Making the most of music conferences

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Making the most of music conferences

No Comments 30 July 2016

The music business is constantly changing and evolving. Music conferences offer an insider’s view on important trends, emerging technology, and who’s who in the music business. Find out more on the Disc Makers Echoes blog.

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Streaming’s Ad Boom

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Streaming’s Ad Boom

No Comments 30 July 2016

Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora steadily have increased their visibility - and marketing spends - in recent years, but as Apple Music and now YouTube have joined the competition for subscribers, the battleground has moved to Madison Avenue. Billboard reports.

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A SoundCloud Demise Would Create A Void For Indie Artists

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A SoundCloud Demise Would Create A Void For Indie Artists

No Comments 30 July 2016

From the Music 3.0 blog: SoundCloud is seeking a buyer, and that could make it much more difficult for indie music artists across all genres to have their music heard. The streaming music service is reportedly seeking a sale in the $1 billion range in a deal that could alter that part of the music landscape for a long time.

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8 Steps to Getting a “Yes”: The Perfect Pitch

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8 Steps to Getting a “Yes”: The Perfect Pitch

No Comments 30 July 2016

Is it possible to get a “yes” every time you make a request? Maybe. Is it possible to get a response every time? Absolutely. On the Living on Gigging blog, Cheryl B. Engelhardt outlines eight steps for you to follow.

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Meet Skram, the free iPad app full of patterns and synths

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Meet Skram, the free iPad app full of patterns and synths

No Comments 26 July 2016

via Create Digital Music: We’ve reached the mature age of music apps. You’re likely to use fewer of them, and the landscape is saturated with the most popular ideas. It’s also clear that iPad, not Android, is the viable tablet platform. But the few apps that are left standing as serious music tools are better than ever.

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Mixing on headphones

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Mixing on headphones

No Comments 26 July 2016

via Disc Makers Echoes: Other than cost, which is one obvious reason headphones are a worthwhile option, here are three advantages to mixing on headphones in your home studio.

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Are you REALLY ready to be your own record label?

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Are you REALLY ready to be your own record label?

No Comments 26 July 2016

“Do you still need a record label?” According to Portia Sabin (president of Kill Rock Stars and host of ‘The Future of What’) and all three of her guests on episode #46 of that podcast — John Shepski of Fluff & Gravy, Aaron Meola of Tender Loving Empire, and Blake Hickman of Good Cheer — the answer is YES. DIY Musician Blog explores the question and answer.

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Summertime Cover Song Contest

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Summertime Cover Song Contest

No Comments 26 July 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog and CD Baby: Making cover song videos is one of the best ways to get noticed on YouTube. Plus, when you put your own spin on a familiar song, it can highlight what’s unique about your sound and attract people to your original music.

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The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging: Booking Strategies

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The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging: Booking Strategies

No Comments 22 July 2016

Excerpted from the Disc Makers updated Indie Artist’s Guide To Gigging, this section focuses on booking strategies for acts trying to gain momentum and widen their base.

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How to make sure you receive the radio royalties you’re owed

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How to make sure you receive the radio royalties you’re owed

No Comments 22 July 2016

via Prescription PR: [Editor’s Note: Though this article is specific to UK performance rights agencies, the process can be followed for checking in with any country’s royalty payouts] With touring so expensive and streaming royalties so low, it’s become harder than ever to make money out of music.

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Deezer Launches In The U.S.

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Deezer Launches In The U.S.

No Comments 22 July 2016

From the Music 3.0 blog: After a year run up, the streaming service Deezer has finally launched in the United States.

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YouTube Halves Payment Rate

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YouTube Halves Payment Rate

No Comments 14 July 2016

YouTube’s market-based system of paying recording artists and labels for each stream did rights owners almost no favors in 2015, despite a huge jump in usage of the video platform. Billboard reports.

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Facebook Marketing: A to Z

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Facebook Marketing: A to Z

No Comments 11 July 2016

[This post on the Disc Makers Echoes blog originally appeared on The Design School Blog at Canva.] You can spend a lot of time on social media and Facebook marketing. This post can help you better understand and focus on important indicators in your social media marketing efforts, from algorithms to zealots, and everything in between.

