Touring On A Budget: How To Make It Work

1Making the decision to tour is an important step toward growth as a band. Unfortunately, not having any money can make hitting the road a bit more of a challenge. Here Angela Mastrogiacomo shares some key penny-pinching tips to help artists cultivate a successful tour off a shoestring budget.

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DOJ Confirms Live Nation Under Investigation For Alleged Ticketmaster Consent Decree Violations

LiveNationTightA senior official at the US Department of Justice revealed that Live Nation was facing regulatory scrutiny over alleged antitrust violations involving its Ticketmaster division.

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Bandsintown For Artists Launches with Free Geo-Targeted Messaging To Fans and, More

BaandsInTown Fist PngBandsintown Manager has relaunched as Bandsintown For Artists. The revamped platform adds free geo-targeted messaging to fans and other improvements that build upon concert discovery platform Bandsintown's ongoing commitment to enhance the connection between artists and fans through live music.

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5 Free Online Event Invitation Ideas

1So you've crafted the perfect subject line for your upcoming show or festival, but for some reason people still aren't clicking through to your event site. What's the issue? There's a good chance the trouble could lie in the actual copy of your event invitation - if the body of the invite isn't engaging enough to galvanize potential audiences, chances are you won't see much return on your investment. Here we look at five free and effective ideas for you next online invitation.

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All The World’s A Vertical Stage - Particularly On Instagram

1In an exploration of how much the ubiquity of smartphones has impact our media consumption, Fred Jacobs looks at the recently constructed Samsung KX stage, a vertically stacked contraption taylored specifically for its view-ability via smartphone.

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Global Citizen Announces Largest Live Concert Broadcast In 'Cause Event History'

image from yt3.ggpht.comGlobal Citizen, the nonprofit best known for its efforts to end extreme global poverty, has announced “Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream,” a 10-hour performance, spanning five continents to raise funds to support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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7 Inspiring Musical Quotes, Why They Resonate

1While the music industry has undergone a massive transformation over the past decades, music itself remains an incredibly powerful tool capable of sparking intense emotion in the consumer. Here, Ellisa Sun shares seven inspiring musical quotes by artists from the last hundred years, and why they resonate with her so much.

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Indie Concert, Festival Promoter SGE Files Bankruptcy

image from celebrityaccess.comSynergy Global Entertainment, a concert and festival promoter founded by John Reese behind such events as the Lost Lands festival, Rockstar Energy Disrupt, and Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

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How To Pull In More Money At Your Merch Table

1In addition to acting as an important representation of your band, the merch table is also an important source of income for any touring artist, so maximizing your earning potential there is key. Here we look at ten ideas for increasing your take.

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LiveStyle CEO Steps Down As Parial Asset Sale Begins

LiveXLive_Logo_(new)Randy Phillips is stepping down as CEO at EDM concert promoter LiveStyle to serve as a consultant while the company seeks to sell more of its assets. Phillips told Billboard that his exit was planned after the company stabilized following its exit from bankruptcy reorganization.

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Tour Diary: What I Learned On the Road w/ Heavyweights Of Metal, Mushroomhead

2In this piece, Gideon Waxman recounts his recent experience doing a run of shows with his band Familiar Spirits in support of heavy metal band Mushroomhead, recounting what he took away from the experience and what other young bands can do to capture these career-opening opportunities.

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QUICK HITS: BMG • Parlaphone • PJ Loughran • Marathon Music • ALIBI • Emporium

Quick HitsBMG has promoted label veteran Andreas Katsambas to the newly created role of EVP, Latin America, and Canada as part of international expansion. Currently, 50% of BMG’s revenues come from the US, but the company is looking further afield as overseas markets become increasingly important in the era of digital delivery.

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A2IM, RIAA, MAC Join To Fight AB5 Bill That Would Kill Indie Music In California

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comA new California law set to go into effect on September 13th would have dire consequences for the independent and .d.i.y music community unless lawmakers add an exemption. Executives at the A2IM, RIAA and Music Artists Coalition have banded together to pen an open letter that demands action.

