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Four Top Legal Tips For Signing A Music Contract

A guest post by Dan Chisholm, Entertainment Lawyer at Trollope & Co. So you’re an artist about to sign a deal. It’s exciting, and no doubt the label or manager or producer on the other side are in a rush to get it done. You feel pressured to sign without properly checking it out – they seem trustworthy, it’s easier to …

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How I Gave Up Drinking In The Music Industry (And Survived). Can You Do It? (Yes, You Can)

A friend of mine recently said to me, ‘I don’t know how you don’t drink Viv Fantin!!!!’ It wasn’t a question. More of a plaintive statement, but the subtext was clear. How the blazes do you get through the day without a drink? Not. One. Drop. I’m in the music industry and no longer drink alcohol. Actually, …

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We’re All in This Together: How to Start Your Own Music Movement.

An article by Steve Palfreyman, the host of the Music Launch Summit, put on by Music Launch Hub. It’s much more fun when we all succeed together. After all, it’s easy to feel like the odds are stacked against us when we’re building a career in the music industry. What I’ve learned from interviewing 40+ of some of the …

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Give FOS (Fear of Success) The Flick!

It’s time for another guest post by one of our fave guest writers, accredited coach, Viv Fantin! If you like this one, check out her previous articles, ‘Perfectionism: Just ‘Fear In Fancy Shoes’, ‘Time to Give A Shit About Self Care! Looking After #1 in the Creative Industries’ and ‘Coaching Tips For Event Workers‘. How many of us have not …

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Perfectionism: Just ‘Fear In Fancy Shoes’

It’s time for another guest post by our fave accredited coach, Viv Fantin! If you like this one, check out her previous article, ‘Time to Give A Shit About Self Care! Looking After #1 in the Creative Industries‘. “We must understand the need for perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time, because nothing is ever beyond criticism. No …

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Tax: A Comprehensive How-To Guide For Musicians And Music Workers

A guest article by music/arts accountant Scott Maughan with reference to AMIN’s Tax Pack prepared by Ben Fletcher. Tax: the very word is enough to make many musicians eyes glaze over. Unfortunately, if you’re receiving an income from music (woohoo!), preparing your yearly tax return is a horrifying necessity. But we’ve got you covered. The below article by guest author Scott Maughan is a fantastic, comprehensive …

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Time to Give A Shit About Self Care! Looking After # 1 In The Creative Industries

It’s curious how many of us think self care is for other people. Not us. Or we think it’s indulgent or fluffy.

This is how it often rolls. Something big is looming – a tour, festival, album release, event (conference, launch, awards night) or even a combination of these things at once. Ouch. Frantic deadlines become the all-consuming priority and self care is usually relegated to the bottom of the to-do list. Something’s gotta give and it’s usually our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Setting the Sample Example: Legal Tips for Sampling Success

A guest post by Dan Chisholm, Lawyer at New Zealand’s newest Entertainment Law Office, Trollope & Co. Some of the most memorable music of our time has included the clever use of samples – think The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. Musos, rappers, DJs and producers often wonder where …

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