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Spotify Isn't Priced At $10 Everywhere, And That's Just Fine [Glenn Peoples]

image from medium.comWhen the fairness of payments to artists and labels is debated, it's important to factor in that monthly subscription prices for Spotify and other music streaming services varies from territory to territory; and that's just fine, writes Glenn Peoples.

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Harry Fox Agency Unfairly Blamed As MMA Debate Rages [Chris Castle]

11In this piece Chris Castle defends the Harry Fox Agency which has, of late, been heavily maligned as debates over the Music Modernization Act Continue to rage on. Here he looks at the facts and explores alternative solutions to simply ganging up on the HFA.

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Iceland Airwaves Is First Int'l Festival To Close Gender Gap

Samaris @ Iceland Airwaves. By Hemoglobina [CC0], from Wikimedia CommonsIceland Airwaves has become the first major international festival outside of the U.S. to close the gender gap. Their move is a part of the global initiative Keychange, in which 109 festivals pledged last September to further gender equality at music festivals with the goal of achieving an equal gender ratio by 2020.

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Pop Music Eats Itself: A&R Is Facing A Data Driven Crisis

image from cdn.pixabay.comIt is no secret that data now drives who gets signed, with record labels chasing stats in search of the next streaming friendly hit.  But analyst Mark Mulligan and some label execs are wondering how music can evolve when A&R is a reflection of current trends rather than as a tastemaker; and how an out of the box music can find a place with an increasingly closed loop of statistics.

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Dropping The Ball Instead Of The Bass: How Every Musician Can Learn From The Onstage Mishaps Of Skrillex

1While not an attempt to discredit Skrillex, this article looks at how the popular dubstep DJ's use of a complicated series of time sensitive electronic devices has had a tendency to open him up to mishaps on stage, and what other artists can do to avoid such debacles.

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Music Minds Matter: Mental Health Support For Musicians

2In this article, the good people at 6/8 Music highlight Music Minds Matter, a UK based initiative which works to provide musicians with comprehensive mental health support, including advice, signposting, and professional therapeutic services.

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11 Ways To Get Hired For (Or Fired From) A Gig As A Freelance Musician

2In the way of large-scale, logistically complex freelance performance, musical entrepreneur Ari Herstand breaks down eleven key components regarding how artists who are hired for a freelance gig should conduct themselves, particularly if they don't want it to be their last.

 

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SoundExchange Q2 Payments Up 17.5%

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange distributed $208.7 million in sound recording performance royalties in Q2 2018. That's up both 17.5% over the same quarter last year and the $189.9 million paid out in the Q1 of this year. The PRO has paid out a total of $398.6 million so far in 2018. 

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Sell Out Shows • Record Label Job • Submitting Your Music For Licensing • More

MTTRecapNewRecently on MusicThinkTank this week, we explored how to master social media in order to sell out shows, how to land a job at a record label, the art of getting the top of the submission pile when it comes to music licensing, and more!

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Orchard Pulls All Labels And Artists Off eMusic For Non-Payment

Emusic2018Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.

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How Tech Is Changing Live Music

1While much of the music industry's future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform.

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