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How to Rock on Spotify.

Published April 2, 2018 in Music Business - 0 Comments

Get Your Music to Rock on Spotify 

C’mon we all know how hard it can be to get the word out about your music. Some artists remain “underground” for countless years because they are one of those “best kept secrets” persay. However, learning how to successfully share your music with the masses is important and Spotify is one great option for you. The app itself believes in having music from independent artists on their platform and makes it easy for you to get your content uploaded. You do not have to be signed or have any type of record deal in order to get your music on Spotify.

Here’s how to achieve this with ease.

Using a Label or Aggregator 

For those who aren’t working with a label, you must use one of these companies in order to deliver your music to Spotify and most importantly collect your royalties. Some options include (and are not limited to): CD Baby, EMU Bands, Record Union, AWAL, Spinnup, and Tunecore. They are responsible for handling both the licensing and distribution of your music as well as administer your compensation when fans stream your music. They usually take a small percentage and/or fee for these services.

Costs of Using Labels/Aggregators 

CD Baby charges $12.95 per single or $49 per album. The pro option includes song registration with global collection agencies and global publishing royalty collection and is offered for $39 per single or $99 per album. They also keep 9% of all digital music sales, but there are no annual fees.

Record Union charges $7 per single, $10 per EP or $1

 

3 per album for one year of distribution. They work directly with Sony Music, which is a perk. TuneCore distributes a single for $9.99 a year or an album for $29.99 for the first year ($49.99 per year after that). Artists keep 100% of their revenue.

Lastly, EMU Bands charges $42.50 per single, $59.95 per EP or $84.95 per album. There are no yearly fees and artists keep 100% of their royalties so the somewhat steep initial costs may be worth it in the long run.

FYI: Generally, it takes about four to six weeks for the upload queue to get the music fully on Spotify, so the sooner you get started, the better.

Understanding How Plays Work 

Once the label/aggregator delivers the music to Spotify, they can track its performance on a dashboard known as Spotify Fan Insights. Here you will see what tracks are performing the best. You can use this specific data to run certain promotional campaigns across your Social Media platforms, to pick new singles and to route your next tour. Spotify also is always constantly adding more artist tools to its platform. Requesting access to this is easy, but does take several weeks for the request to be approved.

Getting Verified on Spotify 

This means that your page becomes official. A blue tick will appear next to your name similar to official social media accounts such as Twitter or Instagram. Each time that you release new music or announce a concert, your followers will receive instant notifications. Ultimately, this gives you some credibility.

Getting Your Tracks on Spotify Playlists 

Pitching your music can be as easy as finding out who curates those lists and reaching out to them directly. Some playlists are even created by Spotify, so you will need to contact them through the Artist Liaison contact information. Keep your email brief with links to your music that would fit that playlist. Make it short and sweet.

Ultimately, Spotify remains a great way to promote your music and to increase your audience. By getting your music on this platform, you allow yourself the opportunity to be heard that much more.

For more information on promoting your music or perfecting your vocal talent, visit 

https://shaunroyer.com

Singers and Actors- When is the right time to get a manager?

Published April 2, 2018 in Uncategorized - 0 Comments

For actors, this is an easy question to answer. After you get a few projects on your own, you get an agent. Once you start booking with an agent, you start looking for a manager. Managers have to put in a lot of time and effort with each client so a REPUTABLE manager will not take someone on unless the talent is already making money. I will repeat this: a REPUTABLE manager will not take someone on unless the talent is already making money. Every once in a while, if the person has a very specific look or special talent, a manager will take them on because of their niche and the prospects of making a profit off of it.

For singers and musicians, it is a little bit different. Many times early in a singers career they need to have someone manage all the moving parts of tours, contracts, shows. There are no agents to do this like actors have. But still, a REPUTABLE manager will not take someone unless the talent is already making money. If you don’t have a huge social media following and have at least 50 people showing up to your concerts and you get approached by a manager, chances are they will get you for a lot of money in the long run.

