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Tour:Smart Bus Edition - Martin Atkins, Millikin University Offer The Ultimate Hands-On Experience

image from images.squarespace-cdn.comMusician, teacher, author and industry provocateur Martin Atkins has partnered with Millikin University for his most audacious project yet - Tour:Smart Bus Edition which embeds real live students on a real live rock tour.

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AMERICANAFEST Announces Conference Lineup

image from americanamusic.orgThe Americana Music Association just announced its initial lineup of panels and events for this year's AMERICANAFEST, and its shaping up to be a very special week of music and networking. Here is a glimpse of what's in store at conference HQ at The Westin Nashville on Sept. 11-13.

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How To Keep The Headliners At Your Summer Music Festival Safe

2If you're responsible for putting on any kind of outdoor festival or concert, there are a number of important logistics to keep track of. Among them is making sure your performers are kept happy and healthy. In this piece, we look at what you can do to keep your event headliners safe, and taken care of well enough to ensure they're willing to come back again next time.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Musicians On Call Launches Annual Online Charity Auction

image from cdn.shortpixel.aiMusicians On Call, the nonprofit bringing music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, has launched its annual online auction, offering fans the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind music and entertainment experiences.

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Preventative Health Tips For Touring Artists

2While taking your music on the road is the dream of many artists, life on tour - in addition to being an eye-opening adventure - can also be incredibly stressful, and put a significant strain on both your mental and physical health.

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5 Techniques For Maintaining The Fans You Made On Your Last Tour

1Assuming your latest tour wasn't a complete disaster (or maybe even if it was), chances are you acquired a few new friends along the road. So how do you turn these fresh fans into repeat customers? Here we look at five ways of keeping new listeners engaged.

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker Voting Is Open

image from cdn.smehost.netYour votes can help choose which panels should grace the stage at SXSW 2020. Voting now will help keep your favorites near the top of the list.

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Sony Music's Thread Shop Acquires Araca Group To Expand Merch Operation

image from i0.wp.comSony Music's music merch division, The Thread Shop has acquired the music merch department of The Araca Group for an undisclosed sum.

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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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Flow Festival Asks Artists To Take A Stand For The Environment With Sustainability Rider

image from pbs.twimg.comThe Flow Festival has invited artists to take a stand for the environment with their riders. Created in collaboration with Flow’s sustainability partner Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel, the Sustainability Rider offers a free-to-use set of clauses that can be added to existing riders, including recycling or offsetting aviation emissions.

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Guide To Promoting Your Next Show

1Playing a sold out show is one of the most rewarding feelings you get as an artist. But to get there requires planning and execution. This piece walks through every step of promoting a show from announcement to sellout.

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Questlove, DMC Headline CD Baby DIY Musician Conference

DIYCon2019_SquareLogoCD Baby has moved its DIY Musician conference to Austin on August 16-18. To mark the shift, the much-loved d.i.y. music distributor is adding some real star power to its already strong mix of networking, advice, and inspiration.

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Music Marketing Pro Tip: Work The Line

1For virtually every live show waiting in line is part and parcel of the whole experience, with often standing in a que for hours before a show kicks off. This time can make for a great, old school, real-world marketing for other artists, providing a captive audience who is clearly passionate about music.

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8 Great College Towns To Organize Your Next Tour Around

3Getting to visit new places and share your music, live with an enthusiastic audience, is all part of what makes touring as a musician so amazing - and if you pick the right places, that eager audience willing to give you a shot will already be there. Here we look at eight fantastic college towns to plan your next tour around.

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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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