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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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5 Lessons Most Musicians Have To Learn The Hard Way

© 2013 Vinny Ribas Being a big fish in a small pond doesn’t make you king of the sea. Big cities like Nashville, LA and NY are overflowing with singers, songwriters and musicians who move there thinking they will take the town by storm. They get this because they were one of the best in…

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10 Tips For Up-And-Coming Artists

© 2013 Vinny Ribas The most common question I am asked by up-and-coming artists is “How do I get a good manager? Everyone I talk to just wants me to pay them money.” If that’s you, the reason you are having a challenge is because managers/management companies work off straight commission. They get a fixed…

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8 Possible Reasons You Are Stuck

© 2013 Vinny Ribas Lack of Planning – If you haven’t planned out your career path, then you are just winging it. Everything you do should have a defined purpose behind it and be well thought out. If you don’t know how to do this, find someone who does. “If you fail to plan, you…

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7 Common Mistakes That Can Derail Your Music Career

© 2013 Vinny Ribas Being apathetic when you have a small audience. It only takes one person with the right connections to move your career in to the stratosphere. He or she may be one of your audience members. Badmouthing, knocking or embarrassing someone, especially on the internet where it is often impossible to erase…

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12 Steps To Growing Your Fan Base and Mailing List Quickly

© 2013 Vinny Ribas Having a large fan base is extremely important to selling more music and getting more gigs. It is also be the key to a successful CD release or fan-funding program. Growing your fan base requires 3 things: preparation, attraction and reciprocation. It is important to note that social network ‘friends’ and ‘likes’…

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12 Ways Musicians Can Help Their Communities

by Vinny Ribas If you are a musician, you have gifts that can help others. You also have some degree of influence, and with it the ability to use that influence for good. Here are some ways you can accomplish that: Volunteer to perform for nonprofit events Offer to perform for schools and include an…

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10 Causes Of Musician Burnout

It is very easy for a working musician to get burned out. As fun as it is to perform, write, record etc., it can also be gruelling. Here are some the the top causes of musician burnout: Lack of balance with family life, or no family life at all. Be sure to make sure that…

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