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Yes, You Need T-Shirts

I outlined in Double Your Income...No Really why merch is so important and how it can directly lead to you becoming a full time musician. It's the way every one of my tours is financially successful. I should say that again. The reason I'm one of the few musicians who has made ev...

Free Bird! (Covers vs. Originals)

Scott Palahniuk wrote in (via the Request a Topic below) and asked about cover songs and how an opener should order their set. And Ian J wrote in asking: 'they ask you to play for three hours, but having that much original material is hard. Is it singer/songwriter suicide to sing...

Copyright Your Song or GLEE Will Steal It

I know basic US music copyright law. I mean, I'm no lawyer, but I studied it in college and just spent a couple hours on the US Copyright website to brush up. Technically as soon as you put your song in a fixed form (paper, cd, digital counts - performing it does not) then it's c...

How I Made $13,544 In A Month (on Kickstarter)

You may have heard the Amanda Palmer story on how she made $19,000 in 10 hours (3 years before her $1.2 million Kickstarter) on Twitter. Or maybe you haven't, but it's quite impressive. But the thing that always bugs me about these stories - especially when they're titled 'Indie...

Buy My Music Dammit (Spotify vs iTunes)

**The biggest news story in the music world last week was David Lowery's response letter to the NPR intern Emily White about the moral implications to not purchase music. This has been a massive debate ever since Napster hit over a decade ago. My post below was written before Low...

How To Double Your (Merch) Income… No Really

When you're on tour, merch is your #1 income generator. This can't be stressed enough. Believe it. Bands stress over their guarantees and door splits and turnouts. If you want to survive financially with your music you must understand the importance of merch sales and approach it...

Beauty School Drop Out (The Backup Plan)

I never had a backup plan. The moment you create a backup plan is the moment you accept that failure is an option. Convincing your parents that everything is going to be ok is still probably the most difficult thing a musician has to do - next to finding the right hair product....
Mothica Viral on TikTok New Music Business Podcast with Ari Herstand

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Ricky Montgomery From Viral on TikTok to Major Label Bidding War

You may know Ricky Montgomery from his Vine days. You may know him from his band The Honey Sticks. Or you may know him because a few of his songs went viral on TikTok in 2020. This led to a massive bidding war amongst 50 major labels.
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