They will tell you how wonderful you are but you need new pictures, or you should get a new video or produce new music. They may even get you some gigs that are pay to play. You can bet the farm that this “manager” is managing to get a kickback on all the dough you’re shelling out.

In my 25 years of teaching, keeping the sharks away from my clients has been the hardest part of my job. Unfortunately, these type of people tend to be master manipulators and prey on the dreams of performers and their families. My former business partner, a retired FBI agent in charge of political and mafia corruption once told me show business was absolutely dirtiest business he’d ever been involved in.

How do you know who’s safe? How do you know when you’re ready?

Once your making a bit of cash and are ready to share the 15 to 20% the manager takes for his or her services, there are several websites and resources you can go to to find a reputable one. Once you find someone you’re interested in, then you need to check out their references. Don’t base your decision on a website or who they say they’ve worked with. Anyone can make a great website nowadays.

When you do find the right manager, that relationship will become one of the most important connections in your career and will hopefully take you to the next level.

Hope this helped. In my next blog post, I’ll talk about the different types of agents and managers.

Why do I need lessons to be an actor or a singer?

Published April 2, 2018 in Acting Business , Music Business - 0 Comments

Why Do I Need Lessons to Be an Actor or Singer? 

Natural talent can take you a long way. TV shows like American Idol, The Voice, and X Factor prove it, but the odds of winning are a bit like winning the lottery. Even getting past the first round of auditions is a grueling race. Not prepared to spend days in line waiting for maybe a minute and a half of screen time? Can’t blame you, but there are alternatives.

A long-term career in singing or acting often starts with lessons. Much like top athletes, actors and singers spend many more hours in preparation for the big day then they spend on stage. Natural talent can take you far, but to become a professional, you need training. Fast runners get faster with consistent training, and actors and singers get better with the right feedback and exercises.

 

Professional Acting and Singing Is Work

The first thing to remember about the job of an actor or a singer is that it is work. That means getting to the top requires dedication and a lot of prep time. Regularly scheduled vocal lessons, acting classes and assorted time spent learning about entertainment in all its forms is the foundation for getting work as a professional. You wouldn’t walk into an interview without a resume, so why would you walk into an audition without preparation?

 

Do You Really Need a Teacher?

There are lots of online tutorials and activities out there that can enrich your learning, but for real progress, you need an instructor. It’s almost impossible to objectively judge your own performance. For instance, when you film your own scene, you finish the scene and then go back to look at things. In contrast, when you work in a formal lesson setting, you get corrections as you go, and the invaluable experience of working with a director in the form of an excellent teacher.

Critiquing your own singing is another big challenge. Until you develop hundreds of studio hours and hear your own raw sound, making improvements can be overwhelming. You just can’t hear yourself correctly. It’s a design and biology issue. The way your body works, you hear a very different sound from an objective listener. To figure out where and how to improve your sound, you need an expert listener. Also, voice lessons can help you avoid injuries that could cut your career short. The voice is a complex machine, and you want it well-maintained heading into a big audition.

 

A Coach Good Coach Is a Must

An experienced industry expert for a coach can do a lot more than just give you voice lessons or assign acting homework. They can help you prepare for auditions, smooth out any performance issues and tell you when something isn’t in your wheelhouse. The last thing you want from a coach is someone who just says “Yes.” Yes, men might be a nice confidence boost, but they don’t help you land roles. Of course, finding the right coach comes with its own set of hurdles.

 

How to Find a Coach

There are thousands of people and services out there offering acting and singing coaching. So how do you separate out the scams from the quality coaching you need? Start with a price comparison. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the rule of thumb when shopping for anything, including coaching services. Also, be wary of promises of success. No coach can guarantee you fame, only access to their knowledge and expertise. Always ask for references. With a coach, you’re signing on for a long-term relationship that could directly impact your employability for years to come. A few references are the minimum that you should ask for.

