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Ari Herstand

6 Types Of Emails You Should Never Send

I get a lot of emails from musicians asking me questions. I try to answer as many as I can, but I've been noticing a few serious email faux pas lately that I feel I need to address. This isn't meant to shame anyone, just help you understand how to best use the form of communicati...

How To Make Money From Your Music On An Ongoing Basis

Last month I profiled Jeff Price's Audiam on Digital Music News and how he looks to fix YouTube's royalty system. That's all well and good, but even if things worked perfectly in the YouTube royalty world, creators still rely on viewers to click ads. Then for those ads to generat...

How To Get Songs Placed On TV And In Movies

Last weekend at the ASCAP Music Expo at the Loews Hollywood Hotel I attended the Music Supervisor panel containing 5 music supervisors who actively place music in film and television.Over the course of my career, I've had about 30 TV placements (20 in the last year from my new re...

How To Be A Classy Self-Promoter

Why do we love it when politicians talk about themselves? Why do we love hearing them stump on the campaign trail talking about how great they are?Well maybe we don't love it, but we accept it. And vote for them.But we hate musicians who talk about themselves.In the hip hop commu...

Why Music Managers Just Don’t Cut It (The NEW Team)

Back in the day artists created and managers managed. The end.When I hear artists today say 'I just want to make music, I don't want to do any of the business stuff.' I want to scream 'YEAH, ME TOO!'But that's not today's reality.Artists who are lucky enough to have a manager who...

When Paying For Music Works

My ears are ringing.I bring ear plugs wherever I go. They're in a little plastic pinch-to-open container on my keychain. I put them in whenever I'm at a loud concert. Well most concerts really. Except for those at the Hotel Cafe. Because they know how to mix. It's a listening roo...

Why Are People (Not) Coming To Your Shows?

Until you have real fans who passionately love your music. Who fall asleep to you. Wake up to you. Drive to you. Work to you. Play to you. And make love to you. You need to figure out ways to get people out to your shows.In your early stages you won't have fans. You'll have peopl...

Network Like A Music Pro At The First Ari’s Take Meetup

Fill up your business card pocket protector containers. Unwrap your CDs. Update your email signatures.The first Ari's Take meetup has arrived!I'd been planning on holding some form of gathering of minds in the physical world for sometime now after many reader requests. As much as...

What Musicians Can Learn From The Olympics

I don't own a television. 10 years ago that would have seemed ludicrous. But now, in a Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go world, it's quickly becoming the norm. At least for those under 30. So, needless to say, I haven't watched much of the Olympics this year. I was on a Southwest flight the...

What I Learned From My $12 Cup Of Coffee

Last night I went to a spot in Koreatown known for their coffee. I learned this after I went in. Actually, I was just walking around the neighborhood looking for a cafe and found this spot because they had a sign out front with a photo of a sexy looking coffee cocktail.My brother...

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Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.
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