Why Most Shows Aren’t Worth Taking For Experienced Musicians

I’m going to say something you might disagree with: most shows aren’t worth your time if you’re a seasoned musician. When musicians are young and looking for experience, every show is worth considering whether it’s an open mic night at a local coffee shop or playing covers at your beloved grandparents’ 50th anniversary barbeque. Every chance to perform represents an opportunity to grow and learn and gain exposure for young musicians.

But what happens after you’ve been playing open mics and barbeques for years? What do you do when the show offers (big and small) keep rolling in but only a select few stand to do anything to get you closer to your musical goals? To preserve your sanity and help you make the most out of your efforts in music, I think you should politely decline any show that doesn’t stand to help you or your music succeed.

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Music Law 101: Common Music Licenses

In our previous posts in our Music Law 101 series, we have covered the basics of copyright law, including the scope of copyright protection, copyright ownership, the exclusive rights of copyright, the duration of copyright protection, transfers and termination of copyrights, and copyright infringement and fair use. In this post, we continue on the topic of copyright law and discuss common music licenses.  

Like any other property, music copyrights and the individual exclusive rights thereof, can be transferred, sold, licensed, and divided among several owners.  In general, to use recorded copyrighted music, you will need permission from both the musical work owner (typically a publisher) and the sound recording owner (typically a record company).  Note, however, if you re-record a song (instead of using a pre-recorded version), permission generally is only required from the musical work owner (since you are not using someone else’s sound recording).

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An Interview With How’s Harry: A Real-Life Hummus Band

Hailing from Southeast London, Hows Harry – comprised of Loz Andrew (Drums), Rupert Colegrave (Guitars), Ike Foulkes (Vocals), and Tom Davies (Bass), has been hard at work building a reputation as a thrilling live band.

The band has been crafting its unique sound from the very beginning, blending indie rock, dark pop, hip-hop, and countless other influences. This distinctive style caught the attention of fierce panda records, who signed How’s Harry after submitting to a ReverbNation Opportunity.

We sat down with How’s Harry to see how life has been going since being signed. In this interview, you’ll learn what makes the band so special, who the band’s resident goofball is, and much more.

Note: The following interview is guaranteed to make you hungry.

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New Year Check-In: Are You Making The Most Of Your Resolutions?

Ah, 2019. After another year filled with trials and tribulations, learning experiences, and the moments that made us, we’re graced with the opportunity to truly take stock of what the year meant and how we can improve on all that was (and was not) in 2018, and apply it to making 2019 our best year yet.

As exciting as a New Year is, it’s only as good as the promises you keep. Meaning, now that we’re a couple weeks in, it can be easy to slip into old habits, leaving your New Year’s resolutions in the dust.

Want to make sure that doesn’t happen? We’ve created a checklist to make sure you’re continuing to make the most of those resolutions now and throughout the year.

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3 Ways Working For Exposure Is Bad For Musicians

Bring up the idea of working in exchange for exposure to a group of seasoned musicians, and you’re likely to get responses of anger and frustration in return. Musicians being asked to share music or perform for free is a topic that’s come up a lot in recent years, and it enrages most of them for good reason. Here are three ways working for exposure is a bad idea for eager and inexperienced musicians.

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5 Ways To Increase Your Self-Confidence In This Competitive Industry

As musicians, you have the gift of sensitivity which fuels your creativity and enables you to transmit powerful emotions. It can also make you more vulnerable to setbacks and criticism. These are completely unavoidable and an integral part of the journey. Indeed, few industries are as competitive and unstable as music. So how can you overcome self-doubts and feelings of insecurity in the face of challenges?

Confidence is a very necessary skill to have if you want to succeed in this industry, but it’s a skill that you can learn and develop.

Here are a few ways you can increase your self-confidence so you can get out of your comfort zone, approach people you want to work with, and avoid feeling sick to your stomach before you have to step on stage.

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How To Take Stock Of 2018 And Make The Most Of 2019

There’s something truly special about the opportunity to assess all that you’ve accomplished in the previous year and plan for a brighter tomorrow. Maybe it’s the planner nerd in me, but there’s just something truly illuminating about the chance to start fresh, give those dreams new life, and build upon the momentum you’ve already created.

To get started, ask yourself these questions, and really take the time to reflect. I suggest going into this with pen and paper and writing down your answers. Not only will it help you articulate your thoughts, but it will give you something to reflect back on.

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5 New Year’s Goals To Set For Yourself In 2019

With the start of a New Year comes endless possibilities for change, progression, and enormous growth. New Year, New You, right?

But when it comes time to put those thoughts into action, it can feel a little overwhelming, to the point it leaves you wondering—where do I start? I’m glad you asked.

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