At Shaun Royer Talent Development and Soundcheck Artists, I routinely work with many professionals who come in for a catch-up lesson when they’re not on tour or filming. Why? Because it pays to keep up with your skills and stretch your development, even after you start working professionally

How much can you make in Hollywood?

Published April 2, 2018 in Acting Business , Music Business - 0 Comments

Hollywood Salaries

So you wanna get into showbiz to make the big bucks? Here’s how the money in Hollywood breaks down.

FILM STAR – $60K – $75M A FILM
How bad is the decline in actor salaries over the past decade? A Lot. Most “Big Name Actors” are making more money off the backend of the movie as a producer than taking in actual salary. For example, Robert Downey Jr’s $75 million came from the 7% stake he had in Iron Man 3.

Major stars still roll in the dough, but everyone else on set gets peanuts to their millions- for example, Leonardo DiCaprio made $25 million for The Wolf of Wall Street, while co-star Jonah Hill got paid $60,000.

Even mid-level stars like Jonah Hill are better off than most other actors. According to the Screen Actors Guild, the average member earns $52,000 a year, while the vast majority take home less than $1,000 a year from acting jobs.

TV STARS $150K-$1M AN EPISODE
It used to be when movie stars did a TV show; it was seen as slumming. Now it’s considered moving on up. Oscar winner Halle Berry is on CBS’ Extant, and Tea Leoni plays a better-dressed version of Hillary Clinton on CBS’ Madam Secretary. Each of these actresses is being paid $150,000 an episode, the going rate for bringing a big-screen name to the tube, that $3.3 million for 22 episodes. Way more than the $15,000 to $25,000 per episode an unknown actor is offered a series regular role. Established TV actors with virtually no big-screen experience can do very well. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting make $1 million an episode on The Big Bang Theory— or about $45,000 a minute.

COMMERCIAL VOICE ACTOR $3K-$1M AN AD
More and more top stars are lending their voice to TV and radio commercials. Big names like Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah can command more than $1 million for an ad, which usually requires only a day’s work.

But major stars account for only about 20 percent of the voices you hear in commercials. The other 80 percent — non-celebrity voice actors — don’t make nearly that kind of dough. Typically, they’ll earn scale, which works out to about $3,000 to $5,000 an ad.

REALITY STAR: $0-$200K AN EPISODE
If you’re a Kardashian — you can make millions (like Kourtney and Kim’s reported $40 million, three-year deal with E!. Even D-list celebs who go on Wife Swap can make decent money: $10,000 to $20,000 an episode. But for the vast majority of reality show performers — Bachelor contestants and other run-of-the-mill reality hopefuls — jury duty pays better. You’re given a minimal stipend to compensate for missed wages, and that’s pretty much it.

The real money, in reality, comes with an entrepreneurial spirit the way Housewives star Bethenny Frankel managed to land that $100 million Skinnygirl deal in 2011. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino spun six seasons on MTV’s Jersey Shore into $9 million from endorsements of products including vitamins, clothing, jewelry, and sunglasses. If you’re a young hot-ish reality star, you can pick up an easy $5,000 to $10,000 just for showing up for paid “appearances” at bars and nightclubs.

EXTRA $148 A DAY
But there’s a “bump” of $50 a day for wearing a hairpiece, or if you’re working in challenging conditions (rain, smoke). There’s also overtime — a full day of pay for every hour after 16 hours — which has been known to happen on movie sets.

GAME SHOW HOST $1M-$10M
Quiz masters make between $25,000 a week (for a syndicated show) to upward of $75,000 a week (for a primetime program). Unless, of course, you’re Jeopardy!’s Alex Trebek — in which case you take home the $10 million-a-year jackpot.

LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST $3M-$30M
Late nights hasn’t changed the pay all that much —The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart remains the top earner at $25 million to $30 million a year. Seth Meyers barely can afford an applause sign at $3 million.

