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The Right Way to Attend Music Conferences For Songwriters

For songwriters who don’t have the luxury of living in a music industry town like New York, Nashville or Los Angeles, music conferences are an exceptional way of concentrating your education and networking efforts into a much shorter time frame. The key is to maximize your preparation so that long before you actually arrive in town for the...
 
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Why Are Albums Released on Tuesday (For Now) in the U.S.?

The recent news about the music industry adopting Friday as the global release day for new albums has prompted many questions. One of those is: Why are albums released on Tuesday in the U.S.? Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day. For the past few decades, new album releases (and most commercially available singles) are released...
 
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Four Easy Ways to Keep Your Web Content Fresh

How to post new content regularly on your website or blog. Nothing says, “I don’t care and neither should you” like a prehistoric event calendar and a blog post endorsing Ross Perot’s presidential candidacy. Even die-hard fans will give up after a few visits to a stagnant website. If you want your audience to keep coming back you have to give them something...
 
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Band Rehearsal Tips: Can You Be Over-Rehearsed?

Echoes’ Andre Calilhanna gets some band practice tips from Tom Jackson as they discuss striking the right balance between being under-rehearsed and over-rehearsed. A lot of what we’ve posted from you deals with a big crowd and a larger venue, working a room and working the stage. I’m curious how you would recommend an artist transition and be...
 
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How to Make the Most of Your Email List

Everyone is talking about cool new ways to get fans to sign up for emails, but this is only the first step. It’s true, these days many people are wary of giving out their email address – there’s just too much inbox-clogging spam out there – but even if they do subscribe, the second a newsletter becomes too promotional or fails to deliver interesting content...
 
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Everything You Need to Know About Selling Music Online

Online music distribution is currently in a state of flux. The popularity of single downloads, streaming, YouTube monetisation, iTunes – where does everything actually stand right now? Below we cover everything you need to know, starting with the industry facts and how they affect your choice about selling on the different platforms. The gig continues...
 
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Can Interactive Artist Subscriptions Bridge The Album Gap?

Just a quick look at album sales will tell you that increasingly we live in a music world where the single song is king and the album is feeling more and more unnecessary. According to the RIAA, album sales fell 11% last year after falling about the same amount the year before, and there’s no signs of a turnaround on the horizon.
 
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Miriam Jones Live at the Jazz Servants Quarters - London

Here we are The Jazz Servants Quarters (JSQ) in north London. The venue has a growing musical reputation. Established artists such as Giles Peterson, Alexis Taylor along with breaking bands, The Staves, Nick Mulvey and Laura Mvula have played this intimate venue since its doors opened in 2011. Tonight’s it’s Miriam Jones taking centre stage. When we...
 
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The Management Contract That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Have

As I wrote in “Now You Know Everything about Music Managers,” managers have never played a more important role in the music business than they do today. If you have taken or are ready to take the next step in your music career, you probably need one. A good manager advances the career of her client in a variety of ways. Traditionally, a manager...
 
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The Benefits of Having a Mentor

If your desire and goal is to become a professional songwriter, then I am sure that you are always asking yourself what you can do next to perfect your skills and talents, and reach the top of the ladder of success. For those lucky few that realize in high school that they want to pursue a songwriting career, there are a few ...
 
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The #1 Reason You Should NEVER Pay for Fake Likes, Fans, Views or Subscribes

When MySpace was the dominant social media platform for independent musicians (remember George W. Bush’s second term?), people got obsessed with numbers. How many friends do you have? How many times have your songs been played? The higher the number, the more legit you seemed. Labels, bookers...
 
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Inside Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti

To many fans, it's the ultimate Led Zeppelin album. It's certainly the most epic. Physical Graffiti was released on February 24 1975. Forty years on, it's reissued on 23 February 2015, remastered by Jimmy Page, with out-takes and rare cuts. Here are some must-know and "who cares?" facts about Zeppelin's ultimate throwdown of bombastic rocktastic recording.
 
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Laurence Juber In Concert

Since beginning his professional career playing guitar as a teen in the late 1960s, Laurence Juber has won acclaim on a number of artistic fronts. The native of East London gave up a successful career as a studio sessions guitarist to join Paul McCartney's Wings in 1978 where he was a member of the famous rock troupe until the band disbanded in late 1981...
 
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Can You Outsource / Crowdsource Creativity? Collaboration vs. The Lone Artist

At the Grammy Awards, Kanye West (once again) stepped onstage in mock-protest over the fact that Beyoncé didn’t win Album of the Year. Beck did — for his somber, atmospheric folk album Morning Phase. In an interview after the ceremony, Kanye said: “Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given...
 
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Jason Alexander with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Atlanta

George Costanza can sing! I mean, really sing. You wouldn't expect it from a bumbling, self-proclaimed "Lord of the Idiots". But he's good. Perhaps, it's because the man behind the character, Jason Alexander, is a triple threat in the acting and musical world: television, film and Broadway. Alexander brought his one-man show...
 
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