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What is Crowdfunding? by Rob Lawrence

Posted on June 15th, 2011   1 Comment

In the old days, even Beethoven had to source funds to compose and play.

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What’s Your Video Policy?

Posted on June 7th, 2011   3 Comments

I recently went to a show at a small L.A. venue called the Baked Potato. The band was phenomenal. One of the best guitar players I’d ever seen. However, half-way […]

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Top 8 Mistakes New Bands Make

Posted on May 16th, 2011   3 Comments

I have had the privilege of sitting as a judge on the largest annual Band Competition in Finland. It has 200 bands attending every year, and I’ve been part of […]

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Is Gigging a Waste of Time?

Posted on May 2nd, 2011   16 Comments

The first advice everyone gives to a band is to throw as many gigs as possible, anywhere and everywhere. I would like to stop for a minute and really seriously ask the question, is gigging really as important as everybody claims?

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Every Gig Counts

Posted on April 13th, 2011   3 Comments

Every gig counts. That’s not some up-with-people BS; it’s a legitimate business strategy because of this one fact: You never know. Exhibit A I once played an organic grocery store […]

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The Benefits of Forming An Indie Record Label

Posted on March 22nd, 2011   6 Comments

Click to play the audio “Pooch Cast™” Yes, there are still many Artists and Bands out there that still dream about being signed to that Big Major Label, or at […]

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Going from 0 to 80,000 Screaming Fans

Posted on March 17th, 2011   No Comments

Hagop Tchaparian tells us how his band Symposium went from not knowing a song to playing in front of 80,000 people.

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