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Performers: Events Are Coming Back

by FestivalNet, posted 03/19/21 16:21:44   category » Musician Tips
Performers:  Events Are Coming Back

The COVID-19 pandemic has made an undeniable impact on the ability for others to gather and perform, making it more difficult for both artists and lovers of the arts to enjoy their passion. The good news? The development of multiple vaccines and their speedy distribution is making it so that many states feel safe gradually opening back up and inviting the public to return to some semblance of a normal day-to-day experience as we attempt to recover over time.

 

This means that many cities have begun making certain performance events and spaces open again for artists who want to dive back into what they love to do most. Take, for example, Louisiana, which has recently announced that they’ll be easing restrictions to make it possible for fairs and festivals to once again deliver joy to the local population. As we described in our most recent blog post:

 

“Along with a whole host of eased restrictions, Phase 3 brings back fairs and festivals, although a lot of the big ones like Jazz Fest have already been rescheduled for the fall.

 

Right now, outdoor fairs and festivals can be held at 50% capacity with no cap on attendance, but everyone there has to be six feet apart.”

 

Although the conditions of reopening and the various rules and regulations applied to local performance space will differ based on your county or state, you can expect to find more opportunities being made available to you as we continue to navigate this crisis. That being said, many performers may be wondering where they can find such opportunities to help them return to their passion or career.

 

If you’re looking to stay on top of opportunities and find more ways to perform as more locations open up and capacity limits begin to rise, you’ll want to keep up with FestivalNet! We are an organization that publishes the most extensive and comprehensive database of festivals and fairs in North America. We wrap this data around technologically current tools and resources relevant to the professional exhibiting artist, craftsperson, musician, band, service provider, booking agent, vendor, promoter, and festival-goer.

 

A leader in the festivals and special events industry since 1996, we generate over 1,300,000+ monthly visitors and publish detailed event data on 12,000+ festivals, art shows, art and craft shows, music festivals, and other events. No matter whether you’re an artist looking to connect with upcoming art shows, food festivals, or musical festivals, our extensive collection of scheduled events makes it possible for you to seamlessly find the right opportunities for your skills and schedule.

 

If you’re excited to get back to doing what you do best as the world reopens to the arts and the community, make sure to check back regularly to see what events are scheduled for future dates and calls for artists so that you can start booking gigs that fill your pockets and your soul. Your next event is right at your fingertips!


How to Reach More People as an Up-and-Coming Musician in North America

by FestivalNet, posted 02/09/21 09:24:40   category » Musician Tips
How to Reach More People as an Up-and-Coming Musician in North America

Making it big as a musician can be difficult, regardless of how talented you are. There’s a sea of competition, but by playing your cards right, you can reach the stars like others before you. Whether you’re looking for your first big break or looking to continue a hot streak, we’ve got just the advice for you.



Using Social Media Wisely

The biggest problem with social media is also its most tempting fact; almost everyone’s on it. This means that like you, there are countless other hopeful musicians jamming their hearts out to make it big. With talent and luck, several artists like Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes have harnessed the power of social media and skyrocketed to fame.

Posting covers of big hits, adding your unique touch to them as well as pushing your original music over platforms like YouTube and Instagram will do you good to gain some cred. Using advertisement over stories and pre-roll ads can also help you expand your reach.

Play Gigs with Established Names

If people don’t know you, they’re unlikely to show up at your gig. But if you perform with someone more renowned, even if within your area, you’re more likely to gain some traction. Look around for other artists nearby, preferably with fanbases that overlap and try to set up a gig with them.

The more exposure you can get and more folks noticing you, the better. It’ll be a grind to convince others, but it’ll pay off.

Perform at Festivals Near You

Music festivals and their promoters share call for artists, which invites performers to perform at their music events. Signing up on promotion sites and receiving emails about their music event listings is a great way to find out about events taking place near you throughout the year. Your goal should be to perform at a big event listing and garner some traction from it, keeping the dice rolling by following up with a few more performances across the concert calendar.

FestivalNet allows promoters to reach out to a wide audience from all sorts of demographics and age brackets. They promote a wide range of events and listings, including farmers markets, craft shows (many who might also need entertainment), food festivals and holiday events

Watch this recent video made by a FestivalNet Pro Member about using FestivalNet to Get Booked!

How to Make Money With Your Music From Home

by FestivalNet, posted 01/28/21 11:56:47   category » Musician Tips
How to Make Money With Your Music From Home

It’s every musician’s dream come true: having the opportunity to make money doing what he or she loves.


A day of strumming your guitar or singing? That beats going to the office any day.


But nowadays, when live concerts are starting to feel strangely like the ancient past and the distant future at the same time, making money from your music is more challenging than ever.


But... not impossible.


Here are some creative ways to make money with your music from home.


Sell Band Merchandise

These days, it’s easy to use a print screen service to outsource T-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, even face masks with your band name and logo on it. Then all you need is a Shopify online store to sell them, and you’re good to go with an easy but fairly profitable source of income. You can also have an online shop on FestivalNet.com.


