My new EP, Don't Look Back, is now available on Bandcamp! Here is the link: www.patriciasilverberg.bandcamp.com.
Bandcamp allows artists to receive funds directly from fans. Other sites charge up to 40% for a purchase--and we never see that money. For example, if you buy a song from itunes--for .99, I get a measly 60 cents. Since I am an indie artist, I paid for the recordings, the guest artists, mastering and packaging! Trust me it was a bundle of cash.
So, bottom line if you haven't bought the EP yet, please choose Bandcamp. You can also buy just a single song. The selling price for a digital version of the EP is just $5.00 and $6.00 for the hard copy.
Just today, I received the master copy of my new EP, Don't Look Back. As you may know, this project has taken two years to complete. This has been no small task as I have been dealing with the disseminated form of Valley Fever (Cocodiomycosis)-- a serious fungal diease that has affected my whole body. While the infection has finally cleared, and I gaining strength and energy, I am left with a lot of pain. I have had to stop performing for now. Here is some info for you to read about the disease: http://www.ehow.com/about_5402311_coccidioidomycosis-joint-pain.html
While I am not performing (except for a short set at this year's Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival) , I am still actively working on my music. With the release of the new EP, I am undertaking a national radio campaign with the intention of growing my audience.
The hard-copy of the EP will be available online in about 8 weeks and in digital form on iTunes shortly after that. I will be posting MP3s on my web site soon for you to preview and will be creating a multimedia interactive presentation to launch the EP.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see you at the Glendale Folk Festival. I'll be playing on March 25 on the Adobe Stage at 10:30 am.
While I am putting the final touches on my new EP, I have been also working getting radio for the 1st single of the new album, Tell Me Again and my 1st CD, As Simple as it Seems.
Just in the last two weeks, I have been played or added to the following radio stations:
* "Give Me Light" was spun on The Wimmins Show hosted by Deb Anderson on KZUM--89.3 FM from Lincoln, NE. My song was played on the same live show with such greats as Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Beth Orton, and Cassandra Wilson. * Tell Me Again closed theRadio Crystal Blue's 5/19 broadcast. Tune in to hear the podcast at www.radiocrystalblu.net . * Several of my songs from Simple as it Seems are now in regular rotation on www.Amazradio.org -- the 24/7 Internet radio station dedicated to preserving folk, Americana, and Indie music from Arizona and beyond.
Arizona folk singers gather to help singers across the nation. On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Patricia Silverberg, Mary Godfrey, Joe Bethancourt, Terry and Diane McCabe, and duo Jess Hawk Oakenstar and Kate deLaPointe (otherwise known as Wayward Maggie) take part in a benefit show for Society of Singers (SOS)—a non-profit dedicated to assisting professional singers across the country and across all genres. This wonderful life saving organization is struggling to keep its doors open and struggling to provide services such as rental and medical assistance to those in grave need. Patricia Silverberg, the benefit organizer states, “Society of Singers was there for me when it seemed the whole world turned its back. Even with two Master’s degrees, I was out of work for a year. SOS not only provided rental assistance, but also lots of personalized attention. I wasn’t a faceless, nameless welfare case. It is time to pay it forward and help them continue to help others.” The benefit takes place Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Fiddler's Dream, 1702 E. Glendale Ave, Phoenix. Doors open at 7 PM. Suggested donation is $10. The benefit features an autographed CD raffle, including those CDs donated by famous folk singers such as Natalie Merchant, The Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Janis Ian, and Holly Near. For more information on Society of Singers please visit www.singers.org.
Please join me for a special benefit at Tempe's Sail Inn, Sunday 11/21/10. I will open the stage at 12:00 PM and music will continue until 1:00 AM. The benefit is hosted by Ms. Mary Godfrey who has played bass on some of my recordings. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to Sarcodisosis research
Suggested donation is $7 for the entire day of festivities.
The Sail Inn is located at 23 S. Farmer in Tempe.
Hope to see you there!
