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Hi there. I’m back. For those that don’t know me yet, my name is Melissa Koehler and I’m a country musician from Ontario, Canada.
Being a professional musician is hard. On top of writing songs, practicing with your band and performing at shows, you have to know your finances, market your shows and sell your music.
Being a musician is not for the faint of heart. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Luckily, I’ve found a few free online programs that have made my life as a musician a little bit easier.
Here’s my list of free online apps that every musician should know about.
I love Invoice Generator. When booking gigs, I recommend that you get into the habit of sending invoices to every person you agree to play for.
I use Invoice Generator to create my invoices which I then send to every venue or event that I am scheduled to play at.
I also make sure to bring a physical copy of that invoice to the show to avoid any confusion or miscommunication surrounding the amount of pay I’m owed.
With Invoice Generator, you don’t even need to make an account, and the best part is that you can create an unlimited number of invoices.
When you’re ready to make your first invoice, it’s super easy to do. Just fill in all the blanks that make sense for your situation.
At the top, make sure to include your name and who the invoice is for. Date it, include the total balance due, and when the payment is due by. If you have a logo, you can even include it right on the invoice too.
In the middle section, clearly describe what you are providing musically. Under quantity, outline how many sets you will be playing. Under rate, input how much one set is. Then, add everything up.
At the bottom, include anything else that may be of importance. For example, you could further describe what you’ll be providing musically or outline everything that the event or venue has agreed to provide you with, outside of the monetary amount. This could be providing you with food and drink or a P.A. system.
Then, tell them how they can pay you. This could be in person, an email for e-transfer, or whether it’s cash or cheque.
Above all, it’s important to remember to document everything on your invoice, whether you think it’s important or not. This is your contract and it’s better to have it in writing.
Here’s an example of an invoice I sent in 2018 for a wedding I played at:
I am a huge fan of Adobe Spark. I have used Adobe Spark to create posters for shows and even to create some of my album covers. You do have to make an account with Adobe Spark, or sign in with Google or Facebook. Trust me, though. It’s totally worth it.
Once you have an account, you can create entirely from scratch or use their templates. They have tons of designs and sizes to choose from.
You’re obviously limited in what you can do. Adobe Spark is not like Photoshop or InDesign. But if you have a photo and some words you want to add to it, then Adobe Spark is perfect. And even if you don’t have a photo, they have tons of free stock images that you can choose from.
I highly suggest making an account, and playing around with it. it’s a ton of fun and it’s proven incredibly useful for me.
Here’s a Facebook event image that I created on Adobe Spark for the band, Hello Hopeless:
Here’s my album cover that I created using Adobe Spark:
Finally, we have Bandcamp. Bandcamp allows you to upload and sell your songs on their platform for free!
Unlike other platforms, Bandcamp only takes a small cut when a song sells. You decide on the selling price. If you want to sell your music online and you aren’t already using Bandcamp, I highly recommend making an account.
Check out my Bandcamp page here:
So, there you have it. I hope you find Invoice Generator, Adobe Spark and Bandcamp useful!
Are there any other amazing free online apps that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!
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