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How to Network in the Music Industry

Posted on September 13, 2020 at 9:48 pm

One of the most important parts of the music industry is Networking! It’s not as scary as it sounds, it can be as simple as meeting fellow musicians or music lovers and having brainstorming sessions on ways to produce terrific music.

A few tips to help with Networking are:

• Attend Music Industry Events- you can start at smaller local events just to start meeting people and creating relationships.

• Do Your Research- before an event try to find out who may be there, who you may know and do a bit a of research on their current or future projects to engage in conversations about.

• Practice Your Pitch- rehearse what you want to say about your plans so that you do not get caught off guard and unsure of what to say about your work.

• Be Prepared- be sure to have a business card to hand out or possibly promotional material but do not spend too much on things like this.

• Be Yourself- if you’re properly prepared you should feel confident and you should always just be authentic. Some people you will jive with and others you will not.

• Do Not Fake It- pretending you know more than you do about something is a sure-fire way to become embarrassed if called out. Everyone has to start somewhere and this can be a learning experience.

• Relax- networking is just talking to people so relax and try to enjoy getting to know people.

• Work the room- try to meet at least three new people when starting out and grow from there.

• Provide Advance Notice- especially for large events if there is someone attending you would like to meet maybe drop them and email and to say hello and you are looking forward to meeting them.

• Be Open-Minded- every connection could prove valuable so do not limit yourself to the people you think you want to talk to.

• Follow Up- the most important thing is to follow up the next day with the new contacts by letting them know you enjoyed meeting them.

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Things you can do to get your music heard using Social Media

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 6:39 pm

Long gone are the days where you would send out tapes or CDs in an attempt to get your name out there and signed to a label. Some of the biggest musicians around at the moment do not have any type of label but use the power of social media.
We have listed the top 3 things you can do to get your music heard in 2020.

1. Get playlisted – apps such as Spotify, Deezer, and Apple music have millions of followers across the globe and rack up millions of streams. If you can get your track into a popular playlist it could lead to thousands of streams.
2. Social media platforms – creating your profile on social media such as Facebook and Instagram will allow your fans to be able to follow you and check out your latest music. You can create public Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, Twitter, and so on. Make sure your online presence and branding are consistent.
3. Create your circle – you will need to have strong contacts in the industry and this could help advance your career. Use social media to build relationships with the right people.

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How to start your own band

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 10:30 am

Joining a band is the easiest way to get started in your music career but you may want to start your own band. If you have made the decision that joining a band already formed isn’t for you and you want to start your own, follow this guide on how to get started.

1. You will need to come up with a strong name for your band. This will need to be memorable and unique.

2. Pick your band style. You will need to decide what type of sound and image you want your band to have.

3. Create and sign a band contract. This is a smart move for later down the line. Topics such as schedules, finances and song ownership should be in the contract.

4. Write your music

5. Agree on rehearsals and stick to them. People have all different types of commitments so you will need to come up with a rehearsal schedule that suits all of your band members.

6. Advertise your band – when you feel ready to start performing you will need to get your name out there. You can use flyers, social media and an email list.

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Self-employed Income Support Scheme extended

Posted on May 31, 2020 at 8:24 am

Many people in the music industry are freelance self-employed workers which has meant during the covid-19 lockdown many have lost most if not all of their income. Events and weddings have been cancelled for months and there has been no confirmation on when they will be allowed.

The government has already offered a special scheme to self-employed workers called SEISS, this was released in May 2020 and offered all self-employed workers 80% of their wages paid in bulk for 3 months. These figures are based on an individual’s self-assessment returns for previous years.

With the lockdown only just beginning to ease in June 2020 the government has extended the support scheme and is now offering 70% for 3 months. You will be able to apply for this in August 2020 and this will also be paid in one lump sum. If you have not already applied for the first lump sum you have until 13th July 2020 to apply.

