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Music Biz 101


How To Negotiate Your Band Prices

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"How much does your band cost?" she asks on the telephone. So what do you say now?

You may be strong enough and established enough in your field and have enough work to be confident in telling her firmly the two rates you charge: the one for public events and the one for private functions.

Two principles in negotiating your band's rates are (a) not to quote a price until you receive answers to the questions ...


The Taming of the Internet Wild West

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I wanted to break from my usual column of offering advice and tips on how to break into and develop a career in music and the music industry and discuss a topic that has been the hot button topic since 2000, illegal file-sharing. This will not be your traditional argument whether it is right or wrong to download Mp3’s without the copyright owners permission, because it has already been established. No, this is a warning to everyone who still participates ...


Recording Your Own Record Like the Pros: Basic Tracks

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The next stage after you have prepared your band and music for the studio and worked on a game-plan with your producer in the pre-production phase is to get into the studio and start recording your masterpiece. The first thing you’ll do when you get there is start on the basic tracks. If it is a band situation, that means miking up the instruments to get the best sound onto tape (or hard disk for that matter) ...

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