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While all of David Bowie's predictions about copyright - like its no longer existing - may not have been one hundred percent accurate, he was correct about the panic the copyright industry would experience, causing them to enact policy which is now hurting, rather than incentivizing, the creative economy. __________________________________... Continue reading
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This article examines the detrimental fallout from the landmark case of Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi, Inc, how it created a music economy where the resale value of digital music is effectively zero, and how blockchain technology might be able to alter consumer behavior to better benefit artists. ______________________________ Guest... Continue reading
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In this eye opening interview, indie rock musician Brandon Kinder discusses how his creative process has developed over time, and the challenge of balancing both his band and his solo career. _______________________________________ Guest Post by Kevin Cornell on the TuneCore Blog It’s a story you hear often: bandmates meet at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Packaging music for release on something that's specifically designed for video may seem difficult without a fully fledged music video, but by following three fairly basic steps through the process, an artist can easily make YouTube a successful launching platform. _______________________________________ Guest Post by Nathan Day on The Orchard on... Continue reading
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For artists trying to step up their game in 2016, here are seven different tech tools and techniques that will help to take your music career to the next level, and make your life easier in the process. __________________________________________ Guest Post by Angela Mastrogiacomo on the Sonicbids Blog 2016 is... Continue reading
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Twitter stock tumbled yesterday after the company reported slower user growth. This came after a week of consternation among Twitter users after a rumor began to circulate that the service would be switching a Facebookesque newsfeed, where user only see posts deemed popular or relevant to their interests. ______________________________ Guest... Continue reading
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Here Brian Mansfield speaks with Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of the dynamic and versatile Downtown Music Publishing, discussing the state of music publishing, the success of the company's royalty collection service Songtrust, and where publishing is headed in the future. __________________________________ Guest Post by Brian Mansfield on Shore Fire Media as... Continue reading
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The Copyright Royalty Board's recent rate hike continues to decimate the world of independent webcasters, with the result that the past couple of weeks have seen numerous well established internet radio services go dark for the foreseeable future. _______________________________________ Guest Post by Kurt Hanson on Rain News Internet radio’s landscape... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Keeping up any kind of regular written correspondence can be a challenge, and emailing fans is no exception, but for a band or artist, consistency is hugely important when it comes to connecting with fans and maintaining their interest. ___________________________________ Guest Post from FanBridge One of the biggest struggles of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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As creating and promoting music has become easier and easier to do, garnering the attention of a label's A&R department has become that much harder. Here two A&R reps outline some techniques artists can utilize in their attempts to stand out from the mob. ___________________________________________ Guest Post by Shawn Cohen... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Artists, like it or not, are frequently judged by their streaming and social media numbers. That said, it has become difficult for artists to break through the digital clutter and be noticed by potential fans. This how-to guide provides tips on finding your audience, monetizing your online presence, make the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In this interview, George Howard spoke with PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft about the challenges and opportunities of integrating technology with both recording and public performance so as to ensure artists are appropriately compensated for the use of their music. _________________________________ Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In a recent opinion piece, Austin artist Tish Hinojosa highlights the dark truth of how little musicians can expect to make for performing live, and the "beggars shouldn't be choosers" mentality which contributes to the unwillingness of many venues to properly compensate artists. ________________________________________ Guest Post from The Trichordist The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Rather than demanding a takedown when you catch someone using your music without permission on their YouTube video, there are instead services which allow you to cash in on the ad revenue, although said cash may be minimal... ________________________________ Guest Post by Brian Hazard on Passive Promotion Someone is using... Continue reading
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For artists, keeping up with digital marketing trends is important when it comes to getting the attention of fans both old and new. Here we look at how GIFs and Cinegraphs can be made and integrated into email and other forms of social media. ____________________________ Guest Post from the FanBridge... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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This week, we hear why the so-called death of Bitcoin is bad for artists, how robots may or may not be able to replace flesh and blood musicians, and why it is that indie musicians may have more opportunities than ever moving forward. Why Those Celebrating Bitcoin's "Death" Are Missing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Some of Hypebot's more popular reads this week included articles on Apple's shutdown of its free iTunes radio, who's getting wrecked by the SFXE bankruptcy, Amazon's prep for a jumping into the streaming world, plus more. Apple's Free ITunes Radio Has Shut Down 10 People Getting Royally Screwed By The... Continue reading
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This week on MusicThinkTank, we heard advice on becoming a successful songwriter, looked at the dark world of bot ticket scalping, Spotify's claim to the streaming throne, and more. Larry Butler |Six Steps To Successful Songwriting Tom Hess | 5 Things You Should Ask If You Want A Successful Music... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Although many are gleefully claiming that the cryptocurrency Bitcoin can now be officially declared as dead, it's initial failure could simply be a minor setback in the technology's slow but steady march towards ubiquity. ___________________________________ Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes Mike Hearn, one of the original members of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at hypebot
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As live streaming continues to become an increasingly important part of an artist's digital presence, services like Joicaster are making it easier for said artists to place their video on multiple streaming platforms simultaneously. ___________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Live Streaming is becoming an important part... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at hypebot
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Merch not selling as much as you'd like? The following article offers a series of tips for how to change your merch display so as to maximize customer engagement, as well as some ways to plug your new album from stage without coming of as too sales-y. _________________________________ Guest Post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at hypebot
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Former indie and major label musician (The Lemonheads, Blake Babies) turned music attorney John Strohm who represents, among others, The Alabama Shakes and Bon Iver shares his optimistic vision for the future of streaming and the music business in general. ________________________________ Guest post from Songspace The last 15 years have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at hypebot
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The webcasting platform Live365 was forced to shut down owing to the CRB's new royalty rate hike, which dramatically increased the amount webcasters are required to pay artists and songwriters. ____________________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 A number of issues seemed to have doomed thousands of small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at hypebot
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For quite some time, the German performing rights organization GEMA has clashed with YouTube, but the popular video sharing service recently triumphed over GEMA in a lawsuit claiming that YouTube was responsible for the content which its users upload. _________________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on Techdirt For many, many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at hypebot