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Classic quarantine playlist

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 10:42 am

With the current worldwide covid-19 pandemic, most of the world are experiencing lockdown, meaning we all have to stay in our homes unless its essential to leave. With morale quite low in general at the moment, we thought it would be a great idea to compose a short playlist that is bound to get you singing.

Here is our short list of all-time great artists to help get you through this quarantine period.

1. I Feel Fine – by The Beatles
2. Loaded – by Primal Scream
3. Mr Tambourine Man – The Byrds
4. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
5. Don’t stand so close to me – The police
6. Waterfall – the Stone Roses
7. Saturday Night at The Movies – The Drifters
8. Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
9. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
10. Heroes – David Bowie

We hope you enjoy our quarantine playlist. Stay in and stay safe everyone.

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Selecting your Wedding Playlist

Posted on February 29, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Your wedding should be one of the most memorable days of your life, so it goes without saying that the music needs to be memorable too. Putting together your playlist will take careful thought and consideration, especially if you want to have something on it to please everyone.

Allow enough time to put your wedding playlist together. Think about the kinds of moods you want to create. Some wedding music can be cheesy, but you might also want to have some carefully selected love songs to create the right mood. If you have a live band, check what songs they can play and ask them well in advance about it, so that you can choose your songs with your partner. You also need to think about the all-important first dance: will this be to live music, or will you simply pick your favourite song, that means something to you as bride and groom?

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Deciding Between a Band and a DJ

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 10:00 am

Choosing a band or DJ for your wedding or event is an important decision as it will change the atmosphere and ambience significantly. A DJ will feel more like a party, whereas a band can be chosen to perform different music styles and change the nature of your event. Here are some pros and cons for each.

Bands: This is a versatile way of bringing music into your event and you can choose a band based on the styles they are best at performing. You might pay more though, as the best bands know their worth and will charge higher prices.

DJs: You can create a real atmosphere with a DJ, and you can still request songs you would like them to play. However, there won’t be as much versatility as you would get with a band, and some people might not like having music playing at a high volume all night.

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Tips for Choosing a Band

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 8:24 pm

You have an event or party coming up, and you know you want a band to play. So how do you go about choosing the right one? There are various routes you can take, to make sure you will choose the right band to suit your needs. 

  1. Go with recommendations. If someone has said they have seen a band in action and they are good, then you know that they will play well live. 
  2. Listen to them online. See if you can find samples of their music to see if you like their style. Listen to them as much as you can to check if they are to your taste, either online or by seeing if you can source their music on CD. 
  3. Ask if they can take requests. If there are particular songs you would like, contact the band to see if they are in their repertoire, or if they could learn them for you. 

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Sourcing Music for your Christmas Party

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Christmas is creeping up on us and with only three months to go, you really need to be making arrangements for your Christmas party. Whatever shape or form that might take, music is guaranteed to get the festivities going, and as such, booking a band or some kind of music entertainment is often a top priority. Be warned, the most talented musicians are getting booked up fast, so you need to act quickly in order to secure the right musician for your party.

You can source a musician or band yourself, if you know people or if they have a website. You might also be able to speak to the venue to see if there are performers they work with who they would recommend. If you use an events planner, discuss your music options with them. They will have artists they are in close contact with who they can book, and they should be able to provide all equipment as well.

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How Does Streaming Affect Artists?

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 11:41 am

Streaming is one of the easiest ways to listen to music and consumers make use of it more than ever before. One of the main reasons for this is the price – streaming can be accessed for free when using non-premium versions of a streaming app. How does this affect the artists who are making music?

In terms of revenue, streaming is not always good news. It makes very little money indeed for artists and often their record labels will receive the payments. It is rarely going to make artists enough money on its own.

The positive part of streaming is that it can create more demand than ever before. More people are listening to music by a variety of artists because it is free, or very cheap, for them to do so. Artists can gain enormous popularity via streaming services, leading to sell-out tours and paid work through television and radio.

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