SOCIAL MEDIA CELEBRITY
When Swedish gamer PewDiePie — YouTube star, with 48 million followers — revealed he made $4 million in 2013, it seemed like a lot of money for an internet personality. Today, he’s probably earning three times that much. Elite online talent makes up to $15 million a year nowadays, partly through advertising but also through brand sponsorships, with companies paying as much as $75,000 for a single video that features its product prominently. More complex deals, with multiple videos or cross-platform promotion, can reach high six figures. And new moneymaking opportunities are constantly popping up — like Facebook recently paying YouTube star Ray William Johnson $224,000 over 5½ months to provide video content for its new Facebook Live feed.

STUNT PERSON $50K-$1M
How much would you charge to jump a motorcycle over a wall and into a swimming pool? How about driving a semi tractor-trailer 65 miles an hour off a ramp and 30 feet into the air? Tom McComas, 44, who has done all that and much more as a stunt person in The Dark Knight and Mission: Impossible movies, earns about a half-million dollars a year, and some make even more.

The AFTRA rate for stunt work is $889 a day. That’s about $50,000 a film, assuming one works every day during a three-month shoot. And work, by the way, is getting harder to come by in L.A. thanks to productions moving to Louisiana, Georgia and other low-cost states, where local stunt workers grab most of the jobs. The average working stunt person makes only $50,000 to $100,000 a year.

MANAGER $250K-$300K
Bonuses are the name of the game in the management business. They’re tied to commissions — one big client can be worth millions. Starting managers make $50,000 to $60,000 and are expected to bring in two to three times their pay in commissions. Top partners can pull in seven figures. And unlike agents, managers can produce projects, bringing in additional fees.

AGENT $200K-$10M
Like everyone in Hollywood, the talent agencies have been tightening their belts. Salaries commonly tied to what an agent brings in. Generally starting agents can expect to earn $50,000 to $65,000; while senior agents make around $200,000; partners make $400,000 to $700,000; and board members can earn as much as $10 million. Tracey Jacobs at UTA is said to be earning upward of $9 million repping Johnny Depp.

AGENT’S ASSISTANT $10-$13 AN HOUR
At most agencies, you start in the mailroom, hope an assistant’s desk opens up, then dream of ascending the assistant ladder so you can be on the receiving end of middle-of-the-night email rants from top agents. At CAA, though — where Richard Lovett has five assistants and Kevin Huvane has four — you start as an assistant and move up to the mailroom agent-training program.

CINEMATOGRAPHER $5K-$30K A WEEK
Top directors of photography, of which there are probably about 10 to 15 in the industry, can command $25,000 to $30,000 a week on movies that shoot up to 12 weeks — maybe even a little more. According to insiders, on a big-budget studio movie — say, $80 million or more — an experienced cinematographer can expect to earn $10,000 to $20,000 a week. On a low-budget indie fare, DPs often take home $2,000 to $5,000 a week. On TV productions, the range is $5,000 to $8,000 a week.

FILM DIRECTOR $250K-$20M A PICTURE
“The middle range doesn’t exist anymore,” one studio executive says of the current financial landscape for feature film directors. “Either you’re paying for a modern master, or you’re paying a lot less. Mid-level directors like Paul Greengrass or Ridley Scott make between $7 million and $10, more if the film is considered a hit. Christopher Nolan made $20 million against 20 percent of gross for Interstellar. The backend is otherwise rare these days for the non-A-list. On the other end of the scale, emerging directors can expect $250,000 to $500,000 for their first big studio feature.

TV DIRECTOR $25K-$42K AN EPISODE
TV directors, of course, are an entirely different species, and get paid differently. The base DGA rate is $25,145 for a half-hour episode and $42,701 for an hour. Some big-name pilot directors get an executive producer credit and a stake in the show, which is how Bryan Singer is said to have made tens of millions for directing the pilot of House M.D.

ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER $2M-$6M
Maybe more, if you’re Skip Brittenham, who is rumored to take home $10 million a year. After a practice builds up, a lawyer can receive 30 percent of what the firm earns from his or her clients. With a big enough list, that easily can add up to millions. But even first-year attorneys can do OK, earning $135,000 to $165,000 (enough to pay off law school).

