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2015 New Years Resolutions (Jan/Feb Month Goals)

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 4 comments

2015 New Years Resolutions (Jan/Feb Month Goals)

  I want to apologize for not posting November’s/Decemeber’s Music Business Goals. I’ve been smothered with a lot of unexpected changes in life as well as projects/deals. We’re back on track now. This Year’s focus is geared toward creating more “How To” guides, launching a more robust site and adding a chapter onto the music licensing challenge. Lately, I’ve been busy relocating my recording studio. As a result, I’ve had to rely on my mobile production setup: MacBook Pro, Saffire 6, Akai 25 Key, Headphones and Reason (now Reason 8). That’s more than enough to get things done, but not enough for the projects I was getting contracted for. So there was a lot of struggle, lessons learned and a huge appreciation for people I have within my circles. Without them, I probably would have upset a lot of clients. Music Licensing Updates What’s new? What’s working? Did I leave all music libraries? Am I still making money from the course? Do I still recommend The 90 Day Challenge? There are a lot of questions in my inbox, I’ll update everyone before the months ends. There has been a lot of change in my licensing business. I’d say I’m probably working with half of the libraries and I was in the beginning of 2014, but again, I’ll get into detail about this next week. New Diy Music Biz I’ve wanted to redo my site for over a year now. Everytime I start, something comes up (like a project) and it gets put on the back burner. I wish I could stop time for 1 month and catch up on months of unfinished plans. Anyway, the focus is to restructure Diy Music Biz so it’s loads faster, easier to navigate and to re-launch the membership sections. I know people have been inquiring about the Diy Music Biz membership since November of 2013. I just didn’t have the time to dedicate, but now, that’s onboard. There will also be a spotlight section for up and coming musicians/artists/producers etc. I’m open to ideas on the spotlight section, so if you have any, share them with me! Create And Pitch Albums Not Songs This is a goal I had last year, but wasn’t able to accomplish. I’ll be pushing a little harder to finish this up. What I need to do is categorize my music by genre tempo and theme. I’d say it’s about 40% done so it shouldn’t be too hard to complete given the 12 months, but I want to get it done sooner so I can start seeing results from my efforts before 2016. Learn Music Theory I’m still a huge cheater in this area. My understanding of music theory is minimal. I sit with chord, progression and scale charts in front of me. If I hear a song I like, I remake and save it as a template (key/scale/progressions). My creation processes is rather easy imo, but maybe that’s because I’ve been working this way for so long. It would be nice to be able to listen to a song and know exactly what key I’m hearing as well as the progression without having to hunt and peck. It would definitely make snagging vibes a lot easier. Music Marketing Organization I would say that I’m pretty good at marketing...

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Music Business Goals: Sound Design & Mentoring

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 0 comments

Music Business Goals: Sound Design & Mentoring

This month I’ll be focusing on two things – Mentoring musicians and sound design.   Mentoring I love helping others make money with their music, that’s why this site was created. At times, It can be a handful especially when I have my own projects. That’s why I shut down my membership last year. Between mentoring and working with clients, it was to much to handle. I didn’t have the right system in place, too much to soon. Sound Design This month’s focus will revolve around sound design. I’ll touch on everything from gear and equipment needed to how to land projects within the field. I do have few posts on the subject already how to get your music placed in video games and various posts revolving around budget equipment, but I want to make this a detailed guide much like the Vlogging For Musicians series. What’s on your plate this...

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Music Business Goals: 1 on 1 Mentoring And Master Minds