Give Music Lessons

You’d be amazed at how many people are just sitting around their house wishing they could learn to play the guitar or the piano, or maybe become a better singer. And it’s so easy to teach an online lesson on platforms like Zoom.


Sell Beats

If you know how to create professional-quality beats or samples, there are performers willing to pay for them. Mix and match your beats so they’re unique and then find music websites or social media pages where you can sell them. A word of caution: make sure you know what you’re doing, as this line of work isn’t for everyone.


Get on Upwork or Fiverr

These platforms are well-known as places where freelancers offer all kinds of services, music included. Market your services writing advertising jingles, recording background music for movies, or making music videos. And don’t forget, you have other skills you’ve developed in the music business: the ability to create fliers, podcasts, and promotional materials of all kinds.


Create Content for Music Blogs

You’ve probably learned a lot in the years that you’ve been in the music biz. This is knowledge you can share with others. Try your hand at writing a few blog posts about your experiences. A good music blog will often pay $25-$100 for a quality article.

You can post articles to your FestivalNet Blog to exposure in our Community!



Start a YouTube Channel

A YouTube channel is a great platform to connect with audiences both by playing your own music and providing lessons and tutorials. Lessons can easily be monetized, providing a good source of income for you.

Be sure to upload your videos to your FN profile.  Learn about all the profile perks here in this membership chart.



Get Your Music Onto Streaming Services

Popular streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are where most people are listening to music these days, and as a musician, you really can’t afford to ignore them. To do this, work with a distribution company like Landr or TuneCore, which charge a small fee to give you access to the major streaming services.


Find Subscribers

Paid subscriptions are a great way to generate some steady income. All you need is a solid base of loyal fans who are willing to pay a set amount per month to receive fun freebies, like T-shirts or occasional downloads of your newest song.


Remember, if you want to make money as a musician, it’s never a good idea to rely on just one source of income. Try a few of these strategies to get you started, and you’ll soon be earning money doing what you love.


Find more resources for musicians on FestivalNet!

Using FestivalNet to Get Booked!

by Tim Charron, posted 01/22/21 12:09:14   category » Musician Tips
Our long-time Pro Member Tim Charron is back with a helpful video to bands and musicians on using FestivalNet to find festivals.  He gets specific with how he searches our database and also, how to stay ORGANIZED using our Level 2 "my notes" feature. 

Be sure to subscribe to his channel & check out his FREE mini guide on How to Book Gigs.

Enjoy this video tutorial!





Tim also made us this video on LIVE STREAMING last year when we we all in lock down. Be to check that one out too!
 

If you are not doing events, be sure to check out these resources too!
 

How to Reach More People as an Up-and-Coming Musician


How to Make Money With your Music from Home

Leveraging Your Skills When you Can't Play Live

Complete Guide to Live Streaming



When You Can't Play Music

by FestivalNet, posted 11/18/20 12:06:24   category » Musician Tips

Leveraging your skill sets when you can't play live music
by Joy Ike for Bandzoogle

As musicians, touring, performing, and creating often begin with staring at a screen doing all the administrative tasks which keep the creative side alive. Here are some outside-the-box ideas as you consider what your ‘work’ is for the foreseeable future.

Create and maintain websites

Do you maintain your own website? No matter what platform you use your skillset is necessary right now! People (especially small businesses) are realizing now more than ever that they need a website in what now feels like a virtual-only world. And believe it or not, most people don’t know how to make one. Offer this talent. Someone needs your expertise.  


image courtesy: bandzoogle

Provide Social Media Help

And guess what? People who need websites also need help with their social media presence: Facebook Business pages, Instagram accounts, Twitter, subscriber mailing lists, and the like. Remember that while online communication takes a front seat to in-person communication, small business owners need help doing this better.  

The Complete Guide to Live Streaming

by Lisa Occhino, posted 08/20/20 09:33:38   category » Musician Tips

As you've probably noticed, tons of artists have flocked to live streaming in the last few months, and for good reason. It’s one of the most effective and reliable ways to maintain a sense of community with your fans and give them the opportunity to support you. 

What should musicians stream?

Live performances are the most obvious and are usually a safe bet for a stream, but this is a great time to get creative and experiment with different formats or topics. There are so many interesting and fun ways to engage with your fans and make them excited to tune in.


image courtesy: bandzoogle

Songwriting sessions, home studio tours, masterclasses, Q&As — if you’re comfortable sharing it, give it a shot! You never know what might resonate with someone watching. You can even mix and match — maybe play a couple songs, and then pause to have a casual chat with the audience for a few minutes as you read through the comments section to shout people out and answer questions. 

Musicians! Get up and Running with Live-streaming Right Away

by FestivalNet, posted 05/12/20 14:26:06   category » Musician Tips

Live streaming has exploded since Covid-19 has shut down the world. Musicians are performing from home, gaining new fans and making money from tips and selling merch.

I, personally, have booked many "Live Stream" PAID gigs. Some from home and some from the venues with no audience.

