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  1. How to Handle Rejection within the Music Business

    We’ve all been rejected, it part of the business but you’ve got to make the most of it. Most simply move on and never come back but a rejection doesn’t take away the opportunity forever, it just may not be the right time for you or the company. If you want to make it in the industry you have to be persistent, and follow a few common ‘rules’ of handling rejection.

    The obvious first step, one you’ve probably done a few times is to show your appreciation for their time and effort. You’d be surprised how many people forget or simple don’t want to send a follow up email thanking them, sending a quick email will instantly make you stand out amongst the other applicants. We’ve spoken a lot about networking and making contacts and although we instantly think of doing this in bars and clubs it’s actually a great time to connect with professionals during the interview process. Within your email its worth mentioning how you’d love to stay in contact and work together sometime, they may

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  2. Staying Positive: Your Music Career Mishaps

    We all have our low points in our career, its part of the journey. But trying to pull yourself back from a disaster or major rejection is easier said than done. Being a part of the music industry means you have to come to terms with the fact that you will encounter a lot of setbacks, but if you genuinely have a passion for music you can always get back on track. The best thing you can do is to stay positive and be prepared, obviously something’s are out of our control but if you can try and prepare yourself for what may come then the blow will be less destructive.

    Something that is inevitable is opinions on your music, you have to expect people to just not like your music but those people simply don’t matter. You’re making music for those who resonate with it and take something positive from it so stay focused on them and the bad reviews will soon not matter to you. If you find people are giving you constructive criticism then turn it into a learning curve, see if anything t

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  3. Reflecting on your Music Career

    We are just over half way through the year and its getting to that point where many start to rethink their goals and expectations of 2018. It’s only natural to start thinking about how the year has panned out so far as it starts to quickly draw to a close. This is the time to take a step back and reflect on your music career and where it’s taken you this year. We are going to be letting you know why slowing down and reevaluating things will increase your productivity and get you back on track to achieving those goals by the end of the year.

    The year may have been a huge success so far but if it’s not gone totally to plan then it’s worth taking some time to look back and go over the good, the bad and the unexpected. Although we want to move forward, to be able to do that we need to understand why certain things didn’t work out during the year and what we can do to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes. Sometimes things are completely out of our control but its best to try

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  4. Tips for Recording your First Demo

    Recording your demo to send out to labels has been a topic we’ve spoken about a lot, the dos and don’ts, how to send it out and where to and how to cut the costs. But for those who haven’t had the experience of recording you probably need to learn a little bit before figuring out costs and eventually sending it out to the labels so today we are taking it back to the basics to give you tips on how to record your first demo.

    Choosing where to record has the ability to determine the quality of your demo, it’s not a huge issue but it’s something to think about. If you feel that you have the right equipment then there’s nothing wrong with recording from home as long as you understand how recording at home can affect your sound. If you have the budget I recommend you hire out some time at a studio, this gives you the ability to make the most of the professional equipment and better quality sound. It can be expensive but as mentioned in our cutting costs post if you use your time w

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  5. Things to Consider When Choosing a Music Degree

    We’ve spoken a lot about university from audition tips to whether it’s worth it at all. If you’ve decided that a degree is the direction you wish to follow then the next step would be applications. Before preparing any sort of portfolio or audition you will want to do a bit of research on the universities of your choice. It can become extremely overwhelming trying to pick the right one, especially when its such a big expense.

    Music is a difficult industry to crack so if you’re looking to apply for a music course you will want to make sure it will set you in the right direction for a future within the industry, you will find some suit you better than others.

    One of the first things to do is to research schools that specialize in the field you desire, in this case music. There are many prestigious schools that we all know of but don’t forget there are lesser known uni’s that also offer reputable music courses, there’s no harm is applying for both. It’s also worth think

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  6. How to Break Through the Local Music Scene

    You may be at that point now where you are bringing in regular work in your local scene, which is great but you want to move onto bigger and better things. Making that transition from your local pub to an established venue can be difficult, getting out of the local scene isn’t always easy and once you’re out it can be quite overwhelming.  Hopefully some of these tips will help you progress further when you’re feeling a bit stuck.  Before we start its important to note not everyone feels the need to pursue anything further if you enjoy performing in your local area and do not want to take it to the next level then that’s absolutely fine.  

    Firstly try not to let it get to you if you’re struggling to progress, you can always find the positives in any situation. Whilst you’re working towards your next venture make the most of the work you’re currently doing, continue building your skills and experience and take any opportunity that comes your way even if it’s a local gig.

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  7. Tips for your University Audition

    We’ve spoken previously about whether a degree in Music is worth it or not but before you can go and get your degree you need to be accepted. If you’re going for an arts school or going for any kind of performance/music based course then chances are you will have to do an audition. If the next step for you is university then you probably haven’t had much experience with auditions and it can be daunting but try not to worry. There are some things that are just out of your control when it comes to your audition but hopefully these tips will help you avoid any problems that may occur and make the who process a lot more enjoyable.

    Firstly you will want to be as prepared as possible which means learning everything there is to know about your audition, certain requirements they may have, and the material and where and what time your audition is. If the judges, professors or whoever is behind that desk sees that you’re unorganized, late or slacking in any way then you’re out. Have

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  8. Music Marketing: What Not To Do

    Are you marketing techniques not cutting it? There are definitely some dos and don’ts to marketing, especially in the music industry so we’re going to go over some things that you should consider changing or stopping altogether. We’ve gone over some great marketing strategies before on the blog, many of which are included in this list but we are going to dig deeper into why your strategy might not be working.

    We always encourage using social media and taking advantage of the impact it can have however don’t overdo it; there’s a fine line between a good social media strategy and simply bugging people.  As tempting as it is to try and get your name on every single platform, trying to balance them all just isn’t worth it, focus on one or two that are gaining the most reach. You’ll find that with the extra time you’ll feel much more creative. And be selective; don’t go making a WeHeartIt or Pinterest page if you’re a musician people want to find your music not your favorite reci

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  9. Places All Music Lovers Should Visit in the UK!

    The UK is rich with musical history and landmarks, from Abbey Road to the Cavern Club there’s so many places to visit that should definitely be on every music lovers bucket list. Whether you want to follow in your favorite artists footsteps or you need an instaworthy backdrop we’ve got a list of the best place to visit on your trip.

    First on the list has to be the iconic Abbey Road in London, for years Beatles fans have stopped off to capture the crossing and recreate that ever famous Beatles photo. Fans have left messages and words of wisdom on the surrounding walls of the crossing; it’s an incredible sight with a great atmosphere. Fans come together to celebrate the band and their music making it a must see on your list.

    There are some great tours and walkthroughs of London’s most famous spots, including the Marquee Club and a variety of iconic studios where artists recorded their music, an example being the Rolling Stones who recorded their first album in Tin Pan

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  10. Interview Tips for the Music Business

    Interview’s can be daunting now matter how many times you’ve had them, but the music industry is particularly competitive so when you finally get that invitation you want to do your best. We’ve spoken a lot about the music business and tips to getting into it but today we will be focusing on the interview process and what you can do to ensure you shine amongst the rest.

    Before anything do your research, research the company as well as the role you wish to play within it. You don’t want to go in blind, if you’re applying for a record label then find out who they work with and what kind of music they release. Know the job you are applying for, if you go in not knowing the job description or the day to day tasks you’re expected to do then it won’t look good. It’s also important that you plan some questions you want to ask, it shows your interest.

    Something that ties into the research point, make sure you know what’s on your CV. It’s easy to forget facts and information

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