How To Make Your Stage Presence Memorable

2As anyone familiar with the music industry knows, 'the look' can often be huge part of not only and artist's stage presence, but also their personal brand. While musicianship and ability are certainly important, an artist's stage presence can also make or break their success.

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8 Tools That Can Multiply Your Instagram Marketing Effectiveness

1Instagram's spiking popularity has caused artists to flock to it as a primary promotional channel, and amassing an engaged set of Instagram followers has become an essential part of any musician's online presence. Here we look at tools for increasing the effectiveness of your Instagram marketing.

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Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaign [Cyber PR]

Macy ToddGetting your music on Spotify playlists is the new Holy Grail of music marketing. But making it happen - particularly for an indie D.I.Y. artist like Macy Todd - isn't easy. Here Ariel Hyatt and her CyberPR team share their methodology and the results. 

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YouTube Changes Rules, No Monetization Of New Artists

YouTube SadYouTube has yet again raised the threshold that a creators and musicians must meet to make any money on the videos they post. YouTube says that the changes are designed to "prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube." But the result is that it will take musicians and creators a lot longer to make a dime on the video service.

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Concert Crowd-Funding Platform Weeshing Launches In US

weeshing logoSeveral startups have tried to launch crowdfunding concert services in the U.S. and failed to gain traction. But Weeshing, which has already found success in South and Central America and attracted $9 million in funding, has just entered the American market.

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Do You Really Want A Record Deal? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

1As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.

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5 Techniques For Leveraging Music Press

1After spending countless hours reaching out to the bloggers, podcasters, and other powerful tastemakers in the music business, being met with deafening silence can be frustrating to say the least. Here we look at five techniques for leveraging the press in your favor.

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Streaming Music Payment Rates Drop 9%, Apple Music Gains [David Lowery]

Arrows downMusician and artists advocate David Lowery has been sharing an analysis of the streaming royalties that he receives as the principle songwriter and leader of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven since 2014.  Every year they offer an important snapshot of trends that effect all artists and rightsholders.

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Facebook Gives Indie Musicians, Publishers March 12 Licensing Deadline

image from europeansummerschool.com[UPDATED] Facebook has finally created a system for musicians and rightsholders to get paid for use of their music on the social giant. But they've also set a March 12th deadline to participate directly via an exclusive deal with the Harry Fox Agency's Rumblefish division.

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How To Use Word-Of-Mouth To Drive Music, Ticket Sales

1As consumers become increasingly bombarded with advertising, that advertising gets increasingly easier to ignore, meaning bands and artists need to seek new (or in some cases old) ways of promoting their event. Thanks to the rise of social media, word-of-mouth promotion is seeing something of a resurgence.

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Help Build A Public Directory Of Spotify Playlists

image from pixabay.comWe are helping Michael Brandvold build a directory of Spotify playlist owners, so anyone releasing new music can reach out and present their new music. If  you have a playlist and are willing to get submissions for new music to add to your playlist, just fill out the form here and we will include you in a directory of playlist owners.

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Get Your Music On Spotify Playlists: Here's How

2As the number one streaming service in an industry where streaming is now king, Spotify has become and essential platform for artists, and for musicians looking to get their music heard on a more global scale, nothing is more important than landing your tunes on a coveted Spotify playlist.

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Using SubmitHub to Submit Music to Blogs, Playlists, More [Get FREE Premium Credits]

SubmithubFor first Music Biz Weekly podcast episode of 2018,  Micahel Brandvold is joined by Jason Grishkoff from SubmitHub.com. Jason shares with us how SubmitHub was born out of a need for managing submission to his own music blog, Indie Shuffle and discuss how artists can use it to submit their music to blogs, radio stations, record labels and now... Spotify playlists.

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Facebook Page Apocalypse Is Already Happening

image from upload.wikimedia.orgLate last week, Facebook confirmed that it would be downgrading posts from Pages in its News Feeds, in favor of "more genuine" posts from friends. The announcement sent  Facebook stock tumbling and cost CEO Mark Zuckerberg $4 billion personally.  But, in fact, the decline in traffic delivered to page publishers, like musicians, labels and brands, has already begun.

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Facebook News Feed Plan Tanks Stock, Costs Zuckerberg $4B

Mark ZuxkerbergThe same plan to devalue pages in the Facebook News Feed that sent musicians and music marketers scrambling did the same for investors Friday. Facebook stock fell 4.47%, closing down $8.40 at $179.37. For founder Mark Zuckerberg, that translates to a $4 billion loss in his net worth.  

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Facebook Overhauls News Feed, Demotes All Pages

image from s3.amazonaws.comFacebook has announced a major overhaul of its News Feed that it says will help in “bringing people closer together.” The changes, which effectively demote pages from musicians, labels and all businesses and brands, will roll out over the coming months. 

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