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Monday
Dec052016

Are You Sabotaging Your PR Success?

Being in a band can be a lot of fun, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. There isn’t any tried and true manual which describes every step you’ll need to take to find success, but there are tips and tricks. How do you know if you’re doing everything right? Here are a few ways to know if you’re actually sabotaging your PR success. Have a sit down with your bandmates and see what has to change.

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Saturday
Dec032016

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: 

Friday
Dec022016

5 Ways Great Timing Stacks Music Blog Coverage In Your Favor

I’ve had many a band come to me thinking they could overcome the one major factor that determines whether their band will be covered.

What’s that factor? Timing.

When you are unknown band, you are already faced with the major challenge of no one knowing who you are. As a result, you have to give extra benefits in them covering you. You need to stack as much as you can in your favor. And timeliness is the best way to do that.

Here’s a few ways you can maximize timeliness.

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Thursday
Dec012016

DigitalRadioTracker Tracks Internet Radio Spins

A few years ago, I suddenly began getting these weekly emails out of the blue from DigitalRadioTracker.  I was excited because they offer valuable chart information for internet radio spins, a growth area I was closely watching.  Some of my friends in the music industry have started their own internet radio stations and many others have launched internet radio shows.  Additionally, I receive many interview requests and spins for my artists at internet radio.  My concern with internet radio has always been that it’s next to impossible to know how many listeners are reached or how many times a song is played. 

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Tuesday
Nov292016

Music Tech Startup Soundstr Closes $1.1M In Seed Financing

Soundstr, a music technology startup aiming to bring fairness to real-world music usage, has closed a $1.1 million round of seed financingCincyTech led the round with participation from entertainment data and technology company Gracenote, Accelerant and angel investors. 

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Monday
Nov282016

Four Tips To Jumpstart Your Songwriting Routine

If you’re visiting music think tank for the first time or the 50th time, you have something in common, you’re here for the music and your whole life has probably been dedicated to music. Perhaps this craft is basically all you can imagine yourself doing for the next however long. 

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Thursday
Nov242016

Ludacris Finally Opens "Chicken N Beer" Restaurant In Atlanta Airport

Ludacris announced his plans to open a “Chicken N Beer” restaurant in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport nearly five years ago. Today, November 17, the restaurant has finally opened on the airport’s Concourse D.

“It took me three years, but it’s finally coming into fruition,” he said on Instagram. “Anything that’s worth waiting for is worth having, and we are finally here. I’ve seen it come from my third album all the way to a restaurant… I’m talking about great food, great drinks, great energy, and my employees are the best employees in the world.”

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Monday
Nov212016

How To Get A Band Knowledge Panel

This post was written by Wes Walls and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

For musicians and bands, one of the most basic SEO achievements you can make is to get a Knowledge Panel to appear for your band keyword searches.

In past blog posts, we’ve talked a lot about the different types of search results pages that matter to you as a musician. The key to unlocking many of the rich search features offered by Google for musicians and fans is to get your basic Knowledge Panel working.

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Saturday
Nov192016

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: Tips For Songwriters

Friday
Nov182016

4 Tips For Songwriters Seeking Artists To Record Their Songs

This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

The goal of many a songwriter is to find artists to sing our material. And there are few things more thrilling than when you hear your music come to life. The first time you get to hear an artist’s take on a song you spent hours on, all alone in your writing room, is truly magical. The feeling exists somewhere in between hearing a very personal cover, and the ephemeral act of co-writing or collaborating with someone.

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Thursday
Nov172016

Rock It Safe: 4 Ways To Enjoy Your Next Show Without The Aftermath

A lot of people go to small rock concert parties and stadium events with little thought in their minds about the things that can go wrong. Yet a single event during or after the show can ruin a person’s life for days, weeks, months or even years. Consider the following ways to improve your chances of having an enjoyable time without any unpleasantness afterward.

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Wednesday
Nov162016

Social Media Content Management For Musicians

This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

u’ve decided how you want to brand yourself online. You’ve created your band’s social media pages. You’re posting regularly, and still, you’re not seeing results. The solution: content planning.

By putting all of your energy into posting new content without thinking about the big picture, you’re only getting half the job done. Instead, set marketing goals, create content in bulk, and utilize the (often free) social media management tools available online.

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Tuesday
Nov152016

5 Things To Know Before Renewing Your Music Licenses

With the New Year just around the corner, it’s likely time to renew your music licensing agreements. But this industry is under some major changes that could impact all businesses. Music licensing is a dense topic. Some businesses attempt to avoid paying license fees. But the threat of expensive fines is all too real. New technology is helping businesses negotiate fairer fees and more songwriters get paid. It’s time to take a second look at this industry.

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Monday
Nov142016

This Musician Changed His Stage Name Because Of Trump

For the past few years trumpeter Niko Segal has gone by his stage name “Donnie Trumpet.” But after Tuesday’s election, he couldn’t take it anymore

The Chicago musician posted on his website (which is now nicosegal.com instead of donnietrumpet.com) and social media pages Friday that he couldn’t continue being connected with President-elect Donald Trump. 

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