PRODUCER $250K-$2M
The number of producers whose fees top $2 million — such aces as Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott Rudin, Brian Grazer and Neal H. Moritz — can be counted on two hands. Moritz now tops the list, with his rich Fast & Furious 7 deal. Rudin is said to have a quote of $2.5 million against 7.5 percent of first-dollar gross. The PGA does not share producer salaries, but a newbie typically earns $250,000, while a famous actor making a foray into producing earns $500,000 to $750,000 with some backend.

Established actors with successful producing track records can take home considerably more — like Adam Sandler, who earned $5 million to produce Grown Ups 2 (not nearly as much as the $20 million he received to star in the film).

PUBLICIST $27K-$400K
Unlike agents, managers, and lawyers, PR reps typically are paid a monthly fee, not a percentage of income. That makes a big difference. A partner at a large firm makes $200,000 to $300,000, though some of the bigger flacks are rumored to pull in nearly $400,000. Publicists with A-list clients earn $100,000 to $150,000 (though fees vary depending on how many clients are “on,” or paying monthly fees), while midlevel reps (five to seven years of experience) take home $50,000 to $80,000. The entry-level flack at the red carpet and premiere parties who can’t find your name on her clipboard makes $27,000 to $35,000.

FILM WRITER $100K-$1M A DRAFT
Feature film writers’ incomes continue to slide. According to the WGA West, screenwriters in Hollywood earned a combined total of $331 million last year, down nearly 25 percent from 2009. But some of them are doing pretty well. A screenwriter who sells a draft to a major studio can earn about $100,000, and a hot writer can score $1 million or more. Super scribes such as Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Simon Kinberg pull in as much as $5 million annually in writers’ fees (more when you add in residuals and producing earnings), while other top screenwriters earn closer to $2 million.

TV WRITER $3K-$6K A WEEK
In a gloomy Hollywood climate, the WGA says things are looking relatively bright for TV writers, who took in a combined total of $668.5 million last year, down just 6.2 percent from 2012. And TV residuals are booming: Last year, WGA members received $233.7 million in TV residuals, up 55 percent since 2012. Most staff writers work on 20-week contracts, at a rate of about $3,800 a week, though more senior writers earn about $6,000 a week. The real money is in writing an entire episode on one’s own. That pays $24,788 a script, and considerably more if you create your own series.

ART DIRECTOR $134K
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR $101K
BEST BOY $92K
BODY DOUBLE $33K
BOOM MIC OPERATOR $87K
CHAUFFEUR $56K
CAMERA OPERATOR $96K
CARPENTER $61K
COSTUME DEPT. SUPERVISOR $91K
COSTUMER $79K
CRAFT SERVICES FOREPERSON $74K
DOG HANDLER $54K
DIALECT COACH $125K
EDITOR $95K
FIRE SAFETY ADVISER $73K
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR $192K
FOLEY ARTIST $88K
GAFFER $59K
GRIP $102K
HAIRSTYLIST $77K
LIGHTING TECHNICIAN (ENTRY-LEVEL) $53K
LOCATION MANAGER $112K
MECHANIC $59K
MAKEUP ARTIST $100K
MUSIC MIXER $111K
PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT $66K
PERSONAL ASSISTANT FOR A CELEBRITY $80K
PROP MASTER $59K
PUBLICIST (STUDIO) $93K
SCENIC ARTIST $81K
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR $62K
SET DECORATOR $104K
SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR $88K
TEACHER (ON-SET) $88K
TRAILER EDITOR $81K

Singers: How to go from GOOD to GREAT!

Published April 2, 2018 in Music , Music Business - 0 Comments

Go from good to great. 4 tips on becoming the best singer you can be! 

What makes a great singer? It’s a question that beginners and anyone interested in becoming a singer will ask themselves at some point. In vocal coaching sessions, you’ll often find a heavy emphasis placed on the technique, theory and psychology of singing, and for a good reason. All these elements play some role in performing the act, but it’s actually a mix of traits that make someone capable of singing in front of a crowd.

