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In this Story Behind The Song from PledgeMusic News, They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf takes us through the creation and success of his recent children's song "Only One You" as well the the accompanying video. _____________________________ Guest Post from PledgeMusic News As the bassist for They Might Be... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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The nature of music festivals these days is such that it can be hard to make your show stand out and pull in a good audience. Below we offer several suggestions for how to make the most out of your next festival tour date. __________________________________ Guest Post by Allison Ullrich... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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The life of an independent artist comes with plenty of physical and emotional challenges to overcome, and staying positive can, at times, be incredibly difficult. In this piece, we look at seven practices that can keep you from getting to down in the dumps and jeopardizing your career. _____________________________ Guest... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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Beholden to faceless bureaucrats at Google, YouTube has become extremely difficult to do business with, says Chris Castle, provoking the ire of many in the music industry; and while its dominant position in online video allows YouTube to call the shots for now, it may not always be this way.... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at hypebot
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As a musician, adding cards to your YouTube videos can be a great way to communicate with your fans, whether your a pedaling merch, announcing an upcoming show, or simply trying to build up your email list. _________________________ Guest Post by Chris Robley on The DIY Musician YouTube cards give... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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In response to David Pakman's piece on the difficulty of building a successful music industry startup, Jim McDermott looks at why it is that so many of these startups have failed, and don't seem to grasp how labels work in the music business. _____________________ Guest post by music and entertainment... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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As Facebook Live continues to take the world of live video broadcasting service, we're looking at several different tips and strategies for getting the most out of the service, and maximizing the effectiveness of the time you spend broadcasting to your fans. ________________________________ Guest Post from Haulix Daily Move over,... Continue reading
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In an effort to combat the devaluation of music in culture, Flying Vinyl offers the best new alternative music, printed on gorgeous vinyl, as part of a monthly subscription series. Here founder Craig Evans discusses the origins of the company and where he sees it headed in the future. _____________________________... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Although music fans have been using Shazam to identify tracks awhile now, the app can also be used to connect with fans, making it a unique and highly effective marketing tool to utilize in your next promo campaign. _______________________ Guest post by Dylan Lewis of The Orchard on The Daily... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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With its large share of viewers, and a higher revenue payout, Facebook's new Slideshow feature is the latest in the popular social networks efforts to unseat YouTube as the king of video, and could be good news for artists. _________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It’s obvious... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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While numerous technological advancements have enabled us to build our music careers without the help of expensive outside expertise, some things are worth an investment, and trying to do them yourself can have detrimental effects down the road. _____________________________ Guest Post by Christine Occhino on the Sonicbids Blog In this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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With a copyright reform bill anticipated in the near future, the Copyright Office has been holding a series of roundtable talks which it will use to support its alterations to copyright law. Unfortunately, many of the ideas raised thus far are more than a little troubling. _______________________________ Guest Post by... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Although the commercial decline of the physical album means that fewer listeners are getting the full visual experience when they consume an artist's music, the following article suggests that album art has in fact become more important than ever, and makes huge difference when it comes to selling music. ____________________________________... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Good news for artists on YouTube, it looks as though the service will soon be implementing a new data standardization tool which will help artists get clearer information regarding views and payments, as well as providing more accurate and efficient royalty accounting. _______________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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In this piece producer, DJ, and recording artist Chris Read looks at some of the best legal and technical practices for effective music sampling, as well as how artists can better monetize music for sampling. ____________________________ Guest Post from Synchblog WhoSampled's Chris Read takes us through the technical, creative, and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Even if an artist takes all the proper steps to make sure the content they upload to YouTube is discoverable, only having their metadata in one language can limit the potential international audience unless, that is, they avail themselves of YouTube's translation tools. __________________________________ Guest Post by Marina Sans of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Although at first it may not seem to jive with the rockstar lifestyle, there are a considerable number of practicalities that accompany turning your band into an LLC, from to tax breaks. _________________________ Guest Post by Hugh McIntyre on the Sonicbids Blog When you’re a musician, there’s a lot you... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Streaming services are frequently criticized for their failure to properly compensate artists, but when it comes to the major labels, its a very different story. The more things change, the more they stay the same... ___________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Who says that there’s no money... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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While being in a band can be amazingly enjoyable and rewarding experiences, starting a successful band also presents a number of challenges. Here we look at five all-too-common mistakes which new bands frequently make. _____________________ Guest Post by Nick Colakovic on the Sonicbids Blog So, you're planning on starting a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Having a substantial and dedicated following is a massive asset when it comes to building revenue and effectively using social media, but guiding fans to your work and achieving a critical mass is no easy task, and one many do incorrectly. ________________________________ Guest Post by Bas Grasmayer, from the MUSIC... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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For all the discussion surrounding streaming royalties, there is often much confusion regarding how they actually work. Here we break down the various types of streaming, the difference between paid and unpaid, and sound recording vs. composition royalties. ___________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Streaming music royalty... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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The world of social media marketing is complex and ever-changing, but if you're trying promote your music online, it's also very necessary. Here we look at what are currently considered to be four of the best marketing practices when it comes to social media. ____________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at hypebot
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In this piece we look at the long overdue efforts being made by various groups within the music industry to develop a system for digital rights reporting and administration which is compatible with the streaming model. __________________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of the Music Industry Blog Since the demise of the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at hypebot
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Volumes have been written about the power of social media to market music. But owned media - communication channels that you control - can be even more powerful, when done right. For a musician or labels, owned media includes websites, blogs, email and even playlists. __________________________________________________________ The following is an... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at hypebot
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The startup world is tough one, particularly when it comes to the music tech industry. This piece looks at how high royalty rates and the threat of lawsuits has prevented music tech startups from seeing the kind of success which other sectors have. ______________________________ The Music Industry Buried More Than... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at hypebot