Sound Advice TV – Derek Sivers on Don’t Listen to Everyone’s Opinions

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Most people in the music business don’t know what they are talking about! Musicians are in the drivers seat and you should trust your instincts and your guts.

In this episode of Sound Advice TV, Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, discusses ways to avoid the ‘pleasing factor’.

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In Defense of 1,000 True Fans – Kelly Richey – Part IV

Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” That’s an apt appraisal of the Lexington, Kentucky native who’s now based in Cincinnati for many years. A working musician since her teens, she began her professional career as a member of the Arista Records group Stealin’ Horses; in 1990 she formed The Kelly Richey Band, with whom she has become both a national and international touring artist.

Kelly Richey is also consummate entrepreneur who refuses to quit. Since establishing her own label, Sweet Lucy Records, Richey has released 11 albums and a live DVD.  When I first spoke to her in August 2008 she was at the end of a long struggle to try to break through using traditional PR and radio.  She had spent a fortune on radio promoters, and traditional publicists, retail positioning and other old school tactics that were just not working for her.

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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!:

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

Andrea Lane

Big Blue Barry

Brian Franke

Colin Rink

Demimonde Slumber Party


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Frequency Theater

Heidi Howes

Hillbilly Hellcats Hellcats/210370150485

Icky’s Ego

Jeanine Guidry

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Kelly Greene

Mama’s Dirty Li’l Secret

Maura Jensen

Melina Gerges

Mona Sterling

Moss Bluff

Nicola Gordon

Older Than Hours

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Rain Rain


Runaway Dorothy

Snail Quail

Tamra Hayden

Tobias Tinker

Vikki Flawith

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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


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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