This Page Is For The Artists

Success on any level requires discipline and direction. If either are missing, it becomes very difficult to steer. Balance requires the knowledge and application of that knowledge for it to become effective enough to produce consistent results. And consistent results will demand higher pay consistently… do you see the bigger picture? You have to walk the talk if you want to get the attention of venue owners.  They, like many other small business owners, have heard every story. Your actions and procedures will do you more service than just more “lip service.” What will set you apart will be how you handle your business.  And you will need the knowledge to get started.  No need to lose sleep over this issue.  Below are the things you must know about success in the new music industry.  The industry has changed quite a bit over the years.  More power is available to the artists who are clever enough to think outside of the box.  Yes, you still have to do your part, but more resources are available to you then ever before! Scroll down to read more about what you can do to get your act career worthy.

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Here Is What You Need To Know

There are 3 parts (outlined).  You will need all 3 to succeed in the new music industry.

• Your band is a business.

Somebody in the band must have a working understanding of the basic principals of business, at the very least.  Contract law and negotiation skills are a must, if you want to be taken seriously when doing business.  Time is a valuable asset to anyone who sees "time as money." To the wise, time is far more valuable!

  • Branding and Marketing are necessary to establish ANY business.
  • You need to make more and spend less than you make to survive.
  • Cost of everything is going up. Invest your resources wisely. Waste will end you.
  • If you just want to focus on the music, you will need a good manager with a working understanding of how to run a business successfully.
  • If you want to be involved on the business side, make an effort to learn at least the basics, and be open to go from there.

• Technical Knowledge –

This will help you achieve and maintain the level of professionalism required to be seen as a professional.

  • Know your equipment. If you do not have the money to purchase the best gear, at least have the data to know what you need, and stay vocal with your manager as to what you need to improve your performance and enhance your sound.
  • Learn the gear you have. String players _ You have knobs on your amps, KNOW what each one does. Drummers, there are a variety of choices when it comes to shell size, heads/ skins, cymbals, sticks, etc. What works best for your band’s sound?

• Talent –

If you suck, you are not helping. Your focus should always be pointed at making the act look and sound better and better. You’re not competing with anyone but yourself. If you currently suck, work on improving that. We will provide you with the feedback from the fans you gained or lost from each show.

  • Your act must draw interest and be able to grow.
  • Communication is a must between band members and management staff.
  • BE RESPONSIVE. Nobody will chase you. If you cannot return calls, texts, or emails, dig yourself a hole and lie down in it. Businesses who have no call/ no shows will not survive. Don’t let your other band mates down, as they depend on you like you depend on them.
  • Your personal problems will affect the success of your band. Keep your personal business handled before it becomes a problem for your band. Businesses cannot and will not tolerate drama (unless that’s all part of the act).
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Always remember that it is you who is at the wheel of your own career.  Selecting band mates should be done with care, and everyone on your team has the right to know where everyone else's head is at.  If you take your business seriously, this much should already make sense.  If you are struggling with the idea of commitment and responsibility, your place isn't a live stage situation. You can TicToc your way to fame in your mom's basement or garage.  Leave the live stage for those who want to be professionals.  Venue owners have their part to restore the music scene here in Tampa.  This much of the problem it up to the individual artists and bands.  Simply put, if you want to be seen as professionals, you have to play the role.