Category Archives: Artist Advice


Creative BC launched new grants from December through till March!

PROGRAMS LAUNCHING FROM DECEMBER 2016 THROUGH MARCH 2017 Sound Recording Program – Budgets may be $3000 or higher and will cover 50% of sound recording expenses in BC, up to a maximum of $75,000. Applicants must be BC incorporated or a registered business in BC and own 100% of the …

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Tips and Tricks to creating your FACTOR artist and applicant profiles

There is an upcoming deadline of August 31st for all artists to submit their profiles into the FACTOR system. IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR FUTURE FUNDING YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE THIS SUBMITTED by this deadline date. You cannot submit later this year, so this is your chance. While the FACTOR website can be …

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Why is image so important?

Why is image so important? Image is a key part of your branding, it is a direct link to you and your music, live performance and visual experience.  It is important that the look and sound are unified, if you are trying to be a cool guy, but you’re far …

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BC Premier announces 15M Music Grant today

What happens when Christy Clark, Chad Kroeger and Michael Buble are all in the same room? Magic happens… Today I attended a music conference hosted by Creative BC, Music BC and Music Canada. There, BC’s Premier Christy Clark announced that the BC Government will be allocating 15M of funding into …

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FACTOR announces new “Artist Development” Grant Program starting April 1!

As of January 29, 2016, FACTOR will no longer be accepted Demo Program grants. In replace of this it seems as though FACTOR has put together a smart “All In One” grant application for Artist Development which will be launched April 1, 2016. Eligible artists will include those who have …

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Marketing Plans 101

A marketing plan is an incredibly detailed projection for a band or artist. They are generally between 12 – 15 pages and covers the coming 6 – 12 months of plans.  This includes a full breakdown and details of areas such as overall goals, touring, video, press, radio and much more. …

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Tips and Tricks for Interns in the Music Industry

Sometime not too long ago, I was part of a 8 month internship (two 4 month placements) working for free in the music industry to gain connections and experience to land a full time (paying) position.  I was successfully able to do so immediately following my placement. I have since had several of …

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Being a Business Savvy artist will improve your chances of success!

What made Bono one of the richest rockstars in the world as well as making Dr. Dre and P. Diddy two of the wealthiest hip hop artists around? It wasn’t just their musical talents, most of their sky rocketing net worth came from smart business sense and the understanding of …

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Resources To Help You Get Better Gigs Quicker And Easier

 In the early stages of your bands potential career it can be tough to find shows and you can often feel like you’re not getting the chance to get out there and play enough. You may find yourself on the bill with bands who genres don’t fit yours and you …

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Endorsement Deals 101

When I first started working in the industry, the world of endorsements was a much different process than it is today. Most artists were able to get great product in return for using gear live, or wearing a certain brand on stage at most levels of their careers. That luxury …

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