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Facebook Looks To Hire Legal Director Of Music Licensing As It Beefs Up Music Team

Facebook-musicA new job posting adds provides further proof that Facebook is finally getting serious about music. Facebook is now advertising for a Legal Director of Music Licensing to join Tamara Hrivnak who was recently hired to head the social network's music strategy. 

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The New Music Discovery [Deborah Jourdon, Deezer]

image from speakerfy.comDigital music streaming and social media have created huge new opportunities for grassroots discovery, says Deborah Jourdon, Deezer's VP of Marketing Communications. citing the growth and popularity of human curated playlists; and Deezer's unique Flow feature, which combines machine learning and human curation.

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A Look At The 11 Startups Named To TechStar Music's Inaugural Class [Bas Grasmayer]

1Here we review eleven tech startups chosen by known startup accelerator Techstars, and what they're doing to reshape the future of music tech, and the music industry as a whole for years to come.

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SoundCloud Adds Robust $4.99 On Demand Streaming Plan, But Many Artists Remain Unpaid

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has added a $4.99 per month 120 million track on demand streaming subscription tier that includes most of the features - but not all of the tracks - that it and competitors charge $9.99 for.  

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10 Ways To Book A European Tour That Won't Make You Go Broke [Kosha Dillz]

2As anyone knows, the idea of touring in Europe, while it presents a monumental opportunity, also represents a significant expense. In this piece rapper Kosha Dillz shares some suggestions for how to set up a tour of Europe without breaking the bank.

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New Scientific Study Identifies Most Important Member Of Every Band, And It Is...

image from revive-music.comA new scientific study has found that the most important member of any band is the bassist. The report from The National Academy of Sciences found that ‘superior time perception for lower musical pitch explains why bass-ranged instruments lay down musical rhythms’. 

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Why DMCA's Notice & Takedown Already Has 1st Amendment Problems, Plus RIAA/MPAA Want To Make It Worse

1The notice-and-takedown portion of the DMCA has ended it's second comment period, and has shown itself to be maneuvering around a high standard set by the Supreme Court regarding expressive content in a way that may be in violation of the First Amendment, meanwhile the RIAA and other are seeking to make the system even worse, says Mike Masnick of Techdirt

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Independents Grabbed Biggest Share Of Global Music Market In 2016

image from www.psdgraphics.comIndependent music companies beat out the three major music groups to capture the biggest share of the 2016 global music market in several categories including recorded music, physical goods and music publishing.

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Stagelink Expands To US Backed By Seven Figure Investment

Stagelink[UPDATED] German based event crowdsourcing platform Stagelink has expanded to the U.S. after concluding a seven-digit seed financing. Using Stagelink, musicians and other creators uncover fan demand for potential live appearances to produce successful, risk-free events and tours.

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39 Music Tech Events At SXSW

(1)Given the scope and scale of SXSW, it can often be overwhelming to try and narrow down which events to attend. Here the the good people at MusicTectonics and rock paper scissors have assembled a list of 39 tech related meetups and sessions for those interested in that facet of the music industry.

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Trump Administration Seeks To Cut Or Privatize All Arts Funding

1In an alleged effort to reduce spending by the government, the Trump administration recently drafted a budget which would lop off funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a6b9970c-150wiIn this compilation of helpful tips and advice for the indy, do it yourself musicians there, we offer wisdom on ten things you can do to obtain better tour data, what you can do about declining organic reach on Facebook, how to organize your website in such a way as to attract fans, and much, much more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Which Sound System? • Great Graphic Design • Royalties And Contracts • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a85c970c-150wiThis week on our sister site MusicThinkTank, we looked at how a good graphic designer can help to sell your music, how bands manage their contracts, and the best way to get booked at music festivals, plus more.

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