Nailing down the top 10 posts of the year was no easy feat. We like to pick the articles that statistically get the most hits; but there are always a few honorary posts that we think should have been in the lineup. So this year, we not only determined our Top 10 posts based on the number of hits, likes, shares, retweets, or reader comments, but also on best practical, most useful, quality content…because thats what we`re about. Here they go (in nor particular order)!

1. Should You Play That Free Gig?

Not all free show are a waste of time. Sometimes they’re worth it – like really worth it. UK-based non-profit, Work Not Play, helps you figure out which ones makes sense and which ones you can do without.

2. Dear Musician Who Doesn’t Want to Promote Your Show

Need we say more? No. But we did. Read the whole post. We think youvll relate.

3. How To Deal With A Difficult Band Member

It’s no surprise this was one of our most-read posts of the year. Everyone has had this issue, or knows someone who has. If you need some solid advice on how to keep your band intact and deal with the issue like grown adults, read this post.

4. Dear Person Asking Me to Play Your Gig…

Don’t know how to tell people what you need? This post spells it out. Most times gigs go downhill because communication isn’t clear from the beginning. This posts helps you determine the things you need to know before confirming a show.

5. 8 Ways To Make The Most of Your Bar Gig

Bar gigs. You either hate them, love them, or put up with them. A large percentage of musicians do them because they bring in good money. No matter the reason, this post will help you make them worth your time. Read this post and learn some practical ways to get all you can out of that 3-hour show.

6. Hashtags 101: How to Use Them & Why They Matter

Hashtags are everywhere! But only a small percentage of people know how to use them correctly. And an even smaller percentage know how to use them to their advantage. Here is a great How-to post with everything you need to know.

7. How to Open For Nationally Touring Artists

Believe it or not, there is a strategy to this. Big opportunities rarely have anything to do with sheer luck.

8. 5 Ways to Generate House Concert Leads

This post is so useful. We couldn’t not put it in our Top 10.

9. From Major Label to Proud Indie Artist: An Interview with John Faye of IKE

This was one of our favorite posts of the year and the only artist interview to hit our Top 10 list. John Faye candidly shares his experience on both sides of he fence and gives independent artists (at all levels) some great food for thought.

10. 10 Ways to Look Like an Amateur Musician

This is the only post on this list that is from 2014. But we couldn’t help it. With over 1,500 likes and shares, this one really hit home with our readers and received consistent traffic throughout 2014 and 2015. It’s a timeless post that will never lose its relevance.

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