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Getting the word out about your upcoming show has never been easier thanks to social media... right? Standing out from the crowd of event invites and promotions is tough, but not impossible. Guest Post by Hugh McIntyre on Sonicbids Blog While sites like Facebook certainly have provided plenty of bands... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Barney has seen the PledgeMusic experience from all sides. Not only is he a valuable part of the PledgeMusic team, but he’s also a member of UK reggae rockers Sonic Boom Six. This means he’s uniquely suited to provide this helpful list of tips for a successful PledgeMusic campaign. Guest... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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Lately, we have been conversing a lot about online advertising and its ever changing digital trends, so today’s topic is on outdoor advertising – What works and what are the most cost-effective outdoor advertising strategies in the Los Angeles and New York urban markets. Guest Post by Kim Pham and... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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A New York Federal Courts' recent decision concerning a "work for hire" determination could prove controversial. The Court's ruling involved "Iron Man", a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan and a music composer working in television back in the 1960s. Guest Post by Wallace Collins on Entertainment Industry Law Issues Federal... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at hypebot
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As YouTube turns 10 years old today, Google is putting the finishing touches on an on-demand music streaming service as an add on to its video service. With Spotify, Apple, and Deezer and others, YouTube’s significant foothold in the industry, a YouTube streaming service seemed almost inevitable. Guest Post by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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From the relentless focus on the music industry's latest streaming model, one might think Taylor Swift and streaming services represent the entire future of the music business. When Jay Z recently announced plans and major artist support for his new Tidal streaming service, many seemed to view it through the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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With album sales nowhere near what they used to be (unless your name is Taylor Swift, who probably doesn't frequent indie artist advice columns), and streaming not yet a truly viable source of income for musicians, a lot of artists are looking for new ways to distribute their work that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Touring isn't for everyone. I've gone on the road for few days here and there, and by the third day, I'm usually done. I like daily showers, clean spaces, and breathing room. You don't get a lot of that on the wide open road. Guest Post by Amy Sciarretto on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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These days, everybody's looking for ways to be more productive than the day before, and being a musician doesn't get you out of getting work done. Squeezing the most out of every minute has become essential – and exhausting. With so much to do in the realms of recording, gigging,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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When Jay-Z's new streaming service TIDAL relaunched a few weeks ago with a lot of undue pomp and circumstance, you can be pretty sure that it didn't expect the backlash that ensued. Not only were music fans and potential users turned off by music's one percenters talking about making making... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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When a die-hard fans begins to feel as if they have no voice, that the musician takes them for granted, or cares about other fans more the first cracks in the love begin to appear. Those cracks can grow very quickly. Here's how to stop them. Guest Post by Michael... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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The mixtape has long been a part of music culture. Ever since the 8-track and the cassette, fans have spent countless hours compiling tracks into audible lists that vary from a simple top favorites to highly conceptual themes. So, what if you could track how many times your songs make... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Today, the freedom that indie musicians have to build their own career from the ground up can also be a big barrier. Technology advancements mean that great recordings can be made on a budget, and the internet allows you to distribute your songs on your own and grow your fanbase.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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" The traditional music business model was based on selling physical copies of recordings. With the advent of digital technology and a sharp decline in recorded music sales, the focus is shifting slowly but surely into turning artists into brands.2 From an A&R perspective, the goal has become finding artists... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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"Explore the world in real time through someone else's eyes." That's the tagline coined by Periscope, the shiny, new live streaming Twitter app that's probably popped up countless times in your Newsfeed as of late. And whose eyes would you rather see the world through, than your favorite artist's? by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Regulators in the European Union may throw a roadblock into Apple’s upcoming launch of its new streaming music service. The computer giant is increasingly under examination over its dealings with record labels. EU regulators have sent questionnaires to major labels and other streaming services regarding their dealings with Apple. Guest... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Although music streaming is getting the biggest headlines these days, recent research from MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, indicates that consumers have not entirely given up on paid music downloads. In fact, one third of U.S. consumers purchased music downloads last year. Guest Post from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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As artists, we are naturally overly critical of our work. No one wants to release something out to the world that is less than perfection. But the fact of the matter is that your “perfect” may never even be attainable. Taking action is imperative in moving your career forward. Guest... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Everyone knows the music business is tough, and with so much conflicting career advice out there, it's enough to make your head spin! There are, of course, the time-tested words of wisdom that apply no matter which path you embark on, but here are three surprising music career tips that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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With all the news about streaming music services and the state of the “new” music business, many independents artists are wondering whether there’sstill a need for physical recorded product (i.e., CDs, download cards, vinyl, and USB flash drives). 8 experts weigh in. Guest Post by Bobby Borg 1. Sydney Alston,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at hypebot
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From Google: "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." That date is important, but so is the word in bold. Guest Post... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at hypebot
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This Saturday, music fans who prefer to listen to music on vinyl will be rewarded with special releases that validate their passion. Today, the Music Business Association highlights Record Store Day participant, Bull Moose Music. Guest Post from The Music Business Association Bull Moose Multiple locations throughout Maine and New... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at hypebot
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Fair play, fair pay. It’s a simple concept. And we’re finally seeing it applied in a comprehensive bill legislating pay parity for music creators. Guest Post by Daryl Friedman of The Recording Academy from GrammyPro.com Monday representatives of The Recording Academy are standing by in New York City as Congressman... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at hypebot
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In 2013 the label that gave the world the viral hit Harlem Shake faced a serious legal issue. The story has become something of a modern parable for fledgling producers who tend to sample without seeking permission. Guest Post by Simon Davies for SubBass. Baauer, the artist behind Harlem Shake,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at hypebot
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One day a year, music fans who prefer to listen to music on vinyl are rewarded with special releases that “validate” their interest in and passion. Today, the Music Business Association highlights Record Store Day participant, Good Records. Guest Post from The Music Business Association Good Records Dallas, TX www.goodrecords.com... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at hypebot