The Characteristics Great Singers Share

First and foremost, singers have confidence in their abilities. This isn’t the same thing as being fearless, mind you. Even talented performers still get pre-show butterflies from time to time. The best of the bunch, however, know how to control it and trust in their skills. This, of course, is born partly from training your skills. Working with a great voice teacher helps. You can also help enhance your confidence by developing a few pre-performance tricks, things such as breathing deeply, meditation and visualizing your perfect show.

Secondly, great singers have great ears and control over their breathing. These are two skills that are paramount when it comes to developing proper technique. Training your ear is necessary so that you can match the proper pitches while performing. Breathing is important so that you can hit notes easily and sing longer. If you have these two down, you have the foundation to build the other tools you’ll need to move ahead.

Successful singers know how to play to their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Everyone has things they excel at and things they can improve on. For example, singers with strong Type A personalities have a drive for success and will sometimes effortlessly put in the many hours it takes to become better. On the flip side, they are also more likely to become tense and have a more difficult time relaxing, which can sometimes hamper their technique. Knowing where you’re strong and where you need to get better will take you far in the singing game.

Lastly, a great singer knows how to be coached. A singer who can’t take constructive criticism or advice from his instructor is one that has shut himself off from learning. If you don’t learn, you don’t grow, and your prospects of becoming a better singer diminish greatly.

Remember These Basics And Keep Striving For Success

It takes time to develop the rudiments, but once you have them, everything else becomes a little easier. Remember to keep seeking out information (through voice lessons and other means), keep your nose to the grindstone, and work hard to realize your goals.

Seven Ways to Make Sure Your Stage Show Kicks A$$

Published April 2, 2018 in Music - 0 Comments

There’s nothing more important than being a great performer. You can have the pipes and the right vocal tone and technique, but still have a boring or lackluster stage presence. If you have good stage presence that outshines vocal ability, the way you look or even your music as a whole.

For many professionals, stage presence just comes to them. Thankfully for many, it can also be taught. Understanding what your audience is looking for is the key to a kick a$$ stage performance. After you learn that, you must teach yourself to fully engage with them from the beginning of your performance.

True performers make use of every moment while they are on stage and push themselves. These are the types of shows and performances who leave their fans wanting more.

While there are many factors that contribute to being a great performer, here are some things to keep in mind that will help you to enhance your stage presence now!

  1. When you’re performing, it’s not about you.

Performance is about the audience, point blank. It is about how you make them feel and if you can awaken something inside them that will relate to your performance. As a performer, it is your responsibility to give your audience that gift.

 

2. Give your audience what they want.

After you realize what your audience wants, you give it to them. It is that simple.

 

3.  Step out of your comfort zone.

Good stage presence comes with confidence. This confidence comes from putting in the work needed to improve your singing voice and stage presence. With the help of a vocal coach and one-on-one coaching, that confidence can blossom. Recognize your strengths and continuously work on your weaknesses. A coach can track your progress and help you to continuously improve your performance and stage presence as a whole.

 

4. Discover what makes you unique.

Every performer has a certain je ne sais quoi, a certain something that makes them unique. Discover what yours is and use that to your advantage. Allow yourself to shine!

 

5. Take yourself seriously.

This means taking the adequate time needed to rehearse before each gig. Relaxation is also key, for the best performance and the best tone overall. Every show should be felt like it is an opportunity to develop a new fan base. Take advantage of every moment. Play every set as if it is your last. Also, don’t miss your sound check as this is an important time to work out the kinks before you go live.

 

6. Perfect a pre-show ritual.

This is important as it allows you to get into your zone. By getting focused, you can get into a place that allows you to give the best stage performance you’re capable of.

 

7. Critique yourself.

Record every performance and take time to watch it back with family and friends (even a vocal coach if you have one) to learn what you need to work on. A good stage performer is open to hearing feedback and to practicing weaknesses so that they continuously get better and perfect their craft.

