. Today's question is about copyright and ownership when you arrange someone else's song...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    07/26/2017

Last week we dove into the first five ways you could interact directly with your fans and give them that personal connection beyond your music, all while making money. While the first five focused on ideas centered around playing live, this week we'll share five additional ways you can build your relationship with your fans no matter where they are and whether you play live shows or not...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    07/19/2017

Since the dawn of music, fans have wanted to form a connection with their favorite artists. Today, technology makes all musicians global while bringing all of their fans within reach. We're not just talking about social media: there are many new ways you can interact directly with your fans and give them that personal connection beyond your music while also making money...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    07/12/2017

Last week we outlined the first 5 things you should create to get PR for your music. When the press and media want to cover you, they'll want all the information at their fingertips easy to get to and easy to copy and paste. To boost your chances of getting covered in a positive way, you should have these 10 things completed and ready to go. This week we outline the remaining 5 things you should create to get PR...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    07/05/2017

Once your music is out in the world, you can build an audience by encouraging PR outlets to cover you and your music. Fortunately, journalists, YouTubers, and bloggers are always looking for content, and if your story catches their interest, they'll want to cover you. Your job is to make it as easy as possible for them to do so. Here's how...

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