3 Reasons It Pays To Be Selfish About Your Time

1While there may be an established mentality in the music industry that, in order to be successful, you must constantly be giving it your all, there is in fact a compelling case to be made for being a little more selfish with your time and energy rather than focusing on what others need from you.

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Building Your Dream Team: Managers, Music Management Companies

Screen Shot 2019-02-03 at 2.59.02 PMIn this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of music managers and the music management companies behind them so you don't have to, so you can make an informed decision about where managers fit into your music career.

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A Brief Guide To Writing A Music Press Release That Collects New Fans

TypingOnce your music is ready for release, the next step is to prepare a carefully crafted press release that will communicate to any reader all the key information about your music in way which is comprehensive, clear, and to the point, and which draws fans in. Here we look at how to do just that.

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Why One Musician Believes Article 13 Is Disaster For Independent Artists

1Music, copyright, and the internet have a long and sordid past together, but the internet also has been greatly beneficial to independent artists. That's something which, indie musician Stephen Blythe and Techdirt's Mike Masnick both believe could come to fiery end, should Article 13 of the EU's new copyright legislation come become law.

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5 Good Reasons To Enter The Independent Music Awards

1The Independent Music Awards will soon be given out, bringing industry attention to self-released and independent artists. Here Alexandra Kennedy outlines five reasons to enter the IMAs by February 1.

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SoundExchange 2018 Artist Payments Top A Record $953M

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comSoundExchange distributed $953 million in sound recording performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners in 2018, more than in any year their 15 year history. A strong fourth quarter distribution of $345 million to music creators helped put the PRO into record territory for the year.

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Registering Your Band Name, Logo

1Even in the early stages of brand development, it's a good practice for bands or solo artists to take the time to register their name, and any particular logos associated with the act, through the proper copyright channels. The process is relatively painless, and can help your brand grow, in addition to keeping you safe from counterfeit sellers.

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Is Printing, Selling Physical CDs Still Worth It?

1While there is a lot of nostalgia surrounding the CDs and CD buying culture, the manufacturing costs and associated complexities of creating them leave a lot of more contemporary artists wondering if, in the digital age, CDs are really worth it at all.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Fearless Turns 25 • Humble Angel Adds Dance Imprint • Orchard Sells TV, Film Division • More

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In this Tuesday edition of the Business Of Indie roundup, we look inside the wonderful world of independent music as Fearless Records turns 25, Humble Angel Records adds a dance imprinte, The Orchard sells its TV and film division and much more

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SoundRoyalties Opens Nashville Office, Networking Space

Soundroyalties[UPDATED] Sound Royalties has added a Nashville location. To oversee the expansion of the music industry specialty finance firm, Sound Royalties’ CEO and Founder Alex Heiche is now operating full time out of Nashville.

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Toolkit Essentials: DISCO - Catalog Management Made Easier

1Following a fruitful year syncing music, Jake Udell expounds on some of his teams favorite elements of the catalog maintenance tool DISCO, a service which has streamlined many of the day to day sync operations.

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Dreamville Sessions: The Album Cycle Reimagined [Jack Udell]

2Here Jake Udell explores how one artist is reinventing the traditional album cycle by using a marketing a strategy which goes past building anticipation, instead using the groundwork of fan loyalty to propel the release.

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QUICK HITS: ADA • Spirit Music Group • SACEM • UTA • Kirt Webster

Quick HitsAlternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) Worldwide has promoted David McGilvray to Senior Vice President, Radio Promotion. Having started his career in the music industry working for Bon Jovi Management and Mercury Records, McGilvray went on to spend 17-years with Island Def Jam.

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4 Ways The Business Of Music Videos Will Dramatically Shift In 2019 [Cheri Hu]

Screen Shot 2019-01-27 at 7.06.20 PMIn this piece, Cherie Hu speculates on four important way in which the music business, or more specifically the music video business, will radically transform in 2019 for both creators and consumers alike.

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Kanye West Sues Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam, UMG, EMI and More

image from celebrityaccess.comKanye West has filed a pair of lawsuits against EMI Music Publishing and Roc-a-Fella Records, UMG Recordings, Def Jam and merchandiser Bravado International Group in an apparent attempt to free himself of all contractual obligations.

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Royalty Exchange Passes $50 Million Paid Milestone

image from shorefire.comRoyalty Exchange announced this week that it had paid out over $50 million from 535 royalty transactions in the three years since the company relaunched in 2016. 255 investors participated in the funding.

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Analysis Of Every Billboard Top 5 Song In 2018 - The Structure And Composition Of A Hit

1Our friends at Soundfly have done an exhaustive breakdown of the musical structure and composition behind every song from the year that cracked the Billboard Top 5, revealing more than a few Drakes.

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Why We Need More (Quality) Music Journalism

1In this piece James Shotwell argues that, as music industry becomes increasingly crowded with artists, the need for more music journalists grows, and that social media's ability to fill this void is sorely lacking in the quality department.

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The Truth About Advances In The Music Business

1As with all entrepreneurs, songwriters are likely to run into issues with cash flow, to which getting an advance is one solution. Unsurprisingly such advance payments, while they do provide much needed cash on hand, come with a number of strings attached, and aren't always the best option.

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New Titles Entering The Public Domain

1January 1st of 2019 marked the first day on which a plethora of titles originally published in 1923 will finally enter the public domain, (meaning they can be used for free and without permission) after Congress extended the copyright term for an additional twenty years when they were originally supposed to be released in 1999. Here we look at some of the highlights.

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Guide To Making Your Live Show More Interesting

1The shows that truly stick in our minds often transcend just great music, using stunning visuals or other dramatic elements to emphasize the emotional power of the performance. Here we look at how artists can take their show to the next level and give fans a truly unforgettable experience.

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Why Subscriptions Matter To Musicians [Jack Udell]

1As subscription based services begin to occupy an increasingly large section of the market, artists are wondering how they can better get in on the action. Here we look at why a subscriber base would be so valuable to artists, and some of the challenges in creating an artist-specific subscription base.

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5 Emails Music Publicists Enjoy Getting From A Band/Artist

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 11.36.01 PMA lot of pieces need to fall into place for an up-and-coming band to get coverage from a publicist, but a simple lack of good manners can be a dealbreaker right out of the gate. Here we look at five different types of emails music publicists actually love to receive.

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How To Cultivate More Spotify Follows

1Any artist today is aware of the value of building followers on Spotify, as growing this base increases your chances of landing on a high-profile playlist. Here we look at some creative ways for artists to flip fans into followers.

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Guide To Writing A Press Release Music Journalists Will Actually Read

1In a saturated marketplace like the music industry, writing a press release that anyone will give a second glance is an uphill battle. That said, by including all the key elements and a nice personal touch, you might just be able to get a music journalist to actually read it.

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All Your Sources Of Music Revenue And How To Collect It

1For musicians, diversity of income is key, and you should pulling in revenue from a variety of sources, but some artists aren't even aware what all these sources are, much less how to actually cash in on them.

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Article 13 Falters, 'Final' Negotiations Postponed

Copyright-blue-2_1The Article 13 Copyright Directive, once promoted by record labels and derided by YouTube is on the brink. Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland have said they can not support the latest draft and are blocking it from moving forward.

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Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame

image from cdn.pixabay.comSongs are getting shorter. The average length of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds between 2013 and 2018.

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