A Spring Pop-up Sale on God and Gigs gear!

We’ve been asked for months about the God and Gigs shirts that were offered during our fundraiser last year. Now, for a very limited time, we’re offering them again in several new styles via our new TeeSpring store. Up until April 6th, you can get 15% off these stylish T-shirts with a special message on the back. Follow this link to take advantage of this One Day Spring Sale.

Backline Burden: Why every show matters [Encore Post]

Often, an independent artist's career is in the hands of backline musicians

The gig is set, the band is called in, and the visiting artist arrives at the rehearsal. To everyone in the room, it’s pretty much a normal day.

Except one person has a lot more at stake.

For the traveling independent artist, every tour outside their area is a matter of life and death for their career. Many of these artists depend on local musicians to support their shows, since they can’t afford to travel with their own bands.  This means every new city or venue introduces them to an entirely new set of musicians.

Now imagine the horror of the visiting artist when she discovers that the band didn’t learn the music properly. They felt it was just another gig, and decided that they would work out the music on the fly.

Who has the most to lose?

Identity Crisis: Why creatives can’t live on talent alone

Being a balanced artist means keeping your passions in proper perspective

I’m only happy when I’m performing.

I feel alive when I’m creating.

I live to dance / sing / write / paint, etc.

If you hear statements like these, you’re probably talking to an artist. We creatives tend to see our artistic lives as indistinguishable from our identities. We love what we do so much that we can’t really imagine life without it.

Understandable, yes. But is it healthy?

The right way to walk away [Encore Post]

The story of Bill Withers reveals that true success sometimes requires tough choices

I’m very pleased with my life how it is. This business came to me in my thirties. I was socialized as a regular guy. I never felt like I owned it or it owned me. – Bill Withers, on why he left the music industry and never returned  (1)

A simple chord progression changed his life.

Bill Withers was an aircraft mechanic in California during the 1970s. Having never studied music formally, he taught himself to play guitar and piano, but didn’t think much of making a career in music before recording a small demo project. A few months later he was performing songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” nationwide. His sudden stardom caught him off guard.

He valued his independence highly, to the point that he rejected many of the traditional trappings of success, like hiring a manager and taking on commercial endorsements. He never felt comfortable with the industry’s impact on his life. When he noticed his music and his relationships suffering, he chose to walk away from music rather than hang on to his success. At the time of this post, he has not recorded a new project in 25 years.

Most artists would never willingly give up their dream of being in the spotlight.

However, if asked, Withers would likely respond that his life has turned out exactly the way he envisioned.

The saying is true – no man is an island.

However, being a creative professional can sometimes make you feel as if you are stranded and alone in the midst of an ocean.

The artist’s lifestyle requires an unique blend of creative energy and entrepreneurship that is not easy to understand. To be successful at it, most artists have to do something that creative people often struggle with- that is, getting support from others.

We as artists usually find that kind of support from different sources. In this week’s poll question, we’re asking for the primary source of your support. Who do you feel you rely on the most for spiritual, emotional and financial support in your field?

Vote, share your thoughts, and compare your responses with other artists.