Top 5 Recording Studio Remodeling Tips for Contractors

So you are planning to give your studio a new look? Are the plans to remodel your studio already underway? You may think this is a simple project, but I can tell you that it’s not, particularly if you are doing it for the first time. There are few things that you need to do so as to pull off a successful project and get value for money. Here are some of the key home and studio remodeling tips that will help get the most out of the project and avoid costly mistakes:

1. Have a Plan

The worst thing you do is starting the project without a proper plan. This is what gives you the details of the project, and without it, it will be a big mess. A proper plan should include the way you want your place to look like, cost, time design and the material that is required. It will help you put all the necessary requirements in place such as the material, and this will save you plenty of time once the project starts. A proper plan and planning ahead will help to keep you on the budget.

2. Choose The Right Contractor

This is one of the many areas that producers fail. When it comes to selecting the right contractor to complete the job, you have to be very choosy. Make sure they have a valid contractor’s license bond in California.  Not everyone one advertising themselves as home remodeling experts can meet your expectations. You need to look for experience and reputation as the qualities of the contractor. How long have they been doing home remodeling? What are the prior customers that they have served saying about them? You can also ask your friends to refer the best contractor. Do not be tempted to hire contractors just because they are asking for little money. Remember cheap is expensive, especially if your contractor does not have a bond in place!

Read more about the importance of hiring a bonded contractor here

3. Emphasize on Quality

Quality is important if you want to pull off a fantastic project. The quality of the material is very crucial, and you should not compromise it with anything. Make sure that the quality of contractor, their workforce, and tools is also top notch.

4. Visit the Site often

Do not wait until the last day of the project to visit the site. Make sure that you are visiting now and then to assess the project. By doing this, you will be able to identify any problem before the job is completed. If there are some details that have been left out, they can be rectified at early stages of the project. This will save you money and time in future.

5. Always Remember the Big Picture

Like in any other project, things might not go as expected. The expenses might go up than planned. For instance, you the expenses might exceed what was intended for. The project might take more time than planned among other things. All this might make you lose the energy and enthusiasm you had but always remember the big picture.

These the key home remodeling tips that can help you transform your place into a better place. Follow them, and you will be impressed with the result.

Rising Divorce Rates in the Music Industry


How to know when you may need a Family Lawyer

Family law covers all legal matters directly related to the bloodline, including marriages, civil unions, divorce, prenuptial matters, custody, and property settlements. Having a firsthand knowledge about it always helps you to resolve your matters easily.

When a couple with children divorces, the hardest issues to resolve involve custody decisions. Such matters fall under the auspices of family law, a practice area concerned with issues such as marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody, child support and other challenges that face families.

In some but not all states, matters pertaining solely to a family lawyer are heard in special courts called family courts. States that use family courts include New York, Hawaii, Delaware, Maine and North Carolina. In other states, circuit courts may address the family law in addition to other legal matters.

Family Law and Child Custody Agreements

Nearly all courts encourage parents to come up with a child custody arrangement without judicial intervention. Parents can design a plan themselves or with the help of a trained professional mediator.

In instances when parents for whatever reason are unable to negotiate an arrangement, the court will come to a decision for them using a standard that considers the best interests of the child. Each state has its laws setting forth criteria that determine how this standard should be determined, however these laws share one basic assumption: Except in cases where a parent has been convicted of a crime involving violence or sexual abuse, it is generally accepted that a child’s best interests include a continuing relationship with both parents. It means that custody will be shared in some manner whether the child spends time with both parents on an equal basis or one parent retains physical custody, and the other has visitation rights.

Other factors the court evaluate in determining child custody include:

– The ability of each parent to provide a safe, secure environment.
– The degree to which parents can work together to promote the best interests of their child.
– If a parent has functioned as the primary caretaker.
-For a child over the age of 12, his or her wishes.

Spousal Support (Alimony)

Another issue that comes under the jurisdiction of family law is spousal support or alimony. Alimony functions to mitigate the negative economic effects that divorce may have on the spouse who either is not earning a wage or is earning a lower wage than his or her erstwhile partner.

