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There are a lot of musicians out there struggling to pay the rent, grow their fan base, and make a profit on tour. It’s a tough road, but if you’re dedicated you can make music your career. In today’s music business, it’s not about forcing yourself into a one-size-fits-all box, or throwing a dice and hoping for the best. It’s about building the right career for YOU and YOUR music, experimenting, learning, and adapting to change. Today, you are an entrepreneur, not a product, and great success is waiting for musicians with this mindset.
The New Artist Model is all about thinking of your music career like a business and using creative strategies to start growing now with the tools and resources you have available. In theNew Artist Model FREE E-book, you’ll get a glimpse at some of the proven strategies we discuss in the full online course. Click the image to download your copy and check out the 10 key points of the New Artist Model below.
1. Change is an open door.
Don’t view new technology or a new model as a dead end. Look at it like a new opportunity. It’s a chance to try new things, innovate, and maybe find something that really works for YOU.
2. You are an entrepreneur.
More times than not, its the small, agile entrepreneurs, not the big established companies, that innovate and move an industry forward into the future. You can be that entrepreneur!
3. Go lean!
Release small and release often. Don’t wait to record your first album until you can afford a time in a big time studio. Don’t wait to start your publishing career until you have a publisher. Start with what you have and go from there.
Take every single opportunity you can to learn. What went great at your live show? What didn’t go as planned? How can you use that knowledge to improve next time? What social media posts get your fans excited? What song do people seem to like the most? You can learn from every single thing you do.
5. DIWO instead of DIY.
You can’t be an expert in everything so find people who are. Your team doesn’t have to be seasoned pros. More times than not, passion trumps experience. For now, recruit friends, classmates, and family to help you out and give your pointers. There are a ton of really successful artists that still work with someone who started out as just a classmate.
6. Each element of your career is a separate moving part to a bigger machine.
Don’t think of recording, publishing, and touring in a vacuum. Think about how you can connect them together into one unified plan.
7. This is a relationship business.
Get out and meet people. Talk to as many people as you can in the studio and at your live shows—promoters, producers, club owners, sound and light folks, other bands and musicians. MAKE that connection that could really start your career as a successful indie artist. Remember that face-to-face conversations will always get you further than emails. And above all, treat people like people. Give and you will receive.
8. Use the process.
Recordings and songs are not just finished products. There are a ton of opportunities to engage and connect with your fans and even make money along the entire process.
9. There is no one-size-fits-all model anymore.
You need to build a career around YOUR music that works best for YOU. Just because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will go the same way in your career.
10. MAKE your big break.
These days no one is going to hand you your big break. You need to be out there working hard, pushing yourself to new limits, trying new things, and connecting with people if you want to make this your career. With a lot of hard work, music CAN become your career.
The New Artist Model is an online music business school for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers and songwriters. Our classes teach essential music business and marketing skills that will take you from creativity to commerce while maximizing your chances for success. Get 5 free lessons from the New Artist Model online courses when you sign up for our free video training series.
The Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) is currently accepting entries for the 2014 Full Moon Full Life Songwriting contest through November 29. Amateur songwriters and co-writers are eligible to enter for an entry fee of $20 per song submitted. Proceeds will benefit NMF for Pancreatic Cancer research. A portion will also go to The Pen Fund, created in honor of Hall of Fame songwriter Hank Cochran.
The winning song will be recorded by one or more Country artists who participated in the 2014 Full Moon Full Life concert series, which included Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Stapleton, Lukas Nelson, and others. The song will also be released on iTunes and performed live at the upcoming 2015 Full Moon Full Life concert benefit. Winners will be announced in early 2015.
To enter and for a complete list of details visit contest.nikkimitchellfoundation.org
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|1) What made you decide that you wanted to do music and how did you get involved in it?:||Well the decision came to me when I was 14 years of age producing for artist of various styles in various states. I got involved in music since 5 years of age playing piano.|
|2) What do you think are some of the pros and cons about the hip hop music scene of today?:||Well the good thing is internet has played a big role in helping unknown artists, producers, writers, etc. get off the ground. The bad thing is not all artist out there are really true musicians and because of this, that’s why it makes it difficult for record companies to sign an official artist to an official label.|
|3) What are some of your major influences in doing music?:||My major influences are God, my friends & and Family, and more importantly….the will to do it and make it happen.|
|4) What is your overall goal for your music career?:||To make music that are not only hits but classics but at the same time, brings and enlightenment to the world.|
|5) What do you think are some of the obstacles that are keeping you away from your goals in music and how are you planning to overcome them?:||Nothing is in my way……I just see all things with an open eye & mind and take it all in with a grain of salt.|
|6) What do you feel you could bring to the music industry that isn’t already there?:||I feel i can bring new music that is formless that everyone will enjoy.|
|7) Who are some artists that you would like to collaborate with in the future?:||I will collaborate musically with any and everyone who is on the same level as me.|
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|1) What made you decide that you wanted to do music and how did you get involved in it?:||I decided to start making music because songwriting is my passion and I grew up listening to Hip Hop/Rap. I also was inspired by Nipsey Hussle because I ran into him out of nowhere at a gas station and he told me to never give up.|
|2) What do you think are some of the pros and cons about the hip hop music scene of today?:||As far as pros go with the game today there are a lot of issues but I think that it’s a lot more respected and broadcasted. When it comes to cons the list goes on and on. I think the biggest issue is lyricism being to simple and repetitive.|
|3) What are some of your major influences in doing music?:||I’m majorly influenced by Curren$y and Eazy-E.|
|4) What is your overall goal for your music career?:||My overall goal is to bring a new sound to the game and make a career out of my passion.|
|5) What do you think are some of the obstacles that are keeping you away from your goals in music and how are you planning to overcome them?:||Money has always been an issue in my life but I’m currently looking for a job so I can keep doing music.|
|6) What do you feel you could bring to the music industry that isn’t already there?:||A new perspective on lyrics and flow.|
|7) Who are some artists that you would like to collaborate with in the future?:||Curren$y and Action Bronson.|