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6 keys to a good residency gig for musicians

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6 keys to a good residency gig for musicians

No Comments 11 July 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: Residency gigs — where you perform on a regular basis at the same venue — give you a great way to “stretch out” musically, build a more loyal fanbase, and get a little relief in the booking department (since you’ll be booking a whole series of gigs in one fell swoop).

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Best U.S. Cities for Music Fans

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Best U.S. Cities for Music Fans

No Comments 11 July 2016

via Music 3.0: If you’re a music fan or musician on the move, you probably want to know what the music scene is like in the various cities across the U.S. ValuePenguin set out to determine the best cities in the country for music fans by compiling 15 different data points (most of which aren’t specified) into 3 different categories. What the survey determined is fairly surprising.

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Things I learned being a fan of David Bowie

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Things I learned being a fan of David Bowie

No Comments 11 July 2016

From Chris Huff on Disc Makers Echoes: David Bowie had a genius that set him apart, but his musical and artistic career provides a bounty of lessons we can all learn from and apply to our creation of art and music – and to our everyday lives.

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Audio streaming surpasses music videos

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Audio streaming surpasses music videos

No Comments 6 July 2016

via TechCrunch: Audio didn’t quite kill the video star, but it’s making a comeback. Americans are now on-demand streaming more songs as audio than they’re consuming through music videos. The shift highlights the importance of music in the battle for mobile profits, plus it could help artists get paid more.

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How (and why) you should market to your torrenting fans

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How (and why) you should market to your torrenting fans

No Comments 6 July 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: Depending on your level of success as a DIY musician, you may have dozens, hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of fans out there who’ve downloaded your music for free from one torrent site or another. These are people who’ve not paid for the experience of (you hope) enjoying your music.

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Publishing Industry Expresses Confusion, Concern Over Sweeping DOJ Decision

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Publishing Industry Expresses Confusion, Concern Over Sweeping DOJ Decision

No Comments 5 July 2016

The music publishing industry - from performance rights organizations to individual songwriters - is up in arms over a dramatic decision last week from the Department of Justice, with several executives expressing “deep disappointment.” Billboard reports.

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Manage the business of music

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Manage the business of music

No Comments 5 July 2016

Read this post from Disc Makers Echoes for introductions to software and online tools that can help you better organize and manage the business of music, giving you peace of mind and more time to invest in your music.

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Most Facebook Videos Listened To With No Sound

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Most Facebook Videos Listened To With No Sound

No Comments 29 June 2016

From the Music 3.0 blog: Many artists and bands have been switching their music videos from YouTube to Facebook lately because of the increase in viewership, but it turns out the viewership numbers might be a big mirage. Facebook videos are said to be getting close to 8 billion views per day on its platform, but that number is in dispute.

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Listeners Know Hi-Res Music

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Listeners Know Hi-Res Music

No Comments 29 June 2016

via Billboard: A new study finds that casual listeners can tell a difference between standard and hi-res audio, with trained test subjects accurately ID’ing the formats around 60 percent of the time. (But do they care?)

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Are high-res audio and $60 CDs the future of music?

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Are high-res audio and $60 CDs the future of music?

No Comments 29 June 2016

From the Disc Makers Echoes blog: Blue Coast Records’ development of Extended Sound Environment recording has created a new niche for the audiophile market through high-res audio streams and CDs.

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Musicians guide to touring Europe without a booking agent or label (Part 1)

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Musicians guide to touring Europe without a booking agent or label (Part 1)

No Comments 27 June 2016

[This article on the DIY Musician Blog was written by guest contributor Brett Newski, an indie-pop songwriter who has toured extensively in Europe.] Touring can be brutal. You know this if you’ve been on the road, especially in America or the UK. Don’t worry. It gets better.

