2017 Year-End Roundup: Best Creative Tips


This Icon year-end roundup looks back at some of our favorite and well-received articles about encouragement and creative workflow.


The life of a musician is never smooth sailing. There will be times when you struggle to find the inspiration or become completely devoid of ideas. It’s ok to feel the weight of the many obstacles; it’s part of the process. To help you lift your anchor and find the wind to carry your sails, we’ve rounded up a selection of articles to guide your voyage.

5 Ways to Overcome Creative Block

Creative Block

This guide serves as a resource that offers five methods used by musicians to help you keep your head in the game and work through creative obstacles.

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How to Finish Tracks When Feeling Stuck

Finish Tracks

Icon’s Industry Advisor Nik Cherwink discusses the hardships musicians face when striving to finish tracks and offers advice on how to work through creative barriers.

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6 Must-Read Books for Artistic Success

Artistic Success

Icon’s Industry Advisor Nik Cherwink shares six inspirational books that offer advice on artistic success. Learn essential knowledge that will help you develop as an artist in the music business.

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How to Make Writer’s Block a Thing of the Past!

Writer's Block

Icon Instructor Malachi Mott identifies writer’s block and offers several tips on how to overcome creative hurdles and finish music more productively.

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4 Inspiring Documentaries on Netflix


This roundup of Netflix documentaries features four inspirational stories that will encourage you to do more and be more.

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Breakthrough Creative Barriers

Icon Collective is a music production school that is entirely unique in philosophy and approach. Our comprehensive curriculum focuses on empowering musicians, DJs, and artists to live creative lifestyles while using the essential tools to create music professionally. Our approach to teaching music production also centers its studies on mastering digital production tools and the creative process. Using industry-standard hardware and software, you’ll spend time working, creating, and learning side-by-side with a vibrant peer group under the guidance of professional mentors. The program also provides the tools and strategies to brand, market, distribute, and sell the artist and their music. Moreover, Icon Collective educates, motivates, and inspires students to overcome creative blocks and thrive in an environment where creativity and technical prowess achieve success.

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