Author Archives: Vinny Ribas

Questions Artists Must Know The Answers To Before Calling For A Gig

© 2014 Vinny Ribas Before you make a call for another gig, be sure you have all of these answers ready. It will show that you are a professional who takes care of business.[private_member] How much do you charge? You’ll look like an amateur if you fumble over this. Know your rates for one or…

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How to Get your Music in TV, Movies and More

Pete Rogers, TuneCore In 1997, a 15-year old album by a previously obscure (at least in the US) German techno band received a rush re-release in order to sate a sudden surge of demand. Why was the public suddenly clamoring for a recording that had been totally off the radar for a decade and a…

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12 Keys To Getting Booked Back Into A Venue

© 2014 Vinny Ribas Even if your act is far superior to and draws far more fans than other acts that perform at a particular venue, you need to give yourself every edge you possible can to ensure being booked back. Every manager has his own ideas of what he or she expects and needs from an…

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How Indie Artists and Songwriters Bridge The Money Gap

© 2014 Vinny Ribas Ok, let’s face it. Most indie artists are finding it harder and harder to make a living playing music.  You can point fingers at the live music industry because there are lesser gigs these days, or the ‘pirate’ websites for taking royalties out of your pocket, or the record labels for…

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10 Steps Toward Success As A Songwriter 

© 2015 Vinny Ribas Learn the craft. Even the best writers continually study other great writers so they constantly add new influences and ‘tricks’ to their toolbox. Co-write. It gives you fresh ideas, and now there are 2 of you marketing the song. Co-write with writers who are better than you are. It’s the best…

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Critical And Costly Mistakes You May Be Making

© 2015 Vinny Ribas Here are a few common yet critical mistakes that many indie artists make. 1. Not having a well-designed website to drive people to so theycan learn more about you, buy your music, see where you are playing and sign up for your newsletter. 2. Not carrying business cards, or having cards…

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Getting More Gigs

© 2015 Vinny Ribas There are countless gig opportunities all around you. In some cases you can find them in venues you hadn’t thought about before. Another option is to try to add on to another existing gig. For example, offer to extend your engagement for a 2nd day at a lower price or for…

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30,000 Ft. View Of Artist Management

I was recently asked if I know if any good books on artist management. The truth is, I don’t know of any, and I don’t think it’s possible to write one! The reason I say that is the fact that a good manager has of a strong combination of industry knowledge and some important, highly…

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Smart Song Choice

 © 2014 Vinny Ribas  There is a common mistake many artists make that prevent them from getting good gigs and/or from selling more music. It happens when they choose the songs for their live shows and for their CDs. Most artists treat them as 2 separate processes and never consider the integral relationships between the…

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7 Ways The Parents Of A Young Musician Can Help Their Child

2013 Vinny Ribas Raising a child who shows music promise can be tricky at times. One reason for this is that he or she may have to deal with issues and circumstances that they may not necessarily be emotionally ready for, such as people critiquing their performances and getting more attention than their friends or…

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