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Calculate Your Spotify Payments With This FREE Per US Stream Mechanical Calculator

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comMusic collection agency Audiam has created a free payment calculator based on per streaming mechanical royalty rates supplied to them by Spotify. The rates are for the United States and only for mechanical royalties.

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How To Find Music Supervisors Using Tunefind [Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

image from www.hypebot.comAmanda Byers, the Managing Director of Tunefind, joins host Michael Brandvold this week for Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly Podcast. TuneFind helps fans find music from their favorite TV shows and Movies, and artists can use Tunefind to locate music supervisors and get a better understanding of the type of music they work with.

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Why, How And When Artists Should Use Instagram Live

(1)With social media platforms constantly updating and releasing new features it can be hard, particularly if you're a busy independent artist, to keep up. Here we walk through the best practices to employ on Instagram Live in order to engage your fan base in the most effective way possible.

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Indie Band The Wild Reeds Robbed During Video Shoot, Turn It Into A Positive - #indiePROUD

wild reedsBeing ready for any opportunity and turning lemons into lemonade are at the core of the indie diy music ethos. So kudos to The Wild Reeds who turned a smash and grab robbery into a cornerstone of their new video and, as proven by the fact that we're posting this, a marketing story.

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YouTube Ad Debacle Continues: Creators Concerned About Falling Payments, Vevo says: "We're Safe!"

YouTube-icon-full_colorA growing number of creators and musicians with popular videos on YouTube are worried about a drop in income thanks to a spreading boycott by major advertisers upset that their ads have been placed alongside controversial videos.

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3 Music Theory Tips That Will Improve Your Mix

image from www.eqgroup.comYou're finally in the studio. You’ve been working hard with your band in rehearsals to create great songs. You finish your last rehearsal and feel like your band has a huge sound. Then, you show up in the studio, set everything up, record your first song, listen back to it and discover that the mix is falling flat. What do you do?

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Unsigned Bands Should Stop Wasting Money On Radio Promotion And Use These Alternatives

1Although is has long been a practice in the music industry, this article explains why it is a poor investment of time and resources for independent artists to go after radio plugs, and instead offers several more effective solutions for promoting one's music.

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Phase 1 of Amazon's Plan For Live Music: VIP Ticket Deals, Seating For Amazon Prime Members

Amazon TicketsAmazon had very publicly said it can make the live music experience better.  It's also promised that it has no intention of getting in secondary ticketing (at least for now...).  So, what does 'internet first' Amazon have planned to disrupt the live music industry?  This week we found out their initial salvo.

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Streaming Now Generates More Revenue For Music Industry Than Downloads, Physical Combined

Arrows upDouble digit growth in streaming in 2016 meant that Spotify, Apple Music and their competitors now account for 51.4% of all U.S. music revenue. Digital downloads were 24.1% in 2016 and physical was 21.8% of total revenue.

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How Music Festivals Are Changing [Interview w/Evan Harrison of Huka Entertainment]

1In this interview, Rick Goetz speaks with Evan Harrison, the CEO of destination-site festival producing company Huka Entertainment, discusses how digital music has altered the industry and how life experiences are reshaping the relationship between artists and their fans in the music business.

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DMCA Helps YouTube Underpay Music Industry Up To $1 Billion A Year, Claims New Study

YOuTube NODigital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor protections and lower than industry standard royalty rates allow YouTube to underpay musicians, songwriters, label and other rights holders between $650 million and $1 billion a year, according to a new analysis.  

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My Song Stories: Nate Rau of The Tennessean [INTERVIEW]

AJM5933 Digest-Hard-Cover(5)Music shapes our identities and changes our lives. It brings back our memories and stirs up our emotions. My Song Stories asks music professionals and indie artists questions about the songs in their libraries. Today, Nate Rau, a Nashville-based music business reporter for the Tennessean, shares the artists and songs that have impacted his life and career.

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The Trial That Will Determine Songwriters' Income Over The Next 5 Years

1Big news in the world of mechanical royalties, the Copyright Royalty Board is opening up hearings to set a new mechanical royalty rate. The board will hear from both music creators and users as it makes a determination which will be in effect for the next five years.

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How The Web Screws Artists... By Allowing Them A Normal Life

1In this piece, Ross Pruden of Techdirt works to dispell the myth that the internet is destroying art and culture, making it impossible for artists to make a living via their creative work. Instead he looks at how the internet has allowed creatives to target niche markets of fans and consequently thrive.

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Pandora Under Pressure Even As Music Industry Warms To Westergren

Tim WestergrenPandora used to be the company the music industry loved to hate.  An aggressive campaign to lower royalty payments and a now ex-CEO who cared more about money than music earned the ire of many.  But just as that image is changing, Pandora is feeling new pressures.

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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Copyright Case

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwThis week the Supreme Court refused to hear a case regarding payments due for the use of pre-1972 sound recordings. While most artist advocates see it as a setback, Ross Pruden of TechDirt sees it as victory for the DMCA's safe harbors clause.

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