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5 YouTube Channels Everyone In Music Ought To Follow

1The price of a music business education can seem out of reach to many aspiring industry hopefuls, but thanks to the rise of YouTube, there are a number of incredible and informative resources out there available for free. Here we look at five such channels that are a must for anyone in the music biz.

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Developing Artists By Touring Is More Important Than Ever, New Data Confirms

image from cdn.pixabay.com"Recent data confirms that, for the first time ever, developing artists - including DIY musicians and artists without labels - are key drivers of industry growth," writes Bandsintown managing partner Fabrice Sergent in a new Billboard op-ed citing statistics from Live Nation, Bandsintown, MIDiA and the IFPI.

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How One Viral IG Visual Artist Creates Magic From Scraps

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 3.32.12 PMIn the music business, being able to stretch your money and work with a shoestring budget is a valuable skill. Here we look at how one viral Instagram photographer takes extreme budgeting to the next level, spinning straw into gold by utilizing common scraps to create incredible photographs.

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What's It Worth? A College Education's Value In The Music Industry

1Many people are still raised with the belief that a college education is the best way to put you on a path to success in the workforce, but in an industry like the music business, experience is far more prized than a high GPA. So how does higher education fit into a field like music?

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iHeartRadio Adds Artist Assets From Muzooka To Charts

Muzooka rectangle Muzooka and iHeartMedia have partnered to integrate Muzooka’s artist assets including photos, videos, bios and more into the iHeartRadio Music Charts powered by Mediabase.

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Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton, More To Receive Americana Lifetime Achievement Honors

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Americana Music Association will honor Elvis Costello, Maria Muldaur, Delbert McClinton and the husband and wife songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the organization’s annual awards show next month.

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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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Spotify Tests More Expensive Subscriptions as Labels Complain About Falling Per Listener Revenue

Spotify New $Spotify will test raising subscription prices in Scandinavia with an eye towards taking the increases worldwide, according to a new report. The test comes at a time when labels are complaining about falling per listener payouts from the steamer.

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5 Top Ways To Boost Music Merch Sales

1While most musicians would rather spend time focused on honing their craft than they would perfecting their salesperson skills, revenue from merch has become a key part of a touring artists income, so selling as much possible is essential. Here we look at five tried and true tactics selling more merch at your next show.

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Major Labels Earn $16K Every Second From Streaming, But Will It Last?

2Major labels are now pulling down over $16,000 per second in streaming which, while an impressive number, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the growth of streaming itself seems to be slowing down.

 

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CD Baby Founder Derek Sivers Is Back And He's Talking To Ariel Hyatt Of Cyber PR

image from sivers.orgDerek Sivers is back with his first interview in three and a half years, and it’s all about being a musician and the new music industry. Sivers has an almost mythical status in the DIY community, thanks to his work founding CD Baby, the first company to understand and serve the needs of D.I.Y. musicians, along with his prolific writings, Ted Talks and more.

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Sell More Tickets In A Single Month: Your Week 2 Plan

2In this second of a four part series on how to sell more tickets to your event, we kick things up a notch while still keeping the time commitment to a minimum, looking at how to build a social ad timeline, make personal appeals, and more.

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Jay-Z, Roc Nation Named NFL's "Live Music Strategist"

image from celebrityaccess.comThe National Football League has partnered with music mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation that will see the management company become the N.F.L.’s “live music entertainment strategist.”

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Cinq Music Adds $40M From GoDigitalMedia To Acquire Music Catalogs, Masters

image from ww1.prweb.comLA-based Cinq Music has received $40 million in Series C funding from GoDigital Media.  The funding will allow Cinq Music to acquire masters and publishing right and to further expand internationally.

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Apple Music vs Spotify In One Easy Infographic

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify and Apple Music are the two biggest players in music streaming.  But how do they compare in size, availability, cost, features and more?  This infographic provides some answers.

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Sentric Music Launches Songwriter Accelerator Programme

image from upload.wikimedia.orgSentric Music has launched the Songwriter Accelerator Programme. Sentric will facilitate writing opportunities for five selected artists, who will take part in hands-on masterclasses, and receive continued mentoring, with the chance to secure funding for recording, mastering and delivery of their final product.

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How To Gain New Organic Engagement On Instagram

1When it comes to contemporary social media marketing, Instagram has in many ways become an artist resume of sorts, allowing musicians to be discovered from the comfort of their bedrooms. That said, for Instagram to do you any good, you need to be engaging with users and growing your fanbase. Here, we explore how to organically build your following on the platform.

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Are Merch Sales More Important Than Song Streams?

1While streaming is the new normal for music consumption, the income that many artists receive from it is far less than needed to sustain a career. But, as some artists have learned, merch sales, remain an excellent way to net much larger profits.

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How To Find Success In Music Without Focusing On Success

1While finding stardom and financial success remain difficult in the music industry, changing how you think about success, and reevaluating your goals and passions can help positively redefine your relationship to music and the industry as a whole.

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SoundCloud Launches SC101 Creator Education Program

Soundcloud101SoundCloud is expanding its Creator Education Program with the launch of “SC101.” Beginning with a series of short tutorial videos, the music platform is promising live events later this year.

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4 Ways To Pick Up Endorsements As An Independent Artist

1No aspect of being an independent artist is particularly easy, but getting endorsements and sponsorships is perhaps one of the hardest and most confusing of all. In this article we look at four techniques for successfully securing an endorsement as a do-it-yourself musician.

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Tencent Music Reports Revenue Growth As UMG Acquisition Talks Continue

Tencent musicWith Tencent in open talks to acquire a 10-20% stake in Universal Music Group, its Tencent Music's earnings report is receiving additional scrutiny.

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