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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y & Indie Music

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

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Bjork On Releasing Albums, Free Music, Windowing and Keeping "Vulinicura" Off Spotify

image from cps-static.rovicorp.comAs both an artist and a savvy business person, Bjork has always done things differently. The release of her new album "Vulinicura" is no exception.  You won't find it on Spotify for now, but that could change...

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What's The Score With Synchronization Rights?

 
Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 2.23.10 PMIf you were approached about the use of your music in a TV Show and/or Film, would you know what questions to ask regarding synchronization rights? If you're not 100% certain you know the questions and their answers now would be a good time to do your homework. 

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Kobalt Raises $60M Round Led By Google Ventures To Scale Artist and Rights Holder Services

Kobalt logoKobalt made a name for itself with innovative and transparent tech solutions for artists and rights holders. Now Google Ventures and an impressive group of tech investors have taken notice and just invested $60 million in the company.

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Does Spotify's New Lyrics Feature Violate U.S. Copyright Law?

Spotify logo[UPDATE 2] The centerpiece of today's Spotify web upgrade is a Lyrics button that delivers lyrics from MusixMatch scrolling across the screen karaoke style. (see video below) But the new feature may place Spotify in violation of U.S. copyright law, according to Joseph C Vangieri, CEO of karaoke provider DigiTrax.

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VC Firm Upfront Ventures Names Rapper Chamillionaire Entrepreneur In Residence

Chamillionaire-in-suitTurning the head of entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Mark Suster, five and a half years ago, Chamillionaire, the award winning rap artist, has traded the stage for a seat in the office of Upfront Ventures, as their Entrepreneur In Residence. 

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How To Set Up A Music Teaching Business

music teacherIt is often said that those that can, do and those who cannot, teach. Thankfully, the music industry is filled with people that can "do" very well and now want to teach. But getting that business off of the ground can be a difficult task.

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OFFICIAL: IFPI Sets Friday As New Global Music Release Day

record store lineAs we reported yesterday, international recording industry trade body IFPI has declared that by summer Friday at 12.01 AM will be the new official date and time for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the US, UK and elsewhere.

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Could Interactive Artist Subscriptions Bridge The Album Gap?

Record-album-bowl-shapingA quick look at album sales will tell you that increasingly we live in a world where the single song is king and the album is feeling unnecessary. According to the RIAA, album sales fell 11% last year after falling about the same the year before, and there’s no sign of a turnaround.

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Why Reaching an Audience of Almost No One is Actually a Good Thing

audience_membersDispensing best practices for establishing, reaching, and growing your tribe, Seth Godin, an entrepreneur, marketer, and keynote speaker, speaks to the spirit of independent musicians and music industry professionals more than one might originally suspect.

 

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BET Experience Takes Over L.A. Live June 25-28

BET LiveFor the third consecutive year, BET Networks and AEG are partnering to bring BET Experience to L.A. LIVE June 25 – 28, 2015. A four day event, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a plethora of music and comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the free Fan Festival.

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