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Tinder, Live Nation Hookup: Swipe Right For Tickets

image from www.thewrap.comLive Nation is partnering with the wildly popular hookup app Tinder to give people something to do on their first date by offering Tinder users $30 all-in tickets for 12 concert tours across the U.S. with artists that range from Meek Mill to The Chainsmokers.

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Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Band's Image, Brand

3While most musicians dream of achieving some level of success, the majority of artists aren't lucky enough to also be natural entrepreneurs. Still, if you can't cultivate an interesting enough image to attract new fans, chances are you won't have much of a career in the music business. Here we look at some creative ways to grow your band's brand.

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Bandsintown's Fabrice Sergent: 40% Of Tickets Go Unsold And The Problem Is Discovery

image from floodmagazine.com“About 40 percent of tickets go unsold in the U.S. That’s a two billion dollar missed opportunity for the artists. Discovery is key to this business,” says Bandsintown managing partner Fabrice Sargent.

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6 Best Outside Lands Afterparties [Kosha Dillz]

IMG_7104[UPDATED] OMG. It is festival fever season. Starting with Coachella (which I played) to Bonnaroo to Outside Lands and all the European ones we never hear from, there is a new favorite festival in town for me.....Outside Lands!

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LiveXLive, Allied Esports Partner For Competitive Gaming, Live Music Events

image from celebrityaccess.comLive event streamer LiveXLive has formed a multi-year partnership with Allied Esports to create live esports experiences at music events and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

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5 Things We Learned From 365 Days On The Road

2In this piece, artist Ellisa Sun recounts her experience embarking on a year long tour across the US with her partner Ken in a 30-foot RV. After playing roughly 180 shows and pouring themselves into the musical experience, they here share some valuable takeaways from the journey.

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Senators Ask DoJ To Investivate Ticketmaster, Live Nation

Ticketmaster-logoSenators Richard Blumenthal of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have asked the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division to investigate the ticketing industry, citing “serious concerns that online ticket markets are not working for American consumers.”

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3 Techniques For Promoting A Show When Playing In A Brand New City

1Whether you're setting out on a country-wide tour or simply playing a show at the next town over, knowing how to break into a city you've never played is an invaluable skill as a DIY artist. Here we look at three essential ways in which you can boost your presence in a new city before you play a show there.

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IEBA Names 2019 Industry Awards Nominees

image from musicrow.comThe International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) has named the 2019 nominees for its Industry Awards to be presented at the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Oct. 29th during IEBA’s 49th Annual Conference in Nashville.

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Festicket Acquires Event Genius, Ticket Arena

image from techcrunch.comFesticket has acquired UK ticketing and cashless POS platform Event Genius and its consumer-facing brand, Ticket Arena. A new offering, Event Genius by Festicket, will create an end-to-end platform that includes ticketing, accommodations, travel, marketing, analytics, access control, POS, cashless payment services and fan engagement tools.

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Ready For A Manager? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

2Have a reliable problem solver/organizer you can turn to can be a huge asset when you're trying to make your way as an artist in the music biz, but just because you'd like to have a helping hand, doesn't mean you're necessarily ready to make the leap of hiring a full-time manager.

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Top 10 Music Biz Careers (And How Much You Can Make)

1While the term "music career" typically evokes the image of a center stage musician, the industry holds a much greater variety of job options outside of performance, and indeed many of them are far more lucrative, as well as more stable.

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5 Top Ways to Promote Your Event Via Eventbrite

1Once you've poured the necessary blood, sweat, and tears into your event required to ensure your attendees will have a good time, how do you guarantee anyone will actually show up? Here we look at five key ways in which you can boost your next event to encourage maximum turnout.

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Last Day To Vote On SXSW PanelPicker, Including Our Data Driven Touring Panel

image from cdn.smehost.netFriday is the last day to cast your vote using the SXSW PanelPicker to help choose which panels should be presented at SXSW 2020. Check out all the great panels and consider giving our own SMART TOURING: GUIDE BOOKING + MARKETING WITH DATA a thumbs up.

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