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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Crash Course On Using Spotify, Other Streaming Services - For Indie Acts

1Although the financial benefits may be minimal for those artists  just starting out, the streaming economy is here to stay whether we like it or not, meaning that knowing your way around Spotify and other streaming services is a valuable asset for any musician or artist.

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Artist's Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On A Spotify Playlist

1While play count is one of the major factors in determining your success on Spotify, getting featured on a playlist is also one of the greatest influencing factors when it comes making or breaking your music on as streaming service. Here we look at how to land one of these coveted placements.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Headphones • Aretha Franklin • Fill Your Venue • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on how to find the perfect affordable headphones, how Aretha Franklin touched our lives, the best way to bring out more denizens to your venue, and more!

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The Nashville Number System: What Is It?

2Something familiar to any musician on the street worth their salt, the Nashville Number System is a form of shorthand notation which allows those familiar with chord numbers to act as last minute sub or sit on a session. Here we look at what exactly the system is and how it works.

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FREE COURSE: How To Create A Killer Musician Website

1As an artist, your website should offer fans more than just a place to listen to music. It represents an opportunity to establish your brand and market directly to fans. In this free course,from the good people at Bandzoogle and Soundfly, you'll learn how to setup a killer musician website.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Sell Out Shows • Record Label Job • Submitting Your Music For Licensing • More

MTTRecapNewRecently on MusicThinkTank this week, we explored how to master social media in order to sell out shows, how to land a job at a record label, the art of getting the top of the submission pile when it comes to music licensing, and more!

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Getting To The Top Of The Pile When Submitting Your Music For Licensing

1With record deals no longer what they once were, and live shows and merch sales notoriously unstable, music licensing has become one of the best ways to make reliable and significant money in the music industry. That said, the competition is understandably significant. Here we look at how to get ahead of the pack.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Formal Education • Getting Through A Show • YouTube's Betrayal • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles exploring whether or not a formal education is valuable to musicians, how to best get through a show when it takes a turn for the disastrous, how YouTube betrayed unsigned musicians, and more.

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How To Survive A Show When Everything Goes Wrong

1A disastrous live performance is the stuff of nightmares for any gigging musician, regardless of their success, but delivering a flawless performance every time isn't always possible. Here we look at how to handle things should you find yourself crashing and burning at your next live performance.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: On The Road • The Age Of Social Media • Promote Your Music Video • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles exploring how to travel light while on tour, the best way to break through in the age of social media, how to promote your music video most effectively, and more!

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