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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...

What’s In Your Contracts?

  The guys over at ArtistsHouse shared this article from indie-metal entrepreneur Wicked D on what band’s need to make sure the include in their contracts–not contracts with labels and promoters, mind you, but with one another.  He includes tips on copyright, business formation, and more, and as it’s not too long, we recommend taking...

What Would You Add to This List?

  Christopher Carlson at the blog A Musician’s Journey is working on a document to track what DIY musician’s should be doing each week to promote their music, and how often they are doing doing it.  He’s asked for help to determine what categories would be most useful, and once he incorporates suggestions from readers,...

Whrrl 2.0: Let Your Fans Tell Your Story

Whrrl is a relatively-new application that allows people to collaborate in the telling of a story and then share that same story with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Impressed with the many possibilities this application presents for independent musicians, we reached out directly to Whrrl's music community guru himself Marcus Sacco who took some...

MySpace Music Updates: The Good, The Bad and the (very) Ugly

...if MySpace is an intricate part of your online presence, than you should definitely play with these new features and determine how best to incorporate them into what you are already doing there...However, if you are not already making MySpace an intricate part of your day-to-day efforts to connect with fans, these new features are...

Finding Your Audience: As Suggested By You…

...over the last week, we have looked at ways to find your audience, and the feedback was phenomenal, both in terms of appreciation and in terms of suggestions for additional ways to find your audience. Here, we feature some of the top reader suggestions that apply to our general readership...

Finding Your Audience: Twitter

...Twitter is the hip social media thing to do right now, but after you peel back the hype and "trend-spotting" news reports (and actually start to use the service!), you will discover that Twitter allows for interaction unlike any other type of social media, and there are specific benefits to musicians that no other service...

Finding Your Audience: YouTube

...there are many articles and forums to help you determine how best to find an audience on YouTube, as well as examples of people who are doing it successfully. While we do not want to duplicate most of what is already out there in excess, there are some specific things that musicians should be doing...

Finding Your Audience: Social Networks

...finding people who care about what you do is not nearly as labor intensive--especially for musicians--as it once was thanks to the prominence of social media, but that does not mean you can take it for granted that your ideal audience will find you. In fact, there may be too many tools available that will...

Somebody wants to hear your music…

...if there is one thing that we can learn from Blip.fm--besides the fact that people from around the world like to share what they are listening to--it is that if you make music, there is someone who wants to hear it; you just need to reach your audience...

Smackdown: Music Is My Day Job vs. The Huffington Post

Mike McCready's essay for the Huffington Post on the future of the music industry demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the opportunities and possibilities that artists now have access to: you don't need mass exposure, and you don't need the support of a major label. Build your tribe and create your own success.

Record Store Day: Show Your Local Indie Music Store That You Care

One of the more effective ways for you as an independent musicians to promote your music and discover new listeners is through your local independent record store. These stores and their customers are at the center of any healthy local music scene. Thus, they should be a key part of your music marketing strategy. April...