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Wednesday
Jan312018

For Musicians, College Is The Great Dilemma 

When it comes to making music your full-time thing, it’s just as much about drive and who you know as it is anything else. If you have the drive to play every day, you play every day; if you have the drive to tirelessly promote online and book shows for your band, you do it; if you want to record until your songs are captured perfectly for the listener, you record; if you want to put together a great press package and submit to record labels — you get the point. 
If music is all about drive and passion, college seem ancillary. It’s like recommended reading. Great to get some context, but not absolutely necessary.    
I would argue that college does offer something extremely valuable for musicians: experience.

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Tuesday
Jan302018

Hit Songs Deconstructed Releases Its Q4-2017 Hit Song Trend Report

Hit Songs Deconstructed today released its Q4-2017 Trend Report. This report details the compositional and industry trends for the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.

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Monday
Jan292018

Using A New Rehearsal Venue? How To Safely Transport Your Band Instruments 

As a musician, you must become accustomed to sudden changes of venue. When you specialize in playing instruments, safe transportation to new venues can be vital to the longevity of your instruments. Here, you will find several ways to safely transport your instruments to new rehearsal venues.

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Monday
Jan292018

Marketing Your Band: 13 Essential Strategies

This post was written by Lisa Occhino and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

Once you’ve decided that you’re getting pretty serious about this whole music career thing, you know that you have to start putting in the effort to come up with effective band marketing ideas.

But if you haven’t gotten much farther than “make a Facebook fan page and post a bunch of stuff,” don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with 13 essential marketing strategies to add to your list!

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Saturday
Jan272018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Entrepreneurial Musicianship

Thursday
Jan252018

What "Entrepreneurship" Really Means For Musicians, Part 1: Rethinking Entrepreneurial Musicianship

We are fortunate to live in a time where we have an incalculable amount of information at our fingertips. “How do I distribute my music?” “How do royalties work?” “Why won’t Logic save my volume levels?” Just about any problem can be solved when a musician knows what questions to ask. However, when it comes to bigger questions about artistic and business growth and direction, it can become hard to find the next step. There are many resources for artists that cover the topic of entrepreneurship, but they are often near-sighted or just blatantly covering a topic other than entrepreneurship altogether—such as how to gain Facebook followers, or how to make a killer set list. My aim with this series of three brief articles is to clarify what entrepreneurship actually means, and hopefully empower artists towards harnessing their natural—or unnatural—entrepreneurial spirit to make change in their world(s).

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Thursday
Jan252018

Urgent Warning!: Time Is Running Out For Artists & Writers To Exercise Their Termination Rights Under U.S. Copyright Law

 1976 Copyright Act provides for the termination of copyright transfers – but authors need to act within a limited timeframe. Creators are entitled to reclaim their copyrights regardless of any contract stating otherwise after certain time periods. Therefore, even if an author, artist, musician, photographer or songwriter signed a contract which purports to transfer all rights in a work for perpetuity, the Copyright Act provides that the author of the work can terminate that grant and demand that the rights revert. Authors and creators are now entitled to terminate their contractual transfers and demand back control of their copyrights; authors can terminate their book publishing contracts, songwriters can demand return of their musical compositions from music publishers and recording artists and record producers can demand return of their sound recordings from the record companies.

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Thursday
Jan252018

Poster-Worthy Pics: 4 Essentials Every Band Photographer Needs On Hand

Shooting bands can be a fulfilling and invigorating experience for any professional photographer. Musicians are some of the most creative and inspiring people around. Photographers who want to show off their imaginative streaks, because of that, often genuinely enjoy working with them. If you’re a photographer who regularly works with musical acts, you need to invest in these four things as soon as possible.

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Tuesday
Jan232018

A Bunch Of Ways Musicians Are Actually Making Money (& One Way They’re Not!)

As a music producer, artist or musician (especially if you’re starting out) you’re probably wondering how it’s possible to take your passion and push it so you’re able to do it full-time, without having to worry about how you’re going to pay rent. How to make money from music?!

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Saturday
Jan202018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Independent Music Artists

Friday
Jan192018

The Future For Independent Music Artists

It does not come as a surprise that the evolution of the internet has completely changed the entire music industry for the good of course. Different technologies such as streaming, sharing, eCommerce and social media are offering independent artists increased chances of exposing their musical creations to bigger audiences. This further helps the artists in increasing their fan base. However, one major drawback of having several options is that making the choice of the best source for promoting music online can be a little difficult. Therefore, in order to make the best choice, it is important for you to go through the most effective and popular online hangouts where you can get some word about your musical tones.

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Thursday
Jan182018

How To Make Your Stage Presence Memorable With Fantastic Fashion

The best musicians in the world are known for their catchy tunes, powerful vocals and incredible instrument skills. They’re also frequently known for their mesmerizing stage presences. If you’re a musician who wants to captivate audiences at upcoming shows, your style can contribute to your overall stage presence. Eye-catching fashion and strong stage presence often go hand in hand for musicians.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Is Radio Still Important – And Did Streaming Kill The Radio Star?

The music industry is caught up with streaming and playlists and with good reasons, but what about radio? How does the future look for the radio format and is it still relevant?

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Monday
Jan152018

Should You Hire Security Guards For Your Music Event?

Whether you’re hosting a small karaoke party or a jam-packed musical festival, you have a responsibility as the event organizer to make sure that all of your guests get home safely. Here are just a few risk factors to consider and how security guards from a company like Security Services Northwest, Inc might or might not help with them.

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