PDF Vault Update: March 9, 2022

PDF Vault Update: March 9, 2022

Before I get to today’s PDF Vault related updates, I wanted to let you know something:

The New Music Industry Podcast is returning, and we’re going back to a weekly format! The next episode is coming out on Friday. So, keep an eye out for it, because in the latest episode I share some of my biggest disasters in working with clients.

The fun part is that this all ties in nicely with the current optimization work I’m doing on Music Entrepreneur HQ as well as the development of the PDF Vault.

And as I continue to review early episodes (I’m making PDF transcripts for each), I’ve been reminded of the essence of the podcast. And I’m excited about what I’m creating right now as well as what’s to come.

Today, I added the following PDF resources to the Music Entrepreneur HQ PDF Vault.

  • 019 – Recording Music & Getting it Placed – with Juno Award Winning Songwriter and Artist Helen Austin
  • 020 – The Music Entrepreneur Traffic Analysis 2016
  • 021 – Career Update: November 2016
  • 022 – Merry Christmas & Thank You
  • 023 – 7 Productive Things to do During the Holiday Season
  • 024 – 2016 in Review
  • 025 – 6 Impacting Books I Read in 2016
  • 026 – Top 10 The Music Entrepreneur HQ Posts of 2016

The PDF Vault is free to access (in exchange for your email address). Sign up here.

4 Core Habits That Support Your Artistic Development

4 Core Habits That Support Your Artistic Development

I joined a couple of network marketing companies in 2011. My life was kind of dominated by network marketing at the time, to tell you the truth.

And in one of the training organizations, they had what’s called the “10 Core Steps.”

The idea was that if you wanted to remain active in the business and get results, you were to follow these 10 Core Steps.

Now, this methodology has received its share of backlash, and understandably so. Google it, and you will see Reddit fiends venting their disdain.

I’m not here to spell out what the 10 Core Steps are. Nor am I here to advocate them. They are the intellectual property of the training organization in question, and it’s fair to say it’s more applicable to people in their organization than to anyone outside of it.

What I want to share is that there were some worthwhile discoveries for me in network marketing. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today if I hadn’t seen what was available in network marketing. I just had to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In due course, I was left with a few core habits that support my intellectual and career development. I talked a little bit about these in The New Music Industry as well.

The four habits are as follows:

  • Read for at least 15 minutes per day. Whether it’s my blog, an article I wrote, or one of my books is up to you. I’m kidding, of course. The trick is to find great books around topics you’re looking to learn right now – creativity, sales, marketing, and so on.
  • Listen to audios for 30 minutes per day. There are plenty of podcasts, audio courses, audio programs, and other sources worth considering. As with reading, find audios that cover areas of your career you’re looking to improve.
  • Make one new connection daily. Find a venue. Reach out to a reviewer. Leave a comment on a blog post. Everyone can do this!
  • Talk to your coach. Okay, so unless you’re paying the big buck for a coach, they probably won’t want to hear from you every day! If you don’t already have a coach, get one, and set up calls at regular intervals for the greatest benefit.

Now, can you adjust these habits depending on what you’re looking to accomplish in your music career? Absolutely.

But the number one thing you can learn from the above is the importance of consistency. You may not be able to become an expert in anything in just 45 minutes per day. You may not have major breakthroughs in building out your rolodex commenting on one blog post per day. It may take some time to come up with a workable career strategy with your coach. In due time, though? The flywheel will gain momentum.

I covered some of these ideas in episode 39 of The New Music Industry Podcast as well.

So, don’t worry about reinventing the wheel. Start with the above, get consistent, and you will see results!

Quick reminder – you can now get The Music Entrepreneur Code – 2022 Edition (just in time for the holidays). Don’t get left behind – be the first to get my latest work into your hands!

So, Who Are You Anyway?

So, Who Are You Anyway?

I appreciate your interest!

Hey, I’m David Andrew Wiebe.

This is going to be redundant to some, but so long as there are curious and confused souls, I’ll happily answer this question.

I’m the founder and CEO of Music Entrepreneur HQ and Content Marketing Musician. I’m the best-selling author of five books, and host of The New Music Industry Podcast. I have been coaching and training musicians and music entrepreneurs since 2009.

I’m also the co-founder of The Indie YYC community, and I have a music career spanning over two decades.

I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of cool things on this journey. That said, I’m not famous, I’m not a household name, I’m not even internet famous…

To be fair, though, hundreds of people have purchased my books (like I said, I’m a best-selling author), and over 1,500+ people download my podcast monthly.

So, if you and I somehow got connected, if my social media posts appear in your feed, if you receive my emails, consider that it’s not by accident, because I don’t. You and I got connected for a reason.

