Ways To Make Money With Your Music

Stop chasing a record deal – now you can make it on your own terms. I don’t know about you, but it upsets me when one of my favourite recording artists stops making music because they’ve not made enough money to make it worthwhile. The past decade has seen huge changes in how music is made, […]

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  • 22nd September 2017

Your next 168 hours

Cast your mind back to when you were just seven years old. The date is December 22nd and you’re waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. Can you remember just how excruciatingly slowly the time passed? The days felt more like weeks as the countdown ticked idly towards its festive target.Now, transport that same seven-year-old you […]

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  • 2nd August 2017

Survey results & winner announced

During the summer of 2017 we asked a cross-section of musicians, singers & songwriters to share their thoughts on making, recording, listening to and playing music.The results have been incredibly useful in helping us tailor what we do, and as a thank you we offered one lucky respondent the opportunity to win one of their […]

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  • 18th July 2017

Why your personal creativity matters

What making art is really all aboutThere’s a bigger concept to grasp than just wanting to master a particular technique, a more pertinent question to be answered than ‘will anyone like this?’, and our creations take place within a much larger story that  than we realise is unfolding at the time.You see, art – real art […]

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  • 20th June 2017

Sell your music like Jon sells coffee

In January 2017, just up the road in Llandudno, a friend of mine opened a second – and larger – branch of his extremely popular independent coffee house, Providero. The vibe of the place makes me feel like I’m a slightly cooler person for just being there, and the coffee is some of the very […]

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  • 8th February 2017

The difference between PR and marketing, and why DIY musicians need to know

Communications expert Howard Dobson offers a simple guide to two misunderstood terms You’ve written the songs, you’ve recorded the album. Now it’s time to project your music into the big wide world. So having worked tirelessly as a composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and performer, you now need to become a star publicist. You were busy enough […]

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  • 10th January 2017

2016 – the year dreams came true!

2016 has been one of the most amazing years! With a sense of great thankfulness I am sitting here in a coffee shop, with my laptop, looking back on some of the highlights of the past 12 months. I’ve met some inspiring new people, carried on fruitful relationships with others, and together we created some […]

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  • 13th December 2016

5 podcasts every independent musician should be listening to

I’ve got a question for you (be honest): What have you done to move your music forward in the past seven days? The truth is that having success with your music costs a lot of hard work. There are no quick fixes or magic bullets. But conversely there has never been a better time in history for […]

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  • 8th November 2016

Why rehearsal isn’t practice

Seth Godin wrote in a recent blog post: “Great teachers teach commitment” but we spend too much time concentrating on teaching technique. He believes that anyone can learn to be good at something if they choose, but unless they find a desire to commit to it they stand no chance of getting there.Have you ever […]

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  • 24th June 2016

9 great online resources for songwriters

Here are some of my favourite online resources for songwriters. Each link really just functions as a portal – a rabbit hole, if you will – to a whole Wonderland of fantastic songanalia! Blogs and websites americansongwriter.com – for all our friends Stateside songwritingmagazine.co.uk – flying the Union Jack performingsongwriter.com – packed with a tonne of articles, interviews, […]

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  • 24th June 2016