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5 Lessons for the Music Industry from "Weird al" Yankovic

By Kevin Erickson from Future of Music Coalition. Last week, beloved musical humorist “Weird Al” Yankovic dropped his new album Mandatory Fun. Propelled by a set of eight viral videos, it quickly rose to the top spot on the Billboard charts, his first ever #1, with over 104,000 album sales.  Al recently told the New York ...

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Open Call to all Jazz Artists! Kimmel Center Now Accepting 2014-15 Jazz Residency Program Applications

Open Call to all Jazz Artists in Philadelphia! Kimmel Center Now Accepting Online Applications for 2014-15 Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Program Open Call to all Jazz Artists in Philadelphia! Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is now accepting online submissions from talented jazz musicians interested in participating in the 2014-15 Kimmel Center Jazz Residency – an ...

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Sparkplug Helps Musicians Rent Gear and Space from Each Other [updated]

Sparkplug is a new site and service that facilitates musicians renting gear and space from each other. But they go beyond just a Craiglist-like listing to add a system with such features as clear procedures, deposits and id verification. It's potentially a great service but, in what I think is a simple oversight, you can't figure ...

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How to Reach the Best Music Business Contacts. Period.

What if you could reverse the sinking feeling you get when you send an email blast to hundreds of contacts that goes entirely unanswered? What if you were able to better understand how to break into the industry instead of trying the shotgun approach and hoping for a hit? Would you? Because you can. It all comes ...

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The Value of Giving Away Your Music for Free

By Farah Joan Fard from the Sonicbids Blog. If you saw the headline of this article and the words “giving away" sent chills down your spine, I hear your fear. We're all well aware of how often artists are asked to work for free, and I know how seriously you take your music career. With so ...

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8 Tips on How to Get on European Tour

By indie rapper Kosha Dillz (@koshadillz). Many people continuously ask me how I got my foot into touring Europe. I don't think there is any chance to figure out how to do it except go, and I can tell you that I recall sleeping in a McDonalds in Berlin, arriving to the UK with a suitcase ...

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Your Album Release Campaign Timeline

By Jason Baxter from the SonicBids Blog. One of the first things I learned when I began my career as a publicist was what the typical timeline for an album campaign is – in other words, the specific order of events from the moment an album is ready to be announced until its release. Not all publicists ...

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10 Qualities Leaders of Great Bands Must Have

By Christiana Usenza from the Sonicbids Blog. A band is a unique and complex relationship, and with so many different personalities and goals among band members, things can sometimes get tricky. Some people are direct, some are passive, some are more organized than others. “Musicians are sensitive and odd creatures," says songwriter/guitarist Paul Hansen of indie ...

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You Need These 6 Qualities to be a Successful Musician

By Dylan Welsh from the Sonicbids Blog. The music industry has always been competitive and cutthroat at heart, and these days, income is becoming harder and harder to find. Making a little money playing music on the side isn’t so hard, but in order to turn a passion into a career, you have to want it ...

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How to Build a Loyal SoundCloud Following

Praverb recently spoke with 18 SoundCloud users at various stages in their musical careers asking for “one tip for building a loyal SoundCloud following." Predominant themes include being genuine, linking all your social media accounts, connecting with reposters, sharing in groups and the classic advice to make great music. Below are 5 top tips for building ...


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