3 Ways Travel Can Transform Your Career

Most of us don’t need to be convinced of the perks of travel. But have you ever thought about the lasting impact it can have on your music career? Think about it—new places, new faces, new opportunities, new connections—it’s ripe with prospects.

While traveling to far away places might be a bucket list item, you can get just as much inspiration from simply going a few cities or states over as you will going internationally. So if you’re looking for an excuse to pack your bags once more, check out these 3 ways that travel can transform your career.

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5 Steps To Writing Better Lyrics

Writing good lyrics is a difficult craft to master, and with every generation of brilliant lyricists, it seems to become harder to follow in the footsteps of the greats. But every great lyricist started somewhere – and becoming a good lyricist, like any other craft, is the result of study and lots of practice. Here are five of the best practices to get you writing better lyrics today.

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The Single Vs Album Dilemma

The idea of a band focusing their energy on writing and releasing singles instead of an EP or album wasn’t taken seriously a decade ago, but it’s now a strategy that countless artists are adopting. But while pumping out single after single has its advantages, something gets lost when a band throws its energy into writing a song or two at a time instead of an entire album.

So, what’s the best decision for you? Here are a couple of good questions to ask to find out if you should write a single vs an album:

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Music Law 101: Copyright Infringement And Fair Use

As we have previously discussed, the owner of the copyright in a work has certain exclusive rights in that work. Anyone who violates the exclusive rights of the copyright owner is an infringer of that copyright.

To establish copyright infringement, you must establish that you own a valid copyright in the work and that:

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What To Post On Social Media As A Musician

Though bands have had the ability to share anything and everything with their fans in real time for years now, many of them still haven’t figured out what’s worth posting and what should be held back. Some bands adopt a philosophy of complete openness and transparency when it comes to what they share. If they feel, think, and experience it, it’s worth telling their fans about. Others take the opposite approach and hold everything back save for music-related information like new music and shows. Both extremes are bad for most bands which means a balance needs to happen to get the most out of communicating with fans. Here are some guidelines on what to post on social media.

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Why Curiosity Is A Vital Trait In Songwriting And Life

When you first learned how to play an instrument, curiosity was unavoidable. Since you didn’t know what you were doing, you had questions that could only be answered with experimentation, trial and error, and failure. You set out to answer those questions one-by-one, and eventually you did. Most musicians don’t often think back to the early days of their training, but the curious energy that was so easy to access during that time is something that can benefit you no matter what you’re doing with your career in music. Here’s why curiosity is a vital trait in your songwriting process.

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Balancing Music And The Business: Meet Yardij

Yardij at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

South Florida alt-rock band, Yardij recently caught the attention of the promoters at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY where they were selected to play through one of our opportunities.

We spoke to them about how they formed, their experience playing at Forecastle Festival, and what’s up next for them.

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Why Your Band Won’t Make It Without Trust And Respect

We’ve all heard stories of huge bands breaking up seemingly out of the middle of nowhere. For aspiring musicians, it’s hard to imagine why bands who experience so much success explode and fizzle out, but there’s always hidden dynamics and unhealthy patterns at work in the frayed relationships in these bands. Bands who haven’t achieved major success are often plagued by the same sorts of relationship issues on top of challenges like worries about money and whether their hard work will ever pay off.

So many of these problems are centered around trust and respect. You could be making incredible music, selling out shows night after night, and signed to the label of your dreams, but you’ll be miserable if there’s turmoil within the relationships in your band.

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