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 […]
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.
As much as many of us take part in the music industry because we love it, the bottom line is that it is an industry, and many of us are hopeful to turn our passions into cash. That said, not all of us are business graduates and, if you’re anything like me, the idea of doing something as banal as […]
Every artist who gains some traction in a professional field will come under scrutiny. It’s the self-improving nature of a game that’s fun to watch and listen to for all involved, and one that generates artistry through experience. But to be the person scrutinising, seeking a conclusion to the set that had the occasional mishit […]
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 […]
What is Green Music Australia? We’re musicians. But we’re also humans, citizens of this planet. And, if we’re to get through the environmental crises we face, we all have to do our bit. We might not be a huge polluter like the coal industry, but we can still contribute a lot by cutting back our energy use and shifting to clean energy, making green transport options available, and reducing the piles of waste that flow from festivals and venues.
I am a self-professed snob when it comes to the analogue keyboard. I make tiny felt replicas of them. I like the sound of analogue, I like the look of it. I have got myself in trouble on several occasions talking about it. I have toured the world using instruments made in the 80s that […]
Social Media isn’t just a place to plaster your t-shirts and gig photos. It is a vital tool, and source of interaction between your brand and the public. You can earn countless fans or lose them through different interactions over different platforms, so it’s important to know how to use each platform to your best […]
Pursuing music as a career can be a long and arduous road. The pay can be terrible, you have to wear a thousand different hats, and the music industry itself is currently in a state of flux. On top of that, most musicians have had to deal with the ‘real job’ discussion from unenlightened friends […]
It’s A Living Thing – will Apple bring music back to my sofa? I have given up my Foxtel, and I now have to find a new solution for my living room. Lucky for me, Apple have a new AppleTV coming out that will solve a lot of my TV issues. And quietly, they’ve brought […]