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SoundCloud Adds Digital Distribution With Acquisition Of Repost Network

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has acquired digital rights management and distribution company, Repost Network. With the acquisition, SoundCloud can offer "high-performing, emerging creators " distribution, analytics and content protection.

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If My Music Changes, Should I Change My Artist Name?

1Many musicians tend to go through an artistic evolution over the course of their career, and there can be any number of reasons why a band or artist might seek fresh moniker at some point to during their time in the industry. That said major rebranding, as Chris Robley here explains, can be a risky proposition.

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PledgeMusic Fiasco Is Even Weirder Than You Think - Part 1 [David Lowery]

PledgeMusic NewFew failures have had a more direct impact on the indie music community than the recent demise of PledgeMusic, not only for those owed millions of dollars, but also for the many others who had come to rely on the platform for pre-sales and fundraising.  In recent days, a variety of sources has accused the PledgeMusic board of being at the root of the failure. Here David Lowery takes his own critical look.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Soundcloud Hires Indie Rep • Syntax Move To Nashville • Americana Nods • Merlin • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In this newest edition of the Business Of Indie, Souncloud names a liaison with the independent music community, distributor Syntax exits san Diego for Nashville, the Americana Awards names nominees and much more. 

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Creative Ways Of Engaging With Your Fanbase

2The accessibility of social media has made it easy for artists to fall into to much of routine when communicating with their fans and get lost among the herd of other bands and artists out there trying to make their mark. Here we look at some creative ways that artists can engage their base that will help them stand out.

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How Cameo App Can Jumpstart Music, Tour Promotion

1Celebrity endorsements have long been a powerful force in the music industry, helping to propel certain releases on to massive success. Now, thanks to Cameo, these gold stars of approval are easier (and cheaper) to get than ever before.

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DJ Khaled, Maren Morris, More Lead Pandora ‘Sound of Summer’ Campaign

image from samoa-observer.s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.comPandora is teaming with DJ Khaled, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Natti Natasha and Dalex among others for the third edition of its recurring “Sound On” series for the upcoming summer season.

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Music Royalties Explained: Where To Sign Up To Get All Your Royalties

1Royalties are, in the many ways, the number one source of income for a lot of musicians, particularly once they start to make it big, which is why making sure you're registered in the proper place to actually see that income is so important.

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More Crowdfunding Trouble? Layoffs At Indiegogo, CEO Exits

image from learn.indiegogo.comThe CEO of crowdfunder Indiegogo is exiting "for personal reasons" amid multiple reports of layoffs at the company. Former Reddit exec Andy Yang will takeover as Indiegogo CEO today.

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Tracklib Raises $1.7M For Easy Music Sample Licencing

image from www.jaybirdcom.comMusic sampling startup Tracklib has raised $1.7 million. The new funding for the Stockholm based company was led by the Sony Innovation Fund, WndrCo and Jörg Mohaupt, an early-stage investor who also has stakes in Discogs and Amuse.

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CD Baby Partners With CloudBounce For Mastering

CD_Baby_Logo_Black newA new partnership with CloudBounce means that CD Baby users can now instantly master music from within their CD Baby dashboard for just $4.90 a track. The startup is an Abbey Road Red music tech incubator graduate.

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Sofar Sounds Adds $25M While Musicians Make $100 A Show

image from dax2lgcd0wbaz.cloudfront.netSofar Sounds has announced $25 million in new funding led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures with participation from existing investors Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group. That brings total investments in Sofar to $31 million. Three months ago, former Spotify and The Echo Nest executive Jim Luccesse was name Sofar CEO. 

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Make The Most Of Social Media Marketing Using Email And Instagram

Social media using instagramIt's important to stay ahead of your competitors and Instagram and email are the two best platforms to make that happen. Pete Campbell breaks down the best strategy for Instagram promo, how to most effectively execute an email marketing campaign, and how to combine the two.

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The Almighty Record Deal

Screen Shot 2019-05-21 at 8.28.48 AMLove it or hate it, a record deal is a big deal, and while it may only be words on a page, those words can ultimately make or break your career. Here we break down the ins and outs of what's in a record deal, and what red flags you need to be on the lookout for.

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Rules For The High Road To Music Success

1Long term planning and careful preparation goes a long way toward achieving success in music. Erin Frankenheimer, Manager, Entertainment Relations at TuneCore looks at three guideposts to help artists navigate the music industry's choppy waters.

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Jay-Z , Timbaland Sued Over 1990's Copyright Infringements

image from celebrityaccess.comJay-Z and Timbaland are being sued by soul singer Ernie Hines for copyright infringement over the use of his 1970 single “Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart)” on two separate songs released 20 years ago, documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York reveal.

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Sony/ATV, Music App Developer Gismart Ink Content Deal

image from celebrityaccess.comSony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a global content licensing deal with music app maker Gismart.  Titles from music apps and games publisher have over 350 million downloads and 17 million monthly active users across its product portfolio.

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Which Merch Items Sell Best In Your Genre?

2Selling merch is a great way for artists to pull in additional revenue while they're on the road, while simultaneously expanding their audience and growing their brand. But how do you know which items will sell? Here we help to take some of the guess work out of merch by breaking down some key data on what sells best in which genre.

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No More Genres: Making Your Musical Niche Work For You

1Yesterday, top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan wrote that  Niche Is Music's New Mainstream. But how do you find your own unique niche and connect with what Mulligan calls "a passionate cluster of fans?"Tarryn Meyers says that it is by building a brand that is uniquely you, but can also successfully bridge genres.

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It's No Longer A Major Label World

1If there was still any doubt in your mind that you didn't need to be signed to a major label in order to succeed in the music industry, wonder no longer, as new data reveals just how much of market share indies have gained in recent years.

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5 Crowdfunding Myths Exposed

1While many artists view crowdfunding as their ticket to music industry success, recent events like the PledgeMusic train wreck may have them second guessing the concept. That said, crowdfunding can still be effective if you know what you're doing. Here, we look at the truth behind five commonly believed crowdfunding myths.

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How To Prepare To Release New Music [Ariel Hyatt]

Ariel-Hyatt-Masterclass

Many artists spend so much time and energy writing and recording their music, that they almost ignore the essential steps needed to prepare for and launch its release. Veteran music publicist Ariel Hyatt has created a template to help artists avoid this crucial mistake. 

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How To Unlock Dozens Of Revenue Streams From A Single Song

1In this piece, the people at Disc Makers break down the multitude of ways in which artists can earn revenue from just a single song, via the fans and musicians seeking access to source tracks, samples, stems, and more.

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Music WorX Startup Accelerator Opens Applications

image from on-the-move.orgMusic WorX Accelerator 2019, the start-up funding program of the German Ministry of Culture and the Media and the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, is accepting applications. Music WorX Accelerator helps music and music tech founders from all over Europe.

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How Are Music Festivals Becoming More Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable?

1The onset of summer means it's festival season once again - time for rocking out to your favorite artists and spreading good vibes all around. Unfortunately, good vibes won't be the only things spread around, as festivals typically generate vast amounts of garbage and waste. Here we look at what festivals can and should be doing as they move toward a more sustainable model.

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