Organizers for the The International Songwriting Competition have announced the slate of finalists. This year, 355 finalists have been selected from more than 16,000 entries across 23 categories of music genres. For the first time ever, a majority of the finalists (60%) hail from countries outside the US.
The administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump released its first federal budget plan this week which calls for the elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Trump also proposed pulling the plug on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key source of funding for PBS and Public Radio.
[UPDATED] Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, which at $148 million makes up 0.003% of the Federal Budget. But as a tweet with the tagline "Let Them Eat Diamonds" pointed out, that's far less than the $183 million that will be spent guarding Trump Towers each year of a Trump presidency.
SXSW 2017 is underway, but perhaps you blew your travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or it could just be that the chaise lounge by your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2017.
A complete run through of the latest and greatest in sync licensing and music supervision in in film, tv, gaming and much more over the past fortnight, courtesy of Synchblog.
Many wet-behind-the-ears indie musicians find themselves over-eager when it comes to the prospect of releasing their music for the first time, and will try to push it on the ears of potential listeners before its truly ready for public consumption. Here review seven things to check before a public release.
As an artist or musician, a robust email list is one of the most important marketing tools you can have. But if it's something that you're just starting to build, or have been neglecting for awhile, it can be hard to suddenly build one up from scratch. Here we look at an easy roadmap to a bigger better email list.
We've been skeptical of the speed at which SoundCloud has on-ramped artists to its Premier program that allows creators to share in revenue generated ON SoundCloud. Today, the financially challenged music service added DJs and Producers those who can join, though the criteria for acceptance still remains a mystery.
Of the many, many bands that are performing officially and unofficially at SXSW this year, only a handful will see major career growth in the next year. So data journalist Emily Blake of Pandora and Next Big Sound dug deep into the stats to predict which ones are poised to rise and the lead the pack.
Recently on MusicThinkTank, we learned why you should be pitching your music to fewer publications, looked at an essential SXSW guide, explored the challenge of translating songs, and more.