Pursuing a Music Entrepreneur Career – Things That Could Help

Breaking into the music industry has not been easy since the world moved from the Industrial Age to the Data Age. Record labels no longer take big risks when it comes to new artists and it can be difficult to make a name for yourself. The Data Age does have some advantages; anyone can become famous thanks to the different platforms available to showcase artistic works.

Starting a music career no longer requires you to find a label to market you, and you can become a music entrepreneur on your own provided you have the right amounts of patience, some luck, hard work, and perseverance. Here are some tips to help you become a successful entrepreneur.

Create a Name

If you are a musician starting out in the business, or an entrepreneur looking to promote musical talent, then you’ll need a name. Find an easy to remember, catchy name which defines you and the music you make. Build a brand around that name and use it for all your marketing strategies.

Get a Youtube Channel

Online viral marketing is probably the best way for independent musicians to break into the industry. It can be tough to get your music video of the ground but it’s not impossible. Once you get some views and a fanbase, you can begin marketing your music outside Youtube. Opening special accounts in various other social networks like Facebook and Twitrer is advisable if you want to maximize your marketing potential.

Join Youtube’s partners program and earn money from the number of views you gain. Youtube typically pays 1 cent per view and the percentage increases as you get more consistent viewers. New musicians can make a significant income from their Youtube channel. It might not be much at first but it’s a start.

Market yourself on other Networks and create a Website

Youtube is not the only place that you could market your music, take advantage of other networks like Reddit and Facebook. Entrepreneurs starting in the business should also must have a website which contains information about the music they make, samples or full videos of songs, and contact information in case a venue wants to hire them for a gig. Hire a web developer or build your own website using a basic website builder.

Perform Live

Performing live in front of an audience is another good way of marketing your music. If your music is really good then you can expect your audience to talk about it. Performing for an audience is also a great way to earn some income while you further market your talent. Look for different venues in your locale which accept live performances from new musicians.

Independent Music – Ways to Get Heard Virtually

Starting out in the music business can be hard but with the right amounts of patience and perseverance, anyone can make it. There are no set steps to success in the industry but you can get plenty of tips on how to make it as an independent musician. The Data Age has come with many benefits and new musicians no longer need to attach themselves with a record label in order to promote their work and make an income.

Independent music promotion has become an Internet niche of its own and there are many platforms and social networks you can use to get your music out there and even make a steady income.

Here are some tips for musicians looking to promote themselves independently.

Get a Soundcloud Account

Soundcloud has become the go-to platform for promoting new music. Post your best songs on your account and begin building a fanbase. Be sure to get a premium account to fully utilize Soundcloud’s potential. A premium account allows you to access the “spotlight” feature which is a great tool for showcasing the best of your work at the top of your page.

Premium accounts also gain access to 75 Soundcloud groups, giving you the chance to share your music with thousands of people from all over the globe.

Build a Fanbase on Bandcamp

Bandcamp is a publishing platform for bands and musicians. The website has a large userbase and it is currently one of the best tools for music promotion. Bandcamp is a great place for listeners to discover new music.

It also allows musicians to sell their work or give it away for free in order to attract more fans.

Gain the Support of Music Bloggers

There are literally millions of blogs on the Internet on every topic imaginable. Get in touch with popular bloggers who write about the type of music you play. Send them some samples and try to get them to write a review of your music.

This is a great way to gain exposure and further build your fanbase.

Upload your Work on Youtube and make Music Videos

Youtube is the single most popular website for media content on the Internet and it only makes sense to upload your songs on the site to get free promotion. More than 100 million videos are consumed daily on Youtube, making it a great avenue for gaining some new listeners.

Make a music video of your best song if you can. If you can’t, then simply attach an image to the video and post your song.

Network

Networking is a tried and tested method of promotion, and it still applies today. Attend as many live shows, events, and functions as you can. Speak to people who are in the industry. Find out what are the latest trends, and lastly, always carry promo CDs with you wherever you go.

It’s a great way of sharing your work with people who share similar interests.

4 Types of Acoustic Guitars

Guitars have evolved into many shapes, sizes, and styles over the centuries, but today, they are mainly categorized as electric and acoustic. There are several types of acoustic guitars, the most common of which are the Dreadnought, the Classical, and the Parlor guitar.

