Money

Love it, hate it, make it, spend it. Artists and creatives have to deal with money like everyone else.

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5 Lessons I Learned From My Terrible Tour

Joy Ike

If you’re an independent artist, you have no choice but to roll with the punches. Things change. Things fall apart. Venues close down their business without telling you…and then you find out through their Facebook status update (yes, this actually happened).

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Image by Annie Mok, distributed under the CC-BY-NC-ND creative commons license.

Mental Health Care Is a Human Right (and Artists Are Humans)

Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger Katie Alice Greer: “OK Sadness means the machine in my head is working just fine and Not OK Sadness means, just like a runny nose, upset stomach, or a hacking cough, that I am currently sick. Plenty of factors both genetic and environmental mean I’ll always need to keep an eye on how things are going in my head.”

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Dear Rich: I Was In a Music Video But Never Paid

Rich Stim

Congratulations on being viewed by more people than the combined population of South Dakota, Delaware and Montana. Although your numbers pale when compared to Grumpy Cat or OMG Cat, you do have something in common with those feline YouTube stars: You’re not likely to see a paycheck. Here’s why.

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Peri Here: It’s Pyragraph Pledge Week!

Mainly what I’d say to my friend is this: Imagine a world where there is a free beer tap on every corner. If you want to make a living selling beer, how can you succeed? One inescapable part of the answer, it seems to me, is that you end up giving away a LOT of beer.

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Dear Rich: Can I Stream My Cover Song?

Rich Stim

We’re not sure imitation is always flattery, but we are pretty sure it’s not infringement. Copyright doesn’t recognize style, vibe, feel, or genre, only original content (though that rule has been tested recently).

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The Numbers: Why I No Longer Show My Work

Jed Alexander

There will be no wine. There will be no cheese. Some of them will check it out of the library. Some of them will buy it at a flea market or a garage sale. Some of them will get is as a present from their grandparents. If that’s a compromise, I’m OK with that.

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Dear Little Bobby: Playing for Pennies

Little Bobby Tucker

I’m a musician trying to decide how much I can afford to spend on instruments, renting a practice space, going on tour, and the rest. Sometimes it gives me anxiety and causes stress between me and my partner. How much is too much to spend on my art?

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