Courts have considerably more discretion in awarding alimony than they have in awarding custody. The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act, adopted by many states as a model in this regard, suggests that the following criteria be assessed in determining alimony:

– The length of the marriage.
– Spouses’ standard of living throughout the marriage/
-Age, financial status and physical and emotional state of the spouses/
– Length of time it would take for the non-earning or lesser earning spouse to become financially independent/
– The ability of the spouse charged with making payments to support both the spouse receiving alimony and himself or herself.

Family law is an increasingly important area of study for many lawyers, expanding to encompass even couples who choose not to marry. With an increase in divorces being recorded each year, the demand for quality attorneys in this field is higher than ever.

Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor to Remodel your Studio


Hire Licensed Contractors for your Next Remodel

When most of us set out to hire a remodeling contractor to complete a project, our primary goal is to stretch our budget as far as possible. If you are anything like me, to stretch your budget you probably struggle with the idea of cutting some corners such as hiring an unlicensed landscaping contractor to complete the work for you. More often than not, an unlicensed landscaping contractor will be cheaper than a licensed landscaper, however hiring an unlicensed contractor without a California contractors bond comes with a tremendous downside.

Here are the four most notable risks you assume when hiring an unlicensed contractor that one should consider:

Risk # 1: By hiring a person who is Unlicensed or has a Suspended or Terminated License on the date your sign the contract, you forfeit your right to make a claim in the case you are ripped off, the agreed upon work is not completed and the person you hired is missing in action, or the person files for bankruptcy. The Recovery Fund will pay an eligible person up to $30,000 per residence.

Risk # 2: If the person you hire is unlicensed, they most likely do not have Workers Compensation or Liability Insurance. If they are injured while working on your property, they can sue you for their injury and force you to pay for the medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

Risk # 3: If the Unlicensed person you hire also happens to be in the country illegally, you could be fined up to $2,000 for hiring each undocumented worker. Another form of protection is to make sure the contractor has an LLC employee worker bond in place. Licensed Landscaping Contractors are very sensitive about losing work to unlicensed and undocumented workers, so the risk of you being reported is much higher than you think.

Risk # 4: The most common risk you will be taking by hiring an unlicensed Landscaping contractor has to do with the quality and warranty ability of the work they completed. More often than not, people who hire unlicensed landscapers to complete skilled Landscaping Projects end up having to hire a licensed landscaper to come in and fix the work the unlicensed person did costing way more than had they just hired a licensed landscaping contractor in the first place.

In this economy, the temptation to hire an unlicensed landscaper to complete your Landscaping project is greater than ever. At the same time, if it turns you are not satisfied with the way the project turned out after hiring an unlicensed contractor, your pockets are not as deep which may prevent you from being able to hire a licensed landscaping contractor to do the job the right way. Therefore, your best option is to hire a licensed landscaper even if it costs you more money.

How to Get Noticed by a Record Label

If you like to sing, you’ve already had to ask yourself at least once if you want to become a professional singer or remain an amateur. To answer this question, there are many parameters to take into account, and certainly beyond the simple desire to make a musical career, you should really know if you have a real talent, be motivated and maybe have a small chance.

Here are 4 steps to follow to be noticed by a record label:

  1. Use the internet

Today, an artist who is not present on the internet has little chance of success. Given the decline in sales of physical discs and the increase in digital downloads or broadcasts year after year, any serious artist must be active on the Internet and especially on social networks. On top of that, if one day a music professional wonders whether you are ready to work with them or not, they will always check your “popularity” on the internet. So it’s best to pay attention to its statistics, including Likes (“Like”) on Facebook, followers on Twitter, Youtube, or Instagram.

In the music industry, your customers are your fans, the first to buy your album, go to your concerts, buy your merchandising products … So take care of them and make sure that they stay loyal. To do this, you must publish qualitative content on a regular basis. Do this and your popularity and reach on the internet will naturally increase day by day. However, never try to buy views or anything similar on Facebook, YouTube etc, don’t try and artificially inflate your numbers hoping to impress a record exec.

