Musicians are arguably the most fun group of people to hang around with! Seriously. Next time you’re at a corporate function that hired a live band, and you are sore from rubbing elbows all evening- Go hang out with the musicians. They’re a good load of fun.

One of the few downsides of hanging out with musicians is when the conversation turns to the music business. Suddenly the mood goes sour and damp. Though incredibly talented, intelligent and hardworking many musicians are, to many, success in the industry is still covered in a mysterious frustrating fog.

Far too often you hear about how the good old days are over. There was a time where gigs were plentiful and well paying. There was a time where trombone players were in such high demand, they were turning more gigs down than were being offered… you get the idea.

Though there is sometimes and element of truth to this… there is still a massive music industry that has a massive demand for live musicians!

It’s time to get down to the basics. Here are the top 3 mistakes musicians have to realize they’re making before they can become better from Christine Occhino

1. Setting unrealistic goals

We all sometimes have delusions of grandeur when it comes to our music careers. But the reality is, we’re not all going to be the Michael Jacksons and Beyonces of the world. And for a good plenty of us who still manage to make a living in music, that’s more than good enough. Once you come to terms with the reality that “making it big” perhaps isn’t what it seems or all it’s cracked up to be, you start seeing your path unfold very naturally before your eyes. Find the place where your passion and the highest chance of financial success intersect, and that is where your aspirations and goals for yourself should truly lie.

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[How to Set Realistic Goals for Your Music Career in 2015]

2. Paying too much for the wrong things (and not enough for the right things)

We all know a ton of “starving musicians.” Heck, we may have even been one ourselves! But that stereotype definitely feeds into the terrible cycle that many artists fall into with not valuing the right things in their music careers. There are some very serious and important things that all musicians must set aside some cash for, and they may not always be what you’d think. For example:

  • the “obvious” choice: shiny, new gear
  • the “better” choice: long-lasting, quality gear
  • the “obvious” choice: bar money for “networking”
  • the “better” choice: money towards marketing materials
  • the “obvious” choice: scrounging together enough mediocre equipment to do a home studio demo recording
  • the “better” choice: ponying up the funds to do a high-quality demo recording in a professional recording studio that meets the expectations required to be taken seriously in the marketplace

It’s a common mistake that musicians make skimping on many important investments while allocating far too much cash in the wrong direction. Think smart, think long-term, and think quality.

3. Not treating your music like a business

This is where we separate the “men from the boys,” so to speak. If music is your hobby, great. Go out there, jam with your buddies, play a few bars, drink a couple beers, and have a ball! However, if you want music to be your career and something you invest in that pays you back along the way, then you’d better get an education and start treating your music like a business.

Otherwise, like with many other things, it’s just a money pit and a most enjoyable waste of time. If you truly want to become better, you’ve got to wise up and get a little savvy with the music business. Learn the financials, understand enough about the legal and contractual sides of things to know what you don’t know, and take your craft seriously.

The more serious you are about your music, the more seriously other people will take you. And hopefully those other people have the cash to buy your album or come see your live show!

Whether it means that you pull a solid team together to make things happen correctly, or assign roles to your bandmates based on their strengths outside of playing, or decide to stock up on your music biz books and tackle the industry solo – you will be much better off and have the highest chances of success once you obtain some important knowledge, gain some experience, and start thinking like an entrepreneur. Because after all, you are your business, and your business is music. Via Hypebot.com

Surgeons and Pigs Feet Prove Music Increases Productivity.

https://www.merriammusic.com/music-productivity-study/Researchers asked15 surgeons to sew up incisions made in dead pigs feet, because theyre most similar to human skin (nice), in their lab. The surgeons had to carry out two identical wound repairs using layered stitches, on two consecutive days.Some had their preferred music on during their first day in the lab some had it on for the second. Music has a great way of getting our mind and body working together in a rhythm. Via merriammusic.com

 

Music Education Drastically Boosts Academic Success

https://www.merriammusic.com/harmony-project-research/It has been proven by countless studies that playing an instrument does wonders for developing brains. We know that it giveschildrens minds the ability to think in ways that significantly improve literacy leading to better academic success in many other areas. This is called neurophysiological distinction, and the fastest way to develop it, is by learning an instrument. Via merriammusic.com