For some 2018 was an overall success you may have written and produced some amazing music, built a loyal fan base or even released an album. For others it may not have been the year you hoped for, whichever one you may resonate with 2019 is a new year and the perfect time step things up. The industry is constantly moving forward so even at the height of your career it’s important to keep going, to try new things and to be open to new opportunities even if it isn’t in your plan. Here are some tips to help you further your career in the New Year.
Up until now you may have stuck to a certain sound or genre, you’ve found success with your music so why change anything. As mentioned before the industry is always on the move and it encourages artists to switch things up and to try something new, so staying in the same lane may hinder your career in the long run. As a musician you will want to grown with the industry and those within it, the New Year is a great time to experiment w
Music is a powerful tool, it helps people feel, understand and deal with hardships. Music isn’t a mindless piece of entertainment, listeners connect to songs and for whatever reason through music we can reflect on what we are going through personally. No matter what we might be dealing with emotionally or physically any one song can bring people together simply because we all relate to it in some way. There are many reasons why music is so compelling but here are just a few.
For a lot of people myself included, music can give us a strong connection to a person, place or memory we might have. It’s why so many people are able to reminisce when a certain song is playing, Christmas music may make us thing of time with family or a moment of happiness or a love song might make us think of a past relationship. Whatever it may be music is a hugely powerful tool that enables people to look into their past and I think it’s one of the reasons we connect so much with music.
We are officially a week into the New Year and I’m sure many of you are working hard on your new year’s resolutions but for those who might need that extra boost here are a few things you can do to ensure you reach your goals for 2019.
If you’ve set a goal to achieve by the end of the year you may want to first think about how you can split that up into smaller tasks. Setting yourself a huge goal to reach is not impossible and I encourage people to do so but to ensure you have the best chance of completing it I would recommend you break it down into monthly or weekly achievements that will help towards something long term. Remember it will take time so don’t feel disheartened if you aren’t seeing results immediately.
Bring along a friend, creating group goals or having a mutual goal with a friend will help you stay on track. If you have someone who will motivate you and vice versa then you are more likely to keep it up, if you begin to slack then having monthly or we
So you finally have a radio interview, you have the opportunity to promote your music and gain new fans. But how exactly do you make the most out of your interview whilst staying professional and portraying your best self.
Chances are the interviewer will know more about you then you do about them so be prepared to answer questions about things that may be public knowledge. The aim is to keep the interview informative but entertaining so try and relax a little and share some fun stories or experiences you may have had whilst working in the industry. As much as you want to promote your music you do not want to come across as shallow, let listeners get to know you on a deeper level especially if they’ve never heard your music before. Listeners are much more likely to check out your latest releases if they genuinely like you as a person so try and connect with the interviewer and those listening.
The radio station will likely promote the interview online so make sure
If you’re new to the industry and looking to pursue a career in music then you might want to consider a mentor. This isn’t the same as a manager, for more information on a manager’s role head over to our blog. A mentor is someone you can either hire or if you have a relationship with someone within the industry you may be able to ask them for some help. They will essentially give you advice and will past their knowledge and experience onto you in order to give you a head start.
If you are willing to spend the money to hire a mentor then it’s important you choose someone who can genuinely help you advance in your career. This means you will need to hire a mentor who has experience working within your chosen genre and for your age range. To be able to get to where you want to be a mentor will need to know the right people, places and techniques, there’s no use hiring a mentor who specialises in country music if you’re a pop artist as they will not have the right knowledge of y
With 2018 drawing to an end its time to start thinking ahead to the New Year. For many the prospect of new goals and a fresh start is motivating but for some it doesn’t come so easy. The thought of having a long list of things to accomplish within a year can be stressful and the pressure to succeed can really get you down.
I appreciate that setting goals isn’t for everyone but for those who want to give it a go this is the perfect time to go over your accomplishments of 2018, where you’re in your career and where you want to be this time next year. To help you get started here are a few things you can do to make 2019 the year of success.
If you’ve been setting the same goals year on year and you’re yet to achieve them then it might be time to switch things up. If it’s not working then you might need to change your mindset, try picking it apart and figuring out what you can do on a daily basis to work towards the end result.
Take your main goal and break it
Christmas is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year and everyone is upping their game to ensure they get to most out of their holiday marketing. Whether it’s creating festive themed music or hosting an event it’s important to be active throughout the holidays, music is huge this time of year so get out there and have fun. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you end 2018 on a high.
Social media content is likely a big part of your marketing already but there are definitely some fun, festive things you can do to get in the spirit. Changing up your graphics is a great way to add something new to your brand this time of year, use snow, wreaths or Christmas trees throughout your social media platforms, fans love to see their favourite artists getting in the mood for Christmas.
Create videos or do live streams throughout December, you can do Christmas themed Q&A’s or some covers of your favourite Christmas songs. Get your fans involved with your content; le
After going through the pros and cons of working for a studio we wanted discuss working independently and why it may or may not be the best option for you. To put it simply if you’re teaching independently you’re basically running your own business, every part of the job is your responsibility which can be both a pro and a con. This is one of many reasons why teaching independently may or may not be the right path but we will go over the rest in the hope it will help you with your decision.
Starting with the slightly more negative aspects of the job, as everything is under your control you will have to handle it all from paperwork to acquiring students. When you are working as part of a studio they will take care of all documentation allowing you to focus on your students however being boss will mean you have to dedicate some of your time to bookkeeping, organising paperwork as well as handling all of your expenses.
You will be in charge of creating schedules, classr
We’ve spoken a lot about the different job roles within the industry, one of which being a music teacher/mentor. For many teaching music is a great way to earn more money on the side whilst pursing their music and for others it’s their dream role. Teaching is also one of the more flexible roles within the industry whilst typically being able to provide quite a stable wage, which is very desirable for freelance musicians.
Teaching can be done both independently and for a company, both have their pro’s and con’s but before going into why you may or may not want to work independently we are going to go through the positives and negatives of working within a company.
Starting with the cons an obvious restriction when working as part of a company is lack of flexibility, as mentioned before teaching can very much be a flexible profession however when employed by someone this isn’t always the case. Studios will likely have a schedule as well as other policies, with this you
If you’re an active musician you probably have a strong presence on social media, presumably you’re following a great deal of other artists within the industry and more likely than not you’re probably bombarded with content from your fellow musicians on a daily basis. There is certainly a right and wrong way to post on social media and unfortunately if you begin to annoy your followers they will not hesitate to unfollow you.
So how exactly are musicians meant to advertise, promote and communicate with fans without overwhelming followers and consequently see your numbers drop? Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your social media whilst still making your content enjoyable for your followers.
The first step is to limit your posts; the last thing your followers want to see is their feed full of your content. They likely follow many other accounts and presumably would like to see their content as well as yours so keep posts limited and t