Holy Cow! Before I get into this, I must apologize to y’all for getting so behind with posting. I started a regular job, and it took me a lot longer to get my schedule in order. I hope to post at least once a week from now on, but if I don’t, please don’t hold it against me.
With that said…It’s SYNC UP time again! It starts this Friday, April 27, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm @ New Orleans Museum of Art.
The Sync Up Conference is presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. It runs every Friday and Saturday during Jazz Fest …and it’s FREE, but you do have to register. There’s still time, just go to the Sync Up website and click on the “Register” button. You can also download a pdf of this year’s program that has the conference schedule and bios/contact info for all the speakers.
Sadly, I won’t be able to attend this year, but I strongly urge y’all to go if you can swing it. The info is always really relevant and useful to all musicians and music business people…indie or not.
Mark Fowler brought this one to my attention recently…so I checked it out.
Vibe Deck (beta) is an online service that allows you to sell your music downloads direct to your fans through your own website, Facebook, You Tube, Sound Cloud and on Vibe Deck itself. As the “beta” implies… it’s super new, in the final stages of development (kind of like the “human testing” phase) and there may be changes once it actually is finalized. Their main selling point right now is that it’s free for you to use AND…you keep 100% of what you sell. They want to keep that last feature even after they are out of beta, so it’s possible that you might have to pay for a subscription when that happens…but who the heck knows? They are still trying to figure all that out.
For the time being it’s completely free and it’s one more way to get your music out there and increase your revenue stream. Participating in the beta phase will also help the developers make the service as useful and bug-free as possible. It’s worth a look, at least, to see if it might be right for you and/or your band.
I’m a singer. I’ve sung some jingles for commercials…I was once even a sound alike for a famous singer…but I have also done some non-singing voiceover work. Granted it’s been a while, and there weren’t that many gigs…but I did enjoy it. At the end of the day it’s about making a living and if you can figure out a way to add to your paycheck with something that’s fun… and totally legal… well, why not try it? Read the rest of this entry