ASCAP I Create Music Expo 2019 Names First Panelists

image from celebrityaccess.comThis year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will bring together some of the past year’s most successful songwriters on May 2 – 4, 2019 in Los Angeles.  Panels and panelists announced for the expo include Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next and Sweetener collaborators Victoria Monet, Tommy Brown and Charles “Scootie” Anderson, who will be on hand for a behind-the-scenes discussion around Grande’s best-known hits.

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The Perfect Live Opener Set's Defining Characteristics

1When opening for a more established artist, it's important to stick to a certain etiquette. The journey from opening artist to main act is full of pitfalls, but by sticking to these five rules, we can help you maximize your success and limit your failures in the opening slot.

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Viral YouTube Formats: Creating Original Content That Works

2For artists, creating original, successful content can be a challenge, but like so many things, systems and guides have been developed which can provide bands and artists with the structure for creating content that is either wholly new, or remixes preexisting elements in a new, unique way.

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If You Perform Live, You're Probably Not Getting Paid Royalties That You Deserve

3For many artists, touring is one of the primary ways in which they maintain a living as a musician, making it that much more troubling to learn that many artists who do live shows aren't walking away with all the performance royalties to which they are entitled. Here Ari Herstand explains what artists must do claim this additional revenue.

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SEC Charges Major PledgeMusic Shareholder With $25M In Penny Stock Fraud

PledgeMusicJoshua Sason, whose Magna Group is one of PdgeMusic's largest investors, has been sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud. A Friday SEC filing accuses Sason of an elaborate scheme to illegally obtain $25 million in shares of penny stock to unload on investors.

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If You Aren’t Posting Your Pre-Order Link, You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

image from www.michaelbrandvold.comPosting everyday to promote a new release is fine. But if you aren’t posting a pre-order link, then you are making your fans jump through unnecessary hoops. Listen and learn from music marketing experts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast.

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What Musicians Should Ask Themselves Before Hiring A Publicist

1Sure every wants to be successful, but the route to success tends to vary wildly across the industry, and while the help of a publicist can do wonders for advancing the career of some artists, hiring one before you're ready, or when it's simply not right fit, can be a huge setback.

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SoundCloud Adds Free Distribution To Spotify, Apple Music To All Pro Accounts

Soundcloud-logoSoundCloud has added free digital distribution to its SoundCloud Premier monetization toolset. With the new feature, creators monetizing music on SoundCloud can distribute to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and other music services directly from their SoundCloud account.

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Songtradr Acquires Big Sync Music

image from d2wbsh8jsobsq.cloudfront.netMusic licensing platform Songtradr has acquired global music licensing agency Big Sync Music. The combined companies will offer Songtradr clients more access to top tier brands and give Big Sync direct access to Songtradr's massive catalog and propriety technology platform.

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PledgeMusic Issues An Incomplete Update

PledgeMusicPledgeMusic issued an update late on Friday, but failed to address the core concerns of artists affected by non-payments and the complete suspension of all crowdfunding campaigns almost two weeks ago.

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How To Label MP3’s With Song Information (Meta-Tags)

1For the DJs and bloggers who have to deal with your MP3s professionally, few things are more frustrating than having an artist provide music which is unlabeled and contains no meta-tag. Correctly labeling your music is, as luck would have it, actually not that hard, and here we walk through exactly how to do it.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiWe've got tips, tricks, and helpful advice this week on how to make the most out of your next music premier, how to make Instagram stories work for you as a marketing tool in 2019, what really matters when it comes to being a successful musician, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Email Lists • Release Your Own Music • Starving Artist • More

MTTRecapNewContributors on MusicThinkTank this week shared pieces on how to build and use and email list, the best way to roll out your music, the problematic cliche of the starving artist, and more!

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How To Make The Most Of A Song, Album Premier

2It's a cutthroat industry out there, and when time comes for you to throw your hat in the ring and release new music, it's up to you to do everything you can to maximize its impact. Here several industry experts weigh in on what artists must do to capitalize on 'premiere culture' as it functions today.

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Email Lists For Musicians: Where To Get Started

3An oldie but a goodie, email marketing is one of the best ways to turn fans who like your music into fans who buy your music, but building a robust, profitable email list can feel like a daunting task, from getting subscribers to choosing a platform, to actually producing good content. Here we look at how to make it all happen.

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5 Things You Need To Have Ready Before You Tell Anyone About Your Music

1Having music is all well and good, but when it comes to getting a relevant party interested, your ephemeral window of opportunity can't be wasted. Here we Chris Robley details five critical elements you must be able to call upon if you want to cultivate interest in your work.

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Record Store Day Names Pearl Jam 2019 Ambassador

image from celebrityaccess.comRecord Store Day has named Pearl Jam its 2019 ambassador. The band follows last year’s hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, as well as, previous acts like St. Vincent, Metallica, and Jack White. Record Store Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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4 Techniques To Make Instagram Stories Work For You In 2019

2While the value of Instagram as a promotional tool among artists has, by now, long been established, the story feature of this social media platform is often overlooked. Here Hugh McIntyre offers four ways artists can get the most out of this aspect of Instagram in the coming year.

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Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances

1Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish AI platform Amuse with soon begin calculating these payments using machine learning.

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Being A Successful Musician: What Actually Matters

2While talent and ability are certainly important factors when it comes be becoming a successful artist, more important still is differentiation. Here we look at what it means to separate yourself from the back like this, and what really matters when it comes to differentiation.

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PledgeMusic Shutdown Continues

PL1The suspension of all music crowdfunding campaigns on PledgeMusic continued Tuesday, six days after they began. The company has been silent since last week, leaving thousands of musicians in the dark and in many cases, owed tens of thousands of dollars in funds pledged by fans.

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How To Use Affordable Ads On Spotify To Promote Music

1With such a large number of Spotify subscribers still operating on the free tier, this streaming platform presents a huge opportunity for artists to advertise their music. Here we look at the basics of getting an ad on Spotify, and how to target it at a specific audience.

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How Artists Can Drive Brand Partnerships

2With such a high volume of new music constantly being released, artists and their music have a difficult time breaking through and getting traction among listeners. That said, the upheaval and transformation of the traditional music industry has given the scrappy do-it-yourselfers a chance to succeed with the help of brand partnerships.

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Dirty Money And The Legend Of The Starving Artist

2The cliché of the starving artist has existed for centuries in all creative sectors, and the music industry is no exception. Unfortunately, this makes musicians all that more likely to expect a hand-to-mouth way of life, particularly when an impoverished lifestyle is encouraged on the basis of making 'art for art's sake.'

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DIY Crowdfunding For Musicians: A PledgeMusic Alternative

image from cdn.pixabay.comCrowdfunding has become a well tested fundraising tool, particualrly for independent musicians. But the ongoing troubles at PledgeMusic have led many to look for alternative approaches. Tommy Stalknecht, the CEO of Spotify music distribution app Single surveys the current music crowdfunding landscape and offers a well tested direct-to fan alternative.

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