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Sunday, March 15, 2009


There are soooo many places online for musicians to find resources, look up information and promote their music. So, I thought in the coming days to save you some time, I'd give you a bit of an overview of some websites you may find helpful for your career and some of these you may not have come across before.

Today's profile website is TempoStand

This is a new all genre independent original music promotion platform.

There is no cost


Wednesday, August 22, 2007


MySpace music uploads are not the only way to add your music to a profile page.

Why not do it using a custom designed mp3 player.

Here's a website I came across for adding your music to your MySpace page or to your own website or other profile page.

There is a selection of mp3 players to choose from and many can be customized to suit your web page designs.

Oh, did I mention that they're free and take only moments to install!

Check out MyFlashFetish

For resources on songwriting and marketing your songs visit
The Indie Musician's DIY Toolkit



Sunday, August 19, 2007


Two recent articles I've come accross lately talk about "Social Networking" and how they should be used for marketing.

Musician's seem to 'get it' and are setting an example for other business to follow. Two fundamental points are made.

Traditional static marketing approaches are less effective than social networking. People want peer to peer interactions and value.

Read more about Social Networking is these 2 articles.

"Traditional Marketing Failing on Social Networks"

"Marketing on Social Networking Sites"

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Monday, August 13, 2007


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Saturday, August 04, 2007


Whether you're a famous band earning millions of dollars or an independent musician with a day job, this advice is not only applicable, but wise.

Mind Your Own Business. If you treat the financial side of your life as a business and learn how to manage your finances, you can turn small returns into healthy nest eggs.

Guns' rocker tries hand as businessman


Saturday, July 28, 2007


Live performance is part of the deal for most musicians but what if fear overcomes you every time you have to play a gig?

Stage fright or 'performance anxiety' are fairly common for even some well known entertainers.

Here are some practical strategies you can use to make your performing life a little easier.

Check out Overcome Your Stagefright


Thursday, July 26, 2007


As a songwriter who aspires to write songs for other artists , here's something I came across that I find slightly concerning. A CNN Entertainment article called "Ok, who REALLY wrote that song"

According to this article it's common practise for professional songwriters to give a co-write credit to the artist/singer who will be releasing the song. A co-write credit without the singer having actually made any contribution to writing it. It apparently gives the singer more credibility as an 'artist' if they "write their own material". Maybe this is common only to the top 40 style pop market.

This of course leaves aspiring professional songwriters with a possible ethical dilemma.

Would I personally give away an un-earned song writing credit for the privilege of having my song performed by a 'famous' singer. The short answer is probably (and possibly sadly) yes. At least initially if it was a way in and it was a way to get my song across to a ready audience, I would probably be prepared to share a songwriting credit with a singer who hasn't contributed a word or note.

Being a professional songwriter is a business. Getting to write for an established artist who along with their record company has the power to make you a lot of money and establish you name is the trade off. It's using leverage. Songs are where money is in the long term and once you are established you have more bargaining power in your hands and can negotiate better deals.

I welcome other songwriters and what they think of giving away a writing credit.