HowTo Build A Local Music Scene

1Community is often a huge part of being a successful artist, with the result that artists may often feel that they're missing if they don't have a scene with which to strongly identify, or a there simply isn't one at all. Here we look at how to build a music scene from the ground up.

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Andrea Canter Matos On Getting Music Licensed [INTERVIEW]

1In this insightful interview, Andrea Canter Matos of Castle Peak Music discusses her background in synch licensing, the sort of music she looks for when placing it in either film, television, or an ad spot, as well as some of the more common mistakes and oversights she sees from artists who send in their music hoping for placement.

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Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forward [Op-Ed]

Music Modernization PerilWhile the Music Modernization Act to revamp music copyright has its critics, most in the industry support it. Here, Sound Royalties' Alex Heiche explores the objections in detail, and finds most insufficient to dampen enthusiasm for the bipartisan legislation.

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Pandora Data Journalist Emily Blake On Artist Development Trends [INTERVIEW]

1Here data journalist and music curator Emily Blake of Next Big Sound shares her thoughts and insights on finding trends in music, as well as how artists can and should use data for leveraging success.

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6 Essential YouTube Metrics Everyone Needs To Watch

1Besides acting as a platform from which to showcase your content and allow your fans to access your brand, YouTube also has important analytics tools that offer artists important feedback on how viewers are reacting to the content they post. Here we look at six such metrics.

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How Modern Artist Managers Are Using YouTube

1Gone are the days of simply leaving promotion to the labels, with artist managers now taking to the web to proactively boost their artist's presence. Here Dan Tsurif of Mercenary Management outlines how YouTube and other social media can be leveraged to maximize an artists online presence.

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YouTube Comment Controls Help Keep Things Positive

1With such a large and engaged user base, YouTube can be an excellent platform for artists to market their material to fans in an interactive capacity. As even the most casual YouTube user may have noticed, however, the comments section on YouTube isn't often a paragon of civility.

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How To Diversify Music Income Without Losing Your Mind

1While many involved in the music industry may feel that they have one skill to bring to the table that they hope to make a living off of, a true entrepreneur must diversify their income streams, bringing in more revenue and allowing them to survive even through tough times.

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Viva Latino: Flagship Spotify Playlist For The Latin Market

1Although it surprising didn't receive any Grammy wins even after its explosive success over the past year, the popularity of Despacito has been a strong indicator of the opportunity presented by the Latin market for streaming platforms. Here we use the Spotify playlist Viva Latino to dig into the bigger picture from a numbers perspective.

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Ins And Outs Of Biographies, Press Releases and Press Kits

Musicbiz weekly podcast logoThis week on the Music Business Weekly podcast, Michael Brandvold  discusses the importance of an artist's biography, press releases and a press kit with Wade Sutton of the Rocket To The Stars artists services firm. You'll learn the importance of finding the right story and what should and shouldn't be part of each part of any press kit.

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5 Things Songwriters Should Know About Their 44% Increase In Streaming Royalties

1A recent legal win for songwriters brought the exciting news that mechanical royalties for interactive streaming will be kicking up by roughly 44% over the next five years. Here we look at five important facts artists should keep in mind regarding this increase.

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5 Up And Coming Music Festivals Gaining Popularity In Europe

image from www.6am-group.comMusic festivals are an important meeting point between artists and their fans and can represent a major springboard in the career of aspiring musicians and bands. In recent years, the festival scene has become dominated by the major names in the market like Coachella, Tomorrowland, Rock in Rio, and Fuji Rock, to name just a few. Being booked by these can be a dream for any emerging band - but it can be hard, too, as all others know the importance of such an event in their careers. But there are many smaller events gaining a lot of attention nowadays that might be easier to get into, with potential fans that will set aside the mobile pokies guide they're reading to listen to what you have to play.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Supercharge Your Venue • College Dilemma • Rehearsal Venue

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiOn MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces on how to supercharge your music venue, the challenging decision musicians face when it comes to college, how you can effectively market your band, and more.

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Music Streaming Services Offer Artists Two Gifts

1When comes to getting your music to consumers, putting it on major streaming services has by this point become essential, and while the royalty payouts have been getting a lot of negative press, there are a number of other less direct benefits to have your work on major streaming services.

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Music Modernization Act Sets Stage For Songwriter, Publisher Tug Of War, says Attorney Wallace Collins

Music Modernization ActAll week we've been looking at the ins and outs of the Music Modernization Act; and while the legislation has near universal support from major music trade groups and tech companies, it also has some critics. One of those with concerns is music attorney Wallace Collins, who was one himself an Epic recording artist.

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