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How to Support Artists, Singer and Musicians

Imagine life with no new or live music. It’s unthinkable. Arts and culture aren’t just nice things to have that make us feel better either. The combined industries employ many hundreds of thousands of people, see some of our biggest exports and bring in an enormous amount of revenue, playing a key part in the UK economy.

We have one of the best music scenes in the world. This is why music and musicians must be supported, just like any other business or commercial sector.  

How to support musicians 

Additionally, almost all musicians are self-employed freelancers with no sick pay, holiday entitlement or job security. This is part of the lifestyle and is accepted by that who enter into it. But it does mean that we should do all we can to make sure we aren’t doing anything that makes working conditions unfair or unethical.

It can be as simple as thinking about how and where you access your music, to donating to charities who help those in need. 

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The emerging artists’ fund and musicians’ charities 

The PRS Foundation provides grants and funds for emerging arts. Joining PRS is advisable as a musician, as it ensures you get any royalties owed to you. Furthermore, by being part of PRS and supporting them, you support fellow musicians. You pay your admin fees and this adds to the PRS pot, much of which is invested back into emerging talent.

The same applies to the Musicians’ Union. It’s always good to be part of a larger community, as these communities support those within it. 

There are other organisations you can join or donate too, as well. These include:  

  • MOBO 
  • The Fusion Fund 
  • The Arts Council and Creative Scotland 
  • ArtistShare 
  • Patreon

Alternatively, you can check out the individual fundraising campaigns that musicians may be launching on Crowdfunder and Kickstarter 

The best way to buy music to support artists 

You may not be able to invest extra cash into these kinds of things, and that’s absolutely fine. In fact, there’s something even more valuable you can do, that won’t cost you anything. Shop ethically.  

There are many ways to support musicians in a way you also gain. Here are some of the things you can buy: 

  • Official merch (not eBay second-hand versions or knockoffs) 
  • Gig and event tickets  
  • Physical albums and EPs 
  • Downloads of tracks, albums and EPs 
  • Streaming songs 

You can also employ musicians. Even if you don’t work in the industry, you’ll need their services from time to time, especially at things like weddings and parties. Be sure to pay anyone you hire fairly and to be clear about what you expect and any contracts.  

Or if you’re a writer, reviewer or blogger, you can support artists and musicians by writing articles about them, which provides them with free publicity.   

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The most ethical way to buy music 

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t download music illegally. It may seem like a harmless and convenient way to access freebies, but it’s hugely harmful to artists, distributors, Find out more about how music piracy affects the industry and why it’s a problem by watching this video.  

The best streaming service for musicians: ethical music streaming 

So if you want to stream music in a way that supports artists, which site should you go to?  

Well, this can be tricky, as it’s an ever-changing landscape. Spotify got a bad rap for a while, but now many of the sites are much of a muchness. The key is to give your favourite artist your air time on an official site or platform.   

Is streaming good for musicians? 

Yes and no. Most artists will make little to nothing from their listens. But they also get the chance to access audiences from all around the world at the touch of a button. You can help them by following their artist profile.

Lots of followers and streams may not make them big bucks (until they hit the millions), but it can be hugely beneficial for them as artists, especially when it comes to attracting scouts and labels. Following them on social media and YouTube will have the same effect.  

And of course, you can support the musicians you know on a personal level too. If a fellow artist is going through a hard time, take them for a coffee, cook them a meal, give them a call or drop them a message. Be a good friend, especially at the moment while times are hard for artists. If you think someone’s done a good job at a gig, let them know. Give them a review or recommendation on social media and tag them in a positive post.  

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Pop Evil Announce New Tour Dates-“THE VERSATILE TOUR”

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POP EVIL has announced an all-new North American tour today that will kick off this spring. Dates will begin on May 8 in Toronto, hitting markets throughout Canada and the U.S. before concluding on June 27 in Detroit, Michigan, the band’s home state. Along the way, POP EVIL will make a highlighted appearance at Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, OH, on May 17.

