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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiOur tips and advice for the industry's independent self-starters out there this week covered how you can use your mailing list to actually get people to your show, how to book increasingly large gigs over time, the best way to revive cold music industry contacts, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week on Hypebot, some of our most popular covered the preservation and return of Aerosmith's first touring van by 'American Pickers' Badash's edging out of BTS curtesy of Google AdWords, how Spotify runs the numbers on an artist's monthly active users, much more!

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MUSICIANS: Be Part Of This Important Artist Survey

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast year's MIDiA survey of musicians was groundbreaking. Now, the music industry consultancy is back with a  new edition of the survey that every musician - big or small, indie or major label  - should take part in.

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Best Times To Post On Social Media: 2019 Edition

1What you communicate in your social media posts is of course important, but almost as consequential is the time at which you post. Here we look at optimal posting times for the major social media platforms in the contemporary media environment.

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The Ups & Downs Of A Life On The Road [INTERVIEW]

Screen Shot 2019-07-17 at 6.14.51 PMWhile a dream of many, a life on the road brings with it countless challenges, temptations, and setbacks, which is why it's so important to have someone with you to steer the ship. Here we talk with a veteran tour manager about how to manage the slings and arrows of touring.

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3 Ways A Mailing List Can Turn Out Fans To Your Show

1Getting people to actually show up at your show can be exhausting, and if you've been at the DIY artist thing for awhile, chances are you've given most attendance tactics a try, from social media blasts to old school postering. At the end of the day, however, the mailing list is the most likely to get potential concert goers off the couch and out of the house.

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Career Derailed: 6 Mistake Beginner Guitarists Make

3When just starting out on an instrument, it's inevitable that some mistakes will be made, but this is only a problem if you don't learn from these errors in order to ultimately become a more successful artist. Here we look at six common pitfalls that aspiring musicians often fall into when starting out on the instrument.

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Filter Cancel Reunion After PledgeMusic Fiasco

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast year, the band Filter had announced that original members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang were reuniting to record a new album, their first since the band's 1995 debut, 'Short Bus.' The reunion has now been canceled and the band is blaming PledgeMusic.

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YouTube Music Users Can Now Switch Seamlessly Between Audio and Music Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers can now seamlessly transition between a song and its music video.  Users will now see a video button at the top of the screen as they start listening to a song, and with a tap, they can watch the music video or flip to the audio at the same point in the track.

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A Legal View Of The Fall Of PledgeMusic and What Could Happen Next

PledgeMusic NewEarlier this week, Hypebot published an important Music Biz Weekly podcast interview with Attorney Chris Castle delving into the demise of PledgeMusic and its legal ramifications for artists, vendors and the music industry. Because of the importance of this topic, we've had the full interview transcribed.

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Building Your Artist Development Team: The Music Producer

1In this second part of a series on artist development and establishing an effective team, Camille Barbone delves into the role of the music producer, including how to find one, what their responsibilities are, and how to work with one.

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How To Book Increasingly Larger Shows Over Time

1Despite how good they may be as performers, many bands struggle with making the transition from playing tiny clubs to large rooms on sought after bills, but toiling away in obscurity can be detrimental to an artist's career, and their moral. Here we look at how to expedite the transition to bigger, fuller venues.

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3 Strategies For Reviving Cold Music Industry Contacts

1If you've entered the difficult world of music PR, you've doubtless faced the bone-chilling silence which greets most of your pitch emails. Getting a response to your carefully crafted email can largely hinges on finding just the right person to contact - here we look at some helpful tips for finding cold contact you want.

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LANDR Raises $26M To Expand Beyond AI Powered Mastering

Landr-new-logoAI-powered music mastering platform LANDR has closed a $26 million Series B financing round led by Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure and state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

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Who Are Winners And Losers In The New Music Industry?

2Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?

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Patreon Adds $60M To 'Take Membership To The Next Level'

Patreon NewCreator subscription platform Patreon has raised an additional $60 million that it says will be used "to take creator memberships to a whole new level."  Patreon has more than 3 million active patrons and 100,000 creators on the platform, and has paid out more than $1 billion to date.

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Are You Creating A Record No One Will Hear?

1After pouring your sweat, tears, and of course money into an album, you're likely going to want someone to actually listen - unfortunately, there are a number of all too common blunders artists often making leading up to the release process which can limit your audience to just a handful of listeners.

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Black Keys Film Funny Or Die Musicians 'MasterCourse' [VIDEO]

The Black Keys MasterCourse 0-35 screenshot“Every song on a record is trying to accomplish something,” Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys quips at the start of a new 'MasterCourse filled for Funny Or Die. “That song, in particular, was trying to get me a new pool.”

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What Is A Trademark, What Are Trademark Rights?

1While copyright tends to get the most coverage when it comes to music industry law, trademarks and trademark rights are also incredibly consequential to any artist, band, or DJ. Here we look at the importance of choosing a unique trademark and ensuring you register it through the proper channels.

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Attorney Chris Castle On PledgeMusic, How It Happened and What's Next [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

PledgeMusic NewAttorney Chris Castle sits down with Micahel Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast to talk about Pledgemusic. Castle offers his insights into when the current debacle started, why it may have happened and what could happen next including bankruptcy and administration.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week in our tips, tricks, and ideas for the indie artists out there, we offer counsel on what you need to know about independent venue week, provide a quick guide to the ins and outs of YouTube streaming, look at what it takes to become a merch pedaling pro, and much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Nostalgia • Staying Healthy On Tour • Making The Industry Safer For Women • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on how music engages the brain to evoke nostalgia, what musicians can do to stay healthy on the road, how the music industry can, and should, be made safer for women, and more.

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FREE REPORT: Independent Artists In The Age of Empowerment [Mark Mulligan]

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comDigital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists - artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label.

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Choosing Where To Promote Your Music On Social Media

1With the embarrassment of riches that social media has given us, it can be difficult to decide where exactly to target your marketing efforts, and trying to cover all your bases can often lead to you covering none of them instead. Here we look at how to pick and choose which social media platforms to bring down the hammer on for maximum marketing efficacy.

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It's Independent Venue Week: 4 Things You Need To Know

5As Independent Venue Week kicks of its second year running, we look at four things you should know, including where the event got its inception, and which artists and venues will be participating.

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Revenue For Unsigned Artists Grew 35% Last Year

IndieA new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades.

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