Independent Music Advice

Welcome to Independent Music Advice, the number one music advice resource for anyone who makes independent music. We provide quality guides and tips for independent musicians wishing to learn the music business inside out. Through this site we hope to empower more musicians to make money from their music career independently, and without the help of a record label.

On our sister site (Music Industry How To), we now also offer a step by step study course for musicians wanting to make more money and gain more fans from their music career.

We’ve got a lot of useful information coming for you over the next few months, so sign up to the mailing list so you don’t miss a thing! You’ll also get a free ebook, & exclusive weekly guides & tips. Enjoy :)

Shaun Letang,
Independent Music Advice

Youtube’s New One Channel, And How To Set It Up Properly

Youtube One Step By Step Guide For MusiciansThis guide was written by Anne Jacqueline, music manager of singer Yasmine Modestine.

A short while ago, Youtube implemented a new design called ‘One Channel’. You can see an example of this design in action on Yasmine’s Youtube page.

The ideas behind this is a much simpler channel design that also works well across many different devices. As more people get tablets and smart phones, it has become increasingly important to be able to effectively display your content to as many of these devices as possible. This new channel allows this.
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8 Things Bandcamp Adviser Andrew Dubber Can Teach About Music In The Digital Age

7 Things Andrew Dubber Can Teach Musicians About Music In The Digital AgeIt was a shiny day in London, and I was having a coffee with a fellow musician. I realized that the biggest part of the conversation was his ranting about the ‘bad situation in independent local music scene’.

“There’s so much knowledge out there, I don’t disagree with you, but it’s scattered all around the web. Impossible to find the really credible resources!”

And then it hit me:

“Why don’t we stop whining and do something creative instead?”
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Pay Musicians More For Gigging! A Open Letter To Event Organizers

Pay Musicians More For Gigging - A Open Letter To Event OrganizersBy event organizer Thom Milson.

I grew up heavily involved in my local music scene: I knew the bands, and the promoters well enough that I called them my friends. As soon as I was old enough I started organizing shows so my favorite local bands could be heard and seen more. I had a fair crack at it, but as the years went on other things took over, and I moved into other realms. I remember that time fondly, especially because I helped many bands get going, both fan base wise, as well as financially. Now, for many reasons I’m being drawn back into the world of promotion, and I’m noticing quite a few differences in the way the local promoters now operate: they don’t pay the bands.
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Facebook Graph Search For Musicians

This is a guest post by Tom Siddle of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Facebook Graph Search For Musicians

Your band’s presence and exposure on Facebook has just became all the more vital. Facebook Graph Search is on its way, and could possibly change the way potential fans hear and find your music.

There are many ways to market your band with little or no budget, and social media is an excellent place to start your online marketing strategy.

So far potential fans have been able to find your page by studying their friend’s list of recommended pages, or when enough of their friends comment on your bands posts. Facebook Graph Search however will be able to expose your band’s page to new fans in a way that Google search results have never been able to.

Read on, as we talk more about this new Facebook feature below.

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How To Write A Song For Beginners – Top Songwriting Tips

How to write a song for beginnersToday we’re going to look at how to write a song for beginners in terms of lyrics. If you’ve decided you want to write a song and need help picking the subject and structuring the song properly, this is the guide for you.

Some guides on writing songs are overly complex, and often overload you with information you don’t really need to know. I’ve tried to avoid that in this guide, giving you just the steps you need to get started on writing your song within the next 20 minutes or so.

But anyway, I don’t want to waste time with intros. Let’s get right into this so you can move on to writing your first song. :)

P.S. This guide refers to writing lyrics, not writing music. If you find this guide useful, please share it using the social links at the top of this post. Thank you.
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Free Music Business Ebook: Music Career Killers

Free Music Business Ebooks - Music Career KillersHey guys, I’ve something very special for you today. After speaking to my friend Chris Rockett of the Music Marketing Classroom, I’ve managed to get you a 100% free copy of his ‘Music Career Killers’ ebook. You don’t have to opt into anything or give your email, you can simply download it for free here:

This book comes in the form of a PDF file, and lets you know the top 20 things musicians often do which stops them from getting where they should rightfully be. Thankfully, it also lets you know what you should be doing instead.
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How To Form A Band – The Ultimate Guide Part 3

How to form a band part 3 was written by Ruth Graham. If you are involved in the music industry and have music business advice to share, you can contact us and send a guide our way.
Get Paid As A Music Band And Make MoneyHey guys, so we’re onto the final part of our guide on forming a professional band. A professional band is a band that can be hired to play at events. You get paid for playing out, whether it’s at weddings, one off events, or anywhere else they need some musical entertainment.

If you haven’t already seen them, please start by reading the following parts before you go any further with this guide:

How To Form A Band Part 1.

How To Form A Band Part 2.

Once you’ve gone through those guides first, let’s carry on setting up and positioning our money making band.
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How To Form A Band – The Ultimate Guide Part 2

This guide on forming a band was contributed by Ruth of Celtic Clan. If you have useful and practical information regarding the music industry, you can contribute a guide too.
How To Form A BandThis article is part two of the How To Form A Band series. If you haven’t seen the first part already, you can see it on Music Industry How To:

How To Form A Band – The Ultimate Guide Part 1

This is a three part series looking how to set up and run a professional or semi professional band. If your aim is to form a band which can make money from gigging (Or you already have a band but want them to do more with themselves), make sure you read these guides in full.

Start off by reading the above mentioned guide, and once you’ve done, get started on this one.

Now that you’ve caught up with part one, let’s continue on from where we left off.
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15 Tips To Producing Music Like A Professional

Ok, so we thought we’d do something different for you today. As our regular readers will know, we usually have heavily text based posts giving advice. Today though, we’ve got an infographic for you giving 15 tips to better music production.

So if you want to become a better producer, please check the below image. If you like it, please share it via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking site you are part of.
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