Author Archives: Vinny Ribas

7 Critical Mistakes Many Recording Artists Make

© 2015 Vinny Ribas One of the most rewarding experiences that artists have is recording their music. It’s exhilarating.  It’s a tremendous creative outlet. It’s the payoff for a lot of hard work. And it’s their legacy. Unfortunately, many artists don’t achieve all they hoped for out of their recordings, and often it is because…

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Using Your Story To Attract And Engage Fans

© 2015 Vinny Ribas There are countless numbers of reasons why people go into the music business. The same holds true for the choices they make in their music careers, including what they play, where they perform, how often they gig, who they perform with, what they write, who they write with etc. Some are…

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10 Tips For Getting The Gigs You Really Want

Hear this article discussed in depth on the Business Side of Music Podcast HERE! 2014 Vinny Ribas All too often artists end up settling for playing gigs that they don’t necessarily enjoy just because they need the money. But it is possible to get the gigs you really want. You just need to follow these…

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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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