6 Event Marketing Tips From The Facebook Live Team

1As with everything else that takes place live, Facebook Live moments can be an unpredictable beast, and using the tool successfully means being prepared for mishaps and pitfalls. Here we look at six essential tips from the from the Facebook Live team.

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5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

1The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best.

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Could You Be Making A Record Almost No One Will Hear?

2You can pour your heart and soul into a record and create some of the best work of your life, but creating good music in no way guarantees anyone will hear it. Here we look at five common pitfalls artists make when releasing new music, and how can avoid making them.

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ADA Inks Sara Evans' Born To Fly Records

Image001WMG owned indie distributor ADA Worldwide has partnered with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans and her indie label, Born To Fly Records. ADA will support the Nashville-based label with sales and distribution globally.

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Patreon Raises Some Prices, Reports 100K Creators Earn $500M Yearly

Patreon New[UPDATED] Patreon has added new tier pricing which mean higher fees for many new creators using the fan funding platform. To take advantage of the lower grandfathered rates, creators must Patreon in the next few weeks before the new rates hit in early May.

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Canadian Independent Music Association Gets $20M From Federal Government

Cima-1040w-1The Canadian Independent Music Association has been awarded $20 million the federal government over the next two years for the Canada Music Fund. The CMF has been a critical source of support over the years but had been underfunded and over-subscribed for the past decade.

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The Value Consistant Branding In Music

1As an artist, cultivating and communicating and image to your fans is important for success, but just as important to that success is consistently maintaining said image, so that consumers know who you are and what it is that you create.

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PledgeMusic Debacle Update [Iain Baker of Jesus Jones]

UpdateIain Baker of Jesus Jones provides an update on his battle with troubled Pledge Music; a debacle which has grown into a full on financial crisis for both artists and fans, with no yet in sight.

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A Formula For Viral Music Marketing [Jack Udell]

1For anyone marketing in a social space, a viral hit is the holy grail, but coming up with a teachable formula which accurately quantifies and maximizes the possibility for viral success is no easy task.

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The Art Of Spending Your Music Money (Part 2)

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 4.45.28 PMIn part two of this five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we look at a visual framework for self-investment, and how artists can use it as a series of checks and balances when developing their business.

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Songwriting Workflow: What One Month Of Daily Releases Taught Me

1What's it like to release a new composition every day for a month? Composer Martin Fowler recently took on this challenge (and then some), working to release new music everyday for an entire month. Here he documents his experience, and what he learned from it.

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7 Actionable Tips For Music Labels To Escalate Their Online Video Revenue

YoutubeAs the largest video sharing platform on the planet, YouTube represents a huge opportunity for artists and labels to spin the countless views on the site into profit. Here we look at seven tips for how music labels can up their video revenue game.

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'Band vs Brand" - Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian Examines The State Of The Music Business

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netBAND VS BRAND is a feature length documentary film focusing on the current state of the music business and on how “the brand” of a rock group, in many cases, has more power than the band members themselves. Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian joins Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert.

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The Importance Of Artwork In Your Music

2With the rise fo streaming the prominence of album artwork has, quite literally, been greatly reduced. That said, it's a mistake for artists to discount the incredible importance of album art when it comes to releasing and promoting your music.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Classical Music • Brand Or Mouse • Reaching Out To Fans • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared ten surprising benefits of classical music, explored the question of 'are you a brand or a mouse?,'  offered seven email marketing tips for communicating with fans, and more!

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Guide To Selling Merch, Music At Shows Without Being ‘Sales-y’

3Being a talented musician doesn't necessarily mean that you're also an amazing salesperson, and a lot of artists struggle with how to effectively sell their merchandise without the slimey sales-y feeling that comes from pushing merch on fans.

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Black Box Income Most Musicians Don’t Even Know About

2Some of the most common advice given to indie artists is to populate their metadata. In the streaming age in particular, telling organizations who you are and how to get ahold of you is key to your getting paid. Still, many artists' failure to do this has resulted in pools of undistributed "black box income." Luckily, new provisions in the MMA could help to finally get this unclaimed income into the pockets of deserving artists.

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How To Pretend You're At SXSW 2019 Edition plus The Official #SXSW 2019 Playlist

image from yzclient.comSXSW 2019 is in full swing, but perhaps you blew your conference and travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or maybe the chaise lounge at your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2019.

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Decoded: The Smart Way To Spend Your Music Money (Pt. 1)

Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 10.16.06 PMIn part one of five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we hear four pieces of advice from industry experts on when and where to put your money, and the dangers of investing in the both your cash and your time in the wrong place.

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Best Times To Post On Social Media 2019 [INFOGRAPHIC]

ClockKnowing the best times to post on each social media service is a confusing but crucial step in the marketing process. Using combined data from QuickSprout, Buffer, TrackMaven, Fast Company, and KISSmetrics, WebFeatComplete has developed an easy to follow schedule of times and days.

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CD Baby Adds Low Cost Audio, Banner Ad Placement For Indie Musicians, Labels

CdbabyCD Baby's Show.co marketing platform for independent musicians and labels has added the ability to purchase and run audio ad campaigns on Spotify, iHeart and other music platforms targeting a specific city or region with customized 30-second ads.

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Streaming, Artists Without Labels Are Driving Music Industry Growth [Mark Mulligan]

Arrow red upThree key factors shaped the music industry over the last year, according to Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: continued growth, streaming and artists direct (artists without labels).These findings are highlights of the MIDiA Research report: Recorded Music Market 2018: Stream Engine.

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9 Steps To A Successful #SXSW [Ariel Hyatt]

9 steps SXSW"I launched my company at SXSW in 1996 with a dream to be a publicist and a stack of orange business cards that I had stayed up all night perfecting at Kinkos the night before I arrived in Austin," writes Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR.  "I remember seeing Joan Osborne and I also remember taking it very seriously because after all, it is a music conference. Amazing to think how much it has grown."

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Tracklib: A Valuable Tool For Producers

3Sampling is a huge part of producing music in the modern era, but clearing records in order to do so legally can be a pricey and drawn out process. Thankfully, the good people at Tracklib have now become the first record store to streamline the digital sampling process - a game changer for music producers.

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11 Shows And Panels You Need To Be At For SXSW Starting Today [Kosha Dillz]

Sxsw-2019From indie rapper Kosha Dillz: "SXSW is in full swing. This is my life 11th year playing it officially out of 12 years in Austin.  There are certain shows and bands and panels I just wouldn't wanna miss. There are so many out there, I just think it is time to shed light on a few."

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Bandsintown Data-Driven Big Break SXSW Showcase Returns To Austin Wednesday

BandsintownConcert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW on Wednesday with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street in Austin.

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Yes Theory & Seeking Discomfort: What's Your Jump?

2Here Jake Udell explores the marketing/self improvement phenomenon of Yes Theory, a group of content creators focused on showing celebrities and others working to live their fullest life by stepping out of their comfort zone.

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5 Tricks For Writing YouTube Descriptions To Improve Your Video Rank

1Frequently neglected, YouTube's description boxes can often be an extremely valuable tool for video marketing and, with a little clever composition, can rocket your video to the top of people's searches. Here we break down how to make it happen.

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