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The DIY Advisor

The DIY Advisor: Want To Make More Money with Music? (P.2)

Know These 12 Key Concepts Successful Musicians Understand to Generate Revenue (Continued)

The DIY Advisor: Want To Make More Money with Music? (P.1)

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The DIY Advisor

The DIY Advisor: Want To Make More Money with Music? (P.1)

Know These 12 Key Concepts Successful Musicians Understand to Generate Revenue

Text by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan

One of the key discoveries from our years of music business research is: musicians who are successfully making a living off music approach their business and art differently than most musicians. Rather than focus solely on selling tracks or playing live, they instead broaden their thinking and work to create more income streams off of what they do.

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The Need for a Revision of the Concept of Musical Professionalism

Text by Dawoud Kringle

Bern NixSeveral weeks before this writing, guitar master Bern Nix passed away. He was an elder master with astonishing musical abilities, and an impressive resume behind him. Yet he was in poverty, living in dire straits for years. His is an old story that seems to keep repeating itself. 

This myth of the inevitability of the “starving artist” is self perpetuating. It seems that people on all sides of the equation have it so ingrained into their subconscious that it’s almost expected that musicians be impoverished, ignored, and mistreated. 

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Open Letter to all Professional Musicians: Your Success Is Everybody’s Success!

Professional musicians: Music Is Not Free 1An Editorial and Commentary on Musical Professionalism By Dawoud Kringle

Look, I get it, OK? This is a hard life we chose. We are trying to cultivate our skills and build a career and a reputation for ourselves. And somehow, through it all, we have to pay the bills, keep a roof over our heads, and put food on the table.

As we all know, there is some sort of mythological historical model that musicians must pay their dues. And despite the vague details surrounding this idea, there is certainly some truth to it. A musician must prove him or herself, must cultivate his or her skills, and build one’s business from the foundation up.

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Adele, Neil Young, Foo Fighter, Isaac Hayes, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith: Politicians don’t Steal their Music!

Presidential Hopefuls Historically Steal Music to use as Political Propaganda

Text by Dawoud Kringle

Musicians in the USA have often been the victim of political candidates appropriating their music for the purpose of campaigning and propaganda. This is always done without the artist’s permission.

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