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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiWe have a variety of invaluable tips for the do-it-yourself indie artist looking to make it in the music industry this week, including advice on the best Facebook strategy for selling out your next show, what to avoid when you're pitching your music to press outlets, how to sell music with words, and much more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this careful look back on a full week of music industry news, we revisit Ticketmaster's alleged scalping of its own tickets, hundreds of festivals' pledge to tackle gender inequality in the music industry, the final conclusion to the Prince/dancing baby lawsuit, and more!

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Tips For First Time Instrument, Audio Equipment Buyers

MusicthinktanklogoFor musicians, buying instruments or gear can be a stressful experience, with so many different factors to consider it can be easy to end up making an expensive purchase that you later regret. Here we go over some tips for first time equipment purchasers that can help prevent buyers remorse.

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ArtistGrowth, Pinnacle Partner To Bring Financial Services, Capital To Touring Artists

Artist-growth-logoArtistGrowth, a mobile artist management platform, and Pinnacle Financial Partners have announced a strategic partnership and equity investment designed to broaden the financial services and capital available to touring entertainers.

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Merck Mercuriadis' Hipgnosis Fund Raises $260M For Song Acquisitions, IPO Next

image from static1.squarespace.comHipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd has raised $260 million in a private offering and is expected to IPO in the coming weeks. The fund, led by veteran artist manager Merck Mercuriadis, will purchase and manage US and UK song catalogs.

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Songkick Adds Free Concert Analytics, Users Pass 150M

Songkick squareConcert discovery app Songkick has announced the addition of free artist specific fan and gig analytics, alongside some impressive new user, concert listing and SEO stats of their own. Songkick distributes concert information to Google, Spotify, Facebook, Pandora, Shazam and other music and web services.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Music Modernization Act, Industry Reacts

Music Modernization Act[UPDATED] The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act, including the CLASSICS Act. The comprehensive legislations updates music licensing laws for the streaming era.

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Instagram's IGTV Allows Artists To Post Longform Videos, As Long As They're Vertical

1In this piece Chris Robley walks us through exactly how artists and bands can set about utilizing Instagram's new IGTV in order to easily upload longform video - provided its in vertical form.

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100+ Festivals Join Keychange Pledge To Tackle Gender Inequality In The Music Industry

1Vanessa Reed of the PRS Foundation has announced that the organization's initiative to commit to a 50/50 music industry gender balance by the year 2022 has been joined by more than one hundred music related festivals.

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Pandora Plus, Premium Now Included In Billboard Charts

1The inclusion of Pandora Radio in the Billboard Hot 100 has had a noticeable impact, demonstrating just how high the level of music consumption on the service is. But the change continues with news that Pandora's Premium and Plus tiers, as well as YouTube Music, will now also be included.

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Bandsintown Adds Int'l Partners, 35% Users Now Outside Of North America

BandsInTown new logoConcert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown has announced key partnerships in Japan and France to further expand its international reach. 35% of Bandsintown's 130 million monthly active users are currently from outside of North America.

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Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) To Announce Financial Results

Spotify new rectangleSpotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) will announce its  second quarter 2018 financial results and letter to shareholders on Thursday, July 26, 2018 before market open. The music streamer went public in April and each report to investors has provided insights into its inner workings and future plans. 

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Senate Markup Of Music Modernization Act Is Today: CONTACT CONGRESS NOW!

voiceEfforts continue to gut portions of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate despite unanimous backing in the House Of Representatives and near unanimous backing from all sectors of the the music industry. Now is an essential time to get speak out.

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Merlin Pays Out $500M As Indies Score With Streaming

Merlin-logo-one-with-strapline-copyMerlin's payments to its 20,000 label members has surpassed $500 million annually, according the 10th anniversary  report just released by the global indie music licensor.  A dive into the data shows an indie sector that, by some measures, is benefiting from the streaming revolution even more than their major label counterparts.

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Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine Must Pay $25M To Ex-Beats Partner, says Court

Beats logoA Los Angeles jury awarded Steven Lamar $25,247,350 on Wednesday, ruling that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine had not paid him royalties due for design work on three models of Beats headphones - the Studio 2 Remastered,  Studio 2 Wireless and Studio 3.

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Why Every Indie Needs A Ninja

music NinjaMusic DIY can be frustrating and tiring. Whether you are an indie label, manager, DIY artist or, like most of us, wear many hats, you often need help - qualified help - to do tasks ranging from creating a tour poster to mastering a track or launching an entire record release campaign.  Enter indie.ninja, to help you build a project based indie music team.

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The Business Of Streaming Music [PODCAST]

Musicbiz weekly podcast logoDavid Turner, the author of the newsletter Penny Fractions. David joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast in a discussion about the business of streaming music, the issues to data standardization and the problem with streaming services being gamed.

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¡Viva Latino! Spotify Takes Another Playlist On Tour

image from pbs.twimg.comSpotify has announced that it will be taking its popular ¡Viva Latino! playlist on the road.  The tour, produced in partnership with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), will feature performances by Daddy Yankee, Jowell y Randy, Bad Bunny, Becky G and Natti Natasha and is set to kick off at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Thursday, August 23.

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