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How Monetization Works on YouTube

A closer look at the process for determining WHEN, HOW, and WHAT advertisements are displayed on any YouTube videos that feature your music. One of the questions we get asked most frequently by artists who are enrolled in our YouTube Monetization program is “how much money will I earn per view?”

Four Things Songwriters Need - But Might Not Want - to Hear

When I think about the mental state of my younger songwriting self, I see a mixture of bravery, idealism and a healthy dose of misinformation. While I wouldn't trade any of my experiences, it might have been nice to receive a friendly warning or two along the way about the realities of my chosen profession. In that spirit, consider the below not as an attempt to discourage...

Stagecoach Festival 2015 Review

Stagecoach always books the biggest names in country music as headliners, but the undercard acts often steal the show. Such was the case at last weekend's sold out festival in Indio, Calif., where The Lone Bellow, John & Jacob, Nikki Lane, Lindi Ortega and Lydia Loveless all delivered strong performances. Meanwhile, legends like Mac Davis, Eric Burdon...

Six Calculated Risks for Songwriters

When I first started writing songs, I was inspired and fearless. I was so deeply immersed in my creative process that I didn’t give any real thought as to how the rest of the world felt about what I was doing. However, when I decided to start thinking of songwriting as a potential career, I began to realize that taking risks was necessary to achieve the rewards...

Andy Fairweather Low Talks Clapton and More

Andy Fairweather Low is possibly one of those recognized names that doesn't truly fully register with many. And yet, this guy from Wales is without doubt one of the most important and significant musicians of a generation. Now drifting towards receipt of his pension, he remains as important as ever, touring, writing and generating excellent music on a near daily basis.

The Lowly CD Is Still A Big Part Of The Music Business

All of the music industry news for the last year or so has been directed at oncoming music streaming steamroller and the downfall of the music download, but what's interesting is that our good old physical CD still remains a huge part of the music business. The latest reportfrom the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the music...

13 Things Every DIY Musician Should Know How To Do

If you’re one of those artists who thinks it’s enough just to be a good musician, check out Pigeons and Planes’ recent article “Things Every Indie Artist Should Know How to Do.” It’s a good kick-in-the-pants for anyone clinging to the very 20th-Century fiction (because it wasn’t true then either) that musicians can get by on talent alone.

Hashtags 101: How to Use Them & Why They Matter

What’s the deal with hashtags? Some of us have never hated the pound (#) sign more than we do right this minute. Some of us love it! Still others of us have no clue what it means or how it’s used in the world of social media. Well today we are going to explore the hashtag. Think of this as Hashtag 101!

Ginger and Drum Mesmerise with Empathic Vocals

I have always been a fan of a dynamic duo. A hopeless romantic at heart I find myself drawn to this implied sense of intimacy that hangs about a two piece. Needless to say I was pretty excited to hear what Ginger and Drum had to offer when my band shared a bill with them in late March alongside Canberra boys Slow Turismo, and...

Stagecoach 2015 Preview

For the longest time, Southern California wasn’t a major market for country music festivals. That all changed when Stagecoach launched in 2007 and became a big success. A companion to the dual Coachella Music and Arts Festivals, which also take place at Empire Polo Field in Indio immediately prior (near Palm Springs), it revolves around country...
April 19, 2015Coachella Indio, CA.Photo by Kelly A. Swift

2015 Coachella Weekend 2 Proves To Be A Music Lover's Dream

What do rock 'n' roll legends AC/DC and Steely Dan, modern-day favorites Florence + the Machine and Interpol, Americana champions Sturgill Simpson and Ryan Adams, underground heroes Sloan and Built to Spill and emerging greats Hozier and St. Paul & The Broken Bones have in common? All were among the outstanding performers I caught at the...

How Do I Get My Rights Back: Termination Rights Under U.S. Copyright Law

The 1976 Copyright Act provides for the termination of copyright transfers. It entitles content creators to reclaim their copyrights - regardless of any contract stating otherwise –after certain time periods. So, even if an author, artist, musician, photographer or songwriter signed a contract which purports to transfer all rights in a work for...

How Starbomb Used YouTube to Drive 6000 CD Sales in One Week

In one week, Starbomb sold almost 6,000 CD copies of its Player Select album through CD Baby, including 3,438 in pre-sales. The comedy synthpop/hip-hop group (comprised of Leigh Daniel Avidan and Brian Wecht of Ninja Sex Party and animator/internet personality Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson) went on to become Billboard’s third best-selling comedy...

Coachella Festival 2 Review

During Steely Dan’s set at Coachella 2 last Friday night, guitarist/singer Walter Becker said, “There’s no such thing as old fogeys music – just good music,” to loud cheers. That was a slight dig at detractors who scoffed when the veteran jazz / rock band, along with AC/DC, were first announced for the Coachella Valley Music

A Musician’s Guide to Merch: How to Sell More CDs and T-Shirts at Your Next Show

As the band was packing up, I brushed by and could hear the owner spouting his contorted excuses about why he couldn’t pay the guarantee. I’ve heard it all before and I’ve felt that crushing feeling of not knowing how I would make it to the next town because an owner or promoter let me down. I was glad it wasn’t me in that position that night.
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