During the school holidays I’ve been creating a dedicated download page where you can browse the songs by topic, get chord sheets & mp3s demos (all free) and read story behind the song posts.
I’ve also been listening to the CD Baby Musician Podcasts and have found them incredibly interesting, thought provoking and helpful. If you’re an independent musician, whether as a singer/songwriter, a band member or a worship leader who writes songs, I'm sure there'll be things there that you’d benefit from.
I feel as though I’ve been taking classes at a music business college!
My favourite episodes have been with people who have really made the new music business (internet based, instant access, free downloading) work for them.
People like Jonathan Coulton – who wrote and released a ‘thing a week’ every for a year. Some odd experiments, but a surprising number of excellent songs. He gave them all away for free and still made lots of money.
As did Corey Smith, who grosses millions of dollars per year. While only touring locally.
Pianist David Nevue plays house parties, sells shed loads of CDs without a label even before he did any touring.
One other cool podcast is with Duff ‘Rose’ McKagan – who quit Guns n Roses cut his hair and did a degree in business, then grew his hair and formed Velvet Revolver.
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