by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/22/2017

Each year for Thanksgiving we write articles that fit the holiday. This year we’re going to focus on the giving part of Thanksgiving by sharing how you can promote both a good cause and yourself while doing good for others...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/15/2017

Your fans are one of the most potent resources you have as a musician and are far more than just customers. While they will definitely promote you on social media and talk about you to their friends, they’re an even more effective force if you can direct them since they can put your name and music in places that you haven't even thought of...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    11/08/2017

One of the most common questions we get when we lead music business workshops and do talks around the country is: "how do you succeed in music when you have little or no resources?" The answer may surprise you...

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

Musicians enter into signed agreements all the time for recording studios, gigs, licensing deals, rehearsal spaces, t-shirt manufacturers, equipment rental, and online services and websites. Many of the contracts you deal with as a musician can be handled on your own. But although there are some common legal mistakes you can avoid, sometimes you need an attorney such as bigger deals, or custom contracts. When you do, you will want to do it effectively, and keep these costs down...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    10/25/2017

Last week we talked about the powerful music production skill of scheduling and how using Jerry Seinfeld's "don't break the chain" calendar system can help you get more music made. But there's more to scheduling than simply forming a good habit. Here's how you can apply more of the power behind scheduling and planning your calendar...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    10/18/2017

Last week we talked about the powerful music production skill of focus. The ability to say "no" to distractions so you can say "yes" to creating music is critical, but it's only the first part. To produce the music, you need to the second powerful skill...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    10/11/2017

As an independent artist today, you have so many things to take on such as growing your fan base and making money with music. It's easy to lose sight of why you're in music in the first place: to make music. But to balance the music part with the business part, we're going to share two of the most powerful music production skills of all. You won't find either of these in any recording book or available as a plugin...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    10/04/2017

You are NOT qualified to judge your own music. Sure, you can certainly judge how you feel about your music, but once you release it into the world, it's the world's to judge. As you'll see, this is a good thing!...

by    Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan    on    09/27/2017

This week we're continuing our ongoing Creating and Making Music series with the third and last installment about generating ideas for songs. Releasing a steady stream of music throughout the year can drive steady engagement, grow your fanbase, and make more money with music in today's internet-driven music industry...

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...

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