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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: How To Write A Hit • Protect The Headliners • Getting Pumped For Your First Major Gig • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors broke down some of the reasons behind Old Town Road's success, how you can keep the headliners at your summer festival safe, what you need to do to get your band sufficiently pumped for their first major show, and more.

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Preparing Your Band For Their First Major Show

5When you land you first major show as a band, it's a big deal, and a sign that your group could be moving towards bigger and better things - but it can also trigger some serious nerves and anxiety. So how do you guide your bandmates to make sure your first major performance goes off without a hitch?

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Touring Health Tips • Not All About The Artist • Songs About Writing Songs • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on taking preventative steps to preserve your physical and mental health on the road, why music isn't all about the artist, how songs about songwriting can help fuel the creative process, and more.

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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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Music: Not All About The Artist

5The modern music studio is about more than just the musician, and for those looking to pursue a career in the music business, much of what happens in a recording studio is as much thanks to the team of engineers behind the console as the person in front of the microphone.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mental Wellbeing • Getting Signed • Marketing Yourself • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our insightful contributors shared articles on how musicians can work to invest in their mental wellbeing, questioned whether or not bands still need to get signed to 'make it', what musicians need to know before marketing themselves for the first time, and more!

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6 Tips For Artists Marketing Themselves For The First Time

1As every successful musician knows, carving out a career in the music industry involves more than just musical skill, and also requires an ability to market yourself and your music to potential fans. Here we provide six key tips for those just starting out in decidedly tough industry.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Home Studio • Music Acquisition • Tap Into Creativity • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLOn MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared articles on the five must-haves for your home recording studio, why music makes for a good company acquisition, how to tap into creativity even when you're not feeling inspired, and more.

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5 Things You Must Have In Your Home Recording Studio

1While technological advancements have made the construction of a home studio that much more achievable, and while you don't need massive amounts of space and a mixing board a mile long, there are a few essentials you must have in place in order for your studio to function well.

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QUICK HITS: Vevo • Merlin • Sweet • Kobalt •  Warner Chappell Music

Quick HitsVevo has hired Scott Anderson as its new SVP of Engineering & Product.  Anderson brings with him over 25 years of technology experience and joins from startup Conversa Health, where he helped the healthcare provider through its first rounds of funding. Prior to that, he led mobile engineering at Walmart.

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How To Tap Into Creativity When You Feel Uninspired

1At some point every artist sits down to get some serious creating done, only to find themselves facing a creative brick wall. Here we look at how to overcome such setbacks and unlock your inner creativity regardless.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Instagram • Guitarist Mistakes • Trademark Rights • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared insights on how Instagram influencers earn money, how artists can sustain their energy while on tour, what exactly a trademark/trademark rights are, and more.

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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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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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How Music Engages The Brain

3Music's impact on listeners moods and emotions has long been established, but beyond simply affecting our feelings, music also has the ability to transport the listener to a different time, place, and mindset. Here we dig into some of the science behind music induced nostalgia and how it impacts the listener.

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How To Stay Healthy On Road: Tips For Touring Artists

3While touring can, for many artists, be a dream come true, it also likely means countless hours on the road trapped in tiny van. Conditions like these can make make maintaining a healthy lifestyle difficult but not, should you take the right precautions, impossible.

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Creating A Music Industry That's Safer For Women

1The music industry, like so many others, is distressingly male dominated meaning that, in addition to making it harder for female artists and producers to break out, systemic issues of objectification, discrimination, and sexual assault are pervasive throughout all aspects of the business. Here we look at some ways to make the music industry a safer place for women.

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How Working In Surround Sound Affected My Stereo Mixes

1In this compelling piece, one engineer explains how his time mixing music in surround sound at the Netherlands legendary Wisseloord Studios helped fundamentally inform and alter the process by which he sculpts his stereo mixes.

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Should I Quit Music? How To Prevent Burnout

1Given the trials and countless setbacks you will inevitably face as you struggle to cultivate a successful music industry career, chances are good you will at some point - maybe after one too many money-loosing tours, or rejected pitches - question whether it's time to just throw in the towel.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Music Therapy • Break Into The Music Scene • Guitar Display • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on how music therapy can be used to process trauma, how college graduates can break into the music industry, some tips for displaying instruments, and more!

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Using Music Therapy To Process Trauma

1The psychological power of music to inspire, energize, and unify is impressive, and new evidence suggests music also carries with it the ability to aid in healing, and furthering people's ability to better process trauma.

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Breaking Into The Music Industry: Tips For College Grads

2While graduating from college can feel like a major milestone, the prospect of finding a job (particularly in an industry as tumultuous as the music business) can be intimidating. Here we look at some key pointers for how fresh-faced graduates can get their foot in the door.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Grassroots Touring • Nick Cave • Music + Student Success • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on a new grassroots touring course, Nick Cave's primary obstacles to creative progress, the effect music can have on student success, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Learning Music • Acoustic Guitar • Save Money On Tour • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, community contributors weighed in on the best way to learn music as an adult, a history of the acoustic guitar through the ages, how independent touring musicians can save money on the road this summer, and more!

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5 Tips For Saving Money On Tour This Summer

1Being an independent touring musician may seem like an amazing job (and it can be!) but the reality is that life on the can be grueling and often expensive. Here we look at some key money-saving measures that prevent your tour from being a total financial bust.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Quality Speakers • Using An EPK • Networking • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors offered advice on purchasing gear, four ways you should use an electronic press kit, the ten rules of networking and more.

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4 Ways Musicians Can Use An EPK

EpkAn electronic press kit (or EPK) is an essential tool for artists looking to make a positive first impression, whether its with venues, promoters, or any other industry gatekeepers, having a solid EPK will help give you a professional presentation and demonstrate that you should be taken seriously.

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10 Rules Of Music Industry Networking

4As with so many industries, networking is paramount to finding success in the music business, regardless of what area you may be operating in. Here we look at ten rules for effectively conducting yourself that will help you make connections and be remembered.

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