Launch your music with Freedom for Musicians


At Freedom for Musicians, our philanthropic purpose is to serve and support musicians from any genre, style or culture by providing a free promotional service via FFM Magazine.

Our services so far:

  • All our musicians have access to the website via the admin team.
  • A Musicians Directory
  • Live stream your performance at the FFM Live Lounge
  • Event promotion through our network of thousands of musicians worldwide.
  •  Members can advertise, for free, any musical product or service on the website. (Musicians Market Place)
  • Flex your journalistic muscles and publish your music blog on our website.
  • Become an International ambassador for your home country.
  •  Recording artists can access the marketplace through our own fully licensed independent (FFM Records Ltd) record label.
  •  An opportunity to be a Featured Artist.
  • The Freedom Orchestra. An orchestra established to bring together recent settlers in the UK either refugees or migrant musicians. (Coming soon)
  • Have your musical innovations promoted as ‘Featured Product’.
  • Promote your online lessons to a global audience.
  • Share and promote at our Facebook home.

If you would like us to promo your work, all you need to do is message me, Roger Moisan, with your links etc, and we will do the rest.

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY, AND WILL NEVER BE, ANY CHARGE FOR OUR SERVICES

You can join FFM by becoming a member of our Facebook Group

Message me personally through Linkedin

email – rogermoisan@yahoo.co.uk

Visit us at FFM Records



Share your music with the world


At Freedom for Musicians, our philanthropic purpose is to serve and support musicians from any genre, style or culture by providing a free music promotional service via FFM Magazine.

Our services so far:

  • All our musicians have access to the website via the admin team.
  • A Musicians Directory
  • Live stream your performance at the FFM Live Lounge
  • Event promotion through our network of thousands of musicians worldwide.
  •  Members can advertise, for free, any musical product or service on the website. (Musicians Market Place)
  • Flex your journalistic muscles and publish your music blog on our website.
  • Become an International ambassador for your home country.
  •  Recording artists can access the marketplace through our own fully licensed independent (FFM Records Ltd) record label.
  •  An opportunity to be a Featured Artist.
  • The Freedom Orchestra. An orchestra established to bring together recent settlers in the UK either refugees or migrant musicians. (Coming soon)
  • Have your musical innovations promoted as ‘Featured Product’.
  • Promote your online lessons to a global audience.
  • Share and promote at our Facebook home.

If you would like us to promo your work, all you need to do is message me, Roger Moisan, with your links etc, and we will do the rest.

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY, AND WILL NEVER BE, ANY CHARGE FOR OUR SERVICES

You can join FFM by becoming a member of our Facebook Group

Message me personally through Linkedin

email – rogermoisan@yahoo.co.uk

Visit us at FFM Records



Ready to Quit Your Day Job? – TOP 7 for Musicians






1) Ready to Quit Your Day Job and Be a Full-Time Musician?

Last week I answered questions during a Facebook Live broadcast. Here’s a segment where I covered knowing if you’re ready and how to deal with having a variety of creative passions.

2) Don’t Make This Self-Employment Mistake

Want to be your own boss? Great. But don’t get stuck in this common trap. In this video, I explain what this obstacle is and how to overcome it.

3) Seven Full-Time Musician Lessons from Dave Ruch

I’ve been following Dave for a couple years now. He’s a smart, savvy musician. In this article he shares seven things he wished he knew before he became a full-time musician.

4) 25 Quick and Easy Social Media Prompts to Post in a Pinch

This topic came up time and time again during the recent 30-Day Build Your Fan Base Challenge: What should I post every day so it doesn’t get old for me or my fans? Suzanne Paulinski has a nice checklist of ideas right here.

5) Apple Music to Surpass Spotify in the US

According to Bobby Owsinski’s Music 3.0 blog, Apple Music is growing at a higher new paid subscriber rate than Spotify is in the US. As a result, the service is on track to pass Spotify sometime during the summer of 2018.

6) The Most Powerful Way to Reach Your Fans

So many tools, so little time. What’s the most effective way to engage and interact with your fans? Want to know my top recommendation? This little gem, from my video archives, spells it out for you.

7) Attract More Fans — 4 Simple Steps

On this episode from my podcast archives, I present a simple four-step processyou can use to clarify who you are as an artist, identify your ideal fans, and reach them in a meaningful way.

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Thanks for all you do to create great music and share it with the world!

Bob

P.S. If you enjoyed this and want to express your gratitude … Purchase a book below, become a patron, subscribe to my YouTube channel, follow me on TwitterFacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn.

