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Musicians: Here’s How to Stay Accountable to Your Goals

In my previous article for Muze, I invited you to come along with me, as we walked through 10 New Year’s Resolutions for musicians to carry forward into 2022. It’s still January, which means that it’s still the New Year; therefore, it’s not too late to dissect these resolutions into further detail, and adopt them on our journeys forward.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at our resolution on accountability. Don’t let its position at the bottom of the list fool you; a strong sense of accountability – to ourselves, and to those around us – is paramount to achieving our goals as musicians and creative professionals.

Keeping that in mind, here are some techniques you can employ to hold yourself accountable to your goals, as you strive to make 2022 your most successful year to date!

New Year’s Resolutions for Musicians in 2022

Folks, we did it. We’ve made it to the end of another year, which means that it’s time for your New Year’s resolutions!

2021 was undoubtedly filled with challenges, as the music industry began its climb back from pandemic-induced shutdowns and uncertainty. This state of flux surely made it hard for many people within the industry to set goals at the start of the year. After all, it isn’t easy to hit a moving target.

Nonetheless, we emerge victorious from this year, and head into 2022 with a clearer sense of what’s to come within our industry. That makes this the perfect time to plan for the future – which, by our watches, is just about here!

Here are some New Year’s resolutions we’ve cooked up for musicians. Feel free to adopt these and make them specific to your circumstances. And, if there are any we should add, let us know in the comments!

Partner Content: What You Need to Begin a New Artist Project (Besides the Obvious)

I am thrilled to announce that I am now a contributing writer for Muze, the dating app for musicians. Muze allows musicians to find their perfect musical matches, leading to stronger and longer-lasting collaborative relationships between artists.

Here’s an excerpt from my first article. Check out the full article on the Muze blog by clicking the button below!

When thinking about what you need to begin an artist project, some obvious things come to mind. You will need to find your sound – or at least, a sound that you are comfortable having as a starting point for everything to come. You will need to pick an instrument (don’t worry, singers – your voices count, too!). You will need the right gear to keep everything sounding great. Then, you will need to develop proficiency at your craft. And, if you are starting a band, you will need to find other members to complete the lineup. (The great news? You can find your next bandmates anytime you log into Muze!)

However, there are some less obvious – and in some cases, intangible – items involved in starting an artist project that are just as essential toward your long-term success. Let’s dig into some of the important things that may be flying under your radar, as you begin your mission toward superstardom!

What Every Music Teacher Wants You to Know Before Starting Lessons

Music on The Move Studios is known for a few things: An all-female showcase at City Winery, a podcast called Paradox Jukebox, a soon-to-be TV show, and a music education studio. My business partner Caitie Thompson and I have been teaching private lessons for a combined 15 years of experience between us. We have seen every kind of student you could imagine, so I thought it was only appropriate to write this with Caitie, and to also give advice to anyone looking to start lessons.

So, here are a few things that we, as music educators, want you to know before you begin lessons with us!

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So, You Want to Start a Showcase?

For all of you artists and entrepreneurs looking to start your own live music series, I have compiled a handy-dandy checklist of items to keep in mind. These are broken down by category, to help you stay organized.

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Who & What is Music on The Move Studios?

It’s a legitimate question that we get asked often. Our (upcoming) website officially says:

“We believe that the ability to be exactly who you are and paint a picture of it with a melody, some chords, and lyrics shouldn’t be a luxury. Music must be available to anyone who wants it.”

But what does that mean exactly? Well, let me break it down for you…

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All the Women Who Independent (Musicians), THROW YOUR HANDS UP AT ME!

I promised you the female perspective, and here it is! As someone who’s been in Nashville for 13 years now — shout out to 17 year old Erin for taking the plunge! — I have a pretty solid grasp on what it’s like to be a woman in this industry. I am also keenly aware of the fact that I have a lot to learn, and will probably always have a lot to learn. Our industry is ever-changing and, if this past year has taught us anything, it is to adapt and survive. 

Let me hit you with some facts: 

  • In the last 10 years, the peak percentage of women being played on country radio was 33%. It has since declined to almost half of that, reaching just 16% in 2019.
  • In 2019, Mickey Guyton’s single “Better Than You Left Me” was pulled from country radio after consistently climbing, because country radio “didn’t want two female ballads on the charts at the same time.” 
  • Only 12.3% of the 600 most popular songs from 2012-2018 were female performers. That’s 73 performers. Out of 600.
  • In 2020, only four female artists made the Billboard Top 20 year-end lists, with Taylor Swift being #9. 

So, what’s my point? My point is that we, as women in this industry, can’t follow the traditional model of “making it,” because that deck is simply not stacked in our favor. 

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