Published on September 23rd, 2013 | by Dylan Lott0
7 Best Apps for Music Professionals
Technology is basically my entire life. I’ve been using computers for as long as I can remember, and music was the other passion in my life, and the marriage of those two things has brought me to where I am right now.
As a band manager, organization is sort of important. I’m not talking corporation-level organization, but it is a good idea to have a little bit of a system in place against the madness that is the rest of the music industry. If you don’t, you’ll start to miss deadlines, forget stuff you needed to do, and slip on certain aspects you shouldn’t be.
One thing I want to point out: These apps aren’t going to fix your hell of a life if you’re not already fixed with the mindset of keeping everything together and in its right place.
That being said, organization will help you keep clear and get stuff done correctly. It goes beyond simple apps on your phone, but if used correctly, these apps can help out a lot.
My personal favorite for notes is…
Evernote is extremely useful for grabbing snippets of information, creating voice memos, writing down lists and other information, or even taking pictures of things you see that you want to remember such as business cards, flyers, etc… These pictures, voice clips, etc… can be linked to notes in Evernote and recalled for later use. This alone has saved me tons of time. It also stores everything in the cloud, so you’re not out of luck if you lose or break your device.
Evernote has both a desktop and a mobile version. You can get both here.
And you can download the Apple version of Evernote here.
Dropbox is another cloud-based app that allows you to store information on the internet so that if your computer crashes, you can access them within a couple of clicks. A really cool feature of Dropbox is the public hosting ability that they’ve incorporated. I use it most for hosting rough mixes and demos of songs and being able to show them to people, especially if it’s a highly sensitive release. You can simply make the file private (dragging it out of the Public folder) and no one will be able to listen to it or download it anymore. All in all, it’s something that I think everyone should have. I also keep all of my contacts and business docs stored in Dropbox for safety and access.
Dropbox has both mobile and desktop versions like Evernote, but handles large files better than Evernote. Go here and you can find the Android and desktop versions.
I use Google Drive on a daily basis. Its best feature for me is being able to upload any document and have Google convert it into their own format for editing. This way, you can invite multiple people in to view spreadsheets that you create. I create spreadsheets for every single tour I book and invite all of the bands into it. Again, these sheets are all hosted on the internet, so you can’t lose them.
Google Drive can be downloaded for Android and Desktop here. Honestly, Google Drive sort of replaces any other word processor or spreadsheet program you’ll ever need again.
I use Google Calendar to keep track of my bands’ releases, tour dates, press releases, studio time, and basically anything else involving a calendar. I sync it up to my phone and it sends me notifications and reminders based on what I set it to. You can set it to send of reminders weeks in advance, hours in advance, or even minutes in advance. It also allows you to input information on the events such as location, times, etc…
You can download Google Calendar for Android here.
Apple doesn’t have an app for Google Calendar, but you can import your calendar into most other Apple calendar apps such as iCal.
If you use Gmail, you have to have the app. It’s simple and easy to use, and from what I’ve seen and experienced, better than the email apps included on phones. This one obviously doesn’t need much explanation.
If Gmail isn’t already on your phone (many phones come with it preloaded) you can download it here for Apple products.
If you have money in a bank account, you should have Mint. I have it set to track my business expenses, but you can set it to track just about anything. It’ll help you set budgets, track transaction amounts, and see your spending trends as well. Overall, it’s worth downloading just to see where you spend your money. It’s always interesting to see if there’s a category you possibly need to cut down on that you didn’t realize was getting out of hand.
If you deal with paper at all, it’s really nice to have CamScanner. This app makes a digital copy of documents you have by using an image you take and digitizing it into PDF format. You can then send that document to your email, DropBox, Evernote, etc… If you deal with contracts ever, it’s nice to be able to scan a picture of your signature on the contract, upload it to your email, and send it off to whoever needs it. Simple, easy, and you don’t need to go to the post office.
Remember, these are helpful little tools. They’re not going to turn you into a productivity master in the two clicks that it takes to download it. That takes personal focus and dedication like I mentioned earlier.
Focus like this guy.