I've got five free music business reports for you. No catch, but know they're only free today and tomorrow.
These are short, to-the-point documents that will give you action steps you can take immediately. You will be able to read them instantly via Amazon's free Cloud Reader, your Kindle, your iPad, or your mobile phone (both Android or iPhone).
Get them now, because they're only free today and tomorrow.
My belief is that today’s music business has more opportunity for musicians and songwriters than ever before. If you’re willing to take control of your career and embrace change, you can be successful and make a lot of money.
Six-Figure Musician – How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business is 272 pages of “big picture” ideas and proven marketing strategies that will help you to succeed in the new music business. It's a realistic, hype-free guide that will help you get to unleash your music and make a great living.
Right now, you can get a copyfree.
I've spent the last two years working on this book, so you may be wondering why I'd do this...
The “short answer” is that I’m more interested in spreading ideas that can change the music business than making a few bucks. I don’t want a few dollars to be a barrier to people getting this very important information.
Letting you download the book for free lets you suspend any skepticism you have that what I'm saying about the music business is true. You'll be able to see it for yourself, before purchasing.
I take all the risk.
My goal is to provide you with so much value that, even though you can keep the entire book for free, you’ll still want to pay for it.
So far, the majority of people have done just that.
I get a lot of emails from musicians and companies who want to be featured here. My usual response for musicians is to send music for review on Music Business Radio.
Companies who want to buy advertising here are out of luck. As you can see, this blog has zero outside advertising. Any company you see mentioned is because I like what they do.
Now it's time to break the rules!
Right now, you have an opportunity to get your music (or your music business) featured on MusicMarketing.com. You'll not only be on the blog, in a post just like this one, but also in my new music marketing podcast.
I am currently selling the only copy that exists right now (the proof used to verify color and layout) on Ebay. It's a charity auction and 100% of the money collected goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
To encourage bidding, I am offering a couple of bonus items not available anywhere.
1. If bidding reaches $300, the winner gets an hour-long, private marketing session with me. This is not generally available to the public and could be priceless to you. If you're in Nashville, we can do it in person. If you can't get here, I'll call you anywhere in the world.
Also-- if you're in Nashville, why don't you come join me for a taping of Music Business Radio? I won't interview you (probably), but you'll sit right next to the person I do interview (usually some music business bigwig) and you'll get to meet him (or her). If you're feeling brave, we'll slip your music in the "demo review" segment, without mentioning you're in the room, and you'll get to hear what people in the industry really think.
But even if you don't want to get your music reviewed, you'll meet some cool people. In the last two or three months alone, I've sat down with Emmylou Harris, Bruce Kulick of KISS, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Lisa Marie Presley, and several record producers, A&R guys, and music industy executives.
2. If bidding reaches $500, the winner not only gets a private marketing session with me, you'll also be featured right here, on MusicMarketing.com, for thousands of people to learn about what you're doing. I'll also feature you in my new music marketing podcast, which starts in January.
As I mentioned in the last update, the book is no longer called "$100,000" Musician. Six-Figure Musician is the official title.
The proof copy for the print edition arrived today and is pictured to the right.
Other things you should know:
1. This book has a $100,000 Guarantee.
This book is the real deal. It contains inside information that I have shared with private clients over the years and it will work to help you sell more music, get more people to your shows, and make money in the music business, regardless of the economy, piracy, or whatever other excuses you've heard for why musicians aren't making money right now.
Most musicians have no clue how to market themselves. You may be one of them. If that's the case, this book will fix that for you. And if you don't agree with me that you can go out and make $100,000/year (or more) with the information inside, I'll buy it back from you.
2. You will get more than just "the book" in 2013.
I feel like I've slacked off for the last couple of years. I've been busy with projects like Music Business Radio and other music marketing projects, but haven't done as much as I should have to help indies.
That stops in 2013.
In the upcoming year, I'll be releasing more music marketing information specifically made for independent musicians. I already have another book in the development stage and will be adding reports, interviews, and more. I will be launching a new podcast.
Why? For one, because I live in Nashville, a city that lives and dies by its music. But also because I've been very inspired by some of the smart musicians I've been working with over the last couple of years and want to share the good things, the things that have worked to sell more music and pack venues, with more people.
The world needs music. I want to help you be able to provide that.
3. You will get a free copy.
If you've been reading this blog or are friends with me on Facebook, you probably know this. If you don't, the downloadable version of book is free and there is no catch.
Why? Because I'm serious about spreading these ideas to musicians who need them. The information in this book works and, if you use it, it will work for you. Beyond that though, because I'd never tell you to do something that I wouldn't do myself.
Is it scary? Hell yes, it's scary. I could easily sell thousands of copies of this book with a single email and I've already got two publishers who are interested in releasing it. But not before I do it this way first...
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In January 2011, I announced I was working on a new book on the music business. The plan was for me to put a few "big ideas" on paper, maybe 20,000 words, and get it out within a month.
That didn't happen.
What did happen is that, once I brought in an editor to help me, things got more and more complicated.
Over the past few months, I've written (and rewritten...a few times) over 100,000 words. The final edition of the book will be around 80,000 words. I'll also be releasing other material from this project, including interviews with successful musicians and music business professionals, shortly thereafter.
The book is called "$100,000 Musician" and it's a roadmap that will teach you how to become just that.
As a sidenote, the original title for the book was "Million-Dollar Musician" because I like the alliteration and I believe the information within is powerful enough to make that happen for you. With thousands of people reading this blog though, I didn't want some thinking, "That's impossible!" and missing out because they wrote it off. So I dropped down to a number more people will be able to get their heads around.
The information is still worth a million dollars though and, if you think "Million-Dollar Musician" is a better title, feel free to add another zero. :)
By the way, just because it's worth a million dollars doesn't mean that's what it will cost you...
This book will be free. It's my way of thanking all the independent musicians who have supported this company since I founded it in 1995.
As you can see from my calendar last month (get your own here), I've been working on this project quite steadily. Because of this, I expect it to be released sometime this month.
Martin Atkins is best known for his work in post-punk and industrial groups including Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Pigface, and Killing Joke. He is also the founder of Invisible Records.
Two things you should know...
1. Martin is getting ready to release a new book called "Band: Smart - Succeeding in the Music Business on Your Own Terms." It has not only his advice, but advice from dozens of other music industry experts, including me.
2. He has a Kickstarter campaign for it, which includes some cool bonuses you might be interested in, including one-on-one consultation time with Martin. Other bonuses including music and collectables from Invisible Records, a "Welcome to the Music Businesss... You're Fucked." t-shirt, and more.
If you're looking for solid advice to help take your music business career to the next level, whether you go for the one-on-one time with Martin or just the book, this is a great way to do it. It's also a great example of how you can get creative and have fun with a Kickstarter campaign.
If you've been reading this blog or following me on Twitter for a while, you may know that I've been working on new book for the last year. I'm really close to being done, with maybe 10,000 words to go, but as I get closer, I find that I'm running into more resistance.
In short, it's getting harder and harder to write.
Have been working with a business coach for the last year and talked to him about this earlier today. His solution was something called a "punitive nudge."
So I've just written out several $250 checks to Westboro Baptist Church and sent them to him. If I miss a day of writing, he mails one.
And I'm not going to let that happen...
Which means the book will be available very soon.
The book will be called $100,000 Musician. It will show you what it takes to be one.
Within the next month, I will be looking for a select number of musicians to look over a pre-release copy and provide me with feedback on what needs to be added or expanded on. If you're interested getting a jump on everybody and helping me to make this book great, subscribe to the feed to make sure you see the announcement.