Sell More Merch At Gigs: 7 Techniques

2Although it's a great way for artists to boost their overall revenue, selling merch at shows can often be a challenge to do. Here we look at seven ways to switch things up and move a few more shirts at your next show.

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How To Use Shopify And Single Music To Sell Direct To Fans

1[UPDATED] Driving fans to an artist's site only to redirect them elsewhere to purchase a download or t-shirt means lost revenue and a chance to capture valuable fan and marketing data. The reams of a growing number of major and indie artists are building their own 

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How To Keep The Cost Of Shirts Low Without Sacrificing Merch Quality

1While musical integrity is often (as it should be) an artist's number one priority, musicians still need to make money, and there's no reason that same integrity can't extend through to the merchandise they sell. While higher quality merch may typically mean higher production costs, there are ways around such expenses.

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5 Quick Psych Hacks For Improving Your Cover Art

3While we like to think artwork doesn't define an album, it is an opportunity to create something which compliments the themes and emotions expressed on the album and, best of all, compels a potential listener to purchase it. Here we look at five psychology hacks for upping your album art game.

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Record Stores Follow Black Friday with Small Business Saturday Exclusives, Sales and Events

Record store black friday[UPDATED] The team and growing network of indie stores behind Record Store Day are celebrating both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend with an extensive array of exclusive releases, special sales, in-store performances, signings and events.

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Streaming Breathes New Life Into Older Record Catalogs

1As the rise of the streaming industry continues to alter the ways in which listeners consume music, we're starting to get a better handle on what some of these changes look like. One change that's been a benefit to artists is the revivification of their older work, or "catalogue" material, with more listeners reaching back to "re-discover" older recorded works.

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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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Kanye West’s ‘MP’ Format and The Future Of The Album

1While Kanye West has certainly had a knack for staying in the news of late, one item that didn't see a lot of air time was the controversial hip hop figure's popularization of the "Medium Play" or MP album format. Here we examine what the state of "Ye" means for the state of music.

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How The EP Killed The LP Star

1Shifts in the music industry have precipitated a new rapid fire format of music release, with artists constantly creating new music and releasing singles rapid-fire. In addition to other changes, this shift has caused the EP to begin edging out the LP as a dominant format of music.

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Could This Company Be The Last To Distribute CDs?

1While the CD has hung on longer than some might have guessed, it's decline has been steady. That said, some are still turning a profit from this outdated form of music. Here we look at Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesaler of physical music in the US.

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Best Items In The Hard Rock Vault

1While it may most commonly be associated with Rock, Hard Rock Cafe's collection of music memorabilia extends far beyond this one genre, with treasures from countless musical greats. Hugh McIntyre recently had the good fortune to visit the restaurant chain's vault, and here recounts some of the priceless items found within.

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Think About It: Alt Music Formats To Consider For Your Next Release

2While streaming has certainly risen to become the dominant form of music consumption, physical formats aren't in the grave yet. Here we look at four different physical formats to consider next time you plan to drop an album or single.

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10 Bands 1 Cause: Pink Vinyl From Modest Mouse, Silversun Pickups, Run The Jewels, More

10bandsbanner_frweb-768x359The Orchard has released the latest album in its Ten Bands One Cause series with a limited edition pink vinyl disc featuring tracks from  Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, El-P of Run The Jewels, Local Natives, Tyler Childers, The All-American Rejects, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, Soccer Mommy, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

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7 Tips To Attract More People To The Merch Table

2Merch is becoming an increasingly important source of revenue for artists and bands on the road, but for artists merchandise isn't only sometimes difficult to sell, but can also be a creative challenge when try to think up interesting and innovative items that fans will want to buy. Here we look a seven tips for getting more fans to the merch table.

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Orchard Pulls All Labels And Artists Off eMusic For Non-Payment

Emusic2018Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.

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Merch Cat Adds Fan App For Direct To Fan Sales [EXCLUSIVE]

image from musicbiz.orgMusic merch management app Merch Cat has launched the Merch Cat Fan app, a direct-to-fan sales tool centered on the live show. Fans can use it to buy merch at live shows, or anytime, and artists get access to purchase data.

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Where Fans Discover New Music In 2018

1As the music industry has changed, so too has the way in which consumers find new music, but music discovery remains one of the most important aspects of the music industry, and is the holy grail for artists and promoters. Here we look at prevailing music discovery trends of 2018.

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