Get the Edge in the Music Business
Once you've mastered your instrument and found some band members to jam with, you'll want to capture that great sound you make together - and perhaps it'll be good enough to go commercial and make you all stars (it sounds wild, but this is how it used to be before reality television arrived!).
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How To Get Gigs
Naturally, a new band is anxious to get out there and play in front of as many people as possible. A new band should start by trying to land gigs at local venues.
Visit several local bars and clubs and take along some CDs of your music, or even videos of you playing. Remember to include contact phone numbers.
Talk with the owner or the manager of the club about your band and the type of music you play. Be flexible in accepting any amount of stage time that a manager offers. If you're any good, you'll get more in future.
Consider playing for free at high school dances or wedding receptions. This helps to increase exposure and build a following. A few free performances can help build your band's reputation!
Most importantly, a website can help your band get attention as well as gigs. Make music samples available for download to stir up visitor interest and curiosity. Ensure the website makes it clear how to contact you to schedule a performance.
How to Get a Record Deal
For musicians looking to make money in music, there are several different tools available that can help. The music publishing world is a notoriously difficult one to enter, but armed with the right tools, success is possible. In fact, you can start promoting an album and get your song on the radio very quickly.
The Internet has provided budding young artists with a variety of resources that can help get their music noticed. Many popular stars today, including Justin Bieber, first get noticed through online album distribution. There are a number of artists who use Tradebit as a delivery mechanism for their music releases, for example.
In addition to recording and releasing music on the Internet, it is important to focus your attention on reaching live audiences. Many musicians have been discovered in bars, coffee shops, and other live venues. Enquire about potential opportunities with local businesses, and never turn down the chance to perform. This is a great time to get your music out to the public and potentially sell a few CDs in the process.
The key to getting a record deal is perseverance and it can be challenging to stay motivated. Keep at it, and with determination it will pay off.
How to be a Band Manager
Managing a band is no easy task. It requires a strong, assertive individual, who also has great negotiation skills, networking abilities and the ability to work well with others. Depending on the size and popularity of the band, the manager must learn how to tour with a band, and perform music marketing. The duties of a band manager are numerous, and are different from band to band.
The main reason a band hires a manager is for them to organize touring, music and promotional activities of the band.
To be a band manager, you must be patient, yet confident, and strong enough to keep the band members in line. Most bands that break up do so because of internal conflicts. Egos can get in the way of what is best for the band as a unit, and you will need to keep this in check.
Managing a band is accomplished through either an independent band manager or a management company. Band managers generally work on commission, and therefore have an incentive to do their best. As a band manager, you are responsible for lining up shows for the band, managing the tour schedule and maintaining peace between band members - a job which gets exponentially tougher as the band becomes more successful!