[sg_popup id=”2″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]I have been treading on the thin line of being an independent artist for the past two decades. It is a tough job! But I can honestly say I would not change it for the world. When I was only getting started, being an independent artist was viewed as, well… “You are not signed to a label, so you haven’t made it yet”. Then the music business turned upside down. Today, independent artists are entrepreneurs. They run successful businesses. They sell albums when all the major labels tell us CD is dead. Independent artists are in charge of their careers and many of them do it very successfully. Want to become an independent artist? Meet Amanda Palmer.
I was aware of Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls even before it, but when her Ted Talk came out, I was blown away! In 13 minutes Amanda Palmer turns the music business upside down, question everything us musicians were taught to believe for years and give us hope in a middle of the turmoil music business was in back in 2013. First of all, you owe it to yourself to watch her Ted Talk. Second, read her book “The Art of Asking“. This book should be the first step on your journey to becoming an independent artist.
I am not here to promote her Patreon campaign, which I do support by the way. And I do so for three reasons. First, she has offered me so much value through her book, her Ted Talk, her blog, that I want to give back. Second, as a musician, I want to see from behind the scenes how she artfully and successfully navigates the music business as an independent artist. And last is my selfish reason, I want to feel good about supporting her amazing art! Here’s a song from Amanda. A word of warning, things might get emotional.
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