Each guitar type is designed to play a different musical style and before buying acoustic guitars, it is important to know what each of the main types of guitars can do. Here is a list of four of the most common acoustic guitars with descriptions for each one.

Dreadnought Style Acoustic Guitar

The Dreadnought guitar has many variations, all of which are big instruments which play a full sound with a lot of bass. Dreadnoughts where designed to be loud in order to accompany a singer or fit into a wide range of musical styles. They can come with either six strings or twelve strings.

The twelve string Dreadnought produces a fuller, richer timbre but the additional string tension makes it a bad choice for beginners. The six string Dreadnought is the best guitar for beginners who are learning to play for the first time.

Parlor Style Acoustic Guitar

Parlor style acoustic guitars are smaller than the Dreadnought and Classical guitars. Their small size allows them to produce a more even frequency making them ideal for a concert hall or a parlor environment where other guitars could overwhelm the music you make with their bass. Parlor style guitars are an ideal choice for classical or flamenco players.

Classical Acoustic Guitar

Classical guitars are characterized by their use of nylon strings instead of steel strings like Dreadnoughts. These guitars are considered by many old fashioned instructors to be ideal for beginners because of their lighter string tension which makes it easier to play in the hands of a complete beginner.

Like the name suggests, Classical guitars are well suited for making classical music. If you are only interested in playing modern musical styles then you should get a steel string guitar.

Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

Jumbo acoustic guitars are similar to Dreadnoughts in function and use, but their larger hollow body is designed to produce a louder and more fuller bass. The problem with this type of guitar is that its mid frequency tends to become overpowered by the bass it produces depending on the room you are playing in, and for this reason, Jumbo acoustic guitars are not ideal for complete beginners.

The Big Box Office Winners for November

Winter is coming and movie goers can expect to see some great releases as major motion studios prepare to show their best in time for next year’s Oscar season. Last month saw the release of many great films like Gravity and Captain Phillips, but what can audiences around the world expect this month?

Here is a list of ten movies being released this November 2013 which have the potential of becoming this month’s big box office winners.

Thor: The Dark World (November 8)

The highly anticipated sequel from the Marvel Universe is probably going to be the highest grossing film of this month. The film continues with the adventures of the Asgardian, Thor, as he battles to save Earth and all of the Nine Realms from a dark enemy that threatens the entire universe. Audiences can expect to see a lot of action, some cool graphics, and plenty of humor.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)

Another highly anticipated sequel, this installment of the Hunger Games sees Katniss Everdeen returning home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peela Mellark. What’s going to happen to the two young warriors? Catch the premier release of the film at the of month or if you’re very impatient, read the books the film series is based on.

The Book Thief (November 8)

Based on the international bestselling book by Markus Zusak of the same title, the Book Thief tells a the remarkable story about a young girl named Liesel Meminger, war in Nazi Germany, a Jewish refugee, and death. Liesel finds solace during the war by stealing books and sharing them with others. The story follows the her life and the lives of her adopted parents as they do their best to live through the Second World War.

Homefront (November 27)

The enigma that is James Franco is back in the new suspense drama Homefront. Some critics say the film is like Breaking Bad, Transporter, and Taken all rolled into one. Need I say more?

Philomena (November 22)

A film based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. The story focuses on the efforts of Philomena (played by Dame Judi Dench) to find her son who was born out of wedlock and given away for adoption in America.

Ender’s Game (November 1)

A Sci-Fi film based in the near future about a hostile alien race attacking Earth and starting a war that lasts for 70 years. The movie follows Colonel Hyrum Graff – played by Harrison Ford – as he attempts to end the war once and for all with the help of unusually gifted child.

Last Vegas (November 1)

A comedy film which is basically The Hang Over but with an older – and more accomplished – cast which includes; Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. The story is about four old friends who decide to go to Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Sunlight Jr. (November 15)

A simple drama about a small town store clerk called Melissa and her disabled boyfriend who are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. The young couple begin to have hope for a better future when Melissa becomes pregnant, but they soon learn that life situations can change at the blink of an eye.

Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes (November 15)

If you’re a fan of the classic comic strip Calvin & Hobbes then this is a documentary film you must see. It introduces viewers to the various people who were profoundly influenced by the philosophical comic strip drawn by Bill Watterson, who has avoided the public eye since ending his strip in 1995.