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Audition for a Record Deal and a Gig at Kona Music Festival
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 19:51:09 UTC
Topic: Opportunities

The Goodnight Kiss Music & Song Competition offers real-world prizes and exciting opportunities. Each entry is an audition for: a possible recording contract with Spectra Records, an appearance at the Kona Music Festival in Hawaii, music supervisors and record producers, and song pitches throughout the industry. Prizes include a complete music video, Swarovski crystal headphones, an Awesome-Guitars multi-tonal guitar pick-up, radio play, radio show interviews, photo placement in Music Connection, and much more. This is the one song competition where unique career opportunities abound! Website

Basic Electric Guitar Circuits - Potentiometers and Tone Capacitors
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 19:31:39 UTC
Topic: Guitar

What is a Potentiometer? Potentiometers, or "pots" for short, are used for volume and tone control in electric guitars. They allow us to alter the electrical resistance in a circuit at the turn of a knob. Itís useful to know the fundamental relationship between voltage, current and resistance known as Ohmís Law when understanding how electric guitar circuits work. The guitar pickups provide the voltage and current source, while the potentiometers provide the resistance. From Ohmís Law we can see how increasing resistance decreases the flow of current through a circuit, while decreasing the resistance increases the current flow. If two circuit paths are provided from a common voltage source, more current will flow through the path of least resistance.

Amplified Parts Sale - 10% Off During October
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 19:12:59 UTC
Topic: Guitar

Get 10% off tubes, speakers, amp parts, guitar parts, books, tool, and accessories during the month of October. Use Coupon Code '1010'. Website

BBC Set to Cut 2,000 Jobs and Slash Programming
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 19:56:07 UTC
Topic: Media

The BBC is planning to cut 2,000 jobs and radically change programming in order to cut 20% from its budget over the next five years. No channels will close. Some money will be reinvested in new programs. Complete Article

Future of Music: The Law Remains the Same
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 19:42:53 UTC
Topic: Industry News

At the intersection where Capitol Hill policy, technological innovation and musical creativity meet, tensions spilled over at the two-day Future of Music Summit while government officials washed their hands of the mounting chaos. The annual conference of cutting-edge artists, tech heads, law buffs and entrepreneurs provided a window into the struggles of a music business still in the throes of a decade-long revolution. Digital distribution has made intellectual property a new hot-button issue on Capitol Hill, but a congressman and a federal copyright officer who delivered keynote addresses at the summit took the slow, steady approach. Complete Article

CD Baby Introduces MusicStore for Facebook
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 19:34:55 UTC
Topic: Internet

It's called the MusicStore For Facebook, and it's a full multimedia experience which is easily added as a tab on your Facebook Band Page. You don't even have to upload your music Ė it pulls the files directly from your CD Baby members account. What's more, it comes with many beautiful, customizable design options, and it's loaded with features. Complete Article

Indie Country Radio Seeking Independent Country Songs
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 19:33:21 UTC
Topic: Opportunities

Indie Country FM, an interent radio station, offers high-quality Country music by unsigned, independent country artists and bands. IndieCountryFM.com is accepting submissions (songs) by Independent talent for rotation. IndieCountryFM.com gives a voice to unsigned artists and bands and is proud to be part of the LIVE 365 Network. Website

Supreme Court Denies ASCAP Claim That Downloads are Public Performances
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 19:05:41 UTC
Topic: Industry News

The US Supreme Court rejected ASCAP's attempt to claim that song downloads are public performances. Its verdict upheld an earlier appeal ruling without added comment. The earlier, federal-level judge pointed to basic logic for support, contending that a digital recording isn't necessarily being played live to a wide audience just because it had been transferred over the Internet. Complete Article

Afghans Rock at First Music Festival in Decades
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:54:46 UTC
Topic: On The Scene

Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock. Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before. Complete Article

Bob Pittman Takes CEO Reins at Clear Channel Following IHeartRadio Concert
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:51:58 UTC
Topic: Radio

