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71 Great Ways Of Rewarding Your Music Fan Subscribers

1Once an artist has started selling fan subscriptions, it's important to establish a rewards system which consistently gives back and keeps them engaged enough to stay subscribed.

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Indie Label Rancho Humilde Inks with Cinq Music Worldwide

image from i2.wp.comIndie distributor and publisher Cinq Music has inked independent record label Rancho Humilde to a worldwide distribution deal. The label targets 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans in the US.

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How To Build Your Own Artist Development Team: The Music Publisher

1In this piece we explore the role of the music publisher, looking at the services they perform as well the relationship between the publisher and the other members of your artist development team.

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Sound City's Dave Pichilingi To Head Modern Sky US & UK

image from celebrityaccess.comDave Pichilingi, who founded Modern Sky UK in 2016, is expanding his role to take over operations of its US division.  In his new role as Modern Sky’s CEO UK and North America, he is tasked with creating opportunities for Modern Sky’s Chinese repertoire for sync and publishing.

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That Time Keith Richards Discovered Muddy Waters Painting The Ceiling Of Chess Studios

1Host to countless legendary artists, Chess Records has become an iconic fixture of reverence in the music industry, so it should come as no surprise that some of music's biggest icons would cross paths in unexpected ways there, as in this peculiar interior decorating incident involving Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones.

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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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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 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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SoundExchange To Power Global Podcast Music Licensing

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange and SourceAudio have partnered to license music for podcasts. Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, will now have access to SoundExchange creators and offer licenses for label and publisher-owned music. 

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20 Years Of 'Island Of Misfits' Frenchkiss Records

3Begun in 1999 by Syd Butler, NY-based indie label Frenchkiss records is celebrating its 20th anniversary and rise from bedroom run business to a power player of the NYC scene, having survived and thrived a tumultuous twenty years in a challenging industry.

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How To Embed Metadata In Music Files And Why It's So Important [Video]

1Living as we now are in the digital age, it has become increasingly important for artists to attach metadata to their work, and by doing so providing key information like artist name, copyright holders, and contact info. Here we break down the fairly straightforward process of attaching this info to your music.

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Another Music Celeb Defeated In Court As Katy Perry Loses “Dark Horse” Copyright Case

1Trying to score a big hit as a songwriter is tough enough, and chances are if you're successful, you'll end up in court on the losing end of a copyright infringement suit. This is precisely what happened to Katy Perry after an LA court deemed her hit "Dark Horse" sounded just a little too much like Marcus Gray's '08 Christian Rap number "Joyful Noise".

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How To Reach Music Critics, Influencers [VIDEO]

1While the barriers to sharing music have fallen away, getting heard by critics and influencers has become harder than ever. In this video, we look at four tricks for artists looking to engage with industry tastemakers.

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Portia Sabin Named President Music Business Association

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Music Business Association (Music Biz) has named respected industry veteran Dr. Portia Sabin as President. The trade group advocates on behalf of the music industry.

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Music: Not All About The Artist

5The modern music studio is about more than just the musician, and for those looking to pursue a career in the music business, much of what happens in a recording studio is as much thanks to the team of engineers behind the console as the person in front of the microphone.

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The Evolution Of Documenting Song Credits: Split Sheets Go Digital

3Co-writing a hit song with one of your bandmates feels great at the time and is all well and good, until down the road it suddenly turns out the two of you have differing opinions on who contributed what, at which point the royalties argument is bound to turn nasty. Luckily, carefully documenting song splits from the outset can nip this kind of issue in the bud.

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Hassles And Handshakes: A Look At Loans For Songwriters

1In this piece, Dan Reifsnyder delves into the challenge many songwriters, successful or not, face in attempting to secure loans for major purchases like a house, and what steps you can take to establish a paper trail and make the process that much less of a headache when the time comes to apply for a loan.

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Which Is The Better Music Video Premiere Platform: YouTube vs. Facebook

1In this recent case study of sorts, Brian Hazard recounts his experience with both the YouTube and Facebook video premiere options in an effort to determine which platform's offering makes for the music video promotion tool.

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Most Beautiful Arts, Music Residencies In North America and How To Apply

4For many working in a creative field, doing their best work necessities some combination of inspiration and solitude, something which artist residencies can help cultivate. Here we look at some of the best, most beautiful North American residencies available to creatives.

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Music Copyright 101: Guide To Copyrighting Your Music As An Artist, Songwriter, Or Producer

1As an independent artist, the songs you write and the recordings you make are your intellectual property, meaning you own the copyright. Here we walk you through the technical steps of copyrighting your work via the official channels, as well as making money off your music once the copyrights are registered.

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Setting Your Music Career On Auto-Pilot Is Not An Option

3Many artists bemoan the time they must spend on business and marketing, instead of focusing on their artistry and musicianship. While there's no silver bullet to changing this ratio, there are a number things you can do to make life easier on yourself and have more creative time.

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Sony Artists, Songwriters Can Now Get Paid More Quickly

1Despite many technological advances, getting major labels and publishers to pay out quickly has remained a challenge. It seems that Sony Music and Sony/ATV, however, are making an effort to expedite things for artists and songwriters, offering real-time processing, and a new "cash out" service.

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Guide To Creating A Successful Artist Email Newsletter

2There are a number of factors that go in to crafting the perfect email newsletter, form making the title engaging enough to catch a reader's attention to making sure the content is interesting enough that they continue to subscribe. 

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Best Best Industry Reads Of 2019, So Far (That Aren't On Hybebot)

Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 9.28.53 PMWith 2019 barely reaching the halfway point, the year has already delivered some outstanding pieces of music journalism, with scoops and hard-hitting data on music consumption, metrics, metadata and more.

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4 Mistakes To Not Make In Your Music Career

2While the gauntlet of challenges musicians face has become a theme seen over and over again in popular culture and reality, many of these mistakes are as avoidable as they are devastating. Here we look at four common pitfalls artists stumble into and what can be done to prevent them doing so.

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What To Do With Morrissey, Ryan Adams, Michael Jackson

1As the ugly truth about prominent musicians and their behaviors is revealed, Mike Henry here tackles the complex issue of radio's moral obligation to refrain from giving airtime to those who have assaulted the innocent, whether as a group or on an individual basis.

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Playlist Placement Does Not A Marketing Strategy Make

1While playlist placement has become the holy grail for many artists and their promoters, this new case study of sorts from Kieron Donaghue, looks at how playlist placement alone is not in and of itself sufficient as a marketing strategy.

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Blogging In 2019: How To Start A Successful Musician Blog

Copyright_symbol_9Now regarded as an actual job instead of just a hobby, blogging can have a lot of advantages when it comes to getting your music some serious exposure, but the blogging game has changed a lot over the past year - here we look at how to launch a successful blog in 2019.

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Jury Rules That Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Copied Christian Rap Song 'Joyful Noise'

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwA jury found Katy Perry liable for copying the underlying beat of Marcus Gray’s 2008 Christian rap song “Joyful Noise” for her hit single “Dark Horse” in a unanimous decision handed down this week in Los Angeles federal court.

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