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Tuesday
Jul112017

11 Often Ignored Marketing Tips For Starting Musicians

Going in fully unprepared and expecting things to happen by themselves is going to lead to deep disappointment.

The start of any journey can be both exiting and a bit scary at the same time and it’s no different with music. But don’t let excitement distract you from the challenges that you’ll have to face.

When you are just starting out, I think you need both the right mindset and a few actual steps to work on so that is the aim in this article. 

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Monday
Jul102017

Why The Majority Of Musicians Don’t Get A Record Deal

It’s common for most musicians to not get signed to record deals because they make false assumptions about how this industry works. Don’t make the mistakes they make. Inform yourself and build value in your music career so you can offer it to record companies in the future.

Below are three critical mistakes tons of musicians commit when trying to get recording contracts (and what you need to do instead):

 

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Monday
Jul102017

How To Get A MusicBrainz Page For Your Band

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

If you’ve never heard of MusicBrainz before, it’s sort of like Wikipedia, but specifically for information about music. It’s open source and maintained by the community, meaning anyone (including you!) can help contribute information about artists and their related works.

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Sunday
Jul092017

Song Licensing - What Is It And How Do You Do It?

Song licensing. This is a phrase used in the music and recording industry on a regular basis, but unless you are part of that industry, the topic is a bit vague to say the least. What exactly is song licensing, is it necessary, and how do artists go about licensing one of their songs? Here we’ll break down all the most common questions and clear up any misconceptions about song licensing.

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Saturday
Jul082017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Creating A Band Agreement

Thursday
Jul062017

4 Pieces Of Equipment Every Inspired Indie Band Needs For Practice

The drum kit, synthesizer, speakers, and amplifiers are all essential pieces of equipment for your indie band. When you are planning on a live performance for a big crowd, there may also be other devices that you will need in order to achieve the desired effects. Consider these four pieces of equipment that your indie band could use during practices and rehearsals.

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Wednesday
Jul052017

Musical Mayhem: 4 Issues That Could Destroy Your Flourishing Band

Being in a band is a dream that many people have growing up. For most, their dream ends after high school or after getting tired of playing small gigs for family or friends. However, there are a chosen few groups that gain fame across the country and throughout the world. What are some issues that could derail that success?

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Monday
Jul032017

Creating A Band Agreement: What You Need To Know

This guest post by Canadian entertainment lawyer Byron Pascoe originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

Being a musician is a business. If you’re in band, one of the most important elements of organizing your business, is having an effective band agreement.

Without agreement among the members of your band, whether verbal, written on a napkin (is that still done?), texted, or written by an entertainment lawyer (shameless plug), some key issues will need to be negotiated at a time when perhaps not everyone is acting reasonably. Or you may need to rely on the law, which may not provide appropriate solutions for your situation.

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Saturday
Jul012017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Tones For The Troubled

Friday
Jun302017

Tones For The Troubled: 5 Health Benefits Of Music Therapy

Music is something that everyone can experience, whether it is live or streaming through your favorite album. Aside from being universal, it can also provide health benefits. Below are five health benefits of music and music therapy.

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Thursday
Jun292017

Get Out Of The Garage: 4 Tips For Success When Starting A Band

There are hundreds of bands playing across the country each night at clubs or private parties. However, only a handful of those groups will ever get a record deal or gain any type of widespread recognition or fame. What are some steps that your band can take to overcome the odds and become a household name?

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Wednesday
Jun282017

How Keen Musicians Successfully Protect And Secure Their Songs

Musicians in today’s modern age have many outlets for their art, but these pathways may not be very secure. They might actually create problems where the songs are open to the public, and they’re immediately copied or taken. It’s critical for musicians to protect and secure their songs with several tools, including both simple and complex strategies.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

The Gate: History, How To Use, And The Top 9 Fan Gates

Depending on how long you’ve been working as a musician, you may already be familiar with Download Gates and Fan Gates in general. Years ago it became common practice to install a 3rd party tab to your Facebook artist page and offer an incentive to new fans for following. For example, you would see a tab that says Free Download, and once clicked, if you weren’t already following the page, you would be prompted to follow it for a track or album as a free download in exchange. Over time, Facebook did away with allowing 3rdparty plugins to use their API in that manner, so it left a void that needed to be filled.

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Monday
Jun262017

Top 3 Time Management Tips For Musicians

Whether you’re a solo artist or with a band, the amount of tasks you have to fulfill can be overwhelming. The act of making music is just one part of the music industry and just because you are a musician doesn’t mean you don’t have other obligations. It may be hard to find time to get all your tasks done while also making a business out of your music.

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