My new EP, Hear My Song, is in the middle of production. Thanks to my collaboration with David Searle of Greenworld Records, the songs are coming out soulful and lovely. As a special bonus track, I will be adding my own version of the traditional "The House of the Rising Sun" inspired by the amazing and legendary Odetta. Adding to my guitar track, Joe Bethancourt will add his legendary banjo.
As a sneak preview of the EP, I posted two news songs on my web site: www.PatriciaSilverberg.com. Hope you check it out!
Ah, the last blog of the challenge! Blog, sweet, blog. The challenge has made me get back on track, so I am very happy I decided to take part. I was on the very top of my game before the economy went sour and a pesky head injury occurred. While life presented its own challenges, I learned to slow down and enjoy life more, and now the Music Success challenge has revived my music passion. Since the blog challenge began, I reconstructed my web site, started using Blogger, increased my mailing list, and learned to celebrate my everyday successes. I also reached out to new booking agents both locally and in neighboring states. I haven’t become financially independent as a musician, but I am back to being focused and living up to my gifts. Now for this week’s challenge on Traditional PR. I did a few shows in San Diego last year, and I used this chapter when preparing press releases for gigs outside of Arizona. Her format for press releases is right on track as I asked my BFF who is on a label to check it out. For a press kit, I have been using SonicBids for over 5 years, and it is a great tool. I use it to send info to agents and know if they even bothered to open it and it has a tracking feature. I also print it out for festivals and such that require traditional press kits. It is a very easy to use, and I recommend it to everyone. I would say that folks need to be extremely careful about entering opportunities on the site—a lot are bogus—as I learned the hard way. I got a great entertainment lawyer now out my experience! I am the middle recording a fully orchestrated EP, and plan to follow up on Ariel’s suggestions with great attention. I feel if the recordings are going to launch my career even further as my 1st CD was bare bones. It has already received radio play, got me a local agent, and got a ton of gigs. It is time for me to move even further in my career. Like everyone else, I am struggling with the recession, but it is my plan to hire Ariel if I don’t win the blog challenge . Nonetheless, if I am unable to hire her or win the challenge, I plan to use all the advice in this chapter to get reviews and even market to a small label. I just need to patient and know things will work out for the best!
Wow! This indeed is a challenge! I am having trouble enough getting people to buy CDs and Mp3s. I know a lot has to do with the economy as I have heard others are having the same issue. Here are some items I thought about for my continuum plan that are low cost. A lot of people on my mailing list are having financial trouble, and I don’t think as a folk singer I can sell items like t-shirts—at this point in my career anyway—maybe someday! 1. I already affiliated myself with Society of Singers (SOS) and in the process of staging a benefit. I may also raise funds for Sweet Relief, too! At the show offer a percentage of sales to the SOS. 2. Have a great EP release party with healthy munchies. There is a non-profit coffee shop in town that helps women overcome domestic violence. Maybe I can have the event there and offer them percent of sales. 3. Once the EP is released, offer specials on MP3s—99 cent downloads, etc. 4. Offer specials on purchasing the EP with the already released CD—make a donation to SOS with purchase. 5. Offer private gigs. I have been asked a few times—but no one wanted to pay me. So, we shall see about that. Anyway, so this past weekend, I did a raffle for a free CD at my acoustic venue gig. I got 6 new names on my mailing list. I play that venue often and never got one name. So, it worked. My friend Paul won the CD though—he had an “illegal” download of it the CD on his Ipod—now he is a legal copy. So funny!
