House Of Blues Bans Plastic Straws, 52 Live Nation Venues Go 'By Request Only'

StrawsHouse of Blues is completely eliminating plastic straws from all of its venues. A “straw-by-request” policy was implemented at 52 Live Nation-owned and -operated venues and  50 House of Blues Entertainment venues in July. Now, HOB is going farther.

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How To Discover, Monetize Your International Audience

5While the growth of your audience has in the past typically been a linear progression, but changes in technology and the ways in which we access music now mean that international growth can occur simultaneously to regional growth. Here we look at how to tap into and monetize your international audience.

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7 Tips To Attract More People To The Merch Table

2Merch is becoming an increasingly important source of revenue for artists and bands on the road, but for artists merchandise isn't only sometimes difficult to sell, but can also be a creative challenge when try to think up interesting and innovative items that fans will want to buy. Here we look a seven tips for getting more fans to the merch table.

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UPDATE: They Broke Out Of Retirement Home To Attend Heavy Metal Music Festival

photo credit: Axel Heimken[UPDATED] The story went viral: Two elderly men broke out of a German nursing home over the weekend to attend one of Europe’s biggest heavy metal festivals, Wacken Open Air. When nursing staff discovered the two men were missing from their rooms, they contacted local police immediately.

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What It's Like To Be An Artist Today - Ryan Leslie, Emma McGann, Black Coffee, More

1Here a variety of different artists and managers working within the Midem hub recount what it's like to be operating in the music business today, and how changes in technology have effected so many aspects of the industry.

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Press Release And Beyond: Mastering Event PR

1While artists are likely to invest copious amounts of time and energy into building and maintaining their relationships with fans and sponsors, press often falls by the wayside. Media coverage is important however, and can often be your mealticket to a packed concert hall. Here we explore how to foster a positive and productive relationship with the press.

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Iceland Airwaves Is First Int'l Festival To Close Gender Gap

Samaris @ Iceland Airwaves. By Hemoglobina [CC0], from Wikimedia CommonsIceland Airwaves has become the first major international festival outside of the U.S. to close the gender gap. Their move is a part of the global initiative Keychange, in which 109 festivals pledged last September to further gender equality at music festivals with the goal of achieving an equal gender ratio by 2020.

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Dropping The Ball Instead Of The Bass: How Every Musician Can Learn From The Onstage Mishaps Of Skrillex

1While not an attempt to discredit Skrillex, this article looks at how the popular dubstep DJ's use of a complicated series of time sensitive electronic devices has had a tendency to open him up to mishaps on stage, and what other artists can do to avoid such debacles.

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Music Minds Matter: Mental Health Support For Musicians

2In this article, the good people at 6/8 Music highlight Music Minds Matter, a UK based initiative which works to provide musicians with comprehensive mental health support, including advice, signposting, and professional therapeutic services.

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11 Ways To Get Hired For (Or Fired From) A Gig As A Freelance Musician

2In the way of large-scale, logistically complex freelance performance, musical entrepreneur Ari Herstand breaks down eleven key components regarding how artists who are hired for a freelance gig should conduct themselves, particularly if they don't want it to be their last.

 

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How Tech Is Changing Live Music

1While much of the music industry's future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform.

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Milli Vanilli And 5 Infomous Lip Sync Disasters

1A tradition of the modern music industry, lip syncing has been a mainstay for many "live" performances for years, however the format is such that when it fails, the show truly crashes and burns. Here we look at the 1989 debacle of Milli Vanilli, as well as five other infamous lip syncing disasters.

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5 Mistakes You Should Avoid As A Member Of Your Local Music Scene

1Contributing to your local scene is important to building your fanbase and growing your success, however as with so many aspects of the music industry, it's easy to misstep and mess up the close-knit relationships of a local scene.

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Rap, Activism, And Resonance: Measuring Event-Centric Fan Engagement

1Rap and hip-hop have long been a powerful platform for social commentary and raising cultural awareness and, as the social and political climate grows more intense, we take a look at some of the data surrounding fan engagement to tell us whether or not rap fans still care about social activism.

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Performance vs. Mechanical Royalties: What's The Difference?

1While any artist is aware that playing shows or selling albums can bring in cash, there are a multitude of other potential revenue streams that are a little less clear cut. Here we breakdown the difference between mechanical and performance royalties, and how artists can use both to their benefits.

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R. Kelly Answers Critics With 'Admit'

R. KellyBy Allgamenab at English Wikipedia [Public domain] / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)R. Kelly has released “I Admit,” which superficially addresses sexual misconduct allegations against him. In the new 19-minute song, released on Soundcloud, Kelly touches on a range of subjects, including the allegations of luring women into a “sex cult” and accusations that he preys on under age women

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Jay-Z Made In America Festival To Stay In Philadelphia

image from celebrityaccess.comDays after it threatened to relocate Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival from its longtime home at the heart of Philadelphia, the city reversed course.  Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration sparked the controversy last week when they said that in 2019 they planned to relocate the festival. Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Why Every Indie Artist Needs A Ninja Guitar Tech

1As any major performing guitarist knows, a good guitar tech can be valuble to have on hand when things go awry. Here industry veteran Josh Newton shares his experience working as a guitar tech, and helps artists determine whether or not hiring one is the right call for them.

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