Bliss Street Studios

homegrown creativity

Bliss Street Studios header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'freedom fridays'

Freedom Fridays #10: Completing the List

January 23rd, 2015 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Happy new year! Looking back at the last time I wrote on this topic of income streams for musicians, I’m realizing how much has changed for us in the past year. Writing here from the Denver area, I’m now balancing freelance musical pursuits with full-time work as the director of Worship, Music, and Arts at […]

[


Freedom Fridays #9: Grants

March 22nd, 2013 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Happy Spring! Welcome back to this long-dormant series on income tips for the entrepreneurial musician. First off, I’ll spare you the excuses, but I must acknowledge this once-weekly series has been in DEEP hibernation. As I’m thawing this series out, I’m making a new arrangement: I’ll post all 52 tips in this Freedom Fridays series, […]

[


Freedom Fridays #8: 3 Tips to Successful Crowdfunding

October 12th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Last spring, I took my group ZAHA down the east coast on our first ever week-long tour. We launched a Kickstarter campaign to defray travel costs and collect money to pay the band members. Many folks since then have asked how we met (and exceeded) our fundraising goal. Below are my three best tips for […]

[


Freedom Fridays #7: Affiliates

October 9th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Clearing the backlog — here’s last week’s post! +++ Expanding on my previous post about referrals, what products, programs, gear or equipment do you believe in and use regularly? Which of those can you help promote? I’ve been dipping my toes into these waters in two ways: Music Marketing Manifesto: I’ve been following John Oszajca […]

[


Freedom Fridays #6: Performing Rights Organizations

October 8th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Apologies for the radio silence…I’m dusting myself off & getting back in the saddle! Performing rights organizations are another way for the independent musician to garner some income. In the US, BMI and ASCAP are two of the most popular performing rights organizations. They exist to track and collect royalties for copyright holders (have you […]

[


Freedom Fridays #5: Licensing

September 27th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

My belated posting — better late than never! ********** I’ve been on the hunt recently for licensing opportunities. I’ve been partnering with my publisher, Lenny Smith of New Jerusalem Music to land some film/TV/ad placements for my music. I’m noticing more and more colleagues building a larger fan base and growing their incomes through licensing […]

[


Freedom Fridays #4: Referrals

September 14th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Welcome to post #4 in my weekly series on revenue streams for the independent musician. Today, I’m interested in talking about referrals. I’m looking at referrals in two ways: 1) referrals by OTHER people to get you gigs, clients, students, etc. and 2) referring SOMEONE ELSE in the spirit of partnership and service. Let’s start […]

[


Freedom Fridays #3: Merchandise

September 8th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Hello & welcome to this week’s installment of Freedom Fridays (…maybe I should call this series “Freedom Saturdays”…!) This week, I’ll take a look at that staple of the touring musician: MERCH. While many make a row, loudly declaiming that “the CD is dead” (I have certainly hopped on that bandwagon before), I’m finding that […]

[


Freedom Fridays #2: Online Radio

September 1st, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios

Here’s my next installment of Freedom Fridays….coming to you on a Saturday. Apologies to those of you waiting this post on bated breath. 🙂 During this week’s post on income opportunities for the independent musician, I’m focusing on streaming services such as Pandora (internet radio). My music publisher Lenny recently exhorted me (with great vigor) […]

[


Freedom Fridays #1: Group Workshops

August 24th, 2012 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios, Music Studios, Teaching Studios

Summer is drawing to a close and I’m both a) plotting how to savor the last drops of the season and b) reminiscing about the past few months of rest and travel. In addition to soaking in some quality down time, I’ve recently cooked up some new ideas and projects I’m excited to share. Interestingly […]

[