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 0 comments

Music Business Goals: 1 on 1 Mentoring And Master Minds

  1 on 1 Mentoring & Master Minds – this is what I’m focusing on this month. Music Business Mentor Preparing to mentor a new group of music creators. I’ve been consulting musicians a little over a year and while it’s fun, I want to do something with a longer lifespan attached to it. Consultations are fun, but I only do them a couple times a month. What I want to do is take a group and people and help them do what I’m doing. To kick this off, I opened my offer to the public, but only for a limited time → September 13th, 2014 🙂 Hopefully you’re in time to participate → Free Business mentoring for a year Music Licensing MasterMind My partner(s) and I were going pretty strong for awhile, but life and projects got in way. Which is good, but it’s definitely something that must continue. I started my master mind with 4 people, but later dwindled down to 2. One licensing professional and a marketing specialist. MasterMinds are awesome because it allows you bounce ideas off like-minded people. Nothing helps you grow more in this business than surrounding yourself around other successful individuals. Music Biz Monthly Focus This will be a topic that I focus on for the month. I think it’s a great way to create content and stay focused as well as help my subscribers in the readers of the site. Last month or a month and a half ago, I started with Vlogging For Musicians which is an introduction to video marketing. The goal was to show some of what I do with the video to generate leads and placements. I wasn’t sure how well it would be accepted, but a lot people appreciated it. The posts got a lot of shares via social media and email. More importantly, I received great feedback from readers who were genuinely appreciative because I broke down a complex subject into something simple, that’s what I do best. Most cut their first videos while going through the series, how great is that? You can follow the vlogging for musician series here If you have an idea for The Music Biz Monthly Focus, let me know. I’m open to ideas and what to do all I can to help...

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Music Business Goals: Music Marketing and Licensing Companies

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 0 comments

Music Business Goals: Music Marketing and Licensing Companies

  Here’s a my business goals for month. Mostly, music and training. No More Music Licensing Companies I’m not kicking them to the curb, but I won’t be submitting any new material for a while. The more connections I make the more I realize, clients want little to do with those involved with retitling based libraries. Working with indie projects pays quicker, more frequently and the competition is minimal. From now on, If I can’t connect with the “yes man or women” screw it. They’re longer worth putting my time into. Music Licensing How To’s I’m 90% complete with the “Vlogging For Musicians” was lucky enough to have a few musicians give me their permission to use their videos for training purposes. I didn’t expect this series to get as much traction as it did. Turns out there were a lot of people on G+ who loved it, those who were music creators and those who wanted to jump into vlogging. So I spent a little extra time with the details Diy Music Biz Redesign My new logo and animation are both complete. We are currently drafting the new design for the site, I’m excited. The purposes of the redesign is mostly for functionality. I like themes, but it’s rare that you come across one that does everything you want. and customizing it..pfff sucks when you don’t have the background. Scouting For Talent I can’t share to much, but a few opportunities have been placed in front of me that will allow me to push music to big companies. If you’re a member of Diy Music Biz, I’ll keep you...

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Music Business Goals: Music Licensing And Business How To’s

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 0 comments

Music Business Goals: Music Licensing And Business How To’s

  Wow, it’s July already, time is flying! Independence day is in 3 more days do you have anything planned? Well, aside from blowing things up? I thought about getting the fireworks, but no interest, the next door neighbors of have plenty for and… I’ll be recording them 🙂 Anyway, here’s what I have lined up for the July 2014. The Diy Music Biz Podcast Finalizing the nitty gritty with my new partners. Making sure, my hair looks good and there’s nothing in-between my teeth in all videos… I kid, not but really, that type of stuff. Making sure all videos come across as intended with the right feeling/mood. Sometimes I get a little chatty and I “um” bomb everything. So we’re going though finding a standard before delivering, it’s going to be awesome. I want to again, thank everyone for sending in their questions, there are over 45 questions sitting in cue, this will keep me busy for a while. Music Business How To’s (Licensing and Such) Alright, I wanted to get this done last month, but had a few life changing events take up my time. Also had a few unexpected music biz issues, more on that in later post, something everyone will learn from. The how to’s will be posts outlining how I find projects outside of the music licensing challenge. Remember, the challenge was only meant as a case study and sort of a licensing guide. While it has added to my income portfolio it’s far from the only means of acquiring licensing deals. And, I don’t want people to feel as if they need to follow the same course to get results. So we’ll jump into some of that this month. Shorter List How Come Good question! Tighter focus. I’m always working on multiple things a month, but what I share though these monthly goals are the most important things. My readership is very important to me, and I want to make sure I have the time to deliver what I’ve been prepping for. Remember, the whole reasoning behind the site is to help you! Shortest list...

