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This week, I wanted to pass along three fantastic [and completely FREE!] eBooks that I have found to be valuable sources for anyone pursuing a career in the music industry. Without further adieu . . .

The New Rockstar Philosophy (140 pages)
Chock-full of concrete steps you can take as an artist, The New Rockstar Philosophy is a workbook that will change the way you look at making money making music. After breaking down “The 4 Pillars” of today’s music industry, Hoover and Voyno highlight some of the interesting trends in the ‘new’ music business. Other topics covered include goal (and mini goal) setting, songwriting, band member relationships, creating an identity, building an online presence, practice pointers and much, much more! Get it here!

How To Call Attention To Your Music (71 pages)
Anything from Derek Sivers, former owner of online indie music distributor CD Baby, is guaranteed to be great! This excellent eBook is no exception. A longtime supporter of D.I.Y. musicians, Sivers challenges individuals and bands alike to think from others’ points of view, create a niche, grab people’s attention, be extreme, be persistent and NOT think like musicians. Definitely one of my faves- super useful, motivational and easy to read! Get it here!

How To Be Creative (49 pages)
Written by cartoonist Hugh MacLeod, many would hastily jump to the conclusion that this eBook is for visual artists. But dive in and you’ll quickly agree that the 26 tips found within can apply to musicians, dancers, or indeed ANYone. “Ignore everybody,” “Put the hours in,” “Keep your day job,” your “own private Mount Everest,” “If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you,” “Never compare your inside with someone else’s outside,” “Avoid the Watercooler Gang,” “Selling out is harder than it looks,” “find your own shtick.” Almost every idea is expounded on for a page or more, giving you plenty of food-for-thought that can be immediately applied to make you more creative at your craft. Get it here!

Check ’em out and let me know what you think in a comment below. If you have another that should be added to the list, pass that along, as well!

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