Today let's talk about how musicians can deal with “lack of funds” from the questions asked in this thread

, promotion material and yes, even furthering your education on how to get better at them all. The “normal” way would be to do some sort of kickstarter/pledgemusic campaign, but let's think a little out of the box again about how you can easily get some extra funds.

You'd be amazed at how much free gear you can get just by writing to a company, letting them know you use and love their equipment, what your band/music has done and how you'd love to hang a banner of theirs on the stage when you play. Strings, drum heads and even amps and instruments have been given for free this way. Now, obviously you're not going to expect Fender or Ampeg to always do this, but there are TONS of other smaller companies with great equipment that would love some free advertisement. Instead of spending money on a magazine add they hope gets some attention amongst the bigger brands, they get a banner or a place on your website. They know they're reaching their demographic, it's cheaper to give you some equipment than it is to pay for ad space and you get to say you're “sponsored” by a company. Win/win for both of you.

Same thing with demo's and flyers. Are you a good enough musician to do some studio work should they need one? Offer your services to a record studio in exchange for some time. It allows them to advertise they have in house musicians which helps their marketing, allows them to charge more and you get a good “in” with the studio. Every studio has down time, so the better you're in with them, the more they'll hook you up on studio time AND you'll probably get a little more attention than if you were just a paying customer.

Now to actual cash money you can get if you don't want to do either of those. What do you have laying around your house you could part with? You would be AMAZED at what people will buy on Ebay. Start selling some things you don't use anymore, people will buy it.

If you really want to crank it up, go hit some garage sales (early in the morning because that's when the good stuff is there) and buy low and sell for higher on Ebay. There are people who make a very good living doing nothing but this. People doing garage sales just want to get rid of stuff and you can usually haggle them down even lower than what they're asking for just because they want to get rid of the stuff.

Find your local donation shelter and see what they offer for sale. These shelters are awesome for finding things you can sell on Ebay for way more than what you pay for it. The shelters just want to get what they price them for and have no problem with you doing it. If they did, they'd just do it themselves.

Craigslist is an amazing place to find things you can buy low and sell higher on Ebay. Many times you can get stuff for free in the “free” section and turn around and sell them on Ebay. You'd be amazed at what you can pick up on Craigslist and turn around and sell on Ebay for 2-5 times what you paid for it.

Think of the things people are always buying. Toys for kids and power tools are always good ones.

The funds are out there, you just have to go and get them. If what you're doing right now isn't doing it, you have to make some adjustments. Have some ideas that have worked for you, let's hear them!