Before I get into this week’s lesson regarding networking, I want to back track and reflect on a few other lessons. While my intentions were good to write out my 5 successes on my computer each night before bed, I found it a task. I am a technical writer by day, and the last thing I want to do is spend more time writing on the computer during the week. So, I say the five successes before bed while meditating and began writing them in an old-fashioned journal. I hope if others are reading this, they realize Ariel’s suggestion are indeed flexible and adaptable to your needs. I personally have had enough of people who just whine and make excuses for not doing things. If they could only put their energy into something productive instead of their excuses. Anyway, I also worked on building my mailing list by sending out invites to 800 “friends” on Facebook. I set up an automatic response when people sign up on my web site that can access a free downloaded MP3 from Reverbnation. My hard worked bombed. To paraphrase p. 82 of the book, trying to network with musicians is not going to make you money. And that has been a big mistake for me. I am a very shy person, but I have made it a point to attend almost every local music event including songwriting gatherings, folk festivals, NARIP and NSAI meetings, etc. I even attended the International Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis. And yes, while I made some friends, found musicians for my CD, and reaped a few other small benefits, I did not sell CDs. The reality all those folks at these gatherings and social network sites are trying to make money and sell CDs—and not give of themselves. Nonetheless, I have business cards made with my name, picture and web site. The cards state I am folk rock artist and I branded to match my CD and former web site. I spent about $35 for 500 cards at staples. When I print the next order, I am going to add my tag of “raw and intelligent folk rock” plus for “a free Mp3, go to www.patriciasilverberg.com/.” I also not only plan to try raffle as suggest in last week’s lesson, at my next coffee house and bar gigs, but also have some sort of fish bowl so people can drop their names and win a free CD at my “muzak” gigs. As far as me networking, I am an not sure what to do next. It is a hard thing for me as I am shy, and not only that, I tend to open myself up to people wanting things from me like gigs. They never return the favor. There is no business like show business. Sorry it is sort of making me cry. I am a very humble and honest person, and is seems at least once a week someone asks me for industry help or when they find out that I know very famous artists, they ask me for stuff. I guess this was a good reflection on setting boundaries. So, I didn’t sell any CDs this week, but I hopefully learned how to maintain some balance.
Wow, I really was amazed by the simple ideas in this week’s Music Success Challenge. I have had a mailing list for a few years and have added a number of people, such as co-workers and friends. Yet, it is relatively small (as of now 178). I have been the good ol’ freebie Reverbnation Fanreach, which has been a blessing. I ask for emails all the time and have gathered a lot more than 178, but they unsubscribed. My favorites are the guys who hit on me. They go to my web site and realize I am a Lesbian; needless to say they unsubscribe. In last week’s reading, one point that stood out for me regarding newsletters, if people unsubscribe, they aren’t going to buy CDs. I tend to take it personally when some one unsubscribes, but that thought has turned things around—the heck with them—especially the guys who wanted something else—LOL!! Anyway, at every show, I bring a mailing list and cards. I offer free MP3s and sometimes have free home made CD singles to give away. The results have been minimal as the economy is so poor. I play a lot at shopping malls, farmer’s markets, and restaurants where I am the live “muzak.” The folks are not there to buy CDs but food or drink. The ones who stop to talk to me and leave a tip are older folks who aren’t part of the computer generation, or toddlers with their moms. I think I got to start targeting those moms—hey if you sign up, I’ll give you a free sample CD kind of thing. I am also thinking of getting drop cards as it will be a lot simpler than burning CDs. Anyway, in two weeks, I am playing an acoustic listening room, where people actually listen. I am going to try a free raffle for a CD. The folks in attendance would be my ideal audience. I can’t wait to try it as it means moving from people a passive person to a more aggressive person. I am also going to try the swapping mailing list. As I type, I am thinking who to ask. I am fortunate my BFF is on a label and is currently on tour. She will probably be open to it. Then some of the musicians who are my album may be open to it, too. There are a few Facebook buddies now that I think of it. Wow, just in 2 minutes I thought of at least 10 people. This could work. I am pumped now. It is not a good time to perform in AZ as it is about 110 degrees in the shade—if you find any—cactus don’t give a lot of shade. So, now I got me a nice project!! I’ll report back as to what happens!! Hmm, another thought—inviting people to my website via FB invites to get a Free MP3—Whoo—who—lots of great ideas!!! I love this book!!