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Stuart Epps Has Worked with Elton John, Led Zeppelin and Now He's On The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

image from eppsmusicproductions.comStuart Epps has toured America with Elton John, produced and engineered records for Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Bill Wyman and Paul Rodgers. He's now focusing on the next generation of artists and this week he joins co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast.

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What's It Worth? A College Education's Value In The Music Industry

1Many people are still raised with the belief that a college education is the best way to put you on a path to success in the workforce, but in an industry like the music business, experience is far more prized than a high GPA. So how does higher education fit into a field like music?

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How To Start A Music Focused Podcast

1Living as we are in the Golden Age of podcasting, new shows are constantly springing up every day, and the music industry is no exception. A fun and easy way to engage your audience, there are a few critical components for putting together a quality podcast, which we cover here.

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NEVER Say This To Your Fans [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comThis week Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast discuss an official statement from Vinnie Vincent, former KISS guitarist, and why you should NEVER post something like this. Plus why you should NEVER talk to your fans like this, and why you should have someone else be the bad guy when dealing with fans.

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Bandsintown & Hypebot: Updates From Bruce Houghton

Bandsintown - newBruce Houghton sits down with Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to discuss the Bandsintown purchase of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank. How did it happen? What does this mean for Bruce and Hypebot? What does Bandsintown have planned for the blogs and its expanding Bandsintown For Artists platform?

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Soundfly Offers Online Music Courses With A Human Touch [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

image from flypaper.soundfly.comJeremy Young of Soundfly is a d.i.y. music business guru who has toured three continents and loves giving advice to emerging artists. He joins Michael and Jay on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast to share how on Soundfly, you can explore an article about how your favorite artist achieved their sound, sign up for a short free course or invest in a Mainstage course with a personal mentor.

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Set Realistic Goals, Expectations [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comThis week on the Music Biz Weekly podcast Jay Gilbert and Michael Brandvold discuss why you need to set realistic expectations and goals for any project you are working on. It's your very first release, thinking that Rolling Stone will review is not realistic. You can't sell out a show in your home town, touring Europe probably isn't too realistic.

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How Not To Get Caught In The Set It And Forget It Trap

Muisc Biz Weekly Podcast photosToo many artists forget to change bios, links, call to actions, photos after an album, tour and other milestones and events. On this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast Michael Brandvold  and Jay Gilbert discuss some tips we learned from speaking with YouTube, like setting up your video name, description, keywords and custom thumbnail. Did you know that even the file name matters?

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7 Podcasts That Take You Behind Scenes Of Sync, Music Supervision

1Now one of the best ways to make serious money in the music industry, sync licensing and the music supervision process holds a lot of interest for bands and artists looking to raise their profile. This seven podcasts pull back the curtain and give us look at an often mysterious part of the music industry.

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You Just Dropped A New Release, Now What?

It's Friday & You Just Dropped Your New Release  Now What Do You Do_ 0-5 screenshotYou had a great marketing plan leading up to your new release, but do you have a plan on what to do after it's released? "Sadly many small labels significantly cut back their marketing efforts once the album is out," says Music Biz Weekly podcast co-host Michael Brandvold.

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Song Stories: How Boise's Treefort Music Fest Grew From A Small Event Into A Huge Success [PODCAST]

Song Stories [Podcast]

Song Stories, hosted by Hypebot contributor Kyle Bylin, explores how music changes people's lives and impacts the places they live in. This week's episode features Eric Gilbert, who is the co-founder and director of Treefort Music Fest, a music festival in Boise, IA. The festival proudly shines a spotlight on regional music, literature, art, food, and beer. We talk about why the festival came to be and how it has impacted Boise's national reputation and local music scene.

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Measuring Return On Investment, Defining Success In The Music Business

image from www.michaelbrandvold.comThis week Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss a question sent in by Music Biz Weekly podcast listener Ashworth Wiltshire: "Can you guys talk about another dirty subject, Return On Investment (ROI), as related to the budget.” The co-hosts added a discussion of the related subject of defining success.

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Hypebot Crashes The Music Biz Weekly Podcast: Streaming, PledgeMusic, Smart Speakers, More

image from michaelbrandvold.comThe big three record labels earning $19 million a day from streaming, the ongoing PledgeMusic tragedy, how smart speakers are changing songwriting and the future of podcasting were all part of a wide ranging discussion between Bruce Houghton of Hypebot and the Skyline Artists Agency and Music Biz Weekly co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert.

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Most Artists Don't Understand Their Record Deal, Do You?

