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Musician's Library: The 4-Hour Work-Week, part 1 (Elimination)

Musician’s Library: The 4-Hour Work-Week, part 1 (Elimination)

Here at Music Is My Day Job, we're always looking for new ways to help you make music your full-time gig, thus our "Musician's Library" feature, where we look at books, articles and ideas that you should be adding to your reading list. Today, we are focusing on The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris...
The Key to Success

The Key to Success

Several weeks back, the New York Times published an article titled, "Is This the Time to Chase a Career Dream?" As you can probably determine from the title, it is one of the seemingly-endless economic crisis articles that basically says that the lemonade to be made from this (large) financial lemon comes in the form...

5 Characteristics of Digitally Engaged Music Seekers

  Tom Ewing (on his always-enjoyable Freaky Trigger blog) has listed five shared characteristics of a group he has dubbed “Digitally Engaged Music Seekers” (DEMS for short).  The list was based on a simple twitter question: What’s your favourite current song and how did you first hear it?  Check out the full article here.

Musicians Library: Highlights from Around the Web (5 May 09)

In our Musician’s Library features, we highlight books, articles and essays that can help musicians as they strive to earn a living from their music. Today, we feature some of our favorite articles from around the web that you should consider adding to your library (virtual as that library may be). Today we look at...

Chuck D: Get Yourself Out of the 90s

I finally sat down and spent some time going through the Red Bull Music Academy interview with Public Enemy's Chuck D from October of 2008, and while it is long (more than 120 minutes!), it's worth spending some time with. Besides providing insight into the early days of hip-hop and the history of P.E.,...

To EP or not to EP…

  Brian Hazard over at the Music Think Tank just posted an excellent article on the benefits of releasing a follow-up EP a short time after releasing your full-length album. Among other reasons, he reminds us that it rewards your most loyal fans with additional music and can actually help maintain interest in your full-length....

Have you hugged your talent today?

  Here is a disturbing article from Mark McGuinness (from his Lateral Action blog) on following your instincts to find your true calling and talent.  Read this now before your own “Thought Fox” comes after you…

Musicians Library: Highlights from Around the Web (21 April 09)

...we feature some of our favorite articles from around the web that you should consider adding to your library (virtual as that library may be), including highlights from KnowTheMusicBiz.com and FutureofMusicBook.com...

Trent Reznor: “hone your craft…then present it in a way that exploits it the best”

...Digg finally posted their much-anticipated interview with the forward-thinking Trent Reznor. The questions were all written and voted-on by Digg users, and (happily, for us) the bulk of the discussion revolves around new music business models and includes very detailed advice on how music artists can use technology to connect with both fans and...

Musicians Library: Hightlights from Around the Web (13 April 2009)

In our Musician’s Library features, we highlight books, articles and essays that can help musicians as they strive to earn a living from their music. Today, we feature some of our favorite articles from around the web from the week of April 5th...

Musicians Library: Highlights from Around the Web (7 April 09)

...in our Musician’s Library features, we highlight books, articles and essays that can help musicians as they strive to earn a living from their music. Today, we feature some of our favorite articles from around the web that you should consider adding to your library (virtual as that library may be)…

Musician’s Library: Duct Tape Marketing (Identifying Your Ideal Audience)

  In our Musician’s Library column, we highlight books, articles and essays that can help musicians as they strive to earn a living from their music. Today, we look at what you can learn about finding your audience from John Jantsch’s guide to marketing for small businesses, Duct Tape Marketing. Thanks to the guys at...