Posts by Mark

Getting Your Act Together

»Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Music Business | Comments Off

On the surface, the title of this blog would imply that I’m talking about putting your band together or finding players to work with you live or in the studio. Actually, today I’m talking about you! People send me e-mails all the time wanting to know how to be successful in the music business, how to get ahead in the game, how to find a job, how to get noticed, how to get a record deal, etc and so on. Networking (who you know) is important, but how can you be successful working with others if you’re personal skills aren’t in order? Doing what you say you’re going to do, prioritizing, being honest with other people, not making excuses and being proactive-these principles are the core of success. Start with your goals, then compare them...

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Maximizing Relationships

»Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Music Business | Comments Off

I’m sure some of us are familiar with the movie Jerry Maguire. Throughout the film, Tom Cruise’s character has a mentor named Dicky Fox, who periodically shows up with some appropriate words of wisdom. One of those is: “The key to this business is personal relationships.” And it couldn’t be truer-especially in the music business. But how do we cultivate business relationships on a personal level? Networking is and always will be an important thing. If you’re not out there shaking hands and kissing babies, how do you ever expect to move ahead in your career? However, since the advent of social media, there has been an assumption that if you have a lot of friends, fans or contacts on your favorite networking site, then...

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Plan Your Work/Work Your Plan

»Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Music Business | Comments Off

Today’s music economy is all over the place, isn’t? Artists and/or bands have to work harder than ever to get ahead, sell product, book shows and of course: make some money. So, how do you do all those things? Is it who you know? Is it how good your music is? Is it how big your fan base is? Or is it how well you perform on stage? While all these things are all important, I would suggest the core part of being successful starts with the coordination and proper planning of your team members at hand. First of all, what is it exactly that you’re trying to do? Make money? Get noticed? Get a record deal? Have fun? Believe it or not there are tons of artists and bands out there that have never taken the time to sit down and establish this. Whether your...

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