I hope that you find these tips helpful when you’re looking to take your stage show to the next level. Keep in mind that in anything in life, practice does make perfect. If you commit to your art, you will succeed. Good luck!

 

For more information on promoting your music or perfecting your vocal talent, visit

https://shaunroyer.com or http://www.soundcheckartists.com

Guitars on a Plane

Published April 2, 2018 in Music Business - 0 Comments

I’m working on my own performance (coming sometime soon), so I decided to take my guitar with me to a work convention. At this convention, there’s always a party where the participants have some fun and do a bit of karaoke, after a few drinks. I decided to take my guitar with me and perform a ditty or two.

When I went to check in my bag at the airline counter, the agent asked me to check in my guitar.

Calling all musicians: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHECK IN YOUR INSTRUMENT!

According to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 section 41724 LAW.

“An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrumens in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage, if

(A) the instrument can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat, in accordance with the requirements for carriage of carry-on baggage or cargo established by the Administrator; and

(B) there is space for such stowage at the time the passenger boards the aircraft.”

There it is. The law… signed by the President.

If you have an instrument that doesn’t fit in the overhead compartment (like a cello), you can buy a ticket for it. They cannot charge you an additional fee if it’s less than 165 pounds and is in a case.

Make sure you can board the plane EARLY. If you get to the gate early, the gate attendant will usually let you board early.

And make sure you print this section out and carry it whenever you travel.

Safe travels.

My Students are Killing it on Musical.ly

Musical.ly, An App Geared for Singers to Promote the Music 

Perfect for today’s youth who is obsessed with all things social media. If you’re over 30 and/or don’t have kids, you probably have never heard of this app, but it has been one of the hottest apps for Millennial and post-Millennials alike. And here’s why.

About the App 

This video social network app allows users to message, live broadcast and create videos. First released in April 2014, the app can be used on iOS, Android, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Through this helpful promotional tool, users can create 15-second videos and choose soundtracks to accompany them. They also can change the speed to slow, fast, epic or anything in between and add other effects. Musical.ly also allows users to browse “musers” content, hashtags, sounds and trending songs.

The app has seen steady growth and has been at the number 1 position in the iOS app store many times. Brands such as Coca-Cola use musical.ly too. They launched their #shareacoke campaign on the app, which introduced a new user-generated ad model to the app itself.

What makes it so great? 

Users can record 15-second videos in one or many shots. Once they are done recording, it can be paired with different songs and/or sounds. Users can also edit with 12 different filters and other effects Users also can create shorter videos known as live moments which allows photographs to be shown with music in the background.

Also, users can reuse sounds created by other musical.ly users which allows for a different type of engagement altogether. Users can also interact with each other with the Duet or Ask a Question feature. The Best Fan Forever feature allows musers to select different followers who can always duet with them in the future. Private messaging is also available.

Categories on Musical.ly 

Some of the most popular categories include: lip-sync classic, muser voice, dance, rap, comedy, instrumental, j-pop, rock, peaceful and much much more.

Active users with high rates of popularity are given crowns by the app. Many of my students such Kristen Hancher, Hali’a Beamer, Raegan Beast, and Piper Smith all have received that accolade with over 5 million followers. Artists such as Andra Day, Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato all have used the app to promote their newest singles too.

If professional artists are using this promotional tool, then why aren’t you? Musical.ly allows us to do things we all love to do: create, play and show off who we are as an individual. The app allows new conversations to have in a creative realm. Talk about interesting and inspiring!

Not only is it a powerful outlet to showcase your talent, but it is another way to get your voice heard. Brands use the app in unique ways and this could lead to opportunities for talented artists and/or bands in the future too. Musical.ly allows aspiring artists to rub elbows per say with others hoping to achieve their dreams too. If anything, it is a great place to share ideas and music together!

For more information on promoting your music or perfecting your vocal talent or need help getting noticed, visit  https://shaunroyer.com