On the heels of organizing a two-day concert in Las Vegas that kicked off Clear Channel's iHeartRadio online radio service, media veteran Bob Pittman was named Sunday as chief executive of its parent company, CC Media Holdings Inc. Complete Article

Jagger: I'm Hooked on Facebook
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:40:46 UTC
Topic: Major Artists

"There's an underlying problem of this screen life taking over all of your life. It's easy to keep in touch with people, some of whom I wish I'd never kept in touch with. But there they are on Facebook! You can spend a lot of time on that when you should be doing something else". Complete Article

Spotify Linked to Major Decline in Music Piracy
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:36:12 UTC
Topic: Industry News

The Sweden based music-streaming service, which just launched in the US in July, has reportedly been linked to a 25 percent drop in music piracy in Sweden since the service went live in 2009, reports Torrent Freak. That includes a full 9 percent drop in the past year alone. The numbers are impressive, but itís not hard to see why this is the case. Complete Article

2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:30:26 UTC
Topic: Major Artists

On the strength of a busy touring schedule, a string of national television appearances and the release of a new album, Rare Bird Alert on Rounder Records, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers took home the Entertainer of the Year award at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday night, September 29 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Complete Article

Why 2011 is the Year Digital Music Broke
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:26:12 UTC
Topic: Industry News

2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improvement in download sales. There's a common - and incorrect - belief in the music business that nobody pays for music anymore. That claim just doesn't hold water in 2011. Through September 25, the increase in track and digital album sales has a value of about $236 million (calculated simply using $1.29 for tracks and $9.99 for digital albums). American consumers have purchased an additional 12 million digital albums and 90.5 million tracks on top of what they had purchased at the same point in 2010. Complete Article

Songsalive! Sampler 12 - Call for Submissions
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:18:41 UTC
Topic: Opportunities

Songsalive! is now accepting submissions for its twelfth compilation CD Sampler aptly called Songsalive! CD Sampler 12. Songsalive!, the largest internationally based non-profit organization supporting, promoting and educating songwriters and composers, has created CD Samplers since 1997 as a platform to showcase songwriters and their songs to the world. Website

Spotify Launches 'Private' Mode in Response to Facebook Backlash
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:14:36 UTC
Topic: Gear

Spotify has developed an update to the service that will include a "private listening" function. It's basically a check-box that users can quickly turn on or off and thereby control when the music they're listening to will appear in their Facebook feed and when it won't. Complete Article

Rhapsody: Life in a Spotify World
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:10:12 UTC
Topic: Gear

For all its work in pioneering paid music subscriptions, Rhapsody should be enjoying a moment in the digital limelight right now. Record companies and consumers alike have overwhelmingly accepted its business model. Instead, Rhapsody is the underdog. Complete Article

Warner Music Exec: Music Industry Has 'Figured Out Free'
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:07:30 UTC
Topic: Labels

In a new interview with CNet, outgoing head of digital at Warner Music Group Michael Nash says the music industry has "figured out free." Nash has spent a decade at WMG, the last four heading up its digital division, but is stepping down soon. In a wide-ranging interview, Nash says that services such as Spotify, Rdio and MOG have brought the industry to a place where it "has finally figured out free. The recent announcement for all these free offers is from a licensing standpoint the right approach... Free didn't work before. It was once used [by such defunct sites as Imeem and Spiralfrog] to drive engagement with ads. What we're looking for now is for free to drive engagement with subscription services." Complete Article

Showtime to Produce Suge Knight Documentary
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 18:00:28 UTC
Topic: Media

Controversial Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. is the focus of a documentary that will be produced by and broadcast on Showtime, the network has announced. Tentively titled Suge Knight, the film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-produced by Fuqua and Bradley J. Fischer. Complete Article

Surviving Members of Pink Floyd Revisit 'Dark Side,' Band Tensions
Friday, October 07, 2011 @ 17:46:37 UTC
Topic: Major Artists

The surviving members of Pink Floyd reunited, more or less, for Rolling Stone's new cover story: With Floyd re-releasing their entire catalog, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason all spoke with senior writer Brian Hiatt. Complete Article