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Which Popular Christmas Songs Are Still Protected By Copyright?

‘Tis the season when you start to see Christmas decorations right beside the Halloween candy in Costco. That’s right, summer is barely over and it’s already time for holiday preparations. If part of your music promotion plan this year is to release some Christmas songs — and that’s always a smart plan, since people love to buy music around...
 

The Benefits of Stripping Down Your Song Demos

Let’s begin at the beginning. You’ve written a song and, hopefully, you’re thrilled with it. So thrilled, in fact, that you want to record it right away and use every instrument in both the Western and Eastern musical traditions on the song demo. I don’t blame you one bit. There’s nothing more fun than dressing up your songs to go to town. But it...
 

8 Must-Have Things for Your Band EPK and Where to Put Them

I’m in the process of updating the Solveig & Stevie EPK (electronic press kit) for our new album release. I also have several friends and clients who have just released albums or EPs, and are sending them out for review or airplay consideration. As usual, I thought perhaps you, my dear readers and fellow musicians, might benefit from my learning ...
 

Concert Review: Gary Hannan's Soldier Poet Tour

Words matter to hit country songwriter Gary Hannan. Like many songwriters who perform their own songs live, his finely-honed lyrical lines keenly aim to move the listener. This was powerfully apparent during his appearance at the legendary Luna Star Café in North Miami on the first leg of his Soldier Poet tour.
 

Vid O’The Week: Holy Holy – History

What do you fear in life? That you’re existence will become history, leaving everyone around you to face the heartbreaking split of a rapport that seemed like no time could break? As the lyrics go “And the only risk you take. Is that all of your mistakes survive.” What is living if we are held back by a fear that our mistakes become living history, rather...
 

Review: Girls With Guitars in Pittsburgh

With the official departure of Taylor Swift from the genre, country music is eager to find replacement star power. Pittsburgh’s annual Girls with Guitars show is proving to be a nebula. This year’s crop of artists featured former “The Voice” contestants (one winner), a television star and some local flair. Texas cutie Rae Lynn could replace Hayden Panettiere on...
 

Thrive Tour with Casting Crowns, Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets

God is alive and well, and thriving abundantly if the packed venue at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA, is any indication. Seven thousand faithful followers came out for the Thrive Tour, featuring Grammy-winning band Casting Crowns, along with former American Idol contestant Mandisa and Dove Award winners Sidewalk Prophets. The tour...
 

Reasons Why People Will Share Your Music Video

I get it! Your grocery budget just got a lot smaller, because you scraped together just enough money to record this hit you’ve been losing sleep over! You have this friend who does video and is willing to make you a dope video for free (because honestly, they want to get their name out there, just as badly as you want a video! Happy coincidence!)
 

SOHN and Wet In Concert - Nashville

It was chilly in Nashville and felt like it was going to be one of those low key nights as fans of Christopher Taylor, better known as SOHN, gathered at Exit/In to see him perform a stellar show. The venue provided an intimate setting where a relatively large group of local fans, along with others who had traveled from out of state, came to see the English musician.
 

Limit Your Takes and Make Better Recordings

A digital recording environment can make you lazy. Set boundaries – like a limited number of takes – focus your creativity, and make better recordings in the studio. I have a rule that I live and die by in the studio. It helps me get more done, be more creative, have more fun, and make better recordings all at the same time. Are you ready for it?
 

Beware The Hazards of Live Streaming Your Gigs

Sounds a little sinister, doesn’t it? While streaming live gigs online isn’t inherently dangerous, there are some consequences for not getting it right - namely, your fans tuning out and leaving the event. Want to prevent this from happening?

There are three key steps to getting this right and avoiding the common sins of live broadcasting.


 

How To Grow Your Email List At Your Next Gig

When it comes to the online world, having an email list signup feature is one of the most important things a website can have. While having a lead magnet such as a free giveaway (e.g. free song, ebook, etc.) is an excellent way to attract people into subscribing to your newsletter, there are a few tricks that you can use to increase the number of your...
 

Vid O’The Week: The Grease Arrestor – Come Together

I never really considered myself a ‘fan’ of shoegaze-drone rock as I mostly have indie folk circulating through my veins. But after countless reviews and exposure to this rock genre I have grown fond of it. I feel like this band has caused an epiphany within me and broken through to my core, cementing that genuine love for the...
 

How To Get A Booking Agent

There is a huge potential for revenue in the gigging industry, even for smaller, indie bands and musicians. However, many artists are met with an interesting paradox:you can’t get the bigger gigs without the help of a booking agent, but it can be difficult attracting the attention of an agent without some bigger gigs...
 

The Importance of Creating an Internal Band Contract

Over the years there have been many lawsuits between and among the members of various musical bands. These lawsuits have concerned everything from disputes over the distribution of money to the right of departing members to use (or not to use) the band name in connection with ongoing endeavors. In most cases, it would...
 
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