How the mandala came to live
Many of you are reaching out to us with similar questions and we are noticing a strong interest in learning more about how to succeed as an artist on Jamendo. We believe that you should all have access to the same information and so we have added many of your questions to the Help Center.
But we went further than that! The Help Center should not only answer your most common questions, but it should be a guide for you as a self-made artist. The self-made artist not only composes music but also shares it with the world, manages her own royalties, promotes and sells her music, learns from the feedback she receives and is always trying to improve her skill and her creation. Modern technology enables you to do this and to work independently. But to become a successful artist also requires you to have a broad toolkit of knowledge and skills.
The power of the mandala
The mandala of the self-made artist provides you with the tools and information that you require, to develop into your full potential. Why a mandala? We have defined four parts that are of equal importance in becoming a successful artist. Some parts will require more time than others, but they all play a crucial part. The image of the mandala perfectly represents these four parts and you can use it as a guide on your journey as a musician.
The four parts of the mandala are:
- BECOME – to become an artist – Who is the artist? How do you want to be perceived?
- CREATE – to create the music – What music do you compose? What influences your work?
- COMMUNICATE – to communicate your work – How should you broadcast your music? Should you sell it or give it away for free? How can you receive royalties for your music?
- PROTECT – to protect your work – What are your rights? What constitutes copyright infringement?
Every part of the mandala is furthermore divided into three sections. These are represented by the three circles that go around the mandala. They connect the four parts together and help you to quickly find what you are looking for and what you should work on.
The three sections of every part are:
- The concept – What does this part of the mandala represent? Why is it important and how can it help me to become more successful?
- The practical stuff – How can you implement this part on your profile on Jamendo?
- Frequent trouble – What are the common issues that artists face? What limits exist and how can you work around them? This is an extension of the second section.
The mandala - an image for everyone
We often write about you as the musician and the artist, but the mandala can be used in the same way for a band or a music group. All four parts apply and can even be divided a bit more between the members of the band.
In the same sense, if you work with a producer or a manager, you are delegating some parts of the mandala. This allows you to dedicate more time to the parts that you really want to spend time with (eg composing). Nonetheless, it is important for you to know what your producer or manager is doing, and if you agree with their approach. The mandala does not tell you to do everything on your own. You need recording software, websites to upload your music, social media, etc., but it invites you to be conscious of each part so that you can decide for yourself which type of artist you want to be.
The mandala also invites you to reflect on the type of music you are creating. Is your main purpose to sell your music or to create something from your inspirations or or or. Whether you compose music for a living or as a creative outlet, the mandala helps you find your way as a self-made artist.