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We know that if you’re in a band you’re a pretty cool guy or gal… but when it comes to the holidays we’re all just gitty little kids. You work hard all year, so it’s important to take the time to celebrate, give back, and get your ducks in a row for the New Year. In this special holiday edition blog, we will suggest ways to make the holidays as a band more fun, productive, and charitable!
1. Take advantage of the fact that you’re going to spend a little money on each other. Band members always need something. Whether your guitar player is always scrounging around for picks, or your singer has been duct-taping the mic to the stand after breaking the clip- there are always things to spend money on. If your band is planning on exchanging gifts for the holidays, make it a rule of thumb to keep it band-related. Not only do you get to be a nice pal by giving a gift, but you’re putting your money where your band really needs it.
2. Use your talent to give back. During this giving time of year, there are many ways for bands to incorporate charity into your shows. First, pick a cause that your band really believes in. There are several ways that you can raise money as a band to contribute to your charity of choice. One option is to pledge a percentage of your merchandise profits to the charity. Another option is to hold a show and donate all profits to the cause. If you want an even more simple way to give back, set up a food or toy drive at all of your shows around the holidays.
3. Instead of spending money this holiday season, how about making some? If you have all of your publishing set up (if not, read the blog on setting up publishing for your band), your main goal is to get usage out of your songs so you can collect royalties. Did you know that the songs that make the most money are marching band scores, children’s music, and holiday music? Get in the holiday spirit by writing some holiday songs and trying to get people to license them from you. Then all you have to do is sit back, and collect a check!
4. Start off the New Year with a fresh set of goals.The start of a new year is very refreshing. In addition to joining a gym and swearing to lose 10 pounds as your New Year resolution, sit down with your band members and come up with your own goals for 2009. Collectively decide where you’d like to be in a year, and come up with a strategy for how you want to get there. If your goal is to put out a new record, sketch a time line for when you’d write the songs, book studio time, and plan to put out the CD. It’s also a good opportunity to look back at your accomplishments from the previous year, and brainstorm how to build on that.
5. And most importantly….. Celebrate!!! When you’re done donating to charity and raking in the big bucks from your hit single “Rock ‘n Roll Reindeer”, take the time to throw your own band Holiday party. Invite all of your friends, family, and fans, and give them a private show. Shameless self promotion? Perhaps. But everyone loves a party, and by now you’re smart enough to know that every ounce of promotion counts!
Nina Chiminec is the head of New Media and a publicist at SPV Records. Her clients include Motorhead, Type O Negative, and Skinny Puppy. She also spent 8 years recording and touring with the NJ rock band Avery. In her free time she is a contributing editor for BandsOnABudget.com. She can be reached at nina [at] bandsonabudget.com.