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Songwriting Tip: Melody Is Like A Fingerprint or Signature

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Songwriting Tip: Melody Is Like A Fingerprint or Signature

No Comments 27 June 2016

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: In my songwriting course, I cover melody and chords as well as lyrics. I’ve learned so much about songwriters this way. Melodies don’t always reflect the actual personality of the composer the way handwriting might, but it certainly stays within a certain box with his or her name on it.

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Google Licenses LyricFind

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Google Licenses LyricFind

No Comments 27 June 2016

Starting today, music publishers and songwriters have a brand new source of revenue. Billboard reports.

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How To Protect Yourself When Marketing Your Music

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How To Protect Yourself When Marketing Your Music

No Comments 20 June 2016

Protecting yourself online is an essential part of marketing. These five steps from Cassie Philips on the Dotted Music blog are a great place to begin to ensure you and your music career are secured.

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A composition you can only hear by moving your head

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A composition you can only hear by moving your head

No Comments 20 June 2016

From Create Digital Music: “It’s almost like there’s an echo of the original music in the space.” After years of music being centered on stereo space and fixed timelines, sound seems ripe for reimagination as open and relative.

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The Turtles, Pre-1972 Copyright Warriors, Reissuing Their Out-of-Print Studio Albums

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The Turtles, Pre-1972 Copyright Warriors, Reissuing Their Out-of-Print Studio Albums

No Comments 20 June 2016

While legal battles over pre-1972 recordings wind their way through the courts, one of the artists taking the lead on whether copyright owners have performance rights over those older tracks is making it easier for fans to hear their music. Billboard reports.

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Ticketmaster Settles Up

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Ticketmaster Settles Up

No Comments 20 June 2016

If you bought a ticket through Ticketmaster between late 1999 and early 2013, you could be eligible for free tickets to a number of events. Billboard reports.

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Permission marketing and the new music business

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Permission marketing and the new music business

No Comments 16 June 2016

via Disc Makers Echoes: Permission Marketing is not new. It’s the way commerce was done 150 years ago, and it’s the model for the new music business.

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How to make an interactive end card

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How to make an interactive end card

No Comments 16 June 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: End cards are a great way to increase your audience engagement, drive more video views, and boost subscribers on YouTube.

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Novation iOS: Ditch the Laptop

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Novation iOS: Ditch the Laptop

No Comments 16 June 2016

via Create Digital Music: The iPad (and iPhone) are starting to look like the ultimate jamming devices – mobile, connected, and ready to play. And it’s doing what laptops can, in a less awkward form factor. Back-to-back updates from Novation are bringing their apps closer to that reality, today.

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Manage your YouTube channel while on the go

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Manage your YouTube channel while on the go

No Comments 13 June 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: You’re in the passenger seat of your tour van with the stereo cranked, staring out the window and thinking about YouTube tags. Okay, maybe you’re not thinking about tags. But what better time to do some of the management work on your YouTube channel: changing tags, responding to comments, etc? Because the last thing you want to do when you’re off the road is hop online and stare at a screen.

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Major Labels and Streaming Services Back Berklee’s New OMI Initiative

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Major Labels and Streaming Services Back Berklee’s New OMI Initiative

No Comments 13 June 2016

From Digital Music News: On June 13th, The Berklee College of Music announced an Open Music Initiative (OMI) which aims to improve the identification and compensation process of digital music for rights owners.

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Apple Music’s familiar redesign

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Apple Music’s familiar redesign

No Comments 13 June 2016

On June 13, Apple showed off a brand-new version of Apple music, which the company said was built “from the ground up” with simplicity in mind. TechCrunch reports.

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Burning Man Purchases Land

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Burning Man Purchases Land

No Comments 13 June 2016

As a year-round site, Fly Ranch has the potential to expand Burning Man Project’s activities and existing programs, as well as amplify Burning Man’s cultural impact into the wider world beyond Black Rock City.” Billboard reports.

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Active listening can help you as a musician

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Active listening can help you as a musician

No Comments 7 June 2016

via Disc Makers Echoes: Active listening will serve you well in live situations, recording sessions, and even in your interpersonal relationships. Active listening is specifically making listening the primary activity and doing nothing else. Don’t clean, don’t drive, don’t carry on a conversation. Just listen.

