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Long Term Success Requires Critical Thinking

© 2013 Vinny Ribas As an indie artist you have a million things on your plate at any given time. You have to get gigs, rehearse, perform, write songs, market yourself, record your music, sell your music, take lessons etc., etc. The day-to-day list can seem unending and overwhelming. As a result I often see…

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The Real Costs Of Being A Successful Musician Or Indie Artist

Everything has it’s price. Being a steadily-working musicians or artist is no exception. The trick is to be able to identify all of the prices you will need to pay in order to reach and stay at the professional level. Here are some things you’ll need to invest: Money – This is obvious, but do…

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10 Reasons Why Bands Fail

Keeping a good band together is one of the hardest things to do. There are countless reasons why bands break up. The sad part is that most of them could have been avoided with just a little foresight. Here are 10 traps to avoid: Too many cooks. One person needs to be the leader, even…

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The Key To Financial Success As An Indie Artist: Build Machines

Most indie artists that I have met create first, and then wonder what to do with their creations.  It is vital to realize that an indie artist’s carer only becomes profitable when he (or she) puts processes in place to automatically turn his actions into income. Think about any other manufacturer. Would it be wise…

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Making Connections

Today’s Tip:  Build and maintain relationships with as many people as you can in and out of the music industry. You never know who they know, who they might meet, or who they might become (e’g head of a record label). You may not need them for another 5 years. But when you do, you…

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No Excuses For Not Having An Artist Or Musician Website

© 2012 Vinny Ribas More and more artists these days are using their Facebook page or ReverbNation page (and even their MySpace page) as their primary websites. When I ask them why they do not have a stand-alone website, they have a million reasons. I can quickly give you countless reasons why this is a mistake…

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Do Your Homework – Pre-Studio Production & Preparation

What to Know Before You Enter the Recording Studio © 2012 James Hearn http://www.jamesehearn.com This series explores things a band or artist needs to think about before spending time and money in a recording studio. As a producer and audio engineer for the past fifteen years or so, I’ve had the chance to work with…

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60 Days, 60 Backers….Kickstarter Confessions!

The following is a very candid blog by Indie Connect member, Alayna.  I have reprinted it with her permission because I believe it speaks to the heart of what we as artists really think and feel. If you are considering a fan-funding campaign with Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or any of the dozens of other similar sights,…

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Rules of Engagement – Building Strong Music Industry Relationships

The smartest thing any indie artist or songwriter can do is learn how to earn the support of  influential people. © 2012 Vinny Ribas With the growth of social networks has come the ability to connect with just about anyone. If you are adept at networking, either in person or online, you can contact people quite…

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15 Reasons Why Some Indie Artists Fail And Others Succeed

By knowing what separates indie artists that succeed from artists that fail, you can avoid the pitfalls that can keep your career from moving forward! © 2012 Vinny Ribas Work Ethic: Many artists are unwilling to do the behind the scenes work that successful artists do relentlessly. They may be waiting to be discovered. Successful…

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