Don’t Let Tax Day Leave You Singing The Blues: A Message For Songwriters, Musicians

1While tax season is dreaded by many, it can be a particularly trying time for those making a living in the music business. In fact some artists simply don't bother paying taxes at all, which can lead to devastating consequences. Here we look at how to prepare for tax day and avoid the wrath of the IRS.

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Expanded Music Modernization Act Introduced With Radical Changes To How Musicians Are Paid

Music Modernization ActAn expanded Music Modernization Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress yesterday by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), ranking member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and 28 bipartisan cosponsors. While not without critics, the bill has received widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of the nation’s antiquated music licensing laws.

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The Best Way To Get Your Music On A Spotify Playlist

2While physical music sales continue to trundle downwards streaming can, for many artists, seem like the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to revenue - particularly if you can land your music on a playlist. Here we examine some of the best ways to do just that.

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Facebook Is Least Trusted Tech Company By 1100% [CHART]

Facebook thumbs downFacebook is the least trusted tech company in the U.S. by a wide margin, according to a new poll by Survey Monkey and Recode. Poll respondents were asked to choose among Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Snap and Uber. 

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Why The Music Business Favors Night Owls

1While many industries are structured in a way which benefits the early risers among, the music business is one of few populated largely by night owls. Here we look at why the business caters to night dwellers and why can be a scheduling challenge for all of us.

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Understanding Live Performance Agreements

1While recorded music sales may facing choppy waters, the live music market remains healthy and strong, making it a preferable vein for recording artists to focus on. As with so many aspects of the music industry, having an agreement in writing can spare all parties a lot of grief. Here Jusin M. Jacobson catches us up on how these agreements work.

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Every Minute On The Internet... The Futility Of Trying To Be Everywhere [CHART]

Every Minute On The Internet[UPDATED] In a fractured media landscape, marketers often encourage artists to "be" everywhere their potential fans might be. But with 973,000 logging into Facebook, 481,000 tweets and 187 million emails sent every minute, getting above the noise is harder every day.

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Why It's Critical To Hire A Graphic Designer For Your Next Release

1As the music industry continues to shift and change, appearance and the visual component of music are becoming increasingly important, and having a graphic designer to rely on is essential for ensuring that you make a good visual impression.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Marketing Manifesto • Live Performances • Your Band Is Your Brand • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank we looked at ten principles for music marketing success, how live performances are about more than just music, how your band is brand, and more.

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YouTube's New TrueView Advertising Feature Could Mean More Revenue For Artists

1While artists have experience some frustration with YouTube's changes to its ad policy of late, a new form of advert known as TrueView for Reach could start pulling in significantly more ad revenue for artists and bands.

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Multi-Platinum, SESAC Songwriter Of The Year Jim Brickman Launches Songwriter Bootcamp

Brickman BootcampMulti-platinum selling songwriter, two time Grammy nominee and SESAC Songwriter of The Year, Jim Brickman has announced his inaugural Bootcamp for Songwriters, to be held the weekend of July 26 to 29, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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DistroKid Adds Free Spotify 'Hyperfollow' Fanbase Builder, Pre-Save Tool

DistoKid logoDistroKid has launched a clever free app to help artists boost their followers on Spotify. After all, the quest for more followers and streams on Spotify has become the holy grail of music marketing; and thanks to the music streamer's use of data, more streams leads to... more streams. 

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Looking To Be Successful In Music? Think Of It Like Your Job

1While ability and good intuition are certainly assets when it comes to finding success in the music industry, a proper mind set and commitment to putting in the necessary blood, sweat, and tears is also needed when it comes to coming out on top in today DIY-driven music business.

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The Music Marketing Manifesto: 10 Principles For Success

3For unsigned bands, promoting your music can be an even greater challenge than for those with a label attached to their name. Here we break down ten principles for success which unsigned bands and artists can use as a guide to marketing their music.

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