diy tips

The music industry is a hustle!
There are millions of bands!
Working hard is good but so is being realistic about what “success” looks like.
Building positive relationships is the best.

REGISTERING YOUR MUSIC
Here are some institutions you might want to register your music to so that you can protect your rights and maybe eventually collect royalties.
socan.ca
resound.ca
connectmusic.ca
soundexchange.com
cfmusicians.org
bac-lac.gc.ca

PLANNING YOUR RELEASE SCHEDULE
This site has some good tips: smartbandmanagement.com

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
tunecore.com
distrokid.com

PRESS
Even if you’re not printing CD’s, it helps to make CD copies of your record for radio stations. Mail them out with a one sheet press release (and nothing else!). Its nice to mail them out to all the stations, but its especially important to send them to the ones that report to Earshot! earshot-online.com

BOOKING
Booking a tour at least 3 months in advance is the ideal situation. We like to look at a map, pencil cities into a calendar and email everyone with the dates we’re looking for, with one or two links to our music.

This site lists DIY spaces and is run by a kind person: dodiy.org
You’ll have to research what kinds of bands play at these venues but maybe this helps a bit?: stagebanter.ca

Some Toronto All-Ages shows can be found and listed here: 
https://web.facebook.com/groups/All.AgesTO/

PLAYING IN THE US
Here is some info on getting VISAS. It can be quite expensive but then you’re free to roam. Musicians fall under the visa types O, P-1, P-2, and P-3. You can also apply for a shorter term visa, if for example you are going on a week long tour. If you have the right documentation, you can also go in and play with out a visa.
If you’re going another route, be stealth!
cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits
canadian-musicians-travelling-to-the-u-s
visapro.com/Immigration-Articles
travel.state.gov/content/visas
uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1

> More updates eventually.

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