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Monday
May012017

Millennials Are Buying Vinyl, But Not From Record Stores

From the high street, you’d be forgiven for thinking the growth in vinyl sales was a myth. We’re not seeing the high streets overrun with record stores, and those that do exist are populated, for the most part, by the usual suspects. Younger generations are only treading tentatively in their doorways. So who’s buying? And where?

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Saturday
Apr292017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Launching Your First Indie Album

Thursday
Apr272017

Tips For Launching Your First Indie Album

Today’s artist is in a whole new world when it comes to getting noticed by the record industry. Years ago, it was a matter of pounding the pavement getting the big labels to at least listen to a demo you produced and hoping that someone would like what you did enough to sign you on. Sometimes you’d get noticed in clubs and sometimes studio musicians would catch a lucky break when a big name they had the chance to work with noticed them and gave them their start.

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Thursday
Apr272017

Spot On Track And Its Benefits To Fans And Musicians

Ever wonder what songs, artists or playlists are hot now?

Spot On Track is here to help. Spot On Track is a tool that helps listeners follow their favorite artists, songs, playlists, etc. and see how they are doing on a billboard chart standpoint.

Spot On Track is a useful tool for listeners because they are able to listen to their favorite artists and see exactly how they are doing on a billboard standpoint. Having easy to view charts, graphics and being a free beta app makes Spot On Track very user-friendly and definitely something to look into trying out. Fans are also able to see what countries their favorite artists are the most popular in.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Simple Growth Hacks That Are Necessary For Building A Solid Music Career

As the great Louis Armstrong once said, “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” Despite the challenges of the industry, you should never stop trying to find ways to keep making good music and growing your career.

My take on this topic is not just based on inspirational quotes and fancy sayings. It comes from having been involved in music as a marketer and entrepreneur.

Over the past few years, I have worn several hats on the business side of music, from managing upcoming artists to starting companies. My experience has given me an insider’s perspective into how different people approach their careers and the little things some people do differently (or don’t do), which sometimes makes the difference.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Metadata Schemetadata? Here's Why You Should Care 

Metadata. Google defines metadata as:  a set of data that describes and
gives information about other data.  So how does this apply to music?  
Well, imagine you have burned this wonderful CD of music that you are
going to hand to music professionals at a music conference.
 The music is your latest and greatest.  You meet some professionals,
publishers& music supervisors and give them your CD.
 They go back to their office, put the CD into their computer and then they see:

Picture

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Monday
Apr242017

Legal Basics For The Diy World: Artists, Authors, Creators And Musicians

Under US copyright law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the creator the moment the expression of an idea is “fixed in a tangible medium” (in other words, the moment you write it down, type it or record it on tape). With respect to music specifically, there are really two copyrights: a copyright in the musical composition owned by the songwriter and a sound recording copyright in the sound of the recording owned by the recording artist (but usually transferred to the record company when a record deal is signed). It is important to remember that you own the copyright in your work the moment you write it down or record it, and you can only transfer those rights by signing a written agreement to transfer them. Therefore, you must be wary of any agreement you are asked to sign. 

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Saturday
Apr222017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Why Many Music Careers Fail

Thursday
Apr202017

Seven Steps Musicians Take In The Wrong Order – Why Many Music Careers Fail

There are many musicians trying to make it who do the right things, but at the wrong time and in the incorrect order. They often do things in their career based off of misinformation, fear or the advice of people who have never succeeded in music.

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Thursday
Apr202017

The Top Five Reasons Having An EPK Is Important

I don’t know how many times venues, promoters, magazines, etc. have asked me for a press kit to review. If you don’t have a press kit, you’re toast. Not the good kind either.

Having an EPK can benefit artists greatly because they offer a great piece to send to anyone you’re interested in working with.

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Why You Don’t Need A Record Label To Be Successful

We live in a time where musicians have everything they need to be successful all in fingers reach, yet many artists still don’t understand exactly why artists are steering away from labels more and more. With these few topics, artists are able to understand why you don’t need a record label to be successful in today’s music industry.

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Monday
Apr172017

Karaoke: The Funnest Way To Relieve Stress

If you have ever belted out your favorite song with everything you’ve got, you know how good that can make you feel. You get a great rush of energy and all the stress you’re feeling just melts away. After singing, you suddenly feel full of energy and positivity.

This is not news to most of the world, especially Asia. The people of Japan, South Korea and many other Asian countries have been singing to relieve stress for decades. It is what lead to the invention of karaoke.

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Saturday
Apr152017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Joining A Military Band

Friday
Apr142017

Martial Music: 5 Reasons To Consider Joining A Military Band

The origin of martial music dates back to a time when the high-tech communication systems seen on the battlefield today were not in existence. Signaling in the war zone was done by the sound of drum beats and the sounding of trumpets.

However, present day military bands have a different kind of music duty. Once you join the military and pass all the mandatory training and auditions, you get assigned to a band. As part of the band, your primary mission will be to perform musical engagements. Many of which fall under the morale and welfare category. They include recruiting concerts, military formations, and monthly officer’s club retreats among others. If you’re interested in joining such a band, here are a few reasons to help you take the plunge:

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