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Untapped Potential For Your Music Online

How many places have you made your music available online? What is your favorite medium? Actually, what is the favorite medium for your fans? With so many options to engage with your fans online, it can be hard to choose where to spend your time and energy. And you need to know what your fans want. Is it online radio or custom playlists with your music? Is it simply your music for purchase via digital download? What about your music video channel?
 
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5 Ways To Make More Sync Money From Your Music

CD Baby has paid $1.2 million in sync licensing revenue to independent artists. Are you earning as much as you can? As this story from Digital Music News reveals, artists are earning more money these days from user-generated YouTube videos than from the official music videos themselves. So perhaps not surprisingly, much of the $1.2 million we’ve paid out in sync revenue has come from monetizing music on...
 
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Songwriting Tip: Grammar Matters

Yes, I meant that both ways. I’m writing on matters of grammar and I’m also writing in case grammar matters. So for a songwriter, when does it matter? Well, I suppose that depends upon your target audience. If you’re a novelist, it always matters. That’s why book writers have editors. Today, even a great storyteller may make the usual grammatical errors, especially if he went to school in the last decade or so. But even if a person has been taught in the best English class there...
 
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The Art Of Punk Bass

When you really get down to it, punk is a particularly bass-driven genre. Whether it’s an overtly bass-driven track like Green Day’s “Long View” or The Clash’s “London Calling,” or something a which follows more of a guitar-and-bass-in-unison style like, well, The Ramones’ entire catalog, the bass serves as a crucial anchor between the rhythm and harmony, and it has an equally important role in defining the texture and substance of the band’s sound. Let’s look at a few aspects...
 
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Stretching for Success

“Which do you write first, the lyrics or the music?” kim-copeland_thumbI am often asked this question and I always have to think about it because, for me, there is no single answer. I am a writer, therefore I write. Ideas appear in many different ways and I appreciate them all. For most writers, it depends on their strengths. If you are a strong musician, you will likely start with a guitar in hand or sitting at the piano and let a...
 
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Vid O’ the Week – Mac DeMarco

’m doing this to celebrate a couple different things: 1. Canada – fuck, I’ve never been, but I need to. It just sounds like Australia except less racist, and snowier. 2. FBi picking the Canadian Mac DeMarco’s new album, Salad Days, as their Album of the Week. I’m glad it’s getting the recognition it deserves, its a cracker. I’ve had a mega crush on MacDeMarco for a while now. He’s bloody cool...
 
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Heart In Concert In Pittsburgh, PA

There are many reasons Heart has been around for 40 years. Selling over 30 million albums and being dubbed “the female Led Zeppelin “top the list. But the Rock and Roll hall of Fame duo is not one to rest on its laurels. As if to prove their worth, the Wilson sisters packed the explosive energy of their arena show into Pittsburgh’s intimate Carnegie Music Hall and torched it for 90 minutes. They came out like a C4 explosion with a thunderous...
 
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Nashville’s Red Bull Sound Select Night of Fun

Blank Range, Andrew Combs, and headliner Houndmouth gave Nashville fans a stellar performance for Nashville’s Red Bull Sound Select hosted at The Stone Fox. The venue was packed with fans that were waiting for the show to start. Winners of the first round of Road to Bonnaroo, Blank Range opened the show with raw energy performing songs from their latest EP, Phase II. Front-man Grant Gustafson was lively, and the dynamic...
 
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Michael Boggs Is More Like a Lion

Sometimes the people God chooses are the ones who never planned to be chosen. Witness the story of Michael Boggs, an accomplished multi-format musician, singer and songwriter. With his debut release on Stylos Records, More Like a Lion, Boggs is turning heads with songs of conviction, exhortation and heartfelt praise. He’s toured the world, become a sought-after songwriter and leads worship for thousands, though Boggs never planned it that way.
 
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Planetshakers Share Endless Praise

Modern worship grown locally then catapulted onto an international stage, Planetshakers is organic to its environment and yet unique to the digital age in which it was born. It is a dedicated team of talented songwriters, musicians and worship leaders boldly leading as one, proclaiming the joy and freedom found in powerful encounter with God. Set for release March 11, 2014, ENDLESS PRAISE marks the 26th LIVE recording to capture the energy, excitement...
 
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10 Rules to Live By for the Independent Artist – Part 1

Big dreams don’t mean anything without small goals. Big dreams can sometimes be paralyzing. They’re so huge that often its hard to know where to start. Just remember that everything you do comes down to the small decisions. Set small goals and conquer them one by one. That’s how you do it. No one is going to do it for you. Remember that post we wrote at the end of last year, 10 Bad Music Habits to Break in the New Year, well go and...
 
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5 New Places to Promote Your Music

These days, it seems that there are opportunities to promote your music everywhere you look. Some band services sites like Sonicbids and ReverbNation are full of opportunities that you can submit your music to (though often, that submission requires you to pay a fee). However, it doesn’t always require a submission service, a paid EPK site, or contests where you try to prod friends and fans into voting for you. Sometimes, it just takes some creativity and a lot of drive.
 
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Sustain Your Music Career – Nine Insights To Help You Do It

It’s been twenty years since Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith met in college and forged a partnership that has withstood many tests. Since then, their Des Moines, Iowa-based band, The Nadas, have felt the exhilaration of performing for 15,000 people at a sold out arena shows to playing hole-in-wall bars for a handful of folks. Through playing hundreds of shows and releasing 11 records of (mostly) original material, the duo has learned what works...
 
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Celebrity Deaths - Coalition Against Drug Abuse Releases Infographic

With great wealth and fame also comes great responsibility – especially for celebrities. Famous actors, musicians, and athletes all have to maintain a public image while balancing the rigors of their work with the allures of pleasure. High incomes and a developed American party culture allow them sustained access to drugs, which when combined with the stresses and pressures of fame, sometimes leads to addiction and overdose.
 
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Crosby, Stills and Nash In Concert at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta

Nearly 45 years ago, I heard "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" for the first time when David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, along with Neil Young, took to the stage at Woodstock and opened with the song after telling the crowd "This is only the second time we've performed in front of people. We're scared shitless!" Okay, so I was with my father who helped coordinate the security at Woodstock and I was only nine years old, but it's a memory that sticks with me to this...
 
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