Category Archives: Music business

Musicians: ten phrases to avoid in your bio

I’ve been a music journalist for years and I’ve read enough lifeless bios to wallpaper Mar-a-Lago. Are potential fans, bookers, and media snoozing through your bio? Rewrite it and avoid these mistakes: 1. Susie Blahblah writes songs from the heart. … Continue reading

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Musicians, what to do with those unsold CDs?

Back in the day when CDs were flying off the merch table at concerts, you thought you’d sell all those discs now gathering dust in your basement. Welcome to the modern age where even your grandpa is downloading music. Plastic … Continue reading

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How a writer-musician-teacher-parking lot attendant spends her time

I haven’t written a blog post in a few months. Lest you think I’ve been slumped in front of the TV with a box of bonbons by my side, here’s an update, numbered for convenience. I’m all about convenience, unless … Continue reading

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I’ve written a great song, how do I sell it?

Guest blogger Karen E. Reynolds is an award-winning songwriter, longtime radio DJ, and respected music industry consultant. She’s taught songwriting and music business at the University of Tennessee and Kent State. ******** You’ve written your song. You’ve done a rewrite … Continue reading

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You Become What You Hum

This week’s guest blogger is Carolyn Gage. She’s the author of twelve books and more than sixty-three plays, including musicals. The winner of numerous awards, her work is widely published and performed. ************************ Music is powerful. That’s why I like … Continue reading

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Eight tips for getting the gig

Over the years I’ve been on both sides of the booking game, as a performer and as a booker. It’s like a first date — you don’t have a lot of time to make a good first impression. Beyond being … Continue reading

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Musicians, make your video count

Your cousin taped you at your latest gig. Time to slap it up on YouTube and wait for the gig offers to roll in, right? Maybe. Take a good look at that video and make sure someone besides your mama … Continue reading

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