This video blog is intended to get you up and running with your lives streams right away . Do me a favor and please post / comment any questions you have or your experience with live streaming during the Pandemic.

Cheers,
Tim Charron
FestivalNet Pro Member and Content Contributor
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p.s. 

These are the links I mention in the video blog: Selfie Stick & Tripod

Musician Emergency Kit: Stream Live - Gain Fans - Make Money: https://www.howtobookgigs.com/emergency-kit

Set Goals: Your Rockstardom Wasn't Built In A Day!

by Sheena Metal, posted 03/15/12 16:07:32   category » Musician Tips
Set Goals: Your Rockstardom Wasn't Built In A Day!


Every musician currently living on the Planet Earth would love nothing more than to wake up tomorrow in the midst of their glorious peak of superstardom. But, as Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is the career of any one musician. A musical career is a long, sometimes arduous journey of tiny advances and minor setbacks filling the fragile shell of big breaks and huge disappointments. It's up, it's down, it's all around and hopefully, as time passes, you can see the course of your career building up slowly through weeks and months and years of steady progress.

But how can you tell if your career is actually going somewhere? How do you know if you're really getting closer to your musical dreams? How can you determine whether or not you're on the right path? How do you know what to focus on in the immediacy and what paths can be left for another time when you are better equipped to tackle them creatively and concretely? While there is no one set way achieve rock superstardom, the clearest way to realize musical success is to simply set goals.

As mundane as it may seem, setting goals, both long and short-term, for your musical project lends the same kind of structure and discipline to your career that an athlete would use to train for the Olympics. Realistic goals enable you to build your band's list of accomplishments the way a runner builds his muscles, pumping up your musical achievements as you lift off the weight of each entertainment roadblock. And the good news is that you can start today. At any time you may put into effect a list of goals, large or small, aimed at boosting your career in any given area.

The following are a few tips that will help you to set some goals so that you may get on your way to achieving all that you want from your music and the entertainment industry in general:

1). Set Goals You Can Achieve--- Nothing is more depressing for an artist than setting lofty goals for yourself and your music only to bottom out with hopelessness when none of the goals are achieved by the deadline. So, much of what keeps artists plugging away in the industry, against all odds, is the positive re-enforcement of feelings of accomplishment. Keep that upbeat mojo going by setting goals for your band that you can absolutely actualize with lots of elbow grease and some good creative flow. Take a minute to assess each potential achievement and put a realistic time allotment on it so that you're setting yourself up to succeed and move onto the next musical goal.

2). Keep Your Eyes On The Prize--- It's all well and good to set goals just to see if you can do them, but if you're ultimate goal is to be a big ole humongous rockstar, then try and set goals that will help you on your way to a Rolls Royce, a Bentley and a 2,000 square foot infinity swimming pool. Set a goal to get one article of press each month, to book a decent gig every two weeks, or to update your website daily. Give yourself six months to finish your full-length album, three months to raise the money for your band's t-shirts or a year to find a good manager to pitch you to labels. Each one of these goals is a great achievement on its own but also an important piece in getting your band where you eventually want it to be. So it's a win/win for your career, any way you slice it, and the feelings of accomplishment will certainly empower you to keep pushing on in the ever-frustrating music business.

3). One Goal At A Time--- It's okay to have twenty goals on the table but they should be lined up in order of immediacy and priority so that each one is given their own individual time. Trying to work too many angles at one time may jumble your ability and focus, and leave you at your deadline with six or seven goals only partially achieved. In an industry so dependant on "what have you done lately," it's always a good thing to get a goal completed in a timely manner and move onto the next so that the outside world sees a band that is always accomplishing things, always achieving, and always succeeding.

4). If At First You Don't Succeed--- No matter how hard you try, there will always be goals that elude you past your self-imposed deadline. While it's good to discipline yourself into a regiment of goal-setting/achieving, don't beat yourself up if circumstances beyond your control lead you to fall short on a deadline or two. The most important thing is that you realize your goal. Secondary to this, is for you to accomplish your goal in a timely fashion. So, put your emphasis on the success and the positive achievement and don't give up on your music and your goal if the deadline rolls around prematurely.

Once you set a line of goals in front of you, it's easy to focus on achieving rather than worrying about failing. As you begin to achieve goals, you can rely on the confidence of all you've done and dismiss the angst of worrying about things that haven't happened yet. You'll never be able to accomplish everything all at once, so why not relish the successes that you can manifest immediately whilst dreaming of the goals you still have yet to achieve. Don't waste time. Sit down after you read this and scratch out a list of goals, each with its own timeline. Find something you can accomplish today for your music, something you can get done by tomorrow and something terrific you can nail down by the end of the week. Your band will look better to industry and fans alike and, most importantly, you'll look and feel great to yourself and your music. RockSuperstardom awaits! Start knocking back those goals and kick the music biz in the butt, one positive achievement at a time!

 

 

Sheena Metal is a radio host, producer, promoter, music supervisor, consultant, columnist, journalist and musician.

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