is money, especially when you’re a musician. You can’t
waste time trying to figure out the most effective ways to
juggle the creative and business elements of being in a band,
so you need to rely on time-saving tools and apps to
keep your band functioning and organized.
Guest Post by Amy Sciarretto on
You have to have solid methods in place in order to stay on top
of things. Here are my suggestions for the most effective tools
for time management. Most of these apps are free or cheap, and
many bands I work with have had success using them, so I’m
passing along the knowledge.
Everyone has, or should have, a Gmail account in 2015, so make use of Google
Docs and Drive. You can share documents with your band members
or your manager for things like lyrics, album booklets and
covers, and even your tour interview schedule. Hell, you can
even keep all essential band info (bank details, lawyer phone
numbers, emergency contacts, label staffers, etc.) in one place
so everyone in the band’s inner circle can access it safely.
You can also keep everything in one
place in Evernote. You can have one notebook for your creative
endeavors, like song titles or song ideas. You can also have
another notebook for the “boring” but necessary stuff, like one
for your budgets, one for your contacts,
one for your press schedule, and so on and so forth. It’s much
like Google Docs, but it’s a bit more streamlined. It has
become the foundation and the cornerstone for the organization
of my empire.
You likely have big files like songs or images to share with
your bandmates or your team, so make sure you’re using Dropbox
for your internal communication and to volley big items. Not
only is it effective, but you aren’t crushing each other’s
inboxes by swapping emails with ginormous attachments. Because
no one wants a 13 MB attachment… ever.
Cost: Free up to 2 GB of space (and reasonably
priced plans if you need more storage than that)
If you tend to have trouble deciding what to do first when you
have a lot on your plate, this app can help you figure that
out and keep your brain in check. The
digital pomodoro timer removes the anxiety that comes with
clock watching. You work on something specific until a timer
stops you. That way, social
media, emails, and everything else can’t distract you from
the task at hand. It’s tough, but try it. I want to dive in
with this method, but I fear it, since emails and social media
messages are voluminous distractions to my day. They don’t have
to be for you!
Cost: Free to try and for basic usage, or $23/year for
Because you never know when song
inspo will land in your lap. You have an idea, and
you’re humming it. Why not try and record it while mobile?
Basic, I know, but many of my artists secretly love it.
Time management is a skill you must hone in order to stay ahead
of the game. So master it with these tools, which will make
life as a musician easier and save you lots of time. Good luck!
Amy Sciarretto has 20 years of print
and online bylines, from Kerrang to Spin.com
to Revolver toBustle, covering
music, beauty, and fashion. After 12 years doing radio and
publicity at Roadrunner Records, she now fronts Atom Splitter
PR, her own boutique PR firm, which has over 30 clients. She
also is active in animal charity and rescue.