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Songwriting Tip: You Signed a Deal You Shouldn’t Have. Now What?

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Songwriting Tip: You Signed a Deal You Shouldn’t Have. Now What?

No Comments 7 June 2016

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: You signed a deal without having a lawyer review it or you didn’t listen to your lawyer’s music industry advice when (s)he told you not to sign. Several months later, you realize that you probably shouldn’t have signed that deal. Maybe you find that your vision isn’t quite in sync with the other party, maybe they haven’t followed through on the promises they made you or maybe they just turned out to be bad people. Now that you have already committed yourself to this agreement, what are your options?

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Pandora: Royalty Transparency

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Pandora: Royalty Transparency

No Comments 7 June 2016

As Pandora inches closer to the launch of its long-expected on-demand subscription service, it’s aiming to avoid some of the public relations pitfalls surrounding royalty rates and payments that some of its predecessors have encountered in recent years. Billboard reports.

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Independent Labels Release Global Study on Their Business

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Independent Labels Release Global Study on Their Business

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The global community of independent labels have done their own homework this time. As a counterbalance to the annual, major label-heavy “Recording Industry in Numbers” report, the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) - an umbrella organization for various independent label bodies around the world - debuted its “Worldwide Independent Market Report” during a presentation at Midem, the annual industry confab held in the south of France. Billboard reports.

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New Instagram Business Tools

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New Instagram Business Tools

No Comments 1 June 2016

From the Instagram blog: With so many companies using Instagram, and many people on the platform interacting with them, there was a desire from our business community to do more. So we listened. And, after hundreds of interviews with businesses, three key needs became clear—stand out, get insights and find new customers.

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Inside Splice Sounds: How Sample Store Fosters Innovative Artist-to-Artist Content

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Inside Splice Sounds: How Sample Store Fosters Innovative Artist-to-Artist Content

No Comments 1 June 2016

Splice Sounds was officially unveiled last summer, offering a streamlined approach to sample pack purchasing. Billboard profiles the company in this blog post.

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How To Overcome The Fear Of Sharing Your Musical Creations

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How To Overcome The Fear Of Sharing Your Musical Creations

No Comments 1 June 2016

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: Whether you are interested in writing songs as a hobby or want to turn it into a career, you will need to share your work with others. While this may seem daunting, using tricks that have worked for countless others provides a great foundation for facing your fear. Otherwise, your creations will sit tucked away in a drawer, silent.

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Lyrics Are Gone From #Spotify (For Now)

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Lyrics Are Gone From #Spotify (For Now)

No Comments 1 June 2016

Spotify has removed the lyrics function from across its platforms, breaking ties with Musixmatch—which had previously supplied the service. Billboard reports.

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Get some inspiration in the magic of field recording

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Get some inspiration in the magic of field recording

No Comments 1 June 2016

From Create Digital Music: Field recording isn’t just an empty exercise. It can change how you think.

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Great daytime gig ideas

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Great daytime gig ideas

No Comments 1 June 2016

Chris Robley writes on the DIY Musician Blog: Musicians, what are the best gigs to play during the day? I got an email from John Bahler, a full-time musician who makes his living playing in nursing homes. He usually performs in the morning and afternoon in the same city with a few hours to kill in between, and he was looking for advice on how to make the most of that time.

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5 ways that bands can benefit from cloud computing

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5 ways that bands can benefit from cloud computing

No Comments 30 May 2016

From Prescription PR‘s Chris Singleton: I’ve often said that being in a rock-and-roll band is like running your own business (somewhat reluctantly, due to the very un-rock-and-roll nature of that statement). But insofar as you’re manufacturing something (music) and trying to flog it, it’s true. And one thing that most successful businesses are relying on increasingly these days is cloud computing.

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50 Years of MIDEM

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50 Years of MIDEM

No Comments 30 May 2016

via Billboard: On Cannes’ famed boulevard and beyond, memories of promising talent, exquisite meals and faking it in French.

