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Earning a Living by Playing for Other Artists: Ryan Stevenson

Many musicians want to make a living from their music, but are falling short of that goal.

For lots of artists, having a full time income from their own music is not achievable in the short term – but in the long term it could be.

In the meantime, an often overlooked income stream is being a musician who plays with other artists, both live or in the studio… This helps build your name, and can give you the income to leave your boring day job.

Listen now to hear Ryan Stevenson discuss his career and share advice for artists who want to branch out into new revenue streams!

What you’ll learn:

  • How you can become a “hired gun” working for artists who need touring musicians
  • Why knowing about the music business protects you from scammers
  • How to understand the relationship between artist and manager
  • Why drive and commitment are important for a music career
  • What artists can learn from baseball players
  • How to motivate collaborators to share your music
  • How you can stay active on social media
  • Why staying top of mind is important
  • How to curate your social media presence
  • Why appreciating your fans is one of the best ways to grow your following

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