Category: Income

What does a patron of the arts look like?

Apart from a halo, some wings, maybe a silhouette like Bill Gates…what do you think a patron of the arts might look like?  And perhaps a better question: where would you find someone that might support your art?  And how would you approach them? …

Tired of being paid to move PA gear? Find a patron of the arts…

In the music industry, it would appear that there are the 1%-ers and then the vast, lower-middle class.   The 1% is heard on the radio, is steered by very experienced managers and promoters and occasionally sell out stadiums and/or their singles go platinum. The…

Hobbyist, professional musician, or…?

Have you thought about your status as a musician lately?  Are you a hobbyist, a pro, or perhaps something in between?  How you see yourself will have some dramatic implications for yourself and the music scene at large, so ask yourself a few quick…

Having a tough time making money as performance artist?

$.0023. That’s how much music streaming services currently pay in royalties per play to performers on sound recordings. If you are bad with math, that’s almost a ¼ of a penny per play. Accountants’ heads are throbbing trying to calculate these micro wages owed…

Crowdfunding – a five billion dollar flash in the pan?

In 2009, it took Kickstarter 16 months to reach its first 200,000 backers. By 2011, 200,000 backers could emerge in 3 just months. By 2012, there were 582 crowdfunding sites in the world with 2.7 billion in total dollars raised from over one million…

Some crowdfunding do’s and don’ts

Probably the first step in pursuing a crowdfunding project is getting over a common stigma: CF is sometimes perceived as begging. Katey Laurel challenged this notion, saying that CF is really about finding and engaging with true fans, the people that will ultimately sustain…

COMBO education meeting on crowdfunding

Last Sunday, COMBO held their monthly education meeting at the Breckenridge Brewery, covering the topic of crowdfunding. On the panel were Rob Drabkin, Katey Laurel and Reed Fuchs. Rob had a successful campaign a few years ago that raised $15K. Katey has done four…

Have you tried Crowdfunding?

One well known and yet still highly underutilized method for artists to generate income is through crowdfunding. It’s often thought of as the means to financing new recordings, specific projects…one-offs. But it could be the means to your whole existence as an artist. Crowdfunding…

Writing music for yourself (and others)

Have you ever thought about the advantages and disadvantages of writing music just for yourself? You might be surprised by the implications… Advantages *You can write melody lines that match your vocal range and character. *You can write parts that match the musicianship and…

Are you a performer, or a content provider?

If you’ve chosen the identity of music “performer” as your main source of income, you probably already know that playing covers, jazz, blues, etc. is the most solid way to earn income. Here are some of the top vocations for a performing musician: *Join…

Creating new pathways (for your music)

When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, it’s possible for new neural pathways to develop. Damaged areas of the brain can be circumvented. Signals can be trained to find new channels to communicate and retrieve lost information…but adaptability is critical. So what does this…

Two major steps towards wealth attraction

When it’s all boiled down, there are really two main steps you can take to attract more wealth in your life: take action and follow up. Step 1: Do Something! Being proactive doesn’t come easy to a lot of people. Are you a self-starter?…