5 Ways To Transform Your Music Career Using Mindset

At ReverbNation, we give you a lot of concrete tips and tools on how to get ahead in your music career. Things like how to sell out your hometown show, how to make your mailing list stand out, or how to boost your career through community involvement.

But one thing that doesn’t get talked about, yet holds immense power in the outcome of your career is something that already resides within each and every one of us — our mindset.

Without the right tools in our arsenal, we’re bound to experience more failures, frustrations, and setbacks, and at the center of those tools is our mindset. Lucky for us, it’s one of the few tools that’s totally free and 100% under our control. Use it correctly, and it can transform the way people see you and the rate at which your career takes off. Pretty powerful stuff, right?

I’ve outlined 5 ways you can start changing the way you approach your career today, just by tweaking your mindset. Go into this with an open mind, employ these tactics, and watch as opportunities begin to show themselves to you, people begin to seek you out, and your career begins to transform.

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How To Apply Your Non-Musical Skills To Your Band

Let’s face it. Even if your band is commercially successful, you’ll still have to do some non-musical work from time to time in order for things to run smoothly. And if your band is small and trying to make a name for itself, then there’s no getting around the fact that non-musical work will have to be a huge part of your day to day lives if you’re serious about making music and trying to share it with people.

Lots of young, ambitious musicians start bands with the expectation that they’ll get to do nothing but write and perform music, but while it’s great to be passionate about the musical aspects of being in a band, that attitude will make it virtually impossible to play shows, build a fanbase, and get the word out about the music you care so deeply about. Discovering your band’s non-musical strengths and applying them to tasks like booking shows and contacting press is essential for artists who want to make music a career.

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6 Million Spotify Streams & Counting: Meet Jerry Williams

British indie pop, singer/songwriter, Jerry Williams, draws inspiration from her life and the lives of others around her. At just 21 years old, Jerry has racked up over 6 million streams on Spotify and has been supported from the likes of Radio 1’s Adelle Roberts, Cel Spellman, Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing locally and Nationally, KCRW, and Amazing Radio. She has also supported sold out tours with Nathan Sykes and Vanessa Carlton.

With all of these accolades under her belt, it’s no wonder she’s been selected for past opportunities with ReverbNation and is now a part of our CONNECT program. We chatted to her about songwriting, her biggest challenge as an indie artist, and what’s up next for her.

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How To Write The Perfect Email Pitch

When you’re running a DIY PR campaign, there are a few crucial components that you have to get right: relationship building, strong content, timing, and impeccable email etiquette. It’s that last one that tends to trip people up right as they feel like they start to get their footing. After all, we’re a culture of abbreviations, misspellings, social media, and honestly most of us have no clue how to craft an email that’s professional enough to get the attention of editors and gain respect, while still being casual enough that it feels like a human being wrote it.

As a publicist and blogger I write and read a lot of pitches, and there are a few things I’ve noticed as stand out Dos and Don’ts of pitches over the years.

Let’s start with the things you should avoid doing:

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How To Promote Your Band On A Tight Budget

By Ged Richardson, Founder of Zing Instruments, runs us through five tips on how to promote your band on a tight budget.

Promoting a band is hard enough when you have the backing of a label. But when you’re just starting out, like many of us are, and your marketing budget is less than zero you’re going to have to get creative with how you get your name out there. You’re going to have to, in a word, hustle.

So let’s take a look at some stealth tactics for how to promote your band on a tight budget.

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Pros and Cons of Having a Blog Debut Your Single

Having a blog express interest in your music can be exciting and affirming for a band. Love it or hate it, tastemakers in the blogosphere are largely responsible for determining what kind of music the world listens to these days. Even passing mentions of bands on popular music blogs have the power to launch careers. So it’s no wonder why so much effort is put into pitching singles and albums to bloggers on behalf of bands and their publicists. Many bands looking for exposure reach out to blogs in hopes of having them debut their singles, but giving exclusive debut rights to just one outlet isn’t always the best move.

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5 Steps To Get Everyone Talking About Your Band

Odds are if you’re an emerging band, you could do with a little more buzz. Not because your music isn’t great (because it probably is) but because you haven’t fully invested in the marketing and creation of your brand. I know those can sound like dirty words when all you want to do is play music you love and have it touch the lives of others, but the reality is that in order to actually reach that audience on a wider scale so that you can inspire them, you’re going to have to invest a little time in doing the things that don’t come naturally. Such as…

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Artist Interview: Nuela Charles

With her epic, cinematic, soulful vibes, Nuela Charles sounds like something straight out of a James Bond film. Hailing from Edmonton, this Canadian singer/songwriter describes herself as “Alternative-Soul.”

Nuela Charles submitted her song to one of our opportunities where she was picked from thousands of artists to be signed to Killing Moon. We spoke to her about how she got started, the submission process, and what’s next for Nuela Charles.

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