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Music Business Goals: Music Placement How To’s, Branding & Relationship Building

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 2 comments

Music Business Goals: Music Placement How To’s, Branding & Relationship Building

Well, it’s the 1st of the month and that means it’s time to share music business goals. Here’s what I have lined up and what I hope to accomplish for the month of June. If you like these updates, please let me know by commenting, sharing the update with others or by letting me know what you have planned for the month. My Diy Music Biz Podcast Exciting news. I now have an interested partner who is willing to split the work by assisting with the following. Hosting Editing Organization Promotion Mentoring etc I can’t let you know who this partner is right now, but everyone knows who they are as they’re a pretty big aggregator in the music and tech world. This couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re still working out minor details as far as presentation, audience in engagement and a wealth of other things. This is going to be great So for those of you who have been waiting, the wait is almost over. For those of you who still have music business questions, shoot them to me here Music Business Questions this way I can get them cued up thank you all for your patience and participation thus far. Branding And Social Media How’s this going? So far so good. I have a new cover photo for my Google Plus account, not 100% satisfied with it, but it’s leaps and bounds above what I had before. In fact, I noticed a 200+% increase in followers just by changing the graphic alone. I’ll have a breakdown of this soon showing you; what was done, old vs new look as well as my results. I have a brand-new logo created for the website which will also be used as my video transitions, business cards and other social media platforms. I’m currently outlining ideas with my graphic designer. Hopefully we can get this completed within the month of June and move on to other things. Another huge part of the branding is my website. I am still looking for a website designer I can sit down with and coordinate. I also have to sit down and think of how I want the site to function, that’s one thing I did not take into consideration. So I’m looking at all the templates that I like and picking the best from each. Building Business Relationships There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t make some type of connection or build a relationship with someone in my industry. I don’t care how big or small they are. This month I’m going to focus primarily on music engineers. Why? I’ll share that once the momentum starts rolling. If you’re an out-of-the-box thinker, I’m pretty sure you know where my head’s at. Oh, and it has nothing to do with mixing music or entering the business of online mixing. Although, that is a good idea, but not one I’m willing to entertain. Studying Music Producers Last month I mentioned that a music supervisor was giving me a list of names and tracks I should be studying for upcoming placements. Well, since then my dropbox has been flooded with music. What’s good is I know what people are looking for, but the problem is information overload. I like having resources,...

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Music Business Goals: May 2014 Cues, Meta Data, Branding Etc

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 4 comments

Music Business Goals: May 2014 Cues, Meta Data, Branding Etc

  Hey everyone, hope all is well. Here are goals for the month of May. Please read them, leave some feedback and let me know what goals you have set for this month. The music licensing challenge, is really paying off now, but more on that in a future update Let’s get started Diy Music Biz Podcast (Is This Ever Coming?) I don’t know. It like…every step I take forward, I take two steps back. I Either run into complications or some project comes in and consumes all my time. What complications? There are a few, but the main one(s) are finding a good host and being up ahead enough episodes to launch. I want the podcast to be user-driven so without participation (questions) I can’t sustain the podcast. Or at least not the way that I’d like to. It seems like everyone wants the podcast but, nobody wants to ask questions so…… I just don’t understand. Social Media (Business) Branding Being a behind the scenes type of person I never took branding and image seriously, for myself that is. I never needed to, not once. Let’s face it, my work consist of sitting in front of a workstation, editing sounds/music cues and emailing or uploading to clients and platforms – That’s it At most I needed a profile image or avatar, mini bio/description and that’s where it ended So Why The Change? Because I’m scaring people! I’m finding that the pictures I use have a huge impact on how people perceive me. Six months ago I remember a copywriter saying “you’re a very outgoing and friendly person but your pictures don’t convey that.” I didn’t ignore her, I just didn’t take heed… It wasn’t until I was in guitar center looking around when a guy approached me (sort of nervous) and asked “are you Greg Savage” and I said “yes” thinking, oh great, now that I’ve acknowledged myself you can serve me papers. Not sure why I thought that. Anyway, we got into a conversation about gear and music business. Turns out he is a follower here on Diy Music Biz and at the end he goes “man you’re, you’re so easy to talk to” (he was shocked). The whole time I was thinking “why wouldn’t I be an easy to talk to?”. Then I remembered the conversation I had with my copywriter. So, a change is coming. Connecting With Professionals You can never have too many connections in the music business. My goal is to continue positioning myself in places where I have the opportunity to meet other business professionals. I’d normally go to conventions for this, but they can be rather expensive and there’s a certain amount of randomness I like to avoid. I don’t like huge crowds, I don’t like collecting handfuls of business cards. I like talking to small groups, a few people here and there and move on. I like connecting with people that have the ability to give me a direct answer. And I find that harder to do when you’re at big conventions because everyones trying to do the same thing. Studying Music (Composers) I’m still studying cinematic music and Judy the music supervisor that I’ve been connected with since last year has been nice enough to pass me music cues and different composers...

