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  •  The EvO:R-Pedia Musicians Tips Section

    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used successfully so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip.

    This section was painstackingly put here by musicians, for musicians so that artists that followed can take this knowledge and use it's full power.

    It's not always who you know, sometimes you just have to read the road signs.
    Charlie Harrelson
    Founder of EvO:R

    How Musicians Can Make More Money From Their Gigs
    By Tracey Roper

    Being a musician can be rough, especially if you want to make a living at it. There are long nights, long drives and dozens of gigs that barely cover your expenses. You have to practice constantly and scramble for work. But it can also be one of the most fun jobs you can have, and it absolutely possible to make a living at it if you play your cards right.

    The key to this is planning ahead and making sure that you are maximizing all possible sources of income. A lot of musicians think that their primary source of income will come from selling music, be it as CDs or downloads, but what you need to focus on is making more money at your gigs; something that is become a lot easier with cheap CD duplication and easy to create custom, band merchandise.

    The Internet has done a lot for the music industry, both good and bad. It is much, much easier to get your music exposed to a wide audience, and you can interact with fans in a way that is never been possible before. On the other hand, the Internet has also lowered the perceived value of music, which is not good for musicians. It is so easy just to duplicate songs and send them to someone else that people have become used to paying little for their music. This means that the potential profit to be had from selling music is less than it once was. The good news is that this has also made gigs more important than ever before. You can duplicate a CD, but you cannot, as yet, duplicate an experience. Every show is its own unique event, and that means that it is something that you can offer your fans that no one else can.

    So how do you make more money from your gigs? Well, there are lots of ways. The primary one is to offer them a wide variety of merchandise. At every gig you should make sure that someone is there offering your fans something they can buy, something that they can use to remember the event. It is extremely easy and inexpensive to get custom band merchandise made. The most obvious items to offer are T shirts which will both help you earn money and help advertise your band. For extra bucks, you can offer special one time only shirts that you will ONLY sell at the event you are playing at.

    If you have done a good job with your music, people are also going to want to buy your CDs and you should have them available. Thankfully, CD duplication is one of the things that the Internet has made really cost effective. It is not a problem to have small batches printed up to sell to your fans. Beyond that, use your imagination. Posters are a pretty standard thing to have for sale at gigs, but there are lots of other things you can sell as well. Think bumper stickers, temporary tattoos, buttons and whatever else your fans will want. Every one of them will put you one step closer to making a living from your music.

    Tracey Roper is a freelance writer and webmaster based in the UK. Visit her sites to find out more about DVD duplication and custom band merchandise.

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  • Charlie Harrelson- Founder of EvO:R and solo guitarist TL2
    A Message from the founder of EvO:R
    The Independent Music world has become so fragmented that anyone entering into this arena will be lost without having a chance of survival. What every independent musicians needs is information, understanding and a path that leads to success. Sure, you can buy a few books from authors that never played a note or loaded a single amp into a moving van. Pipe dreams are all over the Internet.

    At EvO:R we pride ourselves with sections dedicated to Independent Music News called (The EvO:R Street Journal), Musicians Success Stories and Tips called (EvO:R-pedia) and a Musicians Testimonial Section called (The Goods) dedicated to Internet based companies that deliver on their promises.

    All this news and information and we don't charge a single penny. We also respect your online privacy by refusing to track your browsing habits while on our website. We simply want to deliver the BEST news, information and success stories for the Independent Musician.

    Thank-you for visiting EvO:R and tell the world that we are out here..
    Charlie Harrelson
    Founder of EvO:R
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