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5 (Mostly Free) Things To Give Away at Your Next Gig To Turn Attendees Into Fans

1 (1)Everybody enjoys free stuff, but many artists just starting out can't afford to chuck expensive items like t-shirts and vinyls into the crowd without any kind of compensation. Still, giving things away for free can be a great way to show fans you care. Here are ten items that can be gifted the crowd at a minimal loss.

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The Music Industry's Complex Relationship With YouTube Explained In Just 50 Words

Youtube_logo“According to those who oppose the service, YouTube is slowly killing the music industry, one tiny cut at a time. It is anti-artist and anti-copyright, they claim. Meanwhile, every major artist has a channel on YouTube and wouldn’t dream of releasing a new record without YouTube involved in its launch.”  - Eamonn Forde, The Guardian via MusicRedef

 

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10 Ways To Book More House Concerts

11Sought after by many artists, but singer-songwriters and acoustic acts in particular, house concerts are in many ways the holy grail of live shows, requiring little promotion while still providing an extremely rewarding performance experience, yet many artists don't know how to get these coveted gigs.

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Twitter Expands Verified Accounts, Simplifies The Application Process GET YOURS NOW!

twitter verified badgeOnce reserved only for A list celebrities, Twitter is expanding it verified accounts program to more users, and simplified the application process to get one.  The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic. 

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YouTube Music Launches Daring Ad Campaign Featuring A Cross Dressing Teen, Rapping Hijabi Muslim, More [VIDEO]

YouTube Music logoThere are no reliable stats on how many people pay to use YouTube Music, but it clearly lags well behind Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.  In a move guaranteed to raise awareness, the Google owned music streamer has launched a brilliantly conceived, guaranteed-to-be-controversial ad campaign.

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Deezer Enters Crowded U.S Streaming Music Market Without Free Tier

DeezerBetter late than never? French based music streamer Deezer is finally entering the already crowded U.S. streaming music market. Until now, Deezer was only available to Cricket Wireless customers or on Sonos and Bose connected speaker systems.

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Vinyl Sales Up Another 17%, Used Sales Surpass New

VinylThe growth in of vinyl music sales makes for great headlines. But the vinyl market is really a dual market, according industry analysts MusicWatch - new vinyl sales and used resales. The later, which is the larger market of the two, goes largely ignored by the music industry.

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Don’t Get Screwed Over: 3 Situations Where A Handshake Deal Is Not Enough

Handshake-dealWhile getting agreements in writing is almost always a good idea when it comes to the music business, there are certain situations where doing so is critical to making sure one's creative work is protected down the road.

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Kim Kardashian Uses Snapchat To Discredit Taylor Swift, She Responds On Instagram [VIDEO]

image from pbs.twimg.com Kim KThe ongoing war of words between Taylor Swift, Kim Karsashian and her husband Kayne West would usually not be worth paying attention to. But it unfolded entirely on two fairly new social platforms, leaving traditional media mere observers, and allowing each side to make their argument to fans without any of the usual filters.

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Apple Jabs At Spotify, YouTube With Proposal That Would Pay Songwriters Just $910 Per 1 Million Streams

Apple $The amount that songwriters are paid for streaming is diluted by the hundreds of millions of streams on ad-supported music services like Spotify free and YouTube.  Apple has filed a proposal that would change that, and unsurprisingly also strengthen its own hand in its battle against its rivals.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: DoJ Deals Devastating Blow • Marketing For Labels • Nonsensical Songwriting • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a85c970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at the DoJ's recent devastating blow to the industry, how a label can effectively market content, heard some tips on collecting music in the digital age, and more.

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