  1. Play as many gigs as possible

The second thing to do to get noticed is obviously is to perform on stage. The more people who see you, the greater the chance you have to meet music professionals. You should always be telling yourself: labels, television productions, etc. send talented scouts everywhere where there is music playing. Play in bars, local music festivals, heck you can even play a wedding, the idea is to get noticed.  You can always try one of those singing competitions too, if that’s possible  watch the video below to see how you can do that.  Develop a thick skin and keep on playing.

  1. Find a Manager

This third step could be the first. If you have the chance to meet a manager at the beginning of your career, he will help you to develop your projects, introduce you the people in his network and help you find concerts … A manager is in fact an “employee” of The Artist whose role is to manage all the things that support the artist’s career. For example, the manager will help the artist find a record company, go find shows, concerts for the artist, go find sponsors, manage all legal aspects (contracts …) deal with lawyers …. In exchange for this service, the manager will receive a percentage on the artist’s income.

  1. Make some demos and always have them with you

The most direct way for record companies to notice you is to record demos and send them, or your manager gets a direct appointment to hand them in! This is not a new method but it still works. So you need to have mock-ups ready fairly quickly. Moreover, every time you meet the music professionals, they will always be curious to hear you, know how you sing. Among demos, you can always decide to record covers but do you think it will be enough to be perceived as an ambitious singer and to allow them to evaluate your potential? Most likely not, so you need to have your own (unreleased) songs so that they can understand who you are, and also be able to evaluate your creative potential.

Using YouTube to Help You Break into the Music Industry

Many entertainers have turned to online promotion techniques to start garnering a name for themselves due to the growth and development of the internet. Think of celebs like Justin Bieber, he got his start from YouTube.  If you’re a fan of the show Glee, in later years many of the cast members were discovered on YouTube.  This is very important from a business and marketing perception, because this places the entire world at your fingertips. Adopting the proper techniques one can easily start getting a buzz for their music without having to invest large amount of money.

One of the credible ways of doing this is by uploading music on YouTube. The main reason is because YouTube is owned by Google, which means reliability is not an problem, and it is rated as the second largest search engine globally. Right after Google. This makes YouTube pretty much globally accepted video platform on mobile devices. Even Apple which has strangled pretty much all choice out of their merchandise allows users to view YouTube without necessarily downloading an app.  If you want a music career then you need to be using YouTube to help you break into the music industry.

Make some money with your music

The monetization feature is another key feature of YouTube over other music hosts. This means that revenue generated by Google AdWords because of your content will make you a portion of that money. You must own the copyrights to tracks you monetize, so you must either produce your own beats, or buy commercial rights to the beats you are planning to use on your project.

Brand yourself

Branding your YouTube link in the video is very important. The last thing you need to do is creating a video or animation and have it direct people back to your space. So the only way that people will know about your space is by telling them about it. Make it easy for them. Put your YouTube link at the bottom of your video or animation, and also a little description of your music. When you put it in your description area, the link becomes clickable. So your viewers won’t have to type in your link in their address bar. No matter your method of getting your music noticed, you will need to brand your YouTube link in your music.

Build Subscribers

Encourage people to subscribe to your channel so that you can get more views to your music. The more views you get, the higher the chances are that people will notice your music, and the higher the chances are that your viewers will develop a taste for your music. This will definitely earn you fame in the music industry.

There are different ways that you can get people to subscribe to your YouTube channel. Some people will subscribe just because they like your music. Some will subscribe because you put up some “annotations”. Some will subscribe because you drove them there. And some will subscribe because it was suggested to them.

No matter how they subscribe, you will want them to subscribe. Soon you will see that as soon as you put a new video up, tons of your subscribers will come to your video and view it. This will make it popular, and will encourage new people to click on it and see what kind of information that it contains.

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