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Heather McDonald

Updated Articles and Resources

By Heather McDonald

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Before You Sign a Music Producer Contract Created: Saturday, May 16, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      If you are recording an album and working with an outside producer, then you are going to need a music producer contract. Learn more about music producer contracts, including what makes a fair contract and which parts are negotiable.
    • Before You Apply to Music School Created: Sunday, March 23, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Music industry related degrees can be hard to come by, and good programs are even fewer and further between. Before you devote your time and money to a music degree program, learn what to look for so you'll come out with the best education possible under your belt.
    • Pay for Your Music Career Created: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Deciding you want to work in music is the easy part. Paying for a music career? Now that's hard work. Find out about your different music business funding options so you can keep your music career ...
    • Radio Plugger Career Profile Created: Thursday, May 22, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Do you want to help influence the radio playlists? Then you may want to become a radio plugger. Radio pluggers promote music to radio stations in hopes of getting the artists they worked for played...
    • Opening Band Etiquette Created: Thursday, September 16, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Being the opening band can be an excellent way to increase your audience and reach new fans, but there are certain rules of the road support bands should follow if they want to be invited to be the...
    • Wedding Singer Career Profile Created: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Becoming a wedding singer gives you a great opportunity to make money using your vocal talents. Being a wedding singer is demanding - you are an important part of an important day, and failing to d...
    • Find Music Distribution Created: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Distribution is the key to getting your album in the stores, but finding it easier said than done. Find out how to get started and what to look for in a distributor." itempf expr="$zTP='t3'" --> it...
    • Do We Need a Band Contract? Created: Sunday, November 11, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Band member contracts are a tricky line to walk, and a lot of artists feel uncomfortable even considering them. These contracts, however, may be important for your band - find out why.
    • Do I Need an Artist Manager? Created: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      As a musician, how important is it to have a music manager on board? Find out more about whether or not you need an artist manager to get your music career off the ground.
    • Before You Work with a Music Industry Investor Created: Sunday, August 24, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      If you're struggling to pay the bills in your music career, the thought of a music business angel or other music business investor can sound like a dream come true. That dream could turn into a nig...
    • Rider Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Riders are an important part of any gig promotion contract. Find out what exactly it is, and what you can expect to get.
    • Do I Need a Radio Promotion Campaign? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Every time your music appears in some kind of media, you win, but radio has a way of reaching audiences that reviews just can't. However, radio promotion can be extremely expensive, so it's not a g...
    • 4 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Music Career Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Could you be your own worst enemy when it comes to getting your music career off the ground? Sometimes, things musicians do in hopes of launching their careers actually shoot them in the foot. Don'...
    • Money and Your Music Career 101 Created: Sunday, March 01, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Making money in the music industry is always hard work. In fact, it can be hard to get your music project off the ground without the right financial backing. Get the lowdown on how to make money in...
    • Q&A with Dave Hahn of Chronicles of a Cruise Ship Musician Blog Created: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Dave Hahn's Chronicle of a Cruise Ship Musician blog offers a glimpse into life in a very unexamined music career. In this interview, he lets us in on what it's like to play music for the cruise sh...
    • Four Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Booking Agent Created: Saturday, November 26, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Are you struggling to find a booking agent? An agent is a critical piece of a musician's team. The shows they book are the A+, number one way to build your fan base. Of course, since everyone wants...
    • Five Ways to Get Music Experience in College Created: Sunday, July 25, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Many aspiring music industry types wonder if you need a degree to work in the music business, or does experience matter more? Well, what if you don't have to choose? Find out five ways to get music...
    • Performing Rights Royalties Created: Sunday, June 24, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What are performing rights royalties and who should get them? Find out.
    • Music Downloading: Should I Go for an Internet Only Release? Created: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      With CD sales falling, many bands and labels are wondering if a digital only release is the way to go. Find out the pros and cons to see if this is the solution for you.
    • What Happens When the Band Breaks Up? Created: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Band breakups can be emotionally rough, and they can have serious repercussions for everyone's music careers as well. Find out how to handle band breakup." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
    • Should I Quit the Band? Created: Thursday, August 16, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Bands are like any relationship - sometimes they just don't work out. Find out when you should jump ship and when you should stick around to work things out.
    • How to Prepare for a Music School Audition Created: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Music school beckons, but one thing stands between you and your coveted seat - the music school audition. If you're wondering how to prepare for a music school audition, take a deep breath. The goo...
    • Music Genre Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Genre is a term that is used a lot in the music industry, but what is it? Get the definition for genre in this entry in the music career glossary.
    • Commercial Radio Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      When you start promoting music to radio, it's crucial that you understand the difference between commercial radio and non-commercial radio. Here, get the definition of commercial radio and find out...
    • Showcase Gig Created: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Most musicians stumble across chances to play showcase gigs at some point in their careers, but what is a showcase gig and is it worthwhile? Learn more about showcase gigs.
    • When Should I Send Out My Press Release? Created: Tuesday, October 02, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      You know that you need a press release if you want the media to talk about your new album or your upcoming show, but WHEN you send that press release also plays a role in the coverage you get. Find...
    • Guest List Dos and Don'ts Created: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Everyone is your best friend when you have control of the guest list, but managing it properly is important to building good relationships and getting your music heard by the people who can help yo...
    • Street Team Created: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Street teams are groups of fans who help promote an artist. Street teams are an important promotional tool for musicians and record labels, though some street team campaigns are more organized than...
    • Five Things To Do Before You Play Your First Concert Created: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      If you're a musician, few things are as important - or intimidating - as your first show. Even though you may not be able to keep the nerves entirely in check, there are things you can do to make s...
    • Publishing Created: Saturday, April 19, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Of all of the subjects in music, song publishing is probably the most complex. Get a handle on the basics, because though it may be complex, music publishing extremely important for musicians.
    • Electronic Press Kits Created: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Electronic Press Kits, also known as EPKs, are becoming more and more popular in the music industry. Find out what is an electronic press kit and find out if an electronic press kit needs to be par...
    • Use Twitter for Music Promotion Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Twitter is taking the internet by storm, but can you use it for your music career. Find out how musicians can use Twitter to promote their music.

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