10 Tips For Growing Your SoundCloud Community

1Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.

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5 Things Missing From Most Musician Facebook Pages

1Chris Robley of CD Baby highlights the five things every artist must include on their Facebook page that are so frequently neglected. When it comes to your Facebook page, a first impression is likely the only impression you'll be able to make.

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An Exploration Of Co-publishing, Sub-publishing And Administration Agreements [Pt. 2]

1In this second in a multi-part series exploring some of the less well known publishing agreements in the music industry, Justin Jacobson delves into the nitty gritty of sub-publishing agreement and what its implications are for an artist.

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PPL, SAMI Partner With Max Martin Startup Auddly For Metadata Management

image from celebrityaccess.comPPL and SAMI–collective management organizations from the UK and Sweden–have joined forces with Swedish start-up Auddly to support performers with the management of their sound recording metadata.

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Latest On EU Copyright Directive: No One's Happy With Article 13, So Maybe Let's Drop It? [Op-Ed]

1As negotiations between the EU Council, EU Commission, and EU Parliament have progressed regarding the EU Copyright directive, something which they all passed different versions of, the directive overall (and Article 13 in particular) has devolved into a mess no one, it seems, wants.

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5 Tips For Making, Marketing, Monetizing Holiday Music This Season

1Now that it's December, the holiday season is in full swing. For artists, this means a huge marketing opportunity, whether you're performing, recording, or simply marketing holiday merch, we here look at five key tips for capitalizing on holiday music fever.

 

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Will Fans Unsubscribe If Artists Leave Major Streamers?

2In a followup to his recent piece regarding user-centric royalties and the idea of an "ethical pool" solution to streaming royalty allocations, Chris Castle here raises the question of whether artists' departure from major streaming services would cause fans to follow suit and ditch them as well.

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What Is A Personal Music Publishing Entity? [And Why You May Need One]

2If you're an independent songwriter, you're your own publicist on your compositions, meaning it can be worth setting up your own personal publishing entity to affiliate with your PRO. Here we look at what exactly a PPE is, and whether setting one up is the right decision for you.

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Where Playlists Are Concerned, Artists Want Everyone To Know They’re Indie

1While not having the backing of a major label has its downsides, many artists wear their indie status as a badge of honor, and music distributor Record Union wants to take things a step further by getting streaming services to tag songs and playlists as 'independent' in much the same way as certain songs or playlists are tagged 'explicit'.

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Recording Contracts 101: Guide To Signing The Right Record Deal

Screenshot 2018-12-04 07.55.50Every aspect of the music industry has been touched by its transition to digital distribution, and record deals and recording contracts are no exception. Here music attorney Mark Quails breaks down some of the most import questions about contracts for current day musicians.

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How Create Music Group Located $60M In Unclaimed Revenue For Artists, Labels In Three Years

1Here Dana Feldman looks at how Los Angeles-based company Create Music Group has been able able to impact the online streaming economy in artists' favor by tracking down $60 million dollars in unclaimed streaming revenue.

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Business Of Indie: Indie Revenue Grows • A2IM Sets Indie Week • Insomniac Adds Label Services • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this edition of The Business Of Indie, a new MIDiA and WIN report shows strong growth in the indie sector, A2iM sets dates for Indie Week, and Insomniac expands its label services division and much more.

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SoundCloud Mixes Things Up With Dubset Integration

1After recently making waves by allowing its users to link back to their Instagram stories, SoundCloud is mixing things up once again by integrating Dubset into their platform, allowing tracks to be scanned and then collecting and distributing royalties to the appropriate rightsholders.

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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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Streaming Services Hold Key To Music's Diversity [Op-Ed]

3Johan Svanberg of indie distributor Record Union looks at the need for music streaming services to become more diverse and egalitarian; not only where gender and ethnicity are concerned, but also in terms of creation and ownership. The answer, he believes, is to make streaming platforms a more hospitable and profitable environment for independent artists and labels.

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How To Have A Long And Successful Career In Music

2Making a career in the music industry is no easy task, (just getting people to listen to your music in the first place is hard enough), but developing a sustainable career is even harder. That said, it is doable with the right strategy.

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5 Things To Consider Before Going Into The Studio

1Entering the recording studio can be fun and exciting. But it also involves investing blood, sweat and tears, as well as, of course, money. So it's a good idea to make sure you're ready before committing all that time and money.

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5 Common Mistakes Made By Artists

1As an artist striving for success, you're doubtless putting in countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears, but even working as hard as you do, it's easy to make career derailing mistakes. Here we look at five of the most common ones.

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Threatin's Fake News, Fake Fans and Fake Reality

2The rise of the streaming age has brought with it an  unsurprising uptick in artists attempting to game social media and streaming platforms in a less-than-honest approach to finding success in the music business. The "band" Threatin's faked fanbase and resulting failed tour has become perhaps the most extreme instances of this tactic.

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5 Unique Ways To Invest In Your Music Career

1If you want your career in music to be a success, you're going to need to invest in it, but this doesn't necessarily mean financially. There are a number of other ways to put yourself out there which will increase your liklihood of making new connections, engaging with your audience, and building a larger following. Here we look at five such unique opportunities.

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Business Of Indie: Eric Ethridge Joins Ole’s Red Dot • Kobalt Adds Sherwood, Boy Named Banjo • More

Business Of Indie (1)On today's edition of The Business Of Indie, Eric Ethridge joins Ole’s Red Dot record label. Kobalt adds music publishing clients Jonathan Sherwood and Boy Named Banjo, Stella's Music Club launches a record label and more.

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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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Mixcloud Inks Merlin Indie Licensing Deal

MixCloud_LogoRadio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service.

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5 Copyright Cases Every Songwriter Should Be Aware Of

1Following the 2016's landmark "Blurred Lines" case, the music business has seen an uptick in the number of copyright infringement cases it's been hit with. Still, the industry is no stranger to legal squabbles. Here we look at five iconic music copyright cases which every songwriter should know about.

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Top 7 Collaborative Music-Making Apps

muisc appsTechnological developments in cloud storage capacity and improved connectivity in combination with a need for creative interaction between artists and engineers has led to the development of a variety of collaborative music apps. Here we look at seven such tool allowing musicians around the world to work together.

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Business Of Indie: Mumford Goes #1 • Iggy Azalea's Indie EMPIRE • Trippie Redd Tops • A2IM Parties • More

Business Of Indie (1)This latest edition of The Business Of Indie celebrate's Glassnote's latest #1 with Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea's move to independent with help from EMPIRE, Trippe Redd's rise to the top of the hip hop album chart, A2IM's holiday parties and much more.

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