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Transcribing solos can help you improvise

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Transcribing solos can help you improvise

No Comments 30 May 2016

Transcribing solos that other musicians have played can be a challenge, as it requires significant music notation chops and a sharp ear. Like any musical skill, though, it can be learned, and is well worth the investment of time to make it happen. Read more from author Michael Gallant on the Disc Makers Echoes blog.

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Music Marketing Tips, Pt 1: Increase Your Fanbase

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Music Marketing Tips, Pt 1: Increase Your Fanbase

No Comments 26 May 2016

From the Cyber PR blog: With a little customization and savvy strategy, musicians can use three basic principles to increase their own bottom line in the digital space. I’m going to focus on each principle in turn, digging into the practical things you can do as a musician to increase your income. This blog post will focus on #1 – increasing your fanbase!

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Your music will benefit when you have a beginner’s mind

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Your music will benefit when you have a beginner’s mind

No Comments 26 May 2016

via Disc Makers Echoes: Think about the first instrument you owned or played. How excited were you just holding it? Think about the excitement you feel when you buy a new pedal or piece of studio gear before you’ve learned to use it. This is beginner’s mind.

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Beyonce, Drake and the ‘Exclusives’ Explosion: How Streaming Has Changed the Way Albums Are Released

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Beyonce, Drake and the ‘Exclusives’ Explosion: How Streaming Has Changed the Way Albums Are Released

No Comments 26 May 2016

For decades, album releases were rigid and traditional: Artists and labels picked a Tuesday launch date and built up to it. But throughout 2016, superstar artists - Beyonce, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West and more - and music streaming companies have been obliterating that model, reinventing the way albums are released - some without a snag, others full of glitches and flip-flops. Billboard reports.

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SoundCloud & LANDR Partnership

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SoundCloud & LANDR Partnership

No Comments 26 May 2016

From Create Digital Music: Video killed the radio star. Streaming killed downloads. Home taping is killing music. Is the cloud about to kill the mastering engineer?

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Photos, links escape Twitter character limit

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Photos, links escape Twitter character limit

No Comments 23 May 2016

From the Music 3.0 blog: If you use Twitter for promotion you know that while the 140 character limit seems like plenty, it can decrease rapidly with the addition of a photo or link. Those days may soon be over as the company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140 character limit.

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Bandcamp Addresses Downloads

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Bandcamp Addresses Downloads

No Comments 23 May 2016

Bandcamp addresses rumors surrounding downloads in this blog (also sent as an email to members this weekend): In light of a recent report that Apple will soon abandon music downloads (later denied, but undoubtedly containing a certain amount of inevitability), we thought we’d take a moment to update you on the state of Bandcamp’s business and our plans for the future.

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DropTrack: A New Platform For Sending Your Music To Tastemakers

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DropTrack: A New Platform For Sending Your Music To Tastemakers

No Comments 23 May 2016

via Dotted Music: Paul Loeb is the founder and developer of DropTrack, a web service which helps artists to promote their music to record labels and industry tastemakers. Besides housing, tracking, and streamlining the process of music promotion for producers and bands – the platform allows record labels and DJs to manage demos and music submissions in a centralized location.

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Using Cards and Annotations to build your YouTube fanbase

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Using Cards and Annotations to build your YouTube fanbase

No Comments 23 May 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: YouTube cards give you a mobile-friendly way to interact with your video viewers.

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Build a Unique Artist Identity

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Build a Unique Artist Identity

No Comments 23 May 2016

On the DJ TechTools blog, Fame House’s Hisham Dahud challenges every DJ, producer, and musician to stand out from the crowd by building a unique artist identity and presenting it to the world – not by comparing yourself and competing with other creators.

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One plug-in combines all the classic vocal effects you want

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One plug-in combines all the classic vocal effects you want

No Comments 18 May 2016

From Create Digital Music: There have been vocal effects before – your vocoder, your pitch shifter, what have you. But the folks at iZotope set a more ambitious goal: be all the classic vocal effects.

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Are you an organic artist?

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Are you an organic artist?

