Six-Figure Musician: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business

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An Open Letter to Any Musician Who Wants to Make $100,000 (or More) in the Music Business

You're in a career where it's considered "normal" to be broke. If you were doing anything else for a living, you'd have given up by now.

And I'm sure there are people in your life who wish you'd do just that... They want you to settle down, get a "real" job, and make music a hobby.

Screw 'em. The truth is, if you know what to do, you can make a lot of money as a musician.

This book shows you what to do. You'll learn exactly how to make money with your music - in the club, on the Internet, and on the road.

Here's a taste of what's waiting for you...

  • How to get record labels to approach you (instead of you chasing them)
  • Nobody at your shows? I'll show you several ways to fix that...
  • "The Drip Method" - The most profitable way to release music.
  • A 100-year-old marketing trick developed by a woman thought to be "too fat and ugly" for a career in music - today it works better than ever!
  • The greatest threat to your music business success (it's not piracy) and how to neutralize it.
  • A songwriting secret from successful drag queens and pissed off karaoke singers so potent, it almost guarantees a great song!
  • How a $10 "kitchen appliance" will make you a better songwriter
  • 4 proven "cures" for music business burnout and overwhelm
  • What it takes for a musician to make $150,000/year (with only 500 fans)
  • Rules for social media. Ignore these at your own risk.
  • "Superfan" Secrets - How to develop fans who buy everything you sell.
  • How to sell lots of music... without being obnoxious or turning people off
  • Are you a musician over 40? Why age doesn't matter anymore...
  • Proven, word-for-word "scripts" and emails that get people to buy your music
  • 8 ways to make money giving your music away for free
  • A small change in the way you release new music that is so powerful, you will double the money you make.

And that's just for starters. There's a lot of money to be made in the music business and this book will make sure you don't miss out.

Now is your chance. If you want a successful career as a musician, this book will help you.

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Cool Guide for Cool Musicians

If you could sum up Six-Figure Musician: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business in three words, what would they be?

Ideas worth spreading

What did you like best about this story?

The book answers a lot of tricky questions that I toughed are nowhere to be found. It contains a lot of useful ideas. It is clear, understandable and practical.

What about Chris Caldwell’s performance did you like?

It was ok

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to do it step by step, because I needed time to digest so many ideas that I found in the book.

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I'm very happy that I've found this book, and listened to it. It helped me understand how really music business works and where it is going. The book has changed the perspective on those issues, that I have struggled to understand before. After listening to it I gained much more confidence in what I'm doing. Now I have more ideas for building cool future music career.

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Nothing new

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book has a lot of the standard "You can do it! Get there and get it!" without giving any real practical advice. It's also very dated.

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Great book

What made the experience of listening to Six-Figure Musician: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business the most enjoyable?

The music industry has changed from the days of the record labels being in charge of everything. Your success is not dependent on them alone anymore. David does a great job of spelling out the opportunities available to musicians of all stripes and describes the tools and techniques to help you engage with your audience. The audible.com version has a great appendix packed with information and an interview with the author.

What did you learn from Six-Figure Musician: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business that you would use in your daily life?

That it is not about you, but about making your audience feel good, that is the business we are in. The business is also not only about selling music, it is about engaging with your audience and making them feel good.

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Informative

If you are just starting out, this is a nice listen. Gives great overall theory about how to approach a music career in our current times. If you've been working in the industry even a little bit, this book probably won't be very helpful.

As I mentioned, most of it is concept and theory, without a ton of practical steps to take that you haven't already heard. There were a few golden nuggets in the last 15 minutes which I appreciated, but otherwise, for me personally, a lot of time wasted.

The narrator kinda killed it for me too, wish the author would've read it himself.

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This is a magic bullet for how to make it

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The six figure musican is an all encompassing, psychologically educating approach to what you need to be successful in music. While there are some blatant explanations on what to do, when and where to do it, this is a book focusing on the "why" to do it. You will learn to connect better with fans, time management gems, and amazing promotion and marketing ideas, just to name a few. Whether you are starting out, getting started again (like me) or need to get to the next level, this is for you.

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Dope

This was a good read well I should say listen. For any artist any genre take what you like and start moving that music TODAY do not wait for no one play YOUR own game and you won't lose

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Must read for every musician!

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This is a must read for any musician who wants to make music their career. I've read tons of books and articles and this one really hit home. It gives real, practical advice you can take action on this second. The author and reader understand my struggles as a musician and offer real help without judgment. I truly appreciate this book as a contribution to the music industry and to my personal career in an all girl rock band. This is a game changer!

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Excellent text for aspiring self-managed musicians

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There are some great ideas in this book for musicians looking at engaging with their fans in the modern music industry. I got a lot out of it.

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Love the book - the lady’s voice at end almost changed my mind

This book is great as a blueprint. It’s great to take what applies to you and then so some extra research. Honestly though, the woman’s voice at the end is extremely piercing to me and has given me a strange dislike to the book. I cannot even finish the book while throughout the previous few hours I was enjoying it and taking notes. I prefer to say great things about books especially when they are so good but really I cannot believe how much this woman’s voice has turned me off from the book. I’ll try to find more stuff from the author without her. I suggest to buy and turn off at the last 18 minutes.

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really good listen

it's really worth the time. going into my 2nd read and taking down notes this time. it's not music industry Bible like Donald S Passman's all you need to know about to music bussines. but the nuggets are really worth it. and this book will really spark some much needed ideas and give you a point of view.

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  • 03-02-20

Its just a lecture with no real strategies!!

For complete beginners with no understanding of the music business. its just full of personal views and opinions which are not current. Definately not for people with some industry experience at all!!

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  • blair
  • 02-14-18

Excellent and inspiring

Loved this book. Great content, lots you can take and apply. Highly recommended. After finishing this book I felt inspired rather than overwhelmed as I have done with similar book. Good job!

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  • Ope
  • 06-20-17

Practical and easy to understand

Worth reading again. Full of great advice. I need to listen to this book again.

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  • Samuel
  • 11-01-16

well worth listening to.

Lots of good tips to take in for a musician or music promoter alike. One of the few audio books I will listen to again.

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  • Rick Schultz
  • 04-28-16

i loved this book! this info is hard to find!!

i loved this book! this info is really hard to find!! very helpful for musicians!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-18

It was good

This book was good but not great for beginners. I felt like it lacked some of the practical skills to start from the beginning. it is probably best suited to a band or artist who already has an album worth of songs and are playing at least at their local pub on the weekend. This book will give you the skills to expand your gig opportunities, make some decent cash and to distribute your cds and merch. However if you are a beginner trying to get your first album written, land your first gig or start your promoter contact network then this book is a bit of a leap.