It’s entirely possible that we’ve met at some point and you’ve forgotten about me. Or you don’t necessarily know me for some of the things I do. Or you just came across one of my articles. Like I said, I’ve been at this for many years, and I have had to course correct many times too.

That said, the core of what I do hasn’t changed one iota. If anything, it has gone through some serious refining.

My umbrella mission that trumps all others is to inspire creatives and creators. All projects and initiatives I’ve taken on fall comfortably under that umbrella.

Whether you’ve Googled me, stumbled upon my content, or got connected with me years ago, consider that you’re here to work with me in some capacity.

Maybe you’re here to get inspired by a blog post or podcast episode

Maybe you’re here to join my email list

Maybe you’re here to join a creative community and find opportunities you can tap into…

It could be that you’re here to pick up one of my books

And there’s always the chance that you’re here to hire me or buy one of my products.

I don’t know for sure. But I do know that you’ll find your way if you do a little more digging.

I’ve said enough. Now I’d like to showcase some recent tweets. Here are some kind words others have said about me and my work:

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Where Can I Listen to Your Podcast?

Where Can I Listen to Your Podcast?

I’ve recently had several questions about my podcast. Most notably, “where can I listen to it?”

At the outset, I should share that my podcast is called The New Music Industry Podcast.

The New Music Industry Podcast

There are so many other similarly named podcasts now, so make no mistake. Don’t accept any substitutes.

But it would seem the main concern listeners have is they don’t want to be forced to listen on my website at Music Entrepreneur HQ. Fortunately, the podcast has always been available at a mix of popular destinations.

That’s what I’d like to cover here.

Music Entrepreneur HQ

Music Entrepreneur HQ is where The New Music Industry Podcast resides. To be more exact, the audio files are hosted externally on Amazon S3, but everything else, including the show notes, live on Music Entrepreneur HQ.

I understand that many people like to listen on their favorite platform, so I’m not forcing you to go to Music Entrepreneur HQ to listen, but in case you want to access the show notes, transcripts, and other downloadable PDFs and guides, I’d recommend checking in periodically.

Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes) is the first destination I prioritized, because if you aren’t on Apple Podcasts, you almost don’t even exist as a podcaster.

So, while we haven’t been there from day one, we’ve certainly been there since the early days of The New Music Industry Podcast.

Spotify

I’m happy to note that my podcast can be found on Spotify. I know that some musicians and artists abhor the platform, but again, I’m not forcing you to use it, as you can listen to my podcast on a variety of other platforms. I did not sign an exclusive contract with Spotify.

Also keep in mind – when someone listens to your music, you earn a fraction of a cent. When someone listens to my podcast, they listen to my podcast. I don’t earn a thing.

Stitcher

Stitcher is another popular destination for podcasts, though it isn’t exactly well-known.

Either way, if you love Stitcher, and it’s what you use most, then you’ll be happy to know The New Music Industry Podcast is there.

iHeartRADIO

Another great platform you can find my podcast on is iHeartRADIO. I’m quite happy that they’ve embraced podcast content and that you can find my podcast there.

TuneIn

TuneIn has been around for quite a while, though the average consumer is unlikely to have heard of it. Either way, you can listen to The New Music Industry Podcast on TuneIn as well!

YouTube

Yes, my podcast is available on YouTube, but there is a slight catch.

To upload my podcasts to YouTube, I need to take advantage of a software called Repurpose (affiliate link). Repurpose is awesome, and I don’t take any issue with it. But there is a bit of a manual process I need to go through to get my podcast episodes up on YouTube.

Which means new episodes may not be available on YouTube the day of publishing. But I do the best I can!

Elsewhere

I do what I can to distribute the podcast far and wide, and it has been submitted to every directory and streaming platform I know of (which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been accepted by those services).

As well, the internet landscape is constantly changing, and services tend to come and go. For instance, the Google Play Music Store was discontinued in September 2020.

But my podcast is supposed to be on Deezer (even though I can’t find it), and I wouldn’t be surprised if you found it on other platforms.

Here are a few links I found:

We could also distribute the podcast to SoundCloud if there’s interest, but as with YouTube, it would end up being a manual process.

I’m constantly looking for new tools to leverage, and while Megaphone sounded promising, it seems you need 20,000 downloads per episode to able to take advantage of their platform. That’s roughly 100 times my current listenership, so we’ve got a long way to go.

If you happen across other tools that might allow me to syndicate and distribute my podcast more widely, I’m all ears. Let me know.

That said, if you enjoy my podcast and found this article helpful, please share it out.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. There are plenty of places you can go to listen to the podcast. Subscribe, bookmark, do whatever it is you do to keep track of your favorite links.

Thanks for joining me. I’ll see you again tomorrow.

P.S. I just launched my new course, the Entrepreneurial Essentials for Musicians Masterclass.

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