For More Inspiration …

Here are three more resources that will power up your creative juicesand help you thrive as an artist:

Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook
201 Self-Promotion Ideas for Songwriters, Musicians and Bands on a Budget

The Five-Minute Music Marketer
151 Easy Music Promotion Activities That Take 5 Minutes or Less

The 9 Irrefutable Laws of Music Marketing
How the Most Successful Acts Promote Themselves, Attract Fans, and Ensure Their Long-Term Success

Please visit https://www.patreon.com/bobbaker — where you can support the Empowered Artist Movement, my mission to educate, inspire and empower creative people around the world.



New kids on the block, Freedom for Musicians (FFM) all set to take on the big boys in 2018







With the release of their networking app for musicians and in house independent record label FFM Records, Freedom for Musicians are going to become a major player in 2018.

An international cooperative of musicians that is free from exploitation, FFM are a unique organisation that has the interests of its members at the heart of everything they do.

They provide a free marketing service to its members around the world as well as raising funds for music projects, supporting music related charities and creating a real sense of community for ordinary musicians worldwide.

Membership is completely free and simplicity itself. To join FFM, all you do is join the Facebook group and you have access to all their services.




Grow Your YouTube Music Channel: Peter Hollens Interview





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The 30-Day Build Your Fan Base Challenge





There are many factors that contribute to an artist’s success.

Whether you’re a musician, writer, visual artist, actor, crafter, designer, or some other kind of maker or creative entrepreneur, you know what those success factors are:

Talent, originality, vision, mindset, determination, people skills, optimism, marketing and sales skills, etc.

But there’s one factor that stands above the rest. And sadly, it’s often overlooked.

I’m talking about Consistent Habits!

Planning and goal setting are great, but they are meaningless without a series of specific actions to back them up. That’s why developing consistent habits makes all the difference.

Habits can be applied to many aspects of your art: honing your craft, educating yourself, staying positive, etc.

But when it comes to expanding your impact and monetary success, the primary element that will propel your career is a sizable and growing fan base.

You won’t make much of an impact with your creativity without a group of people who know, appreciate, and support you.

And, the more fervently they embrace you, the more they’ll spend their time, attention, and money on you.

Okay. You get it. Growing and nurturing a fan base is crucial. So …




What’s the best way to apply Consistent Habits to building your fan base?

That’s simple. All you have to do is develop a regular routine of publicly sharing your work.

I know. Easier said then done. But successful artists do it all the time. That’s exactly what I’ve done for decades to spread my message and maintain my self-employed status.

It works. The last time I had a day job was 2004.

Are you sharing your music, words, or art on a regular basis? If not, you’re probably not attracting fans and building your career at a pace you’re happy with.

Posting something online (or getting exposure offline) once or twice a week is good. But, when you’re really ready to rev up the fan-building machine, commit to sharing something every day.

Bob (bottom center) with a group of his improv comedy students.

Yes. Every day!

If you can maintain that pace year round, all the power to you. But if that seems too intimidating, could you commit to doing it for 30 days?

Also, would you be more likely to stick with it if you weren’t doing this alone?

Would it help to feed off the energy of a group of other creative people embarking on the same journey?

That’s why I’m about to launch the 30-Day Build Your Fan Base Challenge.

It’s a four-week experience designed to give you a creative community and a support system to help you develop the habit of sharing your work.

The challenge starts Wednesday, January 3, and ends Thursday, February 1.




What will you get out of the 30-Day Challenge?

You will …

  • Develop your creative muscle
  • Hone your craft
  • Create a body of work
  • Engage with your fans and get immediate feedback
  • Break through fear, apathy, and distractions
  • Be seen as a committed artist instead of a dreaming wanna-be
  • Increase the odds that you’ll sell something
  • Create momentum
  • Interact with other kindred spirits on the same journey
  • Develop a new habit you can continue well beyond the 30 days

Here’s what you’ll get when you register …

A Private 30-Day Challenge Facebook Group.

I want you to benefit from the energy of a creative community. Everyone who signs up for the program will get exclusive access to this private Facebook group. That’s where most of the interaction will take place.

Go there every day and post what you’re sharing. Get feedback, share your successes and struggles, ask for advice, and maybe even find other creative people to partner with on future projects.

Weekly Conference Calls.

I will host five one-hour group conference calls on Wednesdays, starting January 3, at 12 Noon Eastern (11:00 AM Central, 9:00 AM Pacific). During these weekly calls I’ll answer questions, invite people to share their progress, help you overcome challenges, and teach some additional strategies for being consistent and sticking to your creative habits.

These calls will be recorded so you can listen to them later.

Video Lessons and Worksheets.

Throughout the program I’ll post short video messages or broadcast live within the private Facebook group. In these sessions I’ll poke and prod you to keep taking action.

I’ll give you my best advice on what to post and how to position yourself so you attract your ideal fans. I’ll also answer your questions and cater to the specific needs of the group.

In addition, you’ll get links to printable worksheets and checklists you can use to clarify your fan-attraction plan and record your progress.