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“We are so ready to get back on tour to see all our diehard fans across North America,” says vocalist Leigh Kakaty. “We’re also very excited to debut and play some new material! The Versatile Tour will showcase some young up-and-coming rock bands; it will be one helluva rock show.”

The artist Pre-Sale/VIP starts today at noon local time and will run through Thursday, March 5, at 10 PM local time. Fans can use the code “WORK2020” when purchasing tickets at popevil.com.

The Citi/Live Nation pre-sale will run from Wednesday, March 4, at 10 AM local through Thursday, March 5 at 10 PM local time. The Blabbermouth pre-sale will run from Wednesday, March 4, at 10 AM local through Thursday, March 5, at 10 PM local time.
General on-sale will be this Friday, March 6, at 10 AM local.MAY 08,

TORONTO, ON @ VELVET UNDERGROUND
MAY 09, OTTAWA, ON @ BRONSON CENTRE
MAY 10, KINGSTON, ON @ ALE HOUSE
MAY 12, QUEBEC CITY, QC @ L’ANTI BAR & SPECTACLES
MAY 14, PORTLAND, ME @ AURA
MAY 15, BALTIMORE, MD @ SOUND STAGE
MAY 16, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ @ ANCHOR ROCK CLUB
MAY 17, COLUMBUS, OH @ SONIC TEMPLE
MAY 19, ASHEVILLE, NC @ THE ORANGE PEEL
MAY 20, ATLANTA, GA @ BUCKHEAD THEATER
MAY 22, CHARLOTTE, NC @ THE UNDERGROUND
MAY 23, ORLANDO, FL @ HOUSE OF BLUES
MAY 24, TAMPA, FL @ THE ORPHEUM
MAY 27, NASHVILLE, TN @ BROOKLYN BOWL
MAY 28, NEW ORLEANS, LA @ HOUSE OF BLUES
MAY 29, HOUSTON, TX @ WAREHOUSE LIVE (BIG ROOM)
MAY 30, DALLAS, TX @ GAS MONKEY LIVE!
JUN 01, GRAND JUNCTION, CO @ MESA THEATER
JUN 02, SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ THE DEPOT
JUN 03, BOISE, ID @ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE
JUN 04, SEATTLE, WA @ THE SHOWBOX
JUN 06, SPOKANE, WA @ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE
JUN 07, KAMLOOPS, BC @ CACTUS JACK’S NIGHTCLUB
JUN 09, CALGARY, AB @ THE GATEWAY
JUN 10, GRAND PRARIE, AB @ BETTER THAN FRED’S
JUN 12, REGINA, SK @ THE EXCHANGE
JUN 13, MINOT, ND @ THE ORIGINAL
JUN 15, DES MOINES, IA @ WOOLY’S
JUN 17, DENVER, CO @ SUMMIT THEATER
JUN 18, KANSAS CITY, MO @ THE TRUMAN
JUN 19, EVANSVILLE, IN @ KC’S MARINA POINT
JUN 20, MADISON, WI @ THE SYLVIE
JUN 21, MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ VARSITY THEATER
JUN 24, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK @ DIAMOND BALLROOM
JUN 25, LINCOLN, NE @ BOURBON THEATER
JUN 26, CHICAGO, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
JUN 27, DETROIT, MI @ ST ANDREW’S HALL

Support will come from Joyous Wolf, Brkn Love, JunkBunny, Like Machines, and Stuck on Planet Earth on select dates. The new tour dates will be the first return to the road for the band, who wrapped up a few dates closing out 2019 and starting 2020 on a short headline run.

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Kakaty and co have been hard at work in Los Angeles this winter, putting the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new L.P. due later this year. The band has teamed up with a team of producers and are eager to release new music. The latest effort will be the anticipated follow up to their S/T album that came out in 2018 to some high critical praise with outlets like LOUDWIRE saying, “their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen.”