No Comments 18 May 2016

From Disc Makers Echoes: Being an organic musical artist doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cultivate an image and market yourself. You need to identify your “known unknowns,” create an artistic lane, and rethink your definition of “organic.”

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New version of iTunes addresses the music deletion issue

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New version of iTunes addresses the music deletion issue

No Comments 18 May 2016

via TechCrunch: Apple rolled out a new version of iTunes this week which introduced an updated design, including modified navigation and the return of the left sidebar. However, under the hood, the new software also includes a fix which aims to address the troubling issue of iTunes deleting some users’ music files from their computer.

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New Deal Allows Indie Publishers and Songwriters to Profit from DJs’ Work

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New Deal Allows Indie Publishers and Songwriters to Profit from DJs’ Work

No Comments 18 May 2016

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and Dubset have reached a deal that will allow the NMPA’s independent members, both publishing companies and songwriters, to take part in a new streaming “sub-economy” that only recently became technologically feasible. Billboard reports.

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How to Write a Hit Song

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How to Write a Hit Song

No Comments 18 May 2016

Shelly Peiken writes on the USA Songwriting Competition blog: I WISH I knew. If I had the answer I would have written a whole lot more.

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A great solo can elevate your song

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A great solo can elevate your song

No Comments 15 May 2016

From Disc Makers Echoes blog: Whether it’s a virtuosic guitar, a transcendent piano, or a funky breakdown on bass, a great solo can add power and personality to songs in any genre.

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Trainspottr social music player

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Trainspottr social music player

No Comments 15 May 2016

via Create Digital Music: Facebook is all but happy to distract you. It can bombard you with instant messages, show you endless pictures of the babies your forgotten friends from high school have just popped out. Now it can do live video streams and spawn trending news. What it bizarrely doesn’t do much is play music.

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Streaming Music Royalty Primer

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Streaming Music Royalty Primer

No Comments 15 May 2016

Bobby Owsinski shares an excerpt from his Music 4.1 book that tries to clarify some of the misunderstandings by starting with the streaming royalty basics.

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Amazon Video Direct to compete with YouTube, allowing creators to monetize videos

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Amazon Video Direct to compete with YouTube, allowing creators to monetize videos

No Comments 11 May 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: A new Amazon program called Amazon Video Direct (or AVD) lets video creators post content to Amazon’s video hub, which already serves over 50 million paid Amazon Prime subscribers in the US alone.

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Other Music and the End of an Era: A Look Back at New York’s Legendary Record Store

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Other Music and the End of an Era: A Look Back at New York’s Legendary Record Store

No Comments 11 May 2016

The record store as a concept, let alone a business model, is growing obsolete with such global-warming-like inevitability that it’s much more surprising to see one still in business than it is to see one close. But the announcement Monday that the legendary New York store—an institution for left-of-center listeners for more than 20 years—will shutter on June 25 truly feels like the end of an era. Billboard reports.

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UK Govt Announces Safe Harbor

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UK Govt Announces Safe Harbor

No Comments 11 May 2016

The British government has unveiled its plans to combat the growing problem of copyright infringement, pledging to reduce the level of illegal of content available online and push for “clarification” from European regulators on safe harbor legislation. via Billboard.

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5 Simple Truths I Learned About Songwriting

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5 Simple Truths I Learned About Songwriting

No Comments 11 May 2016

This post comes from the USA Songwriting Competition blog: I thought I knew a lot about songwriting when I first got involved with co-writing and writing with other songwriters and producers.

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Proof you don’t need a budget to make interesting music videos

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Proof you don’t need a budget to make interesting music videos

No Comments 9 May 2016

From the DIY Musician Blog: Ingrid Michaelson pieced together a music video for her song “Hell No” one snap at a time. It’s fun, cheap, silly, and somehow works with the music.

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Apple Music To Get A Facelift Soon

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Apple Music To Get A Facelift Soon

No Comments 9 May 2016

via Music 3.0: While Apple Music has garnered 16 million paid subscribers rather quickly since its launch last year, the service hasn’t been without criticism, especially about its ease of use. Despite being a huge company, Apple does listen to its customers though, and as a result, it’s been reported that Apple Music is about to receive a needed facelift.

