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Archives for June 2014

FREE Bootcamp & More: Facebook Giveaway

We’ve got a great Facebook giveaway going on! Go to our Facebook page, “like” us, then follow the instructions below. Let your friends know about this cool giveaway, too. No sense keeping all the fun to yourself! Starting today and lasting through July 12, we are giving away our best prize ever: Grand Prize – […]

The Secret to Making Money with Your Music

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Empowered Artist Movement

Here’s another video from our friend Bob Baker. In terms of the “why” of doing music, Tom always says it’s the Music, Message, Me, and Money. In this video, Bob describes his version of they “why” — and why it’s important to recognize those reasons when you start asking people to pay for the privilege […]

One Product that Always Sells!

Many artists — whether singer, songwriter, band, instrumentalist — have a product of some kind to sell to fans. Most have a CD. Or (in this day and age) at least some downloads available online. Maybe an EP. Even some of the youngest artists I work with have a few tracks recorded and available for […]

How to Find Your Voice and Signature Style as an Artist

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Empowered Artist Movement

Empowered? Bob Baker is tired of creative people being treated as 2nd-class citizens (even by themselves), when the truth is, “we are the ones who create the culture, innovation, & new ideas humanity needs now more than ever.” We agree… and Bob has given us permission to share some of his encouraging & helpful videos… […]

Great Song & Musical: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

You’ve rated your songs by “energy,” you have a vision for the moments in each song, and you’ve worked out those moments in practice. After all that, it’s time to put them in the right order for your audience to really connect emotionally with you. Plus you need to know when and how to talk […]

Songwriter’s Block: What Do Berklee & James Linderman Say?

Not long ago, we received an email from a songwriter in response to the question of getting over “songwriter’s block.” But not just any songwriter… this particular songwriter is James Linderman, who lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and recording pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario. He teaches guitar, piano and theory as […]

Persistence… or Foolishness?

We’re told to be persistent. Keep trying… don’t give up… it’s the only way you’ll win. Follow that with “perseverance.” Then add the word “patient,” and you’ve got the popular trio, the supposed “true keys to success!” However, Mark Twain said “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — then give up. There’s […]

Emily Heggan Song & Critique Review Video

In this song, Tom demonstrates with an artist how the wrong song ending can leave your audience wondering whether or not they should applaud, and how the right song ending can set you up for a great reaction from the people watching you. Also, note the industry panel’s comments about getting input for your songs […]

I Know Who’ll Win the NBA Championship

I love sports – and the NBA Playoffs are always exciting to watch! What I love about them (besides the obvious talent of people like Lebron James, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade, etc.) is the strategy — from the coaches perspective — that goes into winning the game. I even enjoy the interviews after the games. […]

Time for Something Different: Graphing the Perfect Set List Video Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Graphing the Perfect Set List

It’s not unusual to have audience members “zone out” after about 3 songs. You may have experienced this yourself when you’ve been to a concert. About that far into the show, you’ve got the artist figured out, right? That doesn’t have to happen to you! And it won’t happen, if you are bringing the right […]