This post is written by Sam Logan, frontman of Lilac Shadows and ReverbNation team member. In our Guide to Photography and Cover Art for Musicians series, Sam will provide helpful advice and ideas for artists who are ready to take their image to the next level. Not sure why this is important? Check out our post on why visual elements are important for musicians and read on below.


As a musician, the intersection of music and visual art seems like a no-brainer. However, it is also a relationship that is often neglected or taken for granted, resulting in less-than-flattering portrayals of both the band and their work. Between my years as both a performing musician and a ReverbNation team member, I think I have come to know the worlds of art and music intimately, and I hope here to share some of that knowledge. Over the next few posts I hope to offer some simple advice, along with insight from some veteran industry minds, designed to help you present yourself and your band as professionals with a clearly developed sound, image, and brand.

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Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s fresh new opportunities on ReverbNation

Skip the lines to audition for NBC’s The VOICE


Location: Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; Washington DC
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Get discovered by millions of people! Five artists will be selected to skip the line and audition for The Voice, one of the biggest vocal competitions in the world. Compete on TV and receive coaching from some of the most respected names in music, such as Adam Levine, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. Take this opportunity to share your music and your story with the world.

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Welcome to the fourth and final installment of “Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro,” a series by artist manager Budi Voogt designed to help artists work smarter on their music business so they can focus on what matters most: their music. Check out five tips to organize the business side of your music in Part 3, and read on below for five more web-savvy tips to save you time and grow your fanbase. 

This is the last part of my four part series for helping you learn how to better manage your band. If you haven’t read parts one, two and three, check them out now. This last post focuses on other ways to help musicians and managers streamline processes using online tools. The following five tech tips are meant to work hand-in-hand with my other recommendations and will help you work even smarter on your music business.

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New Twitter Profile Update: Let’s Get Visual

April 14, 2014

Sick of us talking about the importance of cover art yet? Prepare yourselves, here comes another one. This week, Twitter officially announced that it will be launching a brand-new design for their profiles. Well, brand-new is a stretch. As you can see from the examples below, the new Twitter design looks an awful lot like [...]

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Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro Part III: Let’s Get Down to Business

April 12, 2014

Welcome to part three of “Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro,” a four part series by artist manager Budi Voogt designed to help artists work smarter on their music business so they can focus on what matters most: their music. Get tips to improve your communication in Part 2, and read on below for [...]

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Are Photography and Cover Art Important for Musicians?

April 10, 2014

As musicians, you spend most of your time writing and performing music that you hope will set you apart from the rest. Sometimes, you spend so much time focusing on music, that other important pieces that can help you get discovered are forgotten. One of the most important – and often forgotten – elements of your [...]

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Matthew Griswold Gets Licensing Opportunities with APM Music and BMI through ReverbNation

April 7, 2014

Ever wonder what it takes to get a song licensed for TV or a commercial? We caught up with Matthew Griswold, ReverbNation artist since 2007, and got a few insights. Matthew Griswold is an All-American boy. Born and raised in the Midwest, this young musician matches gritty, earthy vocals with anthem-style acoustic guitar jams. Matthew [...]

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#RNOpps Roundup: Campfire Festival, CountryUP for AXS-TV, Princess Blue Music Publishing & Planetrox

April 4, 2014

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s fresh new opportunities on ReverbNation Get signed with Princess Blue Music Library Location: Online Genre: All Ever dreamed of hearing your song on TV? Love indie films, and wish you could contribute to the soundtrack? Princess Blue is an online music licensing company seeking tracks from independent [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Kickstarter as an Independent Musician

April 2, 2014

Crowdfunding is nothing new in the music world (check out our previous post on 5 tips for crowdfunding success). Yet recently Kickstarter has become a standout as a popular fundraising platform for independent musicians. ReverbNation artists Graham Colton, Jonny Gray, Long Gone Day and Good Graeff used Kickstarter to fund their own independent work, from albums [...]

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