A Musician’s Roadmap to Setting Goals for 2010

What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School (a bestselling book) talks about a research study that was conducted at Harvard between 1979 and 1989:

“In 1979, the MBA graduates were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”

Only 3 percent had clear written goals and action plans to achieve them.

Thirteen percent of the graduates had goals, but they were not in writing.

The other 84 percent had no specific goals at all.

In 1989, a decade later, the researchers again interviewed the students of that class. Surprisingly, they discovered that the 13 percent, who had goals that were not in writing, were earning on average twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all.

The truly amazing finding was that the 3 percent of students, who had written, clear goals when they left Harvard, were earning over ten times as much, on average, as the other 97 percent together.

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MSi9W Blogging Contest: First Round Contestants Announced!

The First Round Of Contestants Are Announced!

Congratulations to all of you who have opted in to participate in the Music Success In Nine Weeks Blogging Challenge!

Our judges may be watching you and commenting on your progress as you go along!

Follow Them on Twitter!:

http://www.twitter.com/andrealane1

http://www.twitter.com/bigbluebarry

http://www.twitter.com/bfrankemusic

http://www.twitter.com/colinrink

http://twitter.com/fiZbandcom

http://www.twitter.com/freqtheater

http://www.twitter.com/heidihowes

http://www.twitter.com/johnnyonlymusic

http://twitter.com/mossbluffmusic

http://twitter.com/nicolago

http://twitter.com/PerfectPitchMan

http://twitter.com/irainrain

http://www.twitter.com/runawaydorothy

http://twitter.com/symetrk

http://twitter.com/DSP_ROCKS

http://www.twitter.com/seanimler

http://www.twitter.com/IckysEgo

http://www.twitter.com/KGrocks

http://www.twitter.com/mdlstweet

http://www.twitter.com/maurajensen

http://www.twitter.com/snailquail

http://www.twitter.com/tamrahayden

http://www.twitter.com/vikkiflawith

http://www.twitter.com/offering

http://www.twitter.com/monarocks

Here is the first round of participants and links to their blogger challenge blogs:

Andrea Lane

http://www.andrealane.org/

http://andrealane.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/andrealane1

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrea-Lane-and-Freedom-Rocks/74629525840

Big Blue Barry

http://www.bigbluebarry.com/

http://blog.bigbluebarry.com/

http://www.twitter.com/bigbluebarry

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Blue-Barry/216534772174

Brian Franke

http://www.brianfranke.com/

http://blog.myspace.com/bdfranke

http://www.twitter.com/bfrankemusic

http://www.facebook.com/bfranke.music

Colin Rink

http://www.colinrinkmusic.com

http://colinrinkinfo.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/colinrink

http://www.facebook.com/colinrink

Demimonde Slumber Party

http://www.dspband.com

http://melissalandblog.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/DSP_ROCK

Shttp://www.facebook.com/DemimondeSlumberParty

FiZ

http://www.fiZband.com

http://msi9wbloggingcontestentry.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/fiZbandcom

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Tony-dMattia-fiZ/40578086559? sid=63db5b8e56aee706d50d9a2765aecc88

Frequency Theater

http://www.frequencytheater.com

http://www.frequencytheater.com/blog

http://www.twitter.com/freqtheater

http://www.facebook.com/frequencytheater

Heidi Howes

http://www.heidihowes.com/

http://heidihowes.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/heidihowes

http://www.facebook.com/heidihowes

Hillbilly Hellcats

http://www.hillbillyhellcats.com

http://hillbillyhellcats.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillbilly- Hellcats/210370150485

Icky’s Ego

http://www.ickysego.com/

http://www.ickysego.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/IckysEgo

http://www.facebook.com/celascott

Jeanine Guidry

http://offeringband.com/

http://jeanineguidry.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/offering

http://facebook.com/jeanineguidry

http://facebook.com/offeringband

Johnny Only

http://www.johnnyonly.com

http://cyberprmastermind.ning.com/profiles/blog/list? user=0qfa9wbzolwlf

http://www.twitter.com/johnnyonlymusic

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Only/73577878249? ref=ts

Kelly Greene

http://www.kellygreene.com/

http://www.kellygreenerocks.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/KGrocks

http://www.facebook.com/kellygreenemusic

Mama’s Dirty Li’l Secret

http://www.mamasdirtylilsecret.com

http://mamasdirtylilsecret.blogspot.com/

http://www.twitter.com/mdlstweet

http://www.facebook.com/people/mamas_dls/559468962

Maura Jensen

http://www.maurajensen.com/

http://blogs.myspace.com/maurajensen

http://www.twitter.com/maurajensen

http://www.facebook.com/maurajensen

Melina Gerges

http://www.melinagerges.com/

http://blog.myspace.com/melinagerges

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melina-Gerges/155679246430

Mona Sterling

http://www.monasterling.com

http://monasterling.blogspot.com

http://www.twitter.com/monarocks

http://www.facebook.com/mona.sterling

Moss Bluff

http://www.myspace.com/mossbluff

http://blog.myspace.com/mossbluff

http://twitter.com/mossbluffmusic

http://www.facebook.com/people/Moss-Bluff/1000241813

Nicola Gordon

http://nicolagordon.com

http://nicolagordon.com/blog.html

http://twitter.com/nicolago

http://www.facebook.com/nicolag1

Older Than Hours

http://www.sethums.com/

http://www.sethums.com/the-blog/

http:www.twitter.com/sethumsmakesart

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Older-Than-Hours/12969854147

