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Archives for May 2013

I’m Stuck. What Now?

A lot of artists at one point or another come to a ‘stuck’ place in their careers, and they’re not sure what to do about it. Things stop moving forward; we are not getting the calls to come play, the money’s not there, we have writer’s block… lots of things can frustrate us and try […]

Captivating From the Start: 7 Steps

Understanding your relationship with your audience has EVERYTHING to do with how to construct your set list, especially when it comes to your Opening Moment! And in case you are wondering where you are in that relationship, most of you (unless your name is Sting, Adele, or Pink) are “dating your audience.” Most of your […]

Conversation with 3 Facebook Winners: Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Conversation with 3 Facebook Winners

This is the second installment in a conversation I had with 3 artists recently. They won a Facebook giveaway for a free 1-hour conference call with me, and each of them had questions you might wonder about, too. Danielle Todd, Danika Holmes, and Mike Westendorf all joined me on Skype one evening. First, we talked […]

Enter our Facebook Giveaway

Win 2 FREE DVD or CD downloads this month with our May Facebook Contest! This month’s contest is easy – all we want is to know a little more about you. So here’s what you need to do. Simply go to our Onstage Success Facebook page and “like” us (that will be your first “entry” […]

Sophia Tilley Song & Critique Review Video

Starting “full on” is probably not the best idea, especially when you’re doing a 1-song showcase; and giving away too much too soon is a common error. A wise performer will take the time to build anticipation for their audience, using dynamic changes, leaving space, and maintaining authority over the song. “Drawing people in” is […]

Audio Adrenaline Kings & Queens Tour: 769 Children Sponsored

After a seven-year hiatus, Audio Adrenaline kicked off its ChildFund International-sponsored tour this spring in Morganton, NC, and just finished up in Salina, KS. Reaching over 30 US cities, the tour was not only rockin’ fun for everyone who attended, but was able to get sponsors for 769 children in need, thanks to the band’s […]

Built for the System or Not

I was recently inspired by a Seth Godin blog, “Is a famous thinker better than a great one?” Seth’s concept applies to artists and musicians, I think. Only the question for us becomes, “is a famous artist’s music, creativity, & show better than yours?” Because someone is famous, are they more creative, is their show […]

The Divorcees Music Makeover Part 4 of 4 Video

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Divorcees Music Makeover

The Divorcees were in the middle of a music makeover at this East Coast Music Association (ECMA) event, when Tom had some things to say! (If you’ve seen Tom teach, you know there are times when he recognizes there’s a point that needs to be made.) Listen in on what he has to say about: […]

Got Problems? The Song Docs have Answers

Recently we ran a Facebook contest for a chance to ask Tom a question. But did you know we answer questions like this all the time Backstage? Jay Appleby of The Bloody Five entered the contest, asking about a slow song his band plays regularly, and I thought it might be helpful to show all […]

Tom Jackson at New Music Seminar 2013, New York, June 9-11

Meet the people defining the future of the music business: Hear from, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder, in an intimate environment, with the leading CEOs, technologists, disruptors, artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, publishers, label execs, and media tastemakers. New Music Seminar includes ‘Movements’ that feature over 150 visionaries – the ones who are creating the NEW Music […]