2021 was an especially prolific year for us in terms of new content. August was the quietest month of all, but even then, we still published three new podcast episodes.
We spent considerably less time on guest contributors and more time on producing in-house content. And we mixed things up, too, with blog posts, podcast episodes, videos, updates, monthly hustles, and more.
Here we’ll look at the top 10 most popular Music Entrepreneur HQ posts of 2021.
10 – 220 – What to do with Your Music in 2021 Part 2
In 2021, I created a series of podcast episodes on strategies and tactics to take advantage of to promote and monetize your music.
Part 2 on the topic – in which I discussed a variety of powerful tools you can utilize to build your music career – became the 10th most popular post of the year.
The tools mentioned in this episode are still relevant and viable in 2022, so if you’re looking to increase your musical footprint this year, review this list for ideas.
9 – How to Succeed as a Part-Time Musician
So, you can’t dedicate all day every day to your music. You’ve made the determination that making a living and being pragmatic about your career is important. What do you do if you want to create the life you love through music, but can’t dedicate more than a couple of hours per day to the cause?
There are still plenty of opportunities worth pursuing as a part-time musician. The trick is to figure out which ones are going to help you get the best results overall.
This guide covers the key steps to finding your path, even if a part-time effort is everything you can throw at it!
8 – 225 – What to do with Your Music in 2021 Part 3
It’s often been said that serial content is powerful, and here we have proof.
Part 3 of the series on building your music career in 2021 covered many forward-looking tools for the innovative, entrepreneurial musician, from blockchain-powered video sites to landing page builders.
Whether you’re looking for new platforms to call home or want to gain first mover’s advantage to new platforms, this podcast episode is still worth a look.
7 – 11 Ways Musicians Can Earn During Lockdowns
Serial guest poster Charles Vallena of Guitar Junky approached me with the idea of writing about ways musicians can still earn their keep during lockdowns, and I was onboard.
While I would not count most of his ideas revolutionary, it’s always worth taking inventory of the sources available before panicking like a headless chicken.
Lockdowns and government-enforced mandates are still a reality in many countries and regions, so if you want to dig your well before you’re thirsty, you can never be too early to this party.
6 – 235 – How to Find Your Path to Digital Marketing Success as an Independent Artist
I had the opportunity to be on the Gaki Music podcast last year, and its founder, Wolf, was generous enough to let me use the audio on my own podcast.
I enjoy interviewing others, sure, but if I’m being honest, I enjoy being interviewed more.
In this episode, Wolf came to me with some great questions concerning digital marketing, and I got to share some of my best tips with a listening audience.
5 – 231 – How to Get Millions of Streams on Spotify – with Isabella Bedoya of Fame Hackers
For good or for ill, Spotify remains a fixture in the music industry, so it should come as no surprise that this episode of the podcast should snag number five on this list.
In this episode, guest Isabella Bedoya set forth several practical but straightforward ideas to take your music career from zero to a million streams.
That said, no one should expect this to be an easy journey. Simple, maybe. But not easy.
4 – 219 – What to do with Your Music in 2021 Part 1
Part 1 in the series on creating the life you love through music established the motivation and mindset, the “why” behind the method.
If you’re looking to grow your music career in 2021 and beyond, it’s not just about the tools you use but also how you maintain confidence in yourself, stay inspired, and be in action even when things aren’t going your way.it’s not just about the tools you use but also how you maintain confidence in yourself, stay inspired, and be in action even when things aren’t going your way. Click To Tweet
Give this episode a listen for a much-needed dose of daily determination.
3 – 237 – Music Streaming, Copyright & NFTs – with Steven Gagliano
A musician’s appetite for listening in on conversations featuring NFTs may not be at an all-time high. But they are still in overdrive!
What guest Steven Gagliano had to share, though, is of no less interest, especially since we covered several other topics of interest, particularly issues concerning the law.
2 – Justin Longo of MariNationMusic Shares How You Can Grow Your Music Career Without Having to Worry About Money
My collaborations with Justin Longo of MariNationMusic throughout 2021 were productive and invaluable. Saying “thanks” simply wouldn’t cover the amount of gratitude I feel for his contribution.
In this interview, I had the opportunity to add value to him. He shared what MariNationMusic is all about, and how his new platform can help you achieve financial stability as an artist. Check it out!
Based on the popularity of this post, I should have Justin on the podcast as well.
1 – 236 – How to Find Your Path to Success as a Solo Artist
Although I’ve played in many bands, I’ve also spent plenty of time in the trenches as a solo artist.
In this episode of the podcast, I shared my biggest takeaways from my many and varied experiences through the years as a recording and performing solo artist.
This podcast episode should serve as the motivation you need to start getting yourself out there, making waves as a powerful, talented, and awesome solo artist.
There is plenty more where this came from, but don’t forget – I’m here for you whenever you need me.
Whether it’s navigating Facebook advertising, setting up sales funnels, growing your Spotify listenership, figuring out your social media and online presence, or promoting your music to create a steady income, there are few issues I haven’t tackled and haven’t been able to help musicians with.