Panache Orchestra

http://www.panacheorchestra.com/

http://fiddlerchick.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/people/Brenda-K-Spevak- Saito/728435412

The Perfect Pitch Rhythm & Bluesical Band

http://www.perfectpitchbluesical.com/credits.html

http://theperfectpitcher.wordpress.com/

http://twitter.com/PerfectPitchMan

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php? ref=name&id=690994528

Rain Rain

http://www.iloverainrain.com/

http://iheartrainrain.wordpress.com/

http://twitter.com/irainrain

http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Rain-Rain/214322629743

Rhythma

http://www.rhythma.com

http://www.twitter.com/seanimler

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhythma/87429519184

Runaway Dorothy

http://runawaydorothy.com

http://www.runawayd.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/runawaydorothy

http://www.facebook.com/runawaydorothy

Snail Quail

http://www.snailquail.net/

http://www.afutureinnoise.com

http://www.twitter.com/snailquail

Tamra Hayden

http://www.tamrahayden.com/

http://tamrahayden.wordpress.com/

http://www.twitter.com/tamrahayden

http://www.facebook.com/tamrahayden

Tobias Tinker

http://aeosrecords.com/

http://www.cliffjump.net/

http://twitter.com/symetrk

http://facebook.com/tobiastinker

Vikki Flawith

http://theshysinger-songwriter.blogspot.com/

http://www.vikkiflawith.com/

http://www.twitter.com/vikkiflawith

http://www.facebook.com/vikkiflawith

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In Defense of 1,000 True Fans – Amber Rubarth – Part III

I met Amber Rubarth through Derek Sivers who wrote a wonderful profile on her on his blog.

Here is what Derek wrote: Amber Rubarth is a 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Reno, who only started playing music five years ago, but is making a full-time living touring, including four tours of Europe, booking it all herself. She’s also one of the happiest musicians I’ve met. Most musicians I know feel it’s tough, but Amber seems to glide through it all effortlessly.

My interest was peaked and I concur with Derek’s assessment! I am delighted that she was willing to be the subject of my ongoing conversation about 1,000 true fans.

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New Media Interview: Allen Sale – Executive Producer, Astral Audio Productions

AstralAudio

http://www.astralaudio.net

Q: How can contemporary artists make more money on the internet?

A: Models like what Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Mark Mosher have given potential buyers a choice of what a particular song or album should be priced at. Their success along with keeping things drm free encourages fans to obtain works from the artists. Perhaps if artists gave fans the chance to rate individual songs or the entire album as a whole, then a higher rating could mean that fans are more likely to purchase the work. An option would be to cap the price at around $15.00 for the CD and $5.00 for the digital download. If the rating goes down, the cap should be lowered along side this.

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New Media Pioneer – Adrienne Manson of WSF Radio


Q. What are your favorite blogs/audio blogs featuring new music do you like to visit?

A. Believe it or not I love BlogCatalogue.com. Blog Catalogue is a directory of just about every blog mentionable..  I usually go to the music section of blog catalogue and just enjoy the array of music blogs.   When it comes down to the nuts and blots of getting the latest on what’s happening in quality music blogs it’s the Hype Machine (hypem.com)

Q. What inspired you to start site?

A. WSF Radio is sponsored by AWM Records, Inc. The inspiration behind WSF Radio was the demand from independent artists who were looking for outlets, and platforms to be heard from.   Many may not know WSF Radio started out as a sports program which played indies music in between breaks..   It was not long before artists began to contact the station asking for reviews, and their music to be played on the station. The more I listened to music from the independent artists the more passionate I became for playing their music. I was totally floored at the sea of talent that was not being heard. WSF Radio actually stands for Worldwide Sports Fanatics. Moreover, the more I listed to the music the passionate and love to promote and support independent music just grew, in the midst of promoting independent music WSF Radio recognized the shows format needed to be completed revamped to the station which supports independent artists.

Q. What do you think is the impact of blogs, internet radio, and podcasts on independent music?

A. Blogs, internet radio, and podcasts on independent music really are the wave of the 21st century. I really believe internet radio and podcasts have a positive impact on independent music.   These vehicles such as blogs, and podcasts, and internet radio have really created a media to propel independent music into the spotlight versus in years past podcasting was rare. However, these instruments became popular, and gave independent artists a stronger sense of control over their destiny. With the changes in how the music industry has changed I tend to believe more consumers want an alternative music source such as independent music.   Every artist should have a blog, fans love blogs, and blogs is the connection between the artist and their fans. Independent musicians should go after every internet radio station that’s on the web. Internet radio is taking over, and more people are using, listening, and love internet radio more than ever before.

Q. When you started your station, did you anticipate that blogs would have such an upscale trend as it does now?

A. When the station first started the trend of blogs were growing, and we could see the direction of were blogs were headed, but we did not anticipate how quickly blogging would skyrocket, and literally become a household word.

Q. What are the ultimate goals you wish to achieve through your site?

A. Our ultimate goal for WSF Radio is to have our own independent network channel on Blogtalkradio.   Although having our own station to serve independent music does give artists exposure; moreover by having our own network channel it will create greater exposure for artists by having a permanent front page ad on the Blogtalkradio website. We foresee our site as the place where new artists become discovered.   We are working hard on branding our site as the platform where independent artists are pushed to the next level in their music career.

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Sound Advice TV – How To Write an Engaging Newsletter

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In this episode of Sound Advice TV, I discuss how to structure your newsletter so that fans want to open it and respond with my 3 G’s – Greeting, Guts and Getting outlined in her book, which is from my signature system, Music Success in 9 Weeks.

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