Everything I’ve Learned About PROs, Vol. 3

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This is the last episode in your PRO education, at least for the moment. Today, I’ll tell you exactly how I set up shop with ASCAP, and how you can, too.

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Peri Will Tell You How to Get Started as an Illustrator

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David asks: How can I get into selling my artwork as CD covers?

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How to Get (and Stay) Creatively Fit Food and Exercise to Boost Creativity

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If I’m feeling low or sick, I lack the energy to commit to my craft. I write better songs by working to stay creatively fit.

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Everything I’ve Learned About PROs, Vol. 2

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Because of this magical distinction between performer and songwriter, you can perform your own songs, and then collect royalties for them as the songwriter.

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

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Now that I’m wrapping up a year of gainful employment, I realize that my touring was not unsuccessful—it was just not something that made me wealthy.

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Everything I’ve Learned about PROs, Vol. 1

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Joining up with a Performance Rights Organization (the standbys are ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) not only assures your legitimacy—it means you can get paid.

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Pandora’s Savage Economics

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The music industry has undergone a profound shift over the past three decades, one that mirrors in a very interesting way the erosion of the middle class.

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8 Things That Will Probably Happen To You On Tour

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Playing pool is not exercise. Playing pinball is not exercise. You will gain weight. Prepare yourself now; surviving a tour is an art.

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Layering Sounds: It’s Almost Like Building a Taco

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Lately I’ve been working on two small projects at once: music for an iPhone game and an indie movie trailer. In both, I’m returning to a mainstay in my music writing: layers.

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8 Ways I Keep My Body Rockin On Stage

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Nobody wants to see their favorite musician gasping for air, too sick to play or having their guitar parked due to carpal tunnel.

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The Art of Gratitude

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Sometimes a musician will come along who believes in you and your art, and who is willing to put in the hours without being compensated.

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8 Tips I Would Tell My Younger Self

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I’ve got some fantastic tips which are way better so you should probably print this list out and paste it on your fridge right now.

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Warm Advice – Hard To Find?

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I know this career is supposed to be difficult in some ways, but I also know that it’s supposed to be fun.

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Free Spirit or Burned Out? Maintaining Creative Health

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It is that creative energy that makes us who we are and losing it can be devastating, often resulting in anxiety and depression.

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How to Book a Tour: A Timeline

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Most venues start to fill up about 4 months in advance, so you should have your tentative dates mapped out about 6 months before you plan to leave.

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Five Examples of Terrible Lyrics

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Sometimes an awful song is saved by amazing lyrics. But more often a great song is ruined by terrible lyrics.

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