Blog Posts

How Musicians Can Earn Money During The COVID-19 Crisis 

The global pandemic we’re currently experiencing has cost millions of people their jobs. Entire industries have shut down, including our own live music industry. Every single tour in the country has been canceled or rescheduled. Musicians without day jobs have lost their main source of income. Musicians who rely on day jobs may or may not still have those day jobs. Almost 40 million people in the US are unemployed. But, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost – there are still ways to earn money, both as a musician or in other areas, that could help you stay afloat…

Getting Started With Marketing For Your Band 

Marketing is a topic that many bands overlook when they record and release an album or EP... But marketing for bands is one of the absolutely necessary items with any release. You're literally wasting your money if you just drop a release online and do nothing to promote it, before or after the release.

Top Four Social Media Tips for DIY Bands and Musicians 

Don't you hate it when you draft up that really awesome Facebook post, only to see it get two likes after a whole day? It happens to us all. Social media can be difficult for even the largest businesses to navigate. So why waste time on social media? Learn how to make the most of your social media while conserving time so you can focus on your music!   Download your FREE Elevator Pitch Worksheet now! Related video: Increase Your Band's Organic Facebook Reach In Under 2 Minutes!

How Spotify Is Using The New Royalty Law To Hurt Musicians 

Spotify has had a longstanding, quiet feud with artists and songwriters. Lately they've been stepping that up: First, back in February they appealed the Copyright Royalty Board's ruling which increases royalties for artists and songwriters... Now, Spotify is using that same law to take money back from artists and writers who earned their money by getting streamed on the world's most popular streaming platform. Who does this benefit? Definitely not the musicians... Definitely not the listeners... Just Spotify! For a little more background, check out two videos I've released previously: New Streaming Royalty Rates? I Chose To Pay Apple Music…

What I Learned From A College Baseball Player’s Mistake 

One of the fastest ways to kill your band's chances of success is to be a flake... Even if the rest of the band is reliable, if you bail too often you probably won't last long in the band, or the music business in general. You have to treat being in a band like you would a job – you show up when you're supposed to show up. Another thing to remember is that if you neglect your responsibilities, your bandmates suffer too – just like the college baseball player I mention in this story. Check it out today, and…

7 Tips To Build Your Resume By Playing In A Band 

Most musicians have heard it at some point... The dreaded words, "you need to get a REAL job!" But what most people don't realize (aside from the fact that playing music CAN be a real job) is that the skills you learn in a band can lead to many opportunities for work. Whether you want to stick with music or not, here's a list of seven ways you can build your resume by playing music, and some ideas for potential fields you could work in! Check out Suburban Samurai's Bandcamp page! Thanks again to Aaron for the idea for this…

The Energy You Put Into Your Band = Your Level Of Success 

If you were a talent scout for a label or management company, who would you hire? The band who plays 200 shows a year and tours practically full time, while having decent music... Or the band who has amazing music but only plays ten shows a year to their friends and families at the local bar... The answer might surprise you, but 99% of the time it would be the band with just ok music and lots of shows that gets signed! Obviously the Better Band Bureau is all about DIY, but this is just an example to show why…

Why FAILURE Is Necessary For Success As A Band 

Whether it's about your career, your personal life, or one of millions of other things, you probably have a fear of failure... In fact, most people are risk averse. Who would want to fail? But to succeed, you NEED to fail. Why? Because failure makes us stronger. By taking risks and failing, we learn from our mistakes and gain experience. This applies to musicians and DIY bands just as much as it does to anyone else. Take a leap of faith today! What risks have you taken as an artist, and how have they turned out for you? Join The…

The Technology Pickwick Commons Uses To Stay On The Road 

In the 21st century, technology plays a massive role in practically every industry. Music is certainly no exception... We've all heard of Spotify, iTunes, Pro Tools, etc. etc. These are all massive companies with huge marketing budgets. But what technology can you use to actually help RUN your band? Pickwick Commons chats about the software and apps they use in this third and final part of our interview. Be sure to check out the band's site, and give them a thanks for sharing all their knowledge! Want to step up your networking game? Join the BBB mailing list today! Links…

How Pickwick Commons Tackles The Biggest Challenge of DIY Touring 

You've spent hundreds of hours writing and rehearsing your music... You have great recordings, and a solid local following... Great job! But what about scaling that success to a wider audience? How can you consistently get shows and book tours as a DIY band? DIY artists don't have the benefit of a large team to back up the business side of things... DIY artists have THEMSELVES. Find out how Pickwick Commons tackles the NUMBER ONE CHALLENGE they face as a DIY band, as they take it in stride. The third and final part of this interview drops next Sunday the…