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The Secret to Crowdfunding

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I can’t tell you how often artists ask “How do I pay for my album?” I even have frustrated friends in this boat, and I empathize. It’s difficult to come up with the money for a top flight album, and the costs can be staggering.… [more]

It’s the End of the World As We Know It

Image Courtesy of KC Green - Used By Permission

Image Courtesy of KC Green – Used By Permission

The Lowdown on the DOJ Decision Regarding Songwriters Rights

 

The DOJ just dropped an atom bomb on songwriters rights and the publishing industry. Surprisingly, I’ve noted a lack of outrage on the part of many songwriters, and I think I see why.… [more]

Shakespeare Got To Get Paid, Son

I don’t think I’ve ever met another songwriter that doesn’t truly love what they do. Some might be burned out or bitter, sure…but deep down, they do it because it’s their passion. And if you do something because it’s your passion, you do it regardless of whether or not anyone pays you for it.… [more]

The Corner of Commerce and Artistry

I was recently re-watching one of my old favorite shows (Dream On), and a scene from it struck me right between the eyes. In it, a book editor is lobbying for what he views as a great book – a coming of age story of a girl in World War II Europe.… [more]

3 Books That Will Change Your Songwriting

Everyone needs to learn something new in order to grow – especially in a craft like songwriting. There was a Nike shirt I had once that said “There is no finish line” – at least as far as it applies to art, I couldn’t agree more. … [more]

Steamed Tomatoes: Women in The Music Industry

This week’s post is actually a guest blog, and comes from the incredibly talented and always insightful Sarah Spencer.  After hearing so many similar complaints echoed by women in the music industry, I asked Sarah if she could offer her unique perspective.[more]

How to Ruin a Song Pitch

Four Things that Could Be Secretly Sinking You

 

1. Talking Yourself Down

A lot of writers are humble, quiet, and avoid the limelight. Some aren’t very good with people skills or networking (one reason some have become writers in the first place).… [more]

Show Etiquette

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 5 Tips To Instantly Make You More Professional

If you’re an artist/writer, doing shows is a given – even if you’re simply a writer with no designs on a record deal, performing out at least sometimes is a given. It’s a great way to meet potential co-writers and friends, and a great way to gauge audience reaction to your songs.… [more]

The Gordon Ramsay Secret to Songwriting

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Gordon Ramsay is a pro at what he does – he has an extremely high bar, he knows his craft inside and out, and he does not put up with people who don’t take the art seriously. He’s famous for colorfully flipping out on TV, of course, but I’ve never seen him do it unnecessarily.… [more]

Pioneers Wanted

Why Sticking to the Middle of the Pack Could Be Holding You Back

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As humans, we have a herd mentality, and with good reason. Speaking from an evolutionary perspective, a single human is liable to wander off and never come back – perhaps getting killed by predators or the harsh elements.… [more]

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