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10 FREE Gig Posters (Just pay Shipping)

In Booking/Touring, DIY Musician, FREE!, Indie Musician Resources, Makes My Life Easier!, Marketing/Publicity, Reviews (Product/Service), Show/Tour Promotion on January 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

Yep. So I just got my first order from http://www.freegigposters.com. I paid $9.99 postage to try out 10 FREE posters. I’ve gotta say, I’m impressed! I received 15 posters instead of 10, and the posters are full-size, not paper-size like I was expecting.

This is a Nimbit company, so I guess I figured it wouldn’t be a rip-off, but I was half expecting that I could have printed them just as nicely myself, or that they wouldn’t have been as nice-looking as if I got some printed at Kinko’s, but for $10 I figured I’d save myself a trip to the printer’s and try it out.

I just uploaded my design online, and less than a week later I had my posters in the mail. Wouldn’t be too helpful if I was in a rush, but I had plenty of time before the show for which I made the poster.

There’s also an option to upgrade to 100 posters (for a price of course – $49), but for now I think I could get by with 10 free nice posters per show, and perhaps print any extra flyers from my computer. It seems that you can order 10 FREE posters at a time as many times as you like. I think I would definitely use this service again!

Thanks FreeGigPosters.com!

Awesome FREE Online Venue Database

In Booking/Touring, DIY Musician, FREE!, Getting Gigs, Indie Musician Resources, Makes My Life Easier!, Reviews (Product/Service), Venues on January 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

Indie on the moveIndie on the Move http://www.indieonthemove.com/

This is my new go-to venue finder! Not only is the database extensive and easy to use, but each Venue Profile Page includes Contact Info, Booking Instructions/Preferences, as well as other helpful information such as capacity, genres, ages, etc.

If you join the newsletter list, they will send you gig listings from venues that need openers and other slots filled.

There is a rating/commenting system which is definitely helpful, but I would suggest checking out venues that interest you, even if it shows a poor rating–sometimes people leave bad reviews for silly reasons, and you could miss a diamond in the rough!

There’s also a Gig Swap section, that lets you view other musician’s profiles (if they choose to be viewable), see which venues they frequent, contact them or add them to your “favorites.”

Oh yeah, can’t forget the Touring Tips section, which has some truly helpful info!

Thanks Indie On The Move!

Viewing Multiple Yahoo Mail Accounts Simultaneously

In Makes My Life Easier! on January 10, 2011 at 7:19 am

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So, my first post is not directly related to MUSIC business, (and its also a rather long “snip”) but … I wanted to figure this out in order to create yet ANOTHER yahoo email account for my new twitter account (@MusicBizSnips) to go along with my blog! While I was at it I decided to write down the steps so I’d remember, and I figured some other musicians somewhere must be wondering about this too so …

I’m not sure if there’s an easier way to do this, but here’s how I figured out how to view messages from multiple Yahoo mail addresses in one account. (NOTE: I was in the “Mail Classic” version when I did it):

DISCLAIMER: this method requires a lot of logging in and out to set it up, but once its done it will make life much easier, I promise 😉

1. Sign into Yahoo and click on your Mail tab.
2. Look for the “Options” tab in the top right corner of the screen.
3. Click on “Mail Options” under the Options tab.
4. Click on “Accounts”.

NOW, you can do 1 of 2 things:

1) If you only need ONE extra email address that you want sent to your current Yahoo Mail account, you should see a “Create extra email address” link at the bottom of the page. This link allows you to create ONE “alias” email address that will send messages to your existing inbox.

2) If you need MORE than one extra email address, or you want to add another yahoo mail account you already use, here’s what I did:

For an existing account:

Follow steps 1-4 within the account you want to CHECK (the one you want to add another address to).

5. At the top of the “Accounts” page, click on “Add Account”.
6. In the “Sending Mail” section, fill in the account info of the address you want to ADD.
7. In the “Receiving Mail” section, fill in the account info on the account you want to CHECK (the one you’re currently logged into). Enter “pop.mail.yahoo.com” in the Server box.
8. You should see a pop up that tells you to check your email for a confirmation. Now (as far as I could figure out), you have to LOG OUT of the current account, and LOG IN to the one you want to add to find the confirmation.
9. Find the confirmation email, click the link, and it should direct you to LOG IN to the other account again.
10. If all went well, you should see a pop up message that says your account was successfully added, and you should now receive emails from your second account in your inbox, or whatever folder you assigned. (I created a new folder for each email account, to keep them separate)

For a new account:

LOG OUT and CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Then log out, log back into the account you want to CHECK, and follow steps 1-10.

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