Music Survival Tips

How to Survive, Thrive, and Avoid Some of the Dumb Mistakes I Made in the Music Business

 I picked up these tips about the music business over a 25 year career, and they do not constitute any legal advice or even sound judgment. Take from it what you will and good luck out there! If you would like to contribute an idea, contact me by email. If I think it’s helpful, I will add it to the rest and give you credit beside the tip! Please feel free to link to this page!

 In Random Order:

  • If you don’t have a marketing plan for the new album, you’ve just created 1000 custom coasters with your band’s name on it! Awesome!
  • Some people worry about putting their music on a compilation CD. If you’re out there playing often, eventually someone will ask you to contribute a song for their compilation album. This might be for a charity or for profit and represents a group of songs someone with a few thousand to spare thinks would make a great album. Some artists think this will hurt their sales, or they’ll lose control of their song’s copy-write, or just aren’t sure if it’s a good idea. Here are the facts; most compilation organizers I’ve met are not out to steal anything from you. They’re usually enthusiastic live music fans that really think your music is good. Make sure any contract you get is a non-exclusive agreement (so you can use the song on other CDs) and doesn’t transfer any copy-write ownership. Also, if the CD is not for charity, make sure you like the payment schedule and then don’t count on seeing any money because guess what; most compilations don’t sell very well! Check the contract, don’t expect to make any money, kick back and enjoy the free publicity!