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6 Essential CD Packaging Tips for Every Designer

It’s your first time to design a CD packaging and you thought it’s easy to pull off. After all, you’re too familiar with the CD artworks of your favorite 90s boy bands. How can it be hard, right? Well it can be pretty tough because we don’t want a CD packaging just to contain the discs anymore, […]

Artist Money & Passion

How Artists Can Achieve Balance Between Money & Passion

This has been a perpetual problem of every artist: getting the right balance between money & passion. Do you find that your life is so full of meaning (and you love it that way) but then when the bills arrive, you totally get a head splitting headache because you’re too broke you can’t even buy […]

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Indie VS Major Record Label: The Major Differences

What truly sets the indie record label apart from the major record label? Here’s a list of differences from money, creative control, to focus. DEFINITION Record label artist: You are signed with the big companies which include: Universal, Sony-BMG, and Warner. Record labels are global in scale and are under the control of a corporate umbrella organization. […]

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15 Indie Film Marketing Tips from the Experts

Marketing your indie film is now easier thanks to social media but since there are just so many filmmakers nowadays, it’s so challenging to get noticed. Not only that, it’s harder to be remembered. They might notice your film but forget about it the next hour because there are just so many distractions. But if […]

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3 Habits in the Routines of Successful Creative People

If you’re pursuing the creative life, then it’s good to study the routines of creative people so it can help you create a map for success. As Zadie Smith said, there’s no “artist’s lifestyle.” Forget the cliches. Forget partying hard and living dangerously to get inspiration, forget drugs, forget staying up very late because you […]

Networking in Music

Networking in Music: 5 Ways You’re Doing It Wrong

There are many friendly and talkative artists who seem like they’re experts at networking but in actuality, they don’t get the results they want.  They seem to be giving too many business cards and they seem to be always busy but there are just no good results. So what are they doing wrong? Here are […]

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Marketing Psychology Basics and How You Can Use Them

If you’re a musician (or any artist), you’re likely not that knowledgable in marketing or marketing psychology- unless that’s your day job. But today, it is a must for artists to do everything on their own including promoting your band page in Social Media, writing newsletters, designing merch…the whole shebang.  Before you do a thousand […]

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5 Ways to Declutter Your Band’s Online Presence

As the internet has grown and expanded over the last decade, it has become much easier for musicians and artists to maximize their online presence. Making a website is so easy and there are just so many media platforms to choose from (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Linkedin, Tumblr, Google Plus, and a thousand […]

Handle Criticism

How to Gracefully Handle Criticism About Your Art

Art is for anyone. It’s just not for everyone, says art critic Jerry Saltz. But according to his beautiful essay How to Be an Artist, making art is indeed tough and you have to be able to handle criticism because that’s part of art. Period. He says this in a self-deprecating way as he claimed to […]

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Artist Branding: The Art of Connecting With Your Audience

The number one music advice I can share to you as a guy who used to work as an A&R rep, is that if you have a band, artist branding is essential. People need to know who you are. In other words, a profitable career in music requires connecting with your audience. If you are a […]