You’ll also have the option to get these additional benefits …

A 30-Day Challenge Success Partner.

Hands down, this will be the most valuable aspect of the 30-day program, if you take advantage of it.

You will have the option of being paired with another creative person also enrolled in the challenge. Think of them as an accountability partner and personal cheerleader. This Success Partner is someone you will connect with briefly three to five times a week during the program.

Knowing you will talk to someone adds a new level of commitment to being consistent. It’s also a great way to get advice and support from another artistic soul who understands you and is going through the same journey.

A One-on-One Personal Strategy Session with Me.

If you take this option, you and I will have a private strategy session by phone or Skype for up to 60 minutes. Use this time to address whatever aspect of your creativity I can help you with most: marketing, productivity, branding, book publishing, juggling a lot of interests, etc.

You can schedule this session at any time during the 30-day program or wait up to six months to use it. It’s up to you.

Here’s a sweet video from singer Michelle Gold:

 So, what will you share to attract fans during the 30-day challenge?

Good question. It’s ultimately up to you, and I will give you worksheets and some guidance to help determine what’s ideal for you.

However, one of the most powerful things you can do these days is video. Especially Facebook Live. I know, it might seem scary. But if you commit to a daily posting schedule, you will see results. So that’s what I encourage you to do, and I’ll give you my best advice for making simple video content work.

You could also commit to published a daily blog post, performing a song a day, posting images of your latest art, etc. If you have a way to share your talents in the real world, such as street performing or live painting, that’s an option too.




The bottom line: It has to be something that showcases the gifts you have to offer the world, and it has to be the type of content that will attract your ideal fan!

Let’s do this — starting January 3, 2018. And let’s do it together!

How much will this cost?

I’m still deciding on the final pricing, but I’ll probably offer three levels, with the lowest being only $47 USD for the private Facebook group, weekly conference calls, and the training videos, checklists, and worksheets.

That would make it the most affordable 30-day program I’ve ever offered. And, if it brings in more participants that way, I’m happy to do it!

Registration is not open yet, but it will be soon.

Get on the Creative Entrepreneur VIP List and be the first to know by email!


What About Bob?

Bob Baker is on a lifelong mission to help musicians, authors and creative entrepreneurs use their talents and know-how to make a living and make a difference in the world.

Bob with bestselling author Joe Vitale.

He is a full-time author who has developed a successful niche writing and speaking about music marketing and self-promotion for songwriters, musicians, and bands.

Bob supplements his income with music (as a singer, songwriter, guitarist), visual art(as an acrylic painter), and improv comedy (as a teacher and performer).

A prolific writer with dozens of books, ebooks, audio programs and online courses, he served six terms as president of the St. Louis Publishers Association and is an advocate for the self-publishing movement.

Bob is the author of the highly acclaimed Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook (which appeared in the movie The School of Rock, starring Jack Black) and the “Music Marketing 101” course at Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music.

CD Baby called him “The Godfather of Independent Music Marketing.” Bob is also an adjunct professor in the music department at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, “Bob Baker is one of the most widely recognized authorities on music marketing. A prolific writer, Baker is regarded as one of the industry’s leaders in helping musicians leverage online web and marketing strategies to boost their careers.”

He has appeared in the media on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Marketplace” and in such publications as Electronic Musician, Music Connection, The Guardian in the U.K., Canadian Musician, Publishers Weekly, VIBE magazine, E! Online, and even The Onion!

Bob’s other titles include The Empowered ArtistThe Passion PrinciplesUnleash the Artist WithinThe Guerrilla Guide to Book MarketingBranding Yourself OnlineThe DIY Career Manifesto, and The Improv Comedy Musician(co-written with Laura Hall from Whose Line Is It Anyway?).

Steve’s video is about a live event Bob hosted in 2015:



FFM’s Corporate Marketing Package – An Incredible Early Opportunity!




We are now offering advertising space to corporate clients with a musical identity to come onboard with us at this early stage of our life. FFM are highly ethical and support  the Araba Scott Children’s Foundation.

Part of our work is to help developing music communities from around the world and are currently supporting young musicians in Uganda.

We plan to offer grants, scholarships and bursaries as well as recording opportunities (via the record label) to enable musicians to access the industry who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity.

Our Marketing Package: P.O.A

  • Your clickable image or video ad in the content side bar.
  • A review of your company as an article.
  • Your brand discreetly promoted within our articles. (approximately 5 per day)  
  • The option to update and tweak your message whenever you need to.
  • Ad impressions approx 30k per month
This is an extremely competitive offer at this early stage in our growth and well worth taking advantage of!

Simply send your marketing package to us, we will prepare your advertising product for you to approve or tweak and only when you are happy, you pay us.

Our current clients:

Encore
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Music teachers helper
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Gear 4 Music
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Stratos
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Alicia Louise
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 For further details and information on how your brand can come onboard with Freedom For Musicians, drop us a line in the contact box below.