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Acoustic treatment and your home studio

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Acoustic treatment and your home studio

No Comments 9 May 2016

Scott Wiggins writes on the Disc Makers Echoes blog: When it comes to acoustic treatment for your home studio, one thing I’ve learned is to keep things simple.

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How pop has evolved

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How pop has evolved

No Comments 9 May 2016

There’s a simple antidote to the endless circular “pop music was better in the old days” debate: actually listen to the songs. A new interactive tool lets you do just that. But warning: it may not be as pleasurable to turn back time as you think.

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Musical.ly Raising $100M

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Musical.ly Raising $100M

No Comments 9 May 2016

Musical.ly, a social media platform for creating, sharing and discovering short music videos, is set to raise $100 million in funding. Billboard reports.

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Why Playing Music Is Great For Your Brain

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Why Playing Music Is Great For Your Brain

No Comments 1 May 2016

via Dotted Music: With claims of physical and mental health benefits of everything from sunlight to salt water coming at us from all angles, perhaps we could all benefit from a little more music in our lives to block out the noise.

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The 100 Greatest American Music Venues

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The 100 Greatest American Music Venues

No Comments 1 May 2016

A first-class, front-row ticket to this country’s most vital concert halls compiled by the staff at Consequence of Sound.

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YouTube Changes ContentID Rules

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YouTube Changes ContentID Rules

No Comments 1 May 2016

Billboard reports: Internet video giant YouTube has made a change in its Content ID evaluation process that will benefit creators whose work has been improperly challenged by a rights holder.

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Stereo width and audio mastering

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Stereo width and audio mastering

No Comments 27 April 2016

From Disc Makers Echoes: Using stereo widening plug-ins in audio mastering to try to expand your mix’s stereo width won’t sound natural and could cause major issues with your finished track.

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Crowdfunding 2.0: from project funding to career planning

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Crowdfunding 2.0: from project funding to career planning

No Comments 27 April 2016

From Disc Makers Echoes blog: Patreon offers artists with a following a path to a sustainable, recurring income through its platform, ushering in the era of crowdfunding 2.0.

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GigTown: Earn an extra $5 from everyone at your next show

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GigTown: Earn an extra $5 from everyone at your next show

No Comments 27 April 2016

via DIY Musician Blog: GigTown, the mobile app that connects local musicians, venues, and concertgoers, is doing something interesting to help you earn more money from your live shows.

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Making Money With Music

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Making Money With Music

No Comments 27 April 2016

From the Cyber PR blog: Making money in the music industry is hard. But it is entirely possible, with the right strategies.

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Outside the Purple Fog: Minneapolis’ Unsung R&B Scene That Yielded Prince

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Outside the Purple Fog: Minneapolis’ Unsung R&B Scene That Yielded Prince

No Comments 23 April 2016

Jonathan Kirby writes for Billboard: During the two years I spent researching and compiling Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound, Prince was everywhere and he was nowhere.

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Sick for the gig?

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Sick for the gig?

No Comments 23 April 2016

Here are some practical tips from the Disc Makers Echoes blog to help you deal when stars (and germs) align to make you sick for the gig you’ve been looking forward to play.

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5 Misconceptions About Music Publicists (And Music Publicity In General)

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5 Misconceptions About Music Publicists (And Music Publicity In General)

No Comments 20 April 2016

From the Cyber PR blog: I got a call recently from a veteran musician who did his homework and avoided hiring one firm with a reputation for not delivering results – only to get all of his money taken by another publicist who never answered another email or phone call the day after the check cleared.

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BAM is OTO Machines’ musical, retro reverb box

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BAM is OTO Machines’ musical, retro reverb box

No Comments 20 April 2016

From the Create Digital Music blog: Reverb: it’s something everyone needs. And yet in hardware, you almost always see the same couple of boxes.

