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Thursday
Feb282019

How Do Indie Music Blogs And Radio Survive? A Harsh Reality

How Do Indie Music Blogs and Radio Survive? A Harsh Reality. Over the past few years I’ve watched many indie music blogs and independent radio come and go like the wind. We often hear about supporting the artists, which is exactly what these independent platforms do. The people behind the indie platforms sacrifice their health, families, lifestyle and quite often go into debt struggling to pay for the necessary costs associated with running such platforms. MusicTalks recently ran a poll on twitter which asked the question; ‘What would you do if all the independently run blogs and radio disappeared? Who would you get to place your new releases, interviews etc. up?’

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Wednesday
Feb272019

Is The Proliferation Of Indie Streaming Platforms Hurting Unsigned Artists?

When major streaming platforms are fighting to build a monopoly on the music business, one which will allow them to dictate how the general public should consume music and basically who should be listened to, helped by AI algorithms that are heavily biased towards big artists from contractual and financial ties to their labels, for unsigned artists the deal is impossibly bad and will continue to be, so it might be argued that this is a clear case for alternative/independent solutions.

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Tuesday
Feb262019

8 Essential Pages For Your Music Website

This guest post from Dave Cool is an excerpt from Bandzoogle’s free online guide How to make a website for your music

When you’re designing a website for your music, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is what menu options to have, and how to organize them. Here are some key points to keep in mind when mapping out the navigation for your site:

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Monday
Feb252019

Sound Healing: Musicians As Mental Health Professionals

Negative sleep patterns, eating disorders, and unhealthy blood pressure levels are all being treated with music therapy nowadays. Some music has even been recorded specifically for healing purposes. If you’re interested in taking your career in music to a whole new level, read on!

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Saturday
Feb232019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Handling Criticism

Friday
Feb222019

5 Essential Tips For Musicians On Handling Criticism

If you aim to become a famous musician, you want a careers booster, but you’re certainly going to face criticism whether you like it or not. Even if you aim towards the alternative scene and you don’t necessarily want huge success, you’re still going to face the critics.

Each and every artist has haters. The more popular you get, the more haters you’ll have and the louder they will get.  

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Thursday
Feb212019

Tips For Writing A Music Resume Which Will Get You Results

Guest post by Chloe Bennet 

Music industry absolutely requires you to have a professional, engaging and well formatted resume to get the job hunt success that you are looking for. Music is a field in which there is a fluid collection of skills which you need to be able to demonstrate you have on paper, and not all of them are that simple to explain. It can be a daunting task trying to go about proving your suitability for a music firm through the resume, especially if having a good resume is a pre-requisite to earning yourself an interview.

So, with that all said, here are some methods for writing a great music resume.

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Thursday
Feb212019

New Website Launches Connecting Japanese Music Industry With Other Countries

Japan Music Industry Global Network (JAMING) has officially launched its new website, designed to help connect artists and music industry professionals from Japan, with those from other countries. By building a database of individuals and companies involved in the music industry, which includes label executives, artists, songwriters, sound engineers, booking agencies, music publishers and music attorneys, as well as entertainment professionals who are looking for music and artists for t.v., film and video game, members will have a growing resource of others in the industry, to interact with.

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Monday
Feb182019

Trust Is The Next Big Data Opportunity

This year, the battle lines are being drawn in the fight for consumer privacy.

In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook, took a stand for consumer privacy rights in an article for Time Magazine, asserting that consumers have a right to know how their data is being used.

The past few years have been like the “wild west” in data harvesting. Taking a stand for consumer privacy at this moment in time is a calculated move on Apple’s part. Building trust around data and privacy is necessary in today’s digital world.

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Saturday
Feb162019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Email Lists

Friday
Feb152019

Top 5 Ukulele Starter Tips Everyone Should Know

Those who are ukulele beginners and start to learn to play the ukulele may get tips from here.

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Friday
Feb152019

Email Lists for Musicians – Where The Heck To Start! 

Did you know that email marketing is the top way to get people to move from being fans to fans who actually buy your music? 

It’s true!

Email marketing has come a long way since the early days of AOL and it is the perfect things for musicians to incorporate into their music strategy. Emails can help you build deep relationships between you and your fans. They can help you launch a new album with massive sales. And they don’t have to be a standard newsletter of tour dates. 

So how the heck do you start if you’ve never thought about having one before? 

Let’s chat about where to start with email marketing, how to get people to sign up, and what to send those new fans.

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Tuesday
Feb122019

How To Release Your Own Music – Full Presentation

In January 2019 I was asked to present a talk on how to release your own music to a group of people in Riga, Latvia.

It was the first time I’d done anything live, with regard to self-releasing, but I took up the challenge and wanted to fit as much information into the talk as possible.

Turns out, I went overboard and spoke for almost TWO HOURS on the topic! I had so many stories, tips and things I wanted to discuss.

Anyway, I re-recorded the presentation here, and was more concise and a little faster. I managed to get the presentation down to a little over an hour.

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Monday
Feb112019

Dirty Money And The Starving Artist

As artists, we need to value our work, be proud enough to put a fair price to it, as fans and art lovers, we need to respect the artists we love and support their work for what it’s really worth. It’s a matter of respect.

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