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Touring On A Budget: How To Make It Work

1Making the decision to tour is an important step toward growth as a band. Unfortunately, not having any money can make hitting the road a bit more of a challenge. Here Angela Mastrogiacomo shares some key penny-pinching tips to help artists cultivate a successful tour off a shoestring budget.

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Free Webinar: How To Sell Fan Subscriptions

image from bandzoogle.comBandzoogle has always created free tools that artists can use to diversify their revenue streams, including the recent addition of fan subscriptions. But getting started can be daunting, so we've partnered with Bandzoogle to present a free 'how to" webinar.

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6 Music Related Hashtags You Must Follow On Twitter

3For all the effort put into marketing on Instagram, the hashtag function continues to be an underutilized corner of the platform. Hugh McIntyre details the six hashtags you really need to follow.

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What Exactly Is An EP?

5The awkward middle child between the reliable LP and the flashy single, the EP is often overlooked and misunderstood, particularly as the digital age reshapes our music consumption habits. Here we give the EP some much deserved attention, looking at the format's history and how EPs are used by artists in the present day.

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Instagram Reportedly To Replicate TikTok Features

TikOver the past couple of years, TikTok, the brainchild of Chinese tech company ByteDance, has blown up particularly among teens. Not one to miss the party Facebook is now planning to incorporate some of the apps choice features into Instagram in the near future, according to recent reports.

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Tribe Of Noise Acquires Free Music Archive

image from ww1.prweb.comMusician community and services company Tribe of Noise has acquired the Free Music Archive (FMA), an open music platform curated by artists. The FMA site went into maintenance-mode over the weekend as part of the move transferring the repertoire, data and code.

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Bandsintown For Artists Launches with Free Geo-Targeted Messaging To Fans and, More

BaandsInTown Fist PngBandsintown Manager has relaunched as Bandsintown For Artists. The revamped platform adds free geo-targeted messaging to fans and other improvements that build upon concert discovery platform Bandsintown's ongoing commitment to enhance the connection between artists and fans through live music.

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Fender Play Foundation Launches With Help From Avril Lavigne, Chris Stapleton, Pete Wentz

image from i.ebayimg.comLegendary guitar maker Fender has launched of the Fender Play Foundation, a new charity designed to provide resources and music education opportunities to young people. Avril Lavigne, Chris Stapleton, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Ashley McBryde and Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt have signed on as inaugural artist ambassadors.

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CD Baby Expands Artist Marketing With Addition Of Red Light's Geoff Halliday

CD_Baby_Logo_Black newCD Baby has hired Los Angeles based music marketer Geoff Halliday to lead release marketing for its international team focused on providing artist and label services to its distribution roster.

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5 Ways To Use Instagram Properly To Promote Your Band

3When it comes to using Instagram (or really any social media) to promote your music, it's important that you develop an engaged community of fans, not just a passive audience, vaguely aware of who you are. Here we look at five key techniques for properly promoting your band on Instagram.

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5 Big Takeaways From Americanafest 2019

image from americanamusic.orgAmericanafest 2019 is a wrap. Thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans descended on Nashville for a four-day conference, an awards show filled with great music and short speeches alongside more than 500 official and countless unofficial showcases. 

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Dissecting A Spotify Playlist Promotion Pitch Letter

image from www.dittomusic.comSpotify playlist promotion offers.. we get them all the time. You probably do too. In this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast, co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert read an actual Spotify playlist promotion proposal, dissect it and point out some very real red flags.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, our ideas and advice for the industry's independent do-it-yourselfers dug into what and updated electronic press kit should look like, what artists ought to understand about Songtrust, how to check if you're actually monetizing your YouTube channel, and much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Managing Your Band • Music Magazines • Playlist Streaming • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared pieces on how you can help keep things organized when you find yourself falling into a managerial role, what music magazines are doing to stay afloat in the digital age, how playlist streaming is hurting artists, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of the most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot looked at Spotify's launch of its new upgraded family plan, the streaming platform's head of music's choice to step down, Jammber's acquisition of TuneRegistry and what that means for music rights, plus much more.

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The EPK: An Updated Look

3Here W. Tyler Allen revisits the idea of Electronic Press Kit, or EPK, and how recent shifts in the music industry have precipitated the need for artists and managers to update their offerings for the era of social media and streaming.

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Americana Music Awards Full List Of Winners 2019

image from concertedefforts.comThe Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer.

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The Industry's Best Latin Music Conferences

3As in many businesses, music industry conferences are a go-to for meeting like minded folks and growing your network of contacts, and if you feel like you're falling behind on one of the fastest growing genres in the music industry, these top Latin music conferences could be for you!

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Music Marketing Platform Beatchain Adds Distribution

image from www.musicconnection.comMusic promotion and fan building platform Beatchain has added digital distribution powered by FUGA. The full direct to artist platform will launch in early 2020.

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New California Law Might Give Musicians Precisely What They’re Trying To Avoid

1Calfornia Bill AB 5 has now passed both houses of the Legislature and is headed to the Governor to be signed. The bill, aimed primarily at helping ride-share drivers, could also reak havoc in the indie music industry, re-classifying those who were once known as independent contractors as full employees.

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Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting The Artist?

1Leaving downloads and CDs in the dust, streaming (and consequently playlists) is now the new normal for music consumption. But just how much is this style of listening harming artists, and how much value is there getting your song a coveted placement on a popular playlist.

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Spotify Acquires Audio Talent Marketplace SoundBetter

SoundBetter SpotSpotify has acquired SoundBetter, a global marketplace that helps creators connect and hire producers and other audio professionals. Soundbetter will become part of Spotify For Artists, making it the first artist service that the streamer will charge for. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Are You Actually Monetizing Your YouTube Channel?

1While it may seem like a dumb question, since most artists/labels have at least some level of monetization system set up, it can be fairly easy for artists to miss out on earning money via their actual channel. Here Chris Robley walks us through ensuring you get your due.

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7 Inspiring Musical Quotes, Why They Resonate

1While the music industry has undergone a massive transformation over the past decades, music itself remains an incredibly powerful tool capable of sparking intense emotion in the consumer. Here, Ellisa Sun shares seven inspiring musical quotes by artists from the last hundred years, and why they resonate with her so much.

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How To Use Spotify Ad To Promote Music (And How Not To)

1In this piece, Brian Hazard of Color Theory walks us through his recent experience with the updated Spotify Ad Studio to promote his music, following a particularly disappointing initial foray using the marketing tool when it was first released.

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Audible Magic Monetizes Music On User Generated Content

image from thumbor.forbes.comContent ID solutions provider Audible Magic has launched its UGC Music Rights Platform (UMRP) which simplifies the licensing and administration of music rights for user generated content on social media.

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Why Discovering Your Genre Is Similar To Establishing A Business Niche

QIn this piece, Kayleigh Alexandra explains how the struggle of the modern aspiring musician is, in many ways, similar to the the challenge of the a fledgling business, and how the tactics for carving out a business niche can be employed to help grow your career as an artist.

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