Tag: work-life balance

  • 5 Ways My Freelance Music Career Supports My Mental Wellness

    5 Ways My Freelance Music Career Supports My Mental Wellness

    A touching OpEd from a concert cellist about how and why her switch to freelance has been able to help manage her mental health.

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  • 4 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your Music Career

    4 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your Music Career

    Most mistakes Patrick McGuire sees fellow musicians make are totally avoidable, so here’s a guide to getting ahead and not sabotaging your own career.

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  • The 10 Best Day Jobs for Aspiring Full-Time Musicians

    The 10 Best Day Jobs for Aspiring Full-Time Musicians

    When you’re a musician, it helps to have a job that you can take off every now and then when you go on tour or into the studio, here’s a few of our faves!

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  • The Essential Touring Musician’s Guide to Working Out on the Road

    The Essential Touring Musician’s Guide to Working Out on the Road

    Fitness starts with the diet, and this can be one of the absolute hardest things to control on the road. Touring is always a sacrifice of sorts, but it doesn’t have to ruin your body. I once spent five weeks on tour with a $10/day stipend for food and drinks. I ate two granola bars […]

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  • 5 Marketable Business Skills I’ve Learned as a Musician

    5 Marketable Business Skills I’ve Learned as a Musician

    After the breakup of seminal emo band, The Get Up Kids, frontman Matt Pryor said he found himself at a confusing spot within the work environment. Since he had been on tour for so many years, it seemed to be all he knew. He soon realized that being in a small but successful rock band taught […]

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  • You Are Your Business: The Top 5 Things Musicians Need to Do

    You Are Your Business: The Top 5 Things Musicians Need to Do

    As an artist, performer, band member, bandleader, or however you want to label yourself and your pursuits, you are a company. Congratulations! The good news is that you are chief in charge of your destiny. The bad news reads much the same way. You are your business. Meaning you are now solely responsible for carving […]

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  • Why It’s Important to Be an Organized Musician

    Why It’s Important to Be an Organized Musician

    Musicians often get stereotyped as being “flaky.” Unreliable musicians not only drive other musicians crazy, they hurt the relationships with venues, booking agents, and everyone else musicians rely on to get their music heard. But despite what stereotypes say, you CAN be a “creative type” and also know your way around a spreadsheet. So rather than hold yourself back, embrace […]

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  • 3 Reasons Songwriters Should NOT Quit Their Day Job

    3 Reasons Songwriters Should NOT Quit Their Day Job

    By Alan Semerdjian There’s this idea out in the world that unless we’re working as songwriters and doing music full-time — music solely — we’ve somehow failed or compromised our integrity as artists. I’ve come to understand this notion as flawed thinking. Let me explain. I have been writing, releasing, and performing music since the drummer in […]

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