Are Tribute Bands Legal?

2An integral part of the music industry, tribute bands seem to be only growing in popularity, with countless artists playing thousands of shows a year in masterful recreations of some of music's biggest names, and while these bands' success may not be up for debate, it does beg the question, just how legal are they?

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What Your Band's Website Truly Needs

1How you market your website makes all the difference heavy traffic and a digital ghost town, and just like marketing your music, requires a carefully composed strategy with a product that will leave fans coming back for more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Tour Expenses • Public Brands • Living As A Singer • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how professional musicians can effectively manage expenses on tour, what happens when public brands change in the music business, how to make a living as a singer, and more.

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5 Reasons To Learn Music Production For Your Band's Benefit

4These days, a career in the music business rarely consists of just writing and performing songs, and independent artists looking to make it in the current music industry should also be working to hone their production skills, for the sake of both their and their band's success.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Threatin • Therapy • Delicate Instruments • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors explored the curious case of the largely artificial band Threatin, how music therapy can help with addiction recovery, the best way to responsibly store delicate instruments, and more!

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Apple Music To Grow To 164M Users As iTunes Crashes [Morgan Stanley]

Apple music cardsApple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at  Morgan Stanley.  Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration will expand to 14%of a growing user base of Apple's products, driving a 28% revenue growth.  Apple Music is predicted to grow to 164 million users by 2023.

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How To Make An Audience Feel Nostalgic Using Music

1Nostalgia can be a powerful tool for artists to harness, particularly when it comes to marketing to adults, and while directly copying music from their childhood by be legally suspect, there are a number of other ways to use elements from their past to evoke musical nostalgia.

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7 Top Marketing Strategies For Artists

2For a lot of artists, marketing doesn't come easily and, particularly given how deeply personal a lot of songwriting is, immediately shifting into shameless self-promotion mode can be difficult. Unfortunately, marketing is an essential yet increasingly part of being successful as a musician. Here we look at seven strategies that can make things easier.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Remote Collaboration • Millennials • Online Mixing • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the future of remote music collaboration, the ways in which millennials are changing the music industry, how to find the right mixing engineer for your project, and more.

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Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry: Here's How

3Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.

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How I Created A $300 Fan Generated Music Video

1While creating music videos is an important segment of an artist's music promotion, such endeavors are frequently expensive and time-consuming. In this interview Ariel Hyatt speaks with Eli Lev about how he did things a little more frugally with the help of fans.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Fanbase • Inspiration • Record Keeping • Studio Contracts • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at the source of inspiration for new music, why careful record keeping in a band is so important, which contracts studio producers should be familiar with, and more!

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Contracts Studio Producers Should Be Familiar With

1Studio producers and sound engineers typically require certain types of contracts in their work, so familiarizing yourself with such legal documents early can benefit you in the long run. Here we look the circumstances under which sound engineers should maintain ownership of work, vs. when a one-off fee is appropriate.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Production Mistakes • MMA • Horror Music • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the most common production mistakes made by DIY musicians, how the MMA benefits engineers and producers, what makes for great horror soundtrack, and more!

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Benefits For Producers, Engineers In Music Modernization Act

1At long last the comprehensive and sweeping Music Modernization Act has been signed into law, affecting industry professionals everywhere. While the legislation was certainly surrounded by its share of controversy, we here look at some of the upsides to the act.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Copyright In China • Music Venue Maintenance • Booking • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we explore the complexities of securing your copyright in China, how to properly maintain your music venue, the most effective way to book shows, and more!

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How To Approach Venues For A Booking

1Booking shows can be a challenge, particularly if you're not at a point in your career where you can afford a booking agent, and lining up gigs is often both a time consuming and frustrating process. As with so many things in the music industry, there's no silver bullet, but there are some practices which can help you get your foot in the venue door.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Professional Local Bands • Uploading Music • Scariest Songs • More

MTTRecapNewOn MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces on how local bands can seem more professional (on a budget), why simply uploading new music isn't going to bring you any fans, and what some of the seasons spookiest songs (surprisingly) are.

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How To Make A Band Seem More Professional (On The Cheap)

1If you're a local band that's still a little rough around the edges, getting anyone to care about your music or show an interest outside your immediate family and friends can be difficult. That said, here are a few ways to give your band that professional sheen without breaking the bank.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Tickets • Happiness From Music • Band Project Management • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the difference between ticket brokers and ticket resellers, how to bring happiness into your life using music, how to run a band from a project management perspective, and more.

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The Difference Between Ticket Brokers, Ticket Resellers

1The world of online ticket sales can seem like a murky one, and not without reason, but in reality not every transaction is as fraught with peril as it may seem. Here we break down the difference between a ticket seller and a ticket broker, the risk difference between the two.

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Running A Band: The Project Management Perspective

2While project management when used in the context of a band may cause some to run screaming, there's a lot to be said for the application of the rules and techniques which apply to project management being implemented in a music business context. In this piece we explore of the dos and do nots of project management and how they can be applied effectively in a music business context.

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Streaming For Musicians: The Data That Matters The Most

1While those who bemoan the streaming economy will be quick to point out the difficulty of making a living solely off of streaming, there is still tremendous value for artists in making their music available on streaming services, particularly where data gathering is concerned.

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