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Music Business Goals: Expanding Your Horizons & Building Relationships. That’s How You Succeed

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 2 comments

Music Business Goals: Expanding Your Horizons & Building Relationships. That’s How You Succeed

  This monthly update is a little late, but here it is. These goals will help keep me profitable for 2014 Experiment With Different Genres Of Music Every now and again I get a wild hair in an odd place and decided to expand my horizons by dipping into a different genre of music. I’ve talked with a few friends about this (expanding), but was side tracked by a project before I could dive in. As a result I’ve missed out on easy placements. Easy meaning if there were booming drums and a few emotional lines of string, I could have nailed it. But I have no cinematic tracks, never have And it just so happens that Judy (the music supervisor) is in a prime position to push that sound and she’s willing to work me, if I can supply. So, I’m going put some time into studying and crafting cinematic material, even if it sounds cheesy and cliché. Creating Meta Data For Instrumentals I’m still creating data for tracks that were created last year. I’m thinking about dedicating a few weeks to this, just go ahead and knock it out. The quicker I get them done the quicker I can send them off to libraries. Concentrate On Quality Music Libraries After going through the music licensing challenge, I’ve come across a lot of libraries. Some good, some bad and others… just ok. My opinions have nothing to do with the libraries personally, they are all useful, but there are some I feel better working with than others. I think it’s a better business move to put my efforts into the libraries where I’ve built a relationship with owner or assistant(s) Or, libraries where I’m generating some income. Build Relationships With Small Business Owners Why? because I noticed a lot of businesses in my area lack the technical know-how as far as video and music so I will be the answer to their problem for a small price. Coffee shops, car dealerships, car repair, thrift stores etc. These are all potential markets I can walk into. I’ve seen their commercials and a lot of times it’s horrible. I asked a pawnshop how much they paid for their commercial, told them I was looking into having one done. The owner told me $5,500. No steady footage, crappy pans, bad jump cuts and transitions. Future client, trust me. Again not many goals but definitely ones that will make an impact in my business. What are your goals? Tell me what you have planned for this month. Are you working on something new? Are you finishing up what you couldn’t last month, or are you at a stand still? Let me...

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Music Business Goals March 2014: Music Licensing, Meta Data & Sound Design