How to Create an Electronic Press Kit for Musicians




Whether you’re an original act emailing promoters to book shows, or a function band wanting to get onto the books of a new entertainment agent, the advice is clear – If you want to get more gigs, get a good EPK.

What license do I need for my music?

Once your EPK is ready to send, check out this advice on approaching venues and promoters.

What is an EPK?

If you have never had one before, an Electronic Press Kit (or EPK, for short) is a document that should showcase what your band is all about. It should have clear links to your music, website and social media, acting as a central point for you to introduce your band and what you’re about.

The most important thing to think about when creating an EPK is how it is going to be viewed from the other side of the fence. Put yourself in the position of a promoter, potential manager or agent… what information would you want to see?

What to include in an electronic press kit for musicians:

Links to your audio

Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify – Wherever your music is, make sure it is listed in your EPK. Promoters and agents (before anything else!) are going to want to hear what you sound like. If you’re an original act, you should prioritise your latest single, or whatever you are trying to book shows to promote. It’s worth remembering that some acts actually offer a free download as part of their press kit. 




  Make sure to include clear links to your music on YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud or anywhere else

High-res Photography

Professional pictures of your band are essential for any EPK. Promoters will use the images for posters and on any entertainment agent’s roster.

When coming up with a concept for a photo-shoot, try and think of something distinctive. While there are certain “Classic” themes that will always work (shots of rock bands looking moody up against a graffiti wall is a good example), far better to try and come up with an original concept. Hiring a professional photographer will really help with this.

It’s also a good idea to include a PNG image of your band logo that promoters and venues can use on promotional materials for an event.

Website & Social Media

Your website should offer additional, in-depth information that clients or potential managers can read, so make sure it is listed in your EPK. Any and all social media links should also be included and remember to keep them updated regularly. Promoters and agents love to use social media to keep a track of how hard-working, busy and popular bands are.

While having a lot of Facebook likes or Twitter followers may look impressive, the most important thing to have on social media is an audience that engages with what you post and is likely to turn up to your shows. For this reason, resist the temptation to buy “Fake” likes. No promoter is going to be happy if they book a band with 122,000 Facebook likes when they can’t even get 10 people to their hometown show on a Saturday night!




A big following and great engagement on social media can boost your chances of a booking. 

Biography

Your biography should act as the main text block for your EPK. List your band’s achievements and recent shows at notable venues. Talk about bands you’ve supported and any endorsements you have, while giving some general background on the band and it’s members.

It’s always a good idea to start a biography with a recent press quote, if you have one. General advice always says that you should have both a large and short biography prepared – Your EPK should contain your long version.

This is a very important bit of reading for anyone who wants to know about your band, so make sure to check spelling and grammar and get it proof-read to make sure it looks and sounds professional.

Press Quotes & Testimonials

If you have any favourable reviews to hand, make sure to include a select quote from each one (linking to the source). Any testimonials from other figures in the industry are also a good thing to include. If you are a function band, it is also really important to have some quotes from previous clients. Anything along the lines of the (example) quotes below:

“Putting on a raucous show from start to finish, this band are
definitely ones to watch for 2017”
The Local Gazette

“I really want to thank the band for putting on an amazing show at our wedding, people
have been talking to us about them ever since!”
Tom Groom, 2016




 Positive press quotes can catch the eye of a promoter, but always back them up with links.

Videos

A great way for original acts and function bands to get more shows is to have some high-quality video footage.

For function bands, this consists of a promotional video. Some shots of you performing live, with some overlaid information about your band is typically the traditional way to go, but the more original, the better. Any potential entertainment agent will want to see an eye-catching promo video.

For original acts, while storyboarded music videos can look fantastic, when it comes to your EPK, a live video of you performing will be of much more use to any promoter or potential manager.

Links to YouTube videos are absolutely fine.

Contact Details

While it is important to include up-to-date contact details for all band members, agents & managers, make sure to specify at least two which are to be treated as the preferred point of contact.

 Once you’ve completed your EPK, you have to make it available. Try creating a Dropbox link that you can send, or have a function to make it downloadable from your website. 

 Do you have any questions about creating your band’s EPK? Or some more advice on putting together a press pack for your fellow musicians? Let us know in the comments and make sure to share these tips!

 This is a guest blog by Jon Fellowes of Last Minute Musicians

LastMinuteMusicians.com is the UK’s leading live entertainment portal. More than just a directory – it’s the most convenient way to match clients with the entertainment they love.

Visitors can browse profiles, read reviews, listen to audio, watch videos and choose from a rapidly growing selection of the best musicians, bands, entertainers and related companies.

For musicians, signing up to Lastminutemusicians.com is an easy way to secure bookings, without having to worry about paying commission.