Author Archives: Vinny Ribas

How Much Do I Charge For My Gigs?

© 2015 Vinny Ribas These are the handout notes from a 3 hr. workshop that I conduct. I think you’ll get the gist of what I talk about and explain from these notes. Your Base Price = Your total expenses + the profit you NEED to make + the added profit would LIKE to make…

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What Does Success Look Like To You?

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Managing Time and Tasks As An Indie Artist

© 2009 Vinny Ribas The amount of things that an artist needs to do to be ‘successful’ can seem overwhelming at times. There’s songwriting, recording, rehearsing, taking instrument or voice lessons, performing, recording, marketing, booking gigs, making travel arrangements, generating publicity, buying equipment, bookkeeping and much more. So how do you handle all of these…

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A Formula For Making $100,000/yr. As An Indie Artist

Pro Members Only © 2009 Vinny Ribas Many artists believe that the more friends that they have on their social networks, the more popular they are. It certainly sounds impressive to say that you have 20,000 friends on your MySpace site. From a numbers standpoint alone, you have certainly increased your odds of finding real…

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Why Am I Stuck? – A checklist for indie artists.

© 2009 Vinny Ribas Let’s be honest. “I haven’t been discovered yet,” “I’m just not one of the lucky ones” and “I’ve just haven’t had that big break yet” are NOT reasons for stagnation or failure in the music business. They are excuses, and nothing else. There are only a handful of plausible reasons why…

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Engagement Budgeting Workbook (Excel)

In order to lnow that your business is profitable, you need to know every detail of each gig and every expense that you will incur. This detailed workbook (MS Excel) enables you to ask all the right questions to insure there are no suprise costs, that you’ve asked for enough to pay everythig and everyone,…

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1 Yr. Budget and Financial Projection Spreadsheet For Indie Artists

Use this fill-in-the-blank spreadsheet to determine all of your music-business-related income and expenses over the next 12 months. Create a month-to-month projection of your profits or losses. Use it to determine if you have adequate funding, need to otain funding and/or if you will make an reasonable profit. Also, banks and investors will require this…

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Sample Engagement Contract (basic)

For your general information only, this is an example of a simple engagement contract. Many contracts include many other terms, conditions, clauses and addendums, depending on the nature of the engagement and the needs of the artist I am not an attorney, and this is not to be considered legal advice in any form. Therefore,…

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Getting Gigs – A Goals And Action Plan

OK, so you have a lot of talent. Now what? If getting gigs is the next step in your career path, then the attached step-by-step Action Plan to getting gigs is exactly what you need. It begins with putting the strongst possible act together, and then walks you through the varios things you’ll need to…

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Recording Project Budgeting Spreadsheet

The Recording Project Budget is an Excel Spreadsheet designed to help you determine how much your entire project will cost, including studio, personnel, duplication, musicins and singers, marketing, graphic design, accompanying merchandise and more. Click on the link belw to download the Recording Project Budget. Recording-Project-Worksheet

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