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Bayside and Kayleigh Goldsworthy shared a night of music and friendship for an intimate show at the First Unitarian Church in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. This was a part of a nation wide full band acoustic tour in support of Bayside’s September 28th release of Acoustics 2, which features both acoustic renditions as well as re-imaginings of some of their classic tracks.Read More
Miles Kane recently performed at Rock City in Nottingham, UK. He is currently touring to promote his new record Coup De Grace, with support from the band Cabbage.Read More
Check out photos from the first night of tour for Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid at O2 Academy Birmingham by Dan MillsRead More
The Wonder Years recently took over Starland Ballroom for the Occasional Annual Halloween Extravaganza. Check out Anthony Cosentino’s photos of each band’s cover setRead More
Reverend and The Makers recently rocked the roof off at Rock City in Nottingham. Cloak + Dagger photographer Dan Mills was there to capture the night- check out photos from the show here!Read More
Stream the new single “Before It’s Too Late” from inspiring Boston rock band Major MomentRead More
Lido Beach’s single “You Fell Hard” will be out July 27thRead More
Steam Thunder Club’s lead single “Go Ahead” hereRead More
For me, it all started in 2003 on a HOT summer day, dragging my dad and a good friend out to Asbury Park, NJ. Not fully knowing what to expect never being to a festival before but overwhelmed with excitement to see some of my favorite bands but also... to discover some new ones.Read More
This year's gaming and music festival presented by Aurora runs from June 8th-17thacross a variety of venues across the city.
The festival has something for everyone, kicking off with the Game Land eSports events. Welcoming both amateur and professional players, the first day saw the consoles all set to free play before the competition begins June 9th. Can't make it but want to participate? Be sure to check out all the action on the NXNE Twitch channel.
The rest of the festival is set to bring some amazing music to Toronto. NXNE's Club Land Curator Series will feature over 100 bands hand-picked by some of Canada's top music leaders at 30 different shows. The best part? One wristband gets you into all the shows for an amazing week of club-hopping.
This year's NXNE ends with a FREE three-day music festival at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square known as Festival Village. From June 15th-17th music fans will be able to take in acts such as Chrvches, Azealia Banks, Tinashe, Jazz Cartier, Big Freedia, Yungblud, and Lights.
Fortunately, we'll have Brenda Gomes out all week to capture all the action from this year's NXNE. Be sure to check back for more!
More information: https://www.nxne.com/
New Jersey pop rock band The Ones You Forgot have announced the release date for their highly-anticipated EP and released a brand new single. Read moreRead More
Isador ( FFO: Portugal. The Man, Dr. Dog, Glass Animals, Luke Reed) is the multimedia project of Queens-based artist Warren Heller, who recently released his new video for "Jungle".
Isador explained the visuals behind the track:
"For this video we tried to build a kind of sci-fi world to capture the conflicted feelings that inspired the song. It’s about the paradoxical crossroads that the music industry (and by extension every industry) puts you in: you have to avoid the machinery that tries to exploit you you and your passion, but also have to work with it enough to survive. To highlight the cyclical, difficult-to-escape nature of it, we shot most of the video in reverse."
Watch the music video for "Jungle":
The now 22 year-old Heller weaves together music, film, photography, and design to portray of coming of age in a hostile world, overcoming limitations both externally imposed and involuntarily self-inflicted. Layering introspective lyrics with thumping bass and often sweeping orchestral arrangements he lifts the curtain on his own struggles in order to work through them.
“I was incredibly bored growing up in New Jersey. I didn’t connect with anything or anyone at school. I couldn’t find anyone interested in the things I was interested in; I was stranded. Music became my escape. I would stay up all night creating these crap beats, reading and watching everything I could to learn about music production.”
Swedish production pair NOTD have unveiled the official video for their hit summer single ‘I Wanna Know’ featuring Bea Miller.Read More
Austin pop-punk band Gold Steps have released a new music video for their new single “Suckerpunch“ off their upcoming EP IncandescentRead More
The new Leon + the Fantastic single “Grieving Friend of a Superman" has a stunning new outer-worldly music videoRead More
This week, we've invited Bree Noble - award-winning musician, speaker, podcaster and founder of the Profitable Musician Summit - to write a blog post as a guest contributor on Cloak + Dagger. Read her expert tips on how to become a profitable musician and stay afloat in an ever-changing industry.
Being a profitable musician can mean different things to different people depending on their circumstances and goals for their music. If you’re a full-time musician, it probably means paying your bills and living a comfortable life. If you’re a part-time musician, it may mean building up steady income from music so you can quit your day job. Or maybe, you’re a hobby musician and you just want money to fund your passion projects.
Whatever being a profitable musician looks like for you, being “profitable” is both a fiscal state and a mental one. If you feel fulfilled in what you’re doing AND the money you’re making, to me, that’s being profitable.
So, how do you get there? Here are 5 tips that helped me go from starving artist to profitable music entrepreneur in less than a year.