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 4 comments

Music Business Goals March 2014: Music Licensing, Meta Data & Sound Design

  Hey everyone, here’s my monthly music business goal update. If this is the first time you’ve seen this on my site basically It’s an accountability measure. I share my business goals with the public in hopes of keeping myself motivated, accountable and others inspired. Every Goal Here Is Sitting In  A Mind Map Organizing Music Cues (Meta Data) 10 tracks a day, meta data has never been my favorite part of the business, but It is getting a little easier. The more you do, the better you become. I’m now looking into software that will make the flow go a little smoother. If any of you know of good apps for this (paid or free) please let me know. Company Branding Diy Music Biz (Logo) I spoke about changing my site’s branding/look. Some of my friends were against the idea, they felt my look was fine, just needed to be fine tuned. I’m still pushing and fiddling around with the look. I’ve hired a designer to help refresh the logo a bit and soon I’ll be hiring a coder to help me customize a few lines of code to give my site the look and feel I want. The more I speak with designers, the more motivated I become to make the change. I will keep my main brand colors intact, this way there’s still a sense familiarity. My Podcast That’s launching this month, I’m in the process of editing and cleaning up episodes. We’re looking to launch on the 25th of March. Closer to the end of the March, but still in March 🙂 → Just before my Bday, I’ll be hitting a milestone… eeee I still have a couple of small things to. I’m on the fence about hosting it by myself or having a co host. I’ll have my mind made up soon enough → clock is ticking. Sorry, but I have to postpone the launch. Had two unexpecting events pop up that had to be handled ASAP. So, we’re going to shoot for mid May, hopefully sooner Native Instruments Komplete 9 Oh dear, I got my update months ago, but there was an error with the drive, had to send it out for a replacement. A replacement came in and I’ve been afraid install everything. I’ve been installing everything in sections. Anyway, I’ll be using Komplete 9 and Logic Pro x for the most of my music and sound creation in 2014. Reason 7 will still be in the picture, but for more simple production tasks as mentioned before. Sound Design & Music Licensing Projects I’m still working with clients I built relationships with during the 90 Day Challenge. This is really turning into something special because the communication is falling into place. There was a little hang up during the first week of February, but that happens sometimes when clients and creators are getting use to one another. I’ve recently been given the opportunity to help with a few android-based projects which will be fun as I’ve always wanted to get more projects in this area. My knowledge is a bit limited, but I’m told not to worry as I don’t have to do any coding, I just need to deliver the format, that’s going to be cake. They will allow me access...

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Music Business Goals For February 2014

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 4 comments

Music Business Goals For February 2014

I hope everyone’s doing good, hopefully last month was the start of new beginnings and promising events. Here my goals for February 2014 Organizing Music Cues There’s still so much music to go through and it seems like I’m only making a small dent into my project, but I know that finishing the smaller tasks is what it takes to complete the goal. So with that said, I’m going to continue with plan I set in January. Prepping my tracks for music licensing → 10 tracks a day. Building A Team This month, I’ll be scouting for strong, “like minded professionals” to help build this resource. I Already have a few people in mind who have agreed to come on board with me, which is excellent, but I’m still looking for more so, favorite this page as I’ll have a link from it to an application within the next few days. Create More Video Content As much as I like writing, I must say I enjoy creating video content a lot more. It’s fun, more engaging and while it does take a little more “technical” know how, I think it’s worth it and much faster once you get the hang of it. I had a lot of fun creating videos last year but I wasn’t as consistent as I wanted to be. I wasn’t too familiar with the gear I had and constantly worried about video quality “should I use smaller cameras that fit in my pocket or should I use my Canon T3i” Should the video quality be as best as can be or should I just get it to where it looks good on YouTube and Smartphones since most people are using them these days. Also, using a higher-quality camera means working with a larger file which means dealing with longer rendering times. So, I took a little time, weighed my options, got a little more familiar with my gear and have come to a conclusion. My T3i is amazing, but too much for what I’m trying to do (right now). I’m going stick with using smaller cameras, like my Galaxy S4 because it’s faster, the file size is smaller and the quality is good enough for YouTube. I’m sure my taste will change as I learn and adapt more, but for right now I have to go with what allows me to move forward at a faster pace. Diy Music Biz Podcast Geez, I feel like this is never going to launch lol. I’m still mapping it out, I got some great feedback and suggestions for my subscribers as well as some of my friends who run popular podcasts and right now I’m just trying to get down to the nitty-gritty to make it consistent. I now have the month blocked out and agreed upon with a friend (accountability partner) and it will launch in March for sure, not April, not May, not February but March → 2014 of course 🙂 Had to be pushed to April for life and technical reasons, April will be the month of the launch. Sorry for the delay , but it’s coming I’m such a stickler for consistency, I want everything to run like an oiled machine. I don’t want to start something that’s going to take away from my...

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