By Heather McDonald, About.com Guide
How to Start a Band
You know what they say about the beginning - it's a very good place to start! The first step in getting your group's name up on the marquee is making sure you put together the right team of musicians. Sounds easy, right? Well, remember that if all goes well, your band mates are the people you're going to be spending hours in the rehearsal space and studio with, not to mention hours crammed into the back of van, often sans showers. Then there is that music industry favorite: creative differences. Save yourself the hassle and free up your time to concentrate on the music by starting your band off on the right foot.
- How to Start a Band
- How to Find Musicians for Your Band
- Bands 101: Managing Your Band
- Band Member Contracts
- Should I Quit The Band?
How to Promote Your Music
With the perfect picking of musicians in place, it's time to start taking your music to the masses. No matter where you are in you music career, promotion is the key to taking things to the next level. Good promotion not only helps listeners discover your music, but it also draws the attention of other people in the music industry who are able to open doors for you, like labels, promoters and more. Make promotion a priority from day one.
- Create a Promo Package
- When to Send a Press Release
- Album Press Release Template
- Tour Press Release Template
- Blogging for Music Promotion
- Promote Your Music on Twitter
- Promote Your Music on MySpace
- How to Shoot a Music Video
- How to Work with PR Companies
How to Book Shows
Speaking of music promotion, one of the best things you can do to make sure people know your name is to get out there and play live. Often. Sometimes that might mean playing for free, playing with groups you don't like, playing for an audience made up of the sound engineer and a few close friends - and that's ok. The benefits you get from playing live outweigh all of the inherent bumps in the road. Get into the business of making sure the spotlight is trained on your band on a regular basis.
How to Get a Record Deal
All of your hard work on promotion and playing shows can help you land that one thing that dances through the heads of musicians everywhere - a record deal. Although record deals themselves are changing a lot, and more and more people are opting to strike out on their own, there's still a lot to be said for having an experienced record label behind you. Competition is fierce for label attention, but good promotion work by you, coupled with the right approach to the label, goes a long way. Being smart about how you knock on those label doors can help your demo rise to the top of the pile a little faster.
- How to Record a Demo
- How to Send a Demo to a Record Label
- Demo Dos
- Demo Don'ts
- Do I Need a Professionally Recorded Demo?
- Find Musicians for Your Band
- Do I Really Need a Demo?
- Do I Need a Record Deal?
- Major Label Deal Pros and Cons
- Indie Label Deal Pros and Cons
- Self Release Pros and Cons
How to Release Your Album
It's nice to have a record label on your team, there's retaining control and releasing your own record can be an attractive proposition, too. Now, a lot of musicians think that self releasing an album means they're throwing out the rule book and proving record labels are a thing of the past. Don't you believe it. What you're really doing when you put out your own record is starting your own label, and you're going to have to all of the things a label would do to get your music to the people that want to buy it. If you're ready to step up to the plate, however, releasing your own record can be your best record deal.
How to Protect Your Music
The legal side of things might not be your favorite part of your music career, but if you want to make a living playing your songs, it's really important that you learn to protect yourself. There are a lot of great people working in the music industry, but unfortunately there are also a lot of rip off artists, con people and fraudsters. Understanding the music industry lingo and knowing some basics about contracts and your rights will help you make sure no one takes the credit (and the cash) for your hard work.
- How to Spot a Bad Deal
- Music Industry Terms
- Before You Sign a Music Manager Contract
- Before You Sign a Music Promoter Contract