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David Lowery Legal Team Files Motion Addressing Spotify’s Forthcoming Publishing Settlement

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David Lowery Legal Team Files Motion Addressing Spotify’s Forthcoming Publishing Settlement

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Attorneys representing David Lowery in his lawsuit against Spotify want to know what the music streaming service has been telling songwriters. Billboard reports.

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Connecting with your audience

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Connecting with your audience

No Comments 18 April 2016

Musical gifts are not meant to be kept to ourselves, which means at some point you’re going to have to deal with connecting with your audience: AKA the consumers of your musical product. Disc Makers Echoes explores this topic.

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Why do you need to distribute your music?

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Why do you need to distribute your music?

No Comments 18 April 2016

via DIY Musician Blog: Lots of artists think it’s enough to put a song up on Bandcamp or Soundcloud and call it good. It isn’t. Those platforms can be very useful, but it’s not the same as making your music available worldwide in ALL of the most popular online music destinations.

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Songwriting: Walking That Line

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Songwriting: Walking That Line

No Comments 18 April 2016

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: There’s a line between art and commerce and for some people, it’s wide enough to walk. Finding a way to do it is an art in itself.

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Keep Your Eye On These Next 3 Social Trends

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Keep Your Eye On These Next 3 Social Trends

No Comments 18 April 2016

via Music 3.0: Social media is the lifeblood of so many artists, bands, musicians and record labels in terms of engaging and growing their fanbases. That means it’s important to stay current on the latest developments so you don’t get left behind.

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Guster Saw Their Fan’s Cover Video And Did The Unexpected (VIDEO)

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Guster Saw Their Fan’s Cover Video And Did The Unexpected (VIDEO)

No Comments 13 April 2016

On Digital Music News, Ari Herstand relays his personal history with Guster and covers Guster covering a cover of one of their songs. Hilarity ensues. But there’s a great lesson in this story, and may have you thinking again about how to engage your fans in a real and honest way.

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Songwriting on a schedule

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Songwriting on a schedule

No Comments 13 April 2016

Limiting your songwriting time may seem counter-intuitive, but it can help fuel your creativity in interesting and unexpected ways. Find out how on the Disc Makers Echoes blog.

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YouTube’s New Label Negotiations

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YouTube’s New Label Negotiations

No Comments 13 April 2016

via Music 3.0: If you’re a record label, or an artist, band or publisher for that matter, the one thorn in your digital side is YouTube. Why? It’s by far the most widely used streaming service for consuming music, yet it pays the least of all the services.

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Why you should be scheduling your YouTube videos (and how to do it)

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Why you should be scheduling your YouTube videos (and how to do it)

No Comments 13 April 2016

via DIY Musician Blog: Many of the biggest YouTube stars talk about the importance of posting new videos on a set schedule, even if it’s only once a month. While many artists don’t aim to use the platform in the same way that “YouTubers” do, there’s still a lot to learn from the strategies of popular YouTube personalities.

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Facebook Tackles ‘Freebooting’

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Facebook Tackles ‘Freebooting’

No Comments 13 April 2016

As part of its watchdog initiative, Facebook is offering to monitor and delete violating clips or notify the copyright owners. Billboard reports.

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Advice from a vocal producer

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Advice from a vocal producer

No Comments 10 April 2016

A vocal producer is a specialist who concentrates on getting the best vocal performance possible. These eight tips on the Disc Makers Echoes blog come from a seasoned pro and will help you focus on how to bring your best vocal performance to the stage and studio.

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New Social Media Tools

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New Social Media Tools

No Comments 10 April 2016

via Music 3.0: If there’s one thing that we all know, it’s that the more social media platforms you’re on, the more time it will take to check and post to them. That’s why the latest social automation tools can be so valuable, as they save time and make engaging your audience so much more efficient.

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Songwriting Tip: Legal Issues With Songwriter Collaborations

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Songwriting Tip: Legal Issues With Songwriter Collaborations

No Comments 10 April 2016

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: Under the US copyright law, an author or creator owns a copyright in his or her work the moment it is “fixed in a tangible medium” (i.e., the moment the expression of an idea is written down or recorded in some manner).

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