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Sentric Music Launches Songwriter Accelerator Programme

image from upload.wikimedia.orgSentric Music has launched the Songwriter Accelerator Programme. Sentric will facilitate writing opportunities for five selected artists, who will take part in hands-on masterclasses, and receive continued mentoring, with the chance to secure funding for recording, mastering and delivery of their final product.

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How To Gain New Organic Engagement On Instagram

1When it comes to contemporary social media marketing, Instagram has in many ways become an artist resume of sorts, allowing musicians to be discovered from the comfort of their bedrooms. That said, for Instagram to do you any good, you need to be engaging with users and growing your fanbase. Here, we explore how to organically build your following on the platform.

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Are Merch Sales More Important Than Song Streams?

1While streaming is the new normal for music consumption, the income that many artists receive from it is far less than needed to sustain a career. But, as some artists have learned, merch sales, remain an excellent way to net much larger profits.

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How To Find Success In Music Without Focusing On Success

1While finding stardom and financial success remain difficult in the music industry, changing how you think about success, and reevaluating your goals and passions can help positively redefine your relationship to music and the industry as a whole.

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Tencent Music Reports Revenue Growth As UMG Acquisition Talks Continue

Tencent musicWith Tencent in open talks to acquire a 10-20% stake in Universal Music Group, its Tencent Music's earnings report is receiving additional scrutiny.

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CIMS Executive Director Michael Bunnell To Retire 

CIMS 2019Michael Bunnell, Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Andrea Paschal, CIMS’ longtime General Manager, will succeed him.

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SoundExchange To Power Global Podcast Music Licensing

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange and SourceAudio have partnered to license music for podcasts. Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, will now have access to SoundExchange creators and offer licenses for label and publisher-owned music. 

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Apple Music For Artists vs. Spotify For Artists: A Side By Side Comparison



Apple - SpotifyLate last week Apple Music For Artists exited beta and became available to any artist with music on the platform. Since this is Apple's overdue answer to Spotify For Artists, we wondered how the two platforms compared.

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20 Years Of 'Island Of Misfits' Frenchkiss Records

3Begun in 1999 by Syd Butler, NY-based indie label Frenchkiss records is celebrating its 20th anniversary and rise from bedroom run business to a power player of the NYC scene, having survived and thrived a tumultuous twenty years in a challenging industry.

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Musicians On Call Launches Annual Online Charity Auction

image from cdn.shortpixel.aiMusicians On Call, the nonprofit bringing music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, has launched its annual online auction, offering fans the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind music and entertainment experiences.

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Another Music Celeb Defeated In Court As Katy Perry Loses “Dark Horse” Copyright Case

1Trying to score a big hit as a songwriter is tough enough, and chances are if you're successful, you'll end up in court on the losing end of a copyright infringement suit. This is precisely what happened to Katy Perry after an LA court deemed her hit "Dark Horse" sounded just a little too much like Marcus Gray's '08 Christian Rap number "Joyful Noise".

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Apple Hi-Res Streaming Has Arrived With Apple Digital Masters

1After sitting on a stockpile of high-resolution audio masters for a while now, Apple has finally decided to launch its often rumored hi-res streaming service, joining the ranks of other platforms like TIDAL and Deezer, who also provide this premium quality tier.

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Martin Guitar Joins D’Addario's Playback String Recycling

image from www.guitarplayer.comMartin Guitar has joined D’Addario’s Playback string recycling program. D’Addario developed the program as a means to recycle guitar and orchestral strings which are not accepted through most local recycling programs.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis commentary from inside the music business offered us thoughts and opinions on why it is that Tencent wants such a large stake in UMG, the reason Flow Festival is asking its artists to take a stand for the environment, and what it's like be pressing vinyl in 2019.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiIn our tips and advice section this week, we offered independent artists wise counsel on maintaining the fans you made on your last tour, how to get a major financial loan as a songwriter, some of the most beautiful music residencies in North American (and how you can apply for them) plus much, much more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn our weekly flip back through the past seven days of music industry news, we check back in on Apple Music for Artists emerging from its beta stage, the indictment of eighteen parties connected with indie label Fast Cash Boyz by a grand jury, the ongoing issue of country radio's gender gap, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of the most frequently read articles from the pages of Hypebot covered Spotify's new plan to allow fans to 'tip' artists, why save rates on the streaming platform are so important, a guide to copyrighting your music, whether you're an artist, songwriter, or producer, and  much more!

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Apple Music For Artists Exits Beta, Available Free To All With Enhanced Analytics, Shazam

image from artists.apple.comApple Music For Artists has long lagged behind Spotify and Pandora with the tools and analytics that it offers artists.  That changed overnight with the public launch of a toolkit that insiders have been playing with for months.

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Tencent Would Be The Real Winner In Any Deal With UMG

1Chinese media giant Tencent is in talks to buy a 10% chunk of Universal Music Group, with an option for an additional 10%. This acquisition by a massive tech company benefitsTencent more than UMG and implications for the music industry as a whole.

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A Music Release Strategy For Filling Your Yearly Calendar

2Your music release strategy and your social media strategy must go hand in hand, and artists should establish a schedule whereby their fans are engaged and entertained enough by the artist's online presence throughout the year that they are left eagerly anticipating new content, whether it's music or merch.

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You Have To Be There: 10 Essential Music Business Conferences For 2019

1While early season festivals like SXSW tend to get the most airtime, the second half of the year is chock full with a variety of incredible conferences for those steeped in major music industry happenings. Here Angela Mastrogiacomo looks  at ten that are essential to attend.

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Preventative Health Tips For Touring Artists

2While taking your music on the road is the dream of many artists, life on tour - in addition to being an eye-opening adventure - can also be incredibly stressful, and put a significant strain on both your mental and physical health.

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How To Reach Music Critics, Influencers [VIDEO]

1While the barriers to sharing music have fallen away, getting heard by critics and influencers has become harder than ever. In this video, we look at four tricks for artists looking to engage with industry tastemakers.

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Portia Sabin Named President Music Business Association

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Music Business Association (Music Biz) has named respected industry veteran Dr. Portia Sabin as President. The trade group advocates on behalf of the music industry.

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Thumbnails Provide Free Visibility On YouTube

Screen Shot 2019-08-08 at 8.14.28 AMVideo thumbnails are in many ways the billboards of YouTube, allowing artists to capture potential viewers' attention by offering them a snapshot of video content. Here we look at why creating custom thumbnails is so important, and how to ensure you're creating images that are optimized for maximum visibility.

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