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I Could Have Sold Guitars

Pile of guitars

Years ago I had to make a decision. I’d been playing in a band for quite a while. I’d helped build a studio and done some producing, engineering, and mixing. But I was on the verge of getting married, was a little tired of life on the road… I had to make a career decision. […]

Timing is Everything (When it Comes to Moments)

Tom and Amy working with a band

It was a torturously slow rehearsal. Imagine your movie downloading on Netflix, seeing the little spinning wheel, waiting for the streaming speed to work its way up from 0.2 — that’s the way this rehearsal felt! I was working alongside Tom with a major artist, and the pace of the day was so much slower than […]

Making it in the Music Industry: 3 Things that Must Happen

Singer Charity Vance at microphone

Are you trying to “make it” in the music industry? You have the talent, you feel like your songs are good, and you’ve got a passion to do this thing called “music.” You’re special. You are confident that what you have to share with your music is unique. Now you need to get someone to […]

Summer Sweat (for Success!)

Sweat and hard work

Vacation from the drudgery of work & stale daily routines… sunny beaches and sounds of surf & seagulls… boating with the feel of wind & salt spray in your face… Summer means ‘play time,’ right? Ever since Kindergarten, we were conditioned to know summer meant no school and a lot of goofing off. We still […]

Bonding Lessons and “Let It Go”

Let It Go

You have been living under the proverbial rock if you haven’t heard “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen recently (or one of its 1000’s of parodies). YouTube views of almost a quarter of a billion! And that’s not counting the covers and parodies, which are as diverse as a mom and dad duo in the […]

FREE Bootcamp & More: Facebook Giveaway

Free Registration for Bootcamp

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

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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!

Merch Table at Event

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

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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… […]

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

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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 […]