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusicians need to understand the contracts they sign and their implications, but most don't. Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert are joined on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast by manager and educator Mark Tavern to explore why that is and what to do about.

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Song Stories: The Future of Virtual Reality and Music Experiences w/ Cortney Harding [PODCAST]

Song Stories [Podcast]

After a several year hiatus, Hypebot's Music Biz Podcast is relaunching as Song Stories. The show, hosted by long-time contributor Kyle Bylin, will explore how music changes people's lives and impacts the places they live. This week's episode features Cortney Harding, the founder of Friends with Holograms, an AR and VR agency that develops immersive brand experiences and virtual training.

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If You Aren’t Posting Your Pre-Order Link, You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

image from www.michaelbrandvold.comPosting everyday to promote a new release is fine. But if you aren’t posting a pre-order link, then you are making your fans jump through unnecessary hoops. Listen and learn from music marketing experts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast.

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Billboard’s Power 100 List: The Right & Wrong

1As such 'best ofs' are want to do, Billboard's recent Power 100 list of the music industry's most important people was met with some controversy by the industry as a whole, with many feeling the company's ranking missed the mark a bit. In this piece David Philp explores where Billboard went wrong, as well as some of things they were a little more accurate about.

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Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn) On The Importance Of Pre-Production

image from www.michaelbrandvold.comMichael Beinhorn produced albums have sod 45 million copies, and he is one of only a handful to have two separate recordings debut in Billboard’s Top Ten in the same week.  Beinhorn joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss pre-production and much more.

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If You Don’t Understand Video Monetization You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

image from is3-ssl.mzstatic.comYou need help with your digital strategy if you don’t understand video monetization. That's what Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert explore on the Music Biz Weekly podcast this week. Learn how to monetize your videos on Youtube and who is eligible.

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5 Tips For Preparing To Release New Music [Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comIn this new episode of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast,  Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss an article that Jay wrote for Soultracks.com, 5 Basic Tips: Preparing to Release New Music.

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Most Influential Music Blogs 2019

1Never underestimate the power of music blogs in a marketplace where an almost unlimited number of voices are screaming for attention. We look at the Top 25 of the 200 most influential music blogs of 2019, whether you're trying to find new music to listen to or get your music 'discovered'.

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Music Biz Weekly Podcast Looks Back At 2018 And What's Next In 2019

image from michaelbrandvold.comFor the last Music Biz Weekly Podcast of 2018, co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert look back at 2018, comment on industry shifts that excited and disappointed them and look ahead to 2019.

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Muzooka: Manage All Media Assets From A Central Hub

MuzookaShawn Wilson from Muzooka.com joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. Muzooka is where artists and their teams manage media assets across multiple platforms from a central hub.

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Spotify Invests in DistroKid and We Have Many Questions [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Question-markSpotify recently announced that artists would be able to upload music directly to Spotify at no cost. This week, the streamer revealed a minority investment in DIY music distributor  DistroKid  to expand those Spotify uploads to Apple Music, Amazon and other music services. This is BIG NEWS! Very few details are available, but The Music Biz Weekly podcast's Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert have a lot of questions.

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Rocket Songs Is A Marketplace Of Original Songs

Rocket songsJonathan Stone of original song marketplace Rocket Songs joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast.  Music publishing is a multi-billion dollar industry that has been mostly undisrupted by the tech and data revolution.  Rocket Songs is working change that and democratize music publishing. 

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D.I.Y. Spotify Playlist Promotion with Crosshair Music

image from bluejaymusic.comGarrison Snell CEO of Crosshair Music and Gyrosity Projects joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss the self-service platform, Crosshair Music, for submitting music to playlists. Their mission is to affordably connect musicians directly to the playlist curators and social influencers who can help grow their audiences. But does it work?

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Using SubmitHub to Submit Music to Blogs, Playlists, More [Get FREE Premium Credits]

SubmithubFor first Music Biz Weekly podcast episode of 2018,  Micahel Brandvold is joined by Jason Grishkoff from SubmitHub.com. Jason shares with us how SubmitHub was born out of a need for managing submission to his own music blog, Indie Shuffle and discuss how artists can use it to submit their music to blogs, radio stations, record labels and now... Spotify playlists.

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Best Music Biz Weekly Podcasts Of 2017

Muisc Biz Weekly Podcast photosThe co-hosts of Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly Podcast, music marketing experts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert, each share their five favorite MBW podcasts of 2017.  From Seth Godin to PledgeMusic, these shows offer an essential look at the state of music marketing as 2017 winds down.  

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