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15 Ways to Make More Money From Your Music This Christmas

The Holiday Season is (practically) here, which means that a musical bonanza is about to begin. 20% of industry-wide music sales take place in the last six weeks of the year — and 30% of all sales on CD Baby happen during that same period. It’s a frenzy! And people are searching for all kinds of music during the holidays, so you don’t...
 

How to Split the Music Publishing Pie

Collaborating with a producer or co-writer? How do you come up with a fair percentage split of the music publishing? Figuring it out up front is a good first step. Working with partners when songwriting is inherently collaborative and is often how great songs get written. Plus – for musicians, songwriters, and producers – the music creation...
 

1970s Hit Makers America Nail It In Concert Celebrating Understated Legacy

While it seems unlikely that America will win a place in the Rock and Roll of Fame anytime soon, there is something to be said for a band that has scored a number of enduring hits, won a best new artist Grammy Award, worked with producer George Martin and has influenced several generation of other musicians.
 

Vid O’The Week: Marksman Lloyd – You Won’t Be The One ft. Whisky Winter

We have some great rising hip hop artists coming out of Australia and the one in this piece is undeniably in that mix. Whether you’ve always listened to this genre or you are a new convert, this music has the power to create assurance, understanding and inspiration – speaking the truth that we are too scared to confess...
 

What Is A Publishing Deal and Do I Really Need One?

The term "publishing", most simply, means the business of song copyrights. A songwriter owns 100% of his song copyright and all the related publishing rights until the writer signs those rights away. Under the law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the author or creator the moment the expression of an idea is...
 

Six Tips for Improving Songwriting Motivation

As passionate as we are about our songwriting, the reality is that sometimes it’s difficult to motivate ourselves to write. Whether it’s the fear of plumbing our emotional depths or just good old fatigue after a long day, there are often obstacles to overcome when it’s time to write. While flashes of inspiration are great, we can’t always...
 

The Musician’s Social Media Checklist

Don’t get off on the wrong foot with your social media marketing. Do your research, make a plan, and connect with your target audience from the start.Social-media-checklist. Marketing your band and your music on the digital landscape, it’s easy to get lost focusing your time and efforts on the wrong sites and connecting with the wrong...
 

Three Reasons To Be Thankful You're a Songwriter

On Thanksgiving last week, I thought I would take a moment to tell you (and myself while I'm at it) a few of the things we have to be thankful for as songwriters. Songwriting is the kind of pursuit that often takes place in a vacuum with little or no encouragement and is, by its very nature, solitary. Also, given that only the tiniest percentage of the songs ...
 

The Ins and Outs of Licensing Recordings and Cover Songs on YouTube

In past articles, we’ve looked at how to take control of your creative rights online, and how to monetize your music using services like YouTube’s ContentID. But what about when it’s someone else’s rights your worried about? This week, we explore how to properly license recordings and cover songs for streaming video services, so that...
 

Vid O’The Week: Sahara Beck – Pretender

So now’s a good time to get yourself familiar with this rising artist, best described as a cross between rustic charm and country chic- if an interior design could be represented in a person, Sahara Beck is that person. Now I’ve had to think long and hard about writing this piece. After countless reviews about folk music and almost ...
 

How to Not Waste Your Time at an Open Mic

Open Mics can really suck! As a new transplant to Philadelphia I’ve been hitting up alot of them – trying to learn the music scene, meet other people, and begin to get my foot in the door. Some Open Mics have been 3 hours of wasted life – listening to music I don’t like by people I don’t know in divey bars I’d rather not be in. But on the...
 

James Carothers - Bringing Country Back

James Carothers takes a swig of his Yazoo pale ale, looks out the hotel room window, and sighs. He’d like to chill for a while but he’s got another interview to do. This one. Carothers is in Nashville on a two-day whirlwind promotional trip, some 1,200 miles from his Los Alamos, New Mexico home, for meetings and interviews surrounding the success of his Nashville...
 

A Study in Record Production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

As you prepare to self produce your next recording, take time to study record production that inspires you. We look at tracks by Miranda Lambert and Beck. The role of a record producer is critical to any successful recording project, regardless of budget or intended outcome. In a nutshell, the producer is tasked with helping the artist realize...
 

Vid O’The Week: Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way

Who said music videos needed to be blockbusters to effectively translate an intricate message . Untainted by theatrics, this could be the most underrated video and song of the year- simply powerful, subtly symbolic, ever endearing and lasting in our minds. Alternative synth-pop/rock band from Sydney, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders...
 

Anberlin at Centerstage in Atlanta

It was a bittersweet moment as fans of Florida rock band Anberlin gathered at Center Stage in Atlanta to rock out to the band one last time. In January, Anberlin posted a video that announced their plans to separate by the end of this year. Anberlin chose to end on a high note, with the release of their seventh and final studio album, Lowborn, and...
 
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