CD Baby, Cosynd Partner For Affordable Copyright Services

Copyright_symbol_9CD Baby has partnered with Cosynd to offer an affordable legal services platform to document ownership of content. Launching next month, the partnership will enable members to create basic copyright ownership agreements and split sheets, and then to register with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Spotify Invests in DistroKid and We Have Many Questions [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Question-markSpotify recently announced that artists would be able to upload music directly to Spotify at no cost. This week, the streamer revealed a minority investment in DIY music distributor  DistroKid  to expand those Spotify uploads to Apple Music, Amazon and other music services. This is BIG NEWS! Very few details are available, but The Music Biz Weekly podcast's Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert have a lot of questions.

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Hypebot Tops 'Best Music Industry Blogs Of 2018'

Number-one[UPDATED] Hypebot has been named the top blog on The Music Marketers' Best Music Industry Blogs of 2018 list.  "Whether you’re wanting to learn about music industry news, the latest how-to’s, or even some marketing tips, music industry blogs is content you really should be reading daily."

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Spotify Names 5 Preferred Distributors, What Does That Say About All The Others?

Spotify newHypebot recently uncovered that Spotify had bestowed "preferred" status on just five of the many distributors delivering music to the platform  That news came alongside the shockwaves that Spotify sent through the distribution sector with two recent announcements. 

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A Guide To Getting The Most Of Facebook Analytics

1For artists looking to get to know their online audience a little better, there are a variety of online tools at their disposal, but perhaps none is more powerful than Facebook Analytics. Here we offer some tips for those new to the service on how they can get the most out of it.

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SoundCloud, Dubset Partner To Clear, Monetize Remixes

Soundcloud dubsetSoundCloud and Dubset have partnered to clear remixes and DJ sets on the streamer. Utilizing Dubset's technology,  the pair will work to enable faster rights clearances, attribution and monetization for both content creators and rights holders.

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7 Indicators You Have The Wrong Music Marketing Strategy

Marketing mistakesA successful music career depends on a solid public image and communication with fans. While any good PR person does all they can, not every approach has a positive outcome. Here we look at some of the most frequent errors that can cause a marketing strategy to fail.

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Spotify + DistroKid On Road To A Two Sided Marketplace

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comWith news that Spotify had invested in DistroKid and offer it as a distribution conduit to other music services, came speculation as to the music streamer's greater motives.  MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan sees the move as part of Spotify’s strategy to work way up music's value chain by "a) removing some of the distribution component and b) entering into direct relationships with artists."  But how will the record labels react?

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YouTube, Eventbrite Partner For Direct Concert Ticketing

Youtube_logoYouTube and Eventbrite have partnered to expand direct concert ticketing on the video platform. Combined with its existing Ticketmaster partnership, YouTube now says it covers more than 70% of the US ticketing market.

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Evaride Talks Hustling Their Way To A Debut Streaming Hit [INTERVIEW]

2Although already experienced musicians in some unusual ways, the band Evaride here sat down to talk with AWAL about their music and how they managed to hustle their way into debuting a streaming hit.

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SoundCloud Makes DJ's Lives Easier with Native Instruments, Serato, Virtual DJ, DEX3, Mixvibes, Hercules Integrations

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has partnered with Native Instruments, Serato, Virtual DJ, DEX3, Mixvibes and Hercules, to connect its music catalog with these popular DJ performance software platforms.

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How To Make A Band Seem More Professional (On The Cheap)

1If you're a local band that's still a little rough around the edges, getting anyone to care about your music or show an interest outside your immediate family and friends can be difficult. That said, here are a few ways to give your band that professional sheen without breaking the bank.

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How To Hire Great People As A DIY Artist

1While a traditional industry model would have relied on getting a record deal first and them have them provide you with the people necessary to launching your music career, such is no longer the case. That said, when hiring people as a DIY artist, it's a tricky game of choosing the right people while staying inside your budget.

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Uploading Your Music Online Doesn't Get You Tons Of Fans

4Putting your music online is obviously an essential part of accruing fans, but a "build it and they will come" mentality does no one any good. Here we look at what is actually necessary to building a database of fans.

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Spotify Lists Preferred Distributors, Just 5 Make Cut

Spotify newSpotify recently surprised many by offering no cost music uploads to the service to all artist. Still, most artists and labels will choose to use a distributor for their other services and because they need them to get on other music services. So to help those artists, Spotify offers a list of Preferred Distributors; and just five make the cut.

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8 Ways To Build A Musician's Marketing Strategy

1The music industry is a massive and competitive field, and while it may be chock full of talented composers and performers, somewhat more rare is the talent who is also a gifted marketer. Like many such things, however, such skills can be learned, so here we look at eight key ways in which artists can build a good marketing strategy.

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How Playlist Pitching Really Works On Apple Music

2In this new music economy, pitching to playlists has become an essential part of a musicians promotion, as solid streaming placement can often propel an artist toward major success. Here we look behind the curtain at what the pitching process is actually like when it comes to Apple Music.

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How To Promote A Tour Before And During It With No Money [Kosha Dillz]

Kosha Dillz"You have no money and you want to promote your tour," indie rapper and music marketer extraordinaire Kosha Dillz  writes, as his kicks off a tour. "Well, chances are that means the venues aren't paying you much and you are figuring how to get out there and learn more from it! I have a tour happening right now, and now that I am getting paid a little bit more than I used to...lets us figure out a way to do it by writing it down and sharing the wealth. Don't be lazy. Do it!"

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Netflix To Launch Unscripted Music Reality Show

image from celebrityaccess.comNetflix will venture into the world of reality television with the debut of their first unscripted music show, “Westside.” Set to debut on Nov. 9th, “Westside” will follow the stories of nine aspiring artists, including former “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano, as they try to stage a live performance.

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Soundbetter Paid $12M To Musicians, Producers In 18 Months

image from www.anomalymusicgroup.comSoundbetter has paid out more than $12 million to the musicians and production talent that utilize it's platform, most of it in the last 18 months. Soundbetter helps musicians connect with vetted mixing and mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers and studio musicians.

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