Pledge Music

30 January, 2014

US Artists – Ready for Tax Season?

Tax season is quickly approaching in the US, and if you’re a musician, you likely don’t get one clean W-2 each year, have someone else figure it all out for you and then hope for the best. While it’s true that preparing taxes as an independent contractor can feel like a mess of receipts and paperwork, we’re bringing you 5 important tips to help you make it to April 15 as an organized, calm and collected individual. We can’t promise you’ll get a giant return, but here’s hoping …

4 Books Every Indie Artist Should Read

We’re committed to helping you make 2014 your best year yet, and for that reason we’re running a blog series called “4 Books Every Indie Artist Should Read in 2014.” So far, we’ve taken a look at All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman, I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works by Nick Bilton and the revolutionary business book Rework by 37 Signals founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Stay tuned for our last recommendation, and be sure to let us know in the comments which books have been most helpful to you!

4 US Record Stores to Visit

Do you live in the US or have a trip planned here in the near future? Maybe you’re coming Stateside for this year’s SXSW . Well, even if you just so happen to find yourself in one the country’s major music cities someday, here are four of our absolute favorite US record stores. From LA’s jazz-heavy Atomic Records to New York City’s exciting new Rough Trade, Nashville’s local Grimey’s or Austin’s Waterloo (within walking distance of SXSW ), there’s something for every vinyl lover under the sun.

Have a Tour Horror Story?

If you’ve ever been on the road for any amount of time as a touring artist, it’s pretty likely you’ve got some embarrassing or horrific or even just plain crazy stories you’ve been too hesitant to share. Until now. It’s time to speak up, and our Tour Horror Stories series is the perfect way to come clean. Check out recent tales from D.O.A., The Trews, Ryan Star and more and then email us to find out how you can share your story!

Our Favorite Albums of 2013

We couldn’t let 2013 fade into the backdrop without giving a clear shout to some of the incredible music it produced. Have a look at our top picks of 2013 and then let us know which albums made your year particularly great. Several of our albums came from PledgeMusic artists, which means we’re extra attached because we watched them grow from ideas into full-blown, critically acclaimed releases. And even though it’s 2014 now, we’re still spinning these on a regular basis!
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