Emmett Cooke is a full-time composer for television, film, and video games. He’s been working in the industry for close to 7 years and I recently had the pleasure of talking to him about how he got started composing music, getting tracks into music libraries, and licensing his work directly to clients like Ralph Lauren and Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Cooke is also the author of an eBook called “The Business of Music Licensing,” where he outlines his strategies for composing, licensing, and generating money with stock music. I can’t recommend the short eBook enough. It’s only €12.99 and is available at the link below.
Emmett is also working on a guide to sampling and creating custom Kontakt sound libraries called “The Sampling Handbook.” When finished, it will be available here: “The Sampling Handbook” http://thesamplinghandbook.com
I’m not primarily a booking agent, but this tip was too good to pass up sharing. It’s helped me book a few shows over the past few weeks and I figure plenty of indie musicians can benefit from hearing about how to make some extra money playing shows they find on Craigslist.
Kevin Foster is an independent musician based in Toronto. After doing well in a local songwriting competition years ago, Foster took the positive response as an indicator that he should continue writing songs and performing live.
With years of experience and a debut album under his belt, I recently got the chance to talk to Foster about what it takes to be a performing musician and what it means to him to succeed. Foster hasn’t been afraid to put in the self-described “grunt work” necessary to start booking shows and making money and I wanted to get his perspective on what other up and coming musicians can do to start taking themselves more seriously and make money doing what they love.
The Lean Musician: An entrepreneurial guide for musicians.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with the author of “The Lean Musician,” a book about treating your band like a start-up business. After reading through the book and pulling out some of my favorite takeaways from its 98 pages, I invited the author to answer a few questions about making money, mindset, and what he thinks indie musicians can start doing differently to treat their career more like a business and not just play the same bars, clubs, and dead-end coffee shops across the country.
Getting publicity through local press interaction is a good start for getting your own publicity, but hiring a professional publicist can often be the next “step” to getting the coverage you’d like to see for your brand.
A professional publicist will help you see your story through a new lens and can help you pitch your story to local press on more occasions than just a new product launch or community outreach event. Publicists help you see the value you can provide to the local press, not just the benefits they can bring to you.
Before hiring a publicist to promote your brand, there are a few questions you need to ask to ensure that your money is being spent in the most efficient way. Remember that higher paid publicists don’t always produce better results.