All About Promotion and Income Generation

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GbBeat / Gb Beat 5yr+8mo ago
Hi guyies, check out my new recording on soundcloud, tell me your views about it. Check It Out Now!

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adamrsweet / Adam Sweet 5yr+9mo ago
I've been in the music industry in western MA since the early 1980s. It used to be possible to make a living as a musician playing clubs and doing local concerts, but no more. Local venues have realized they can have musicians play for free, or for a pass the hat scenario, making money off of their efforts if only by providing "LIVE MUSIC" to their customers. Now, 30 years later, the only way to make a living as a musician is to teach and to play weddings and corporate events. I enjoyed Matthew Moran's piece and have been reading the blog. Thank you! There are lots of great suggestions there for traveling musicians, and for musicians that are willing to take a full time job so they can play their music. But for those of us who want to focus on music, there have to be alternatives. I have a couple suggestions. These are things that work for me: 1. Figure out your niche. For me, it's Celtic music and Weddings. Discover the best aggregators for your niche: the place where your clients congregate, create a profile and pay for the service. For me it's WeddingWire and GigMasters. Yes it's expensive, but it pays off in gigs almost immediately. 2. Use free as much as you can. Someone suggested you make CDs and give them out, or sell Tshirts. I say that's an expense I cannot afford. Instead, I use Youtube (FREE) instead of CDs, SoundCloud (FREE). I also like Craigslist for advertising local, specific offerings and lessons.

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thekeyboardwizard / Richard Brown 5yr+11mo ago
Looking for Songs/Production for Fast & The Furious 7 Soundtrack Music plays from top to bottom so opportunity for anything hot. The last movie one spawned a 3 million selling single ("We Own It" with 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa) and sold 300k with no promo. The goal is 1mil+ albums and many millions of singles. Looking for tracks (some w/ hooks) and great songs. The film is based in LA and Abu Dhabi and needs lots of anthemic rap, hip hop, and hip hop influence electronic music (no R&B). Think Dr Dre/Eminem, Drake, Kanye, MIA, Major Lazer, Glitch Mob, YG, Skrillex, Naughty Boy, DJ Snake, etc. I am more into the Skrillex type of music but am open to other genres if the track is worthy. If you are interested let me know but you really do have to be at the top of your game to get in on this one.

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mmonline / Matthew Moran 6yr+1mo ago
Well.. I'll kick off this party. First, the joke: Q. You know how to make $100 as a musician? A. Start with $200. I coach a number of artist and can tell you there are some grave misconceptions about making money playing music. I'll make a distinction (sort of/mostly) between original acts and cover acts. If you are a good cover band - doing popular music - country-covers, classic rock, and some top 40 - you can earn some okay weekend change. But when I say, "Good," I'm talking really good.. substantially better than most. With original artist, the problem is more challenging and liberating at the same time. Unless you have critical mass, there is almost no reason for a venue to pay you. I know.. I see the post all the time about this.. don't ask me to perform for exposure.. how about I ask you to cook food for free for me and my friends for exposure. Well, truth is, that's called opening a store-front, advertising, and hiring a staff prepared to serve people that may or may not show up. Plenty of restaurants give away A LOT of free food to promote what they do. The bigger question is what you, the artist, brings to the venue. Is it A-Game, bring them flocking through the door to see you good? If not, what are you bringing the venue? With that premise: * Play for exposure A LOT! Free (call it pro bono, it sounds more professional); * NEVER DO PAY TO PLAY * BUT (this is a big but and I cannot lie) you'd better pay to promote. - I make posters, postcards, and demo CD's to GIVE AWAY prior to a gig. I want new fans. I don't want to always have my high school buddies and I already know the other musicians I know won't be there. * Until you build critical mass - the money from any one gig is irrelevant. * Get a t-shirt or two designed and have it ready. As I heard one songwriter say, "I'm a t-shirt salesman." * Consider house concerts - but roll your own tour - not the established house concert people. House Concert blog entry: Why you don't make money and your career is stuck Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?

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ArlanAndCompany / Arlan Heart 6yr+1mo ago
Well I hope there will be some input on this group unless most everyone is just into making music. Making any money at it is a very big challenge - just consider all of the so many millions of other artists out there. But I think it might be possible to do if you are creative enough. And of course there is the issue of whether something profitable can be done with some kind of group effort here on Kompoz. Hope there is some input here - in the mean time - keep rockin :)

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