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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Musicians & Their Online Personas

1For good or for ill, the first impression potential listeners get of you will likely result from whatever online persona you've established for yourself, meaning it's critical to get it right the first time. Here we look at how to establish a solid online persona/reputation, while keeping an eye on how developing technologies could effect you.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mobile Apps For Making Music • Copyright And The Consumer • Drugs • More

MTTRecapNewOn MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at 10 great mobile apps for creating music from scratch, how to understand the basics of copyright law as a consumer, whether or not musicians are really more likely to use drugs, and more!

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Elliott Smith & Kurt Cobain: 2 Cities, 2 Songwriters, 1 DIY Mentality

1Although both residents of the Northwest, Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith shared much more than just a geographical similarity, and both represented a fiercely independent, do-it-yourself mentality which optimized the vibe of their respective cities of Seattle and Portland.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Quit The Music Industry • Arthritis • Get More Gigs • More

MTTRecapNewLast week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on quitting the music industry to join your local scene, how to deal with and hopefully prevent arthritis as a musician, how to get more gigs for your band, and more.

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How To Prevent, Deal With Arthritis As A Musician

3Arthritis is hugely prevalent in the population, and one of the primary causes of disability in adults. The lifestyle of musicians makes them particularly prone to this ailment due to the repetitive strain practicing and performing can put on one's joints. Here we look at how to keep arthritis at bay, and cope more effectively with it as a condition.

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