Category: Unsolicited Band Advice

Think Incubation over Hibernation

Many local bands opt to hibernate during the winter months – understandable considering how challenging it can be to get music fans out in the snow and cold.  Add traffic to the equation and the infinite menu of other entertainment options and you might…

Always make an agreement

Here’s a solid new year’s resolution for 2019:  create a Performance Agreement every single time you play out.  A performance agreement (PA) describes the logistics of your deal and the responsibilities of all parties involved.  It’s a digital confirmation of your handshake with the…

A semblance of negotiation

We’re back for 2019…please stay tuned for more details on the 1Q DOM Recording Contest, but in the meantime we’ll be resuming some of our unsolicited band advice, and at a very appropriate moment in American history…   Whether you realize it or not,…

Are you easy (to do business with)?

Perhaps one of the most basic principles in the business world is the notion of being easy to do business with.  Is it going to be a painless process, or will barriers surface the minute someone tries to interact with you?  Some of this…

A Culture of Quality

One of the best ways to separate yourself from the competition, in any business, is to focus on a culture of quality.  When your music is well-written, when the performance is jaw-droppingly good, when your audience feels like they can’t take their eyes off…

Everybody needs a plan

The purpose of a business plan is to set some goals, primarily like figuring out how (and if) you should go to market and how to make it financially do-able.  If it’s done well, a good business plan can also help motivate and improve…

Are you open for business?

It’s always tempting to call music “just another hobby.”  You’re doing something you love, you’re probably doing it mostly on the weekends, you may have a day job that shares no resemblance to your musical activities, money seems scare and people are often trying…

Is your band entertaining?

A nod to the Goat [aka Chris K] for this one… It just doesn’t matter if you play originals, covers, rock, country, jazz or polka.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a soloist, a quartet, or have so many members that you spill off stage. …

The Arts Track for Loveland Startup Week…

If you’re willing to make the drive, Loveland Startup Week has now added an Art Track with several free sessions related to performing artists.  On April 7th, the Rialto Theater will be hosting a session called “Inside the Mind of a Venue Manager.”  Yes,…

The New Year’s Phenomenon

At the end of year, you may have noticed that Craig’s List turns into a hotbed of musician postings: old people looking for new projects, young people looking for “working” bands, neophytes demonstrating first attempts at networking with poorly worded ads.  Plus lots of…

The Lessons of session musicians

In the cover band world, a group starts to transcend hobby status when sidemen enter the picture.  Sidemen, aka freelancers, aka “guns for hire” or session musicians are contracted on a temporary basis for their chops, and their ability to fill a hole quickly. …

COMBO songwriting contest winners announced…

This is the 4th year that the Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO) has held a songwriter’s competition.  Winners were recently announced and featured on a compilation CD that was distributed at the Durango Songwriter’s Expo, Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort in Broomfield.  COMBO is also going…