Most artists, myself included, have spent years waiting for permission to start their music career. All those long-standing artist hopes like getting “discovered”, getting your “big break” or thinking that landing a record deal means your “ship has come in” no longer hold water. Reality check - you’re probably not going to get “discovered”, so you’re gonna be waiting around for that ship to come in until you’re old and gray.
In the old music business model, inking a record deal was the holy grail. In fact, it was almost exclusively the only way to “make it” as an artist. This was a huge barrier to entry for Indies.
The idea that industry “decision-makers” hold the keys to the kingdom is outdated.
Nowadays, that barrier has been lifted. There are loads of successful unsigned artists making a living from music, hitting the radio and records charts and touring the world. The playing field has rapidly expanded, and with it, come massive opportunities for artists.
And how do the labels fit into this new music economy?
In the new music business, the record labels don’t have budgets like they used to have for developing new talent. They are looking for artists who have already honed their craft and built a sizable following online and offline.
So, whether you decide to eventually pursue getting signed to a label or not, you’ll still have to do the hard work to build a fanbase. So, stop wasting time waiting for permission and hop to it!
One of the biggest mistakes I see artists making is wanting grow their fanbase in anonymity. That seems pretty counter-intuitive for performers doesn’t it? Yet, I’m constantly working to change the mindset of artists who think that online marketing is a magic bullet to build your audience without actually talking to their fans.
I remember it well. It can be extremely uncomfortable to ask people for their email address at shows or to talk about your CDs & merch from stage. It can be daunting to write newsletters to fans or send private messages to friends and acquaintances asking them to come to your show, join your list or support your crowdfunding campaign. But, especially in the early stages of your career, this is absolutely what you need to focus on to rapidly build a strong following.
I’ve got a few great examples for you of how grassroots marketing can make all the difference, especially early in your career.
In my interview with Greg WIlnau during the Profitable Musician Summit, he explains how he got over the awkwardness of getting people on his list and selling CDs at shows. Once he started thinking about the potential transaction as a value exchange instead of asking them for a favor, it instantly made it easier for him and massively increased his signups and sales. You can hear the full interview during the online summit.
Another great example is Shannon Curtis. She got tired of performing at bars and bistros where no one was listening and she couldn’t form connections with the audience. So she started her own grassroots house concerts movement. This allowed her to personally connect with each fan in the intimate setting. Plus, everyone who came to the shows not only became a fan and joined her list, but many offered to host their own house shows.
This grassroots approach has snowballed into a very profitable business for Shannon. You can hear the whole story and learn how you can copy her strategy during the Profitable Musician Summit.
If there's ONE thing you learn from me, I hope it is that you, as a solo musician or band, are an entrepreneur and are running a business.
I find that most musicians start out a bit mystified by all the planning, goal-setting and strategy creation that go along with being an entrepreneur. As creatives, we tend to want to “go with the flow” and let inspiration dictate what we are working on. But this can often lead to overwhelm and a pile of unfinished projects.
The process I take my students through to combat this natural tendency of scattered creatives involves brainstorming ideas, then organizing, then prioritizing and then focusing on only 5 goals for a 90-day period.
Finally, breaking down the 5 goals into bite-sized action steps will help these seemingly unreachable goals feel approachable and do-able.
This goal-setting exercise will allow you to map out your time for the next 90 days so you can be sure that what you’re spending time on is actually going to get you closer to achieving your goals and finishing projects.
As musicians, it’s important to not put all of our eggs in one basket. There are actually many ways to make money from music - not just performing live - that we can combine to make a sustainable income.
It’s important to diversify because, with each type of income, there are always things outside of our control.
Live performance income tends to be seasonal. It can ebb and flow depending on the kind of venues you perform at, the kind of show you put on, tourist habits, personal life demands, and more.
For example, you may make a lot of income at summer festival or during the Holiday season, but the other months might be lighter.
Or maybe you are primarily a music teacher. Your student pool may dry up during the summer or during the Holidays.
And there are some income streams which are smaller but may not be affected by the seasons such as streaming income, studio work, sponsorships, music licensing or monetization of live or recorded video.
Combining several of these income streams will help you create a profitable business and sustainable income year-round.
Why reinvent the wheel? I’m a big believer in seeking out experts and mentors who are already successfully doing what you want to do. It’s how I finally got my career off the ground and stopped wasting time and money on things that didn’t work.
For the Profitable Musician Summit, I brought together musicians and experts who have already mastered 32+ income streams that are working today for musicians to cut the learning curve for you.
Here are just a few topics you can get the inside scoop on during the summit:
And SO many more...32+ from experts like Rick Barker, Ariel Hyatt, Louie LaVella, Suzanne Paulinski, Benji Rogers, Shannon Curtis, + many more (including me:)
So why not check it out. It’s totally FREE. www.profitablemusiciansummit.com
Bree Noble quit her corporate job as a Director of Finance to pursue music. After a successful run as a touring singer/songwriter, she founded Women of Substance Radio to promote quality female artists in all genres. She hosts the Female Entrepreneur Musician Podcast where she teaches music marketing strategies and interviews successful Indie female artists and industry pros. Drawing on her extensive experience, Bree has created online courses to help musicians learn to make a living from their music. For more, visit www.femusician.com
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