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Anyone can join the discussion and contribute relevant articles to Music Think Tank.  Begin by signing up and then logging in to publish your posts directly to MTT Open. Please make sure that your posts are in the proper format before posting (see previous posts) and that there are minimal errors such as grammar or spelling. Popular articles are occasionally moved to the front of the site. Contributors own and operate this blog (more info).

Tuesday
Feb172015

Perception or Progress?

In an internet-centric world where everything is laid on the table for all to see, perception is something that we very much like to control as musicians, and something that we’ve found a lot of different ways to manipulate to our advantages. In an effort to make things easier on ourselves, we’ve been led down so many dead-end alleys that it’s incredible that we continue to fall for them. I count myself in this.

The first one for my generation of artists was Myspace. Countless hours were spent growing networks only to see them crumble into nothingness as the pendulum swung away from that paradigm. Even worse for those who paid money for designers to make their personalised profiles look the business.

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Monday
Feb162015

The Best Time to Release Your Album: A Month by Month Guide

Last year I put together this handy dandy cheat sheet to give bands the best time to release their album or EP to maximize exposure. But you know what? Things change. A few months that were fantastic in the past, proved to be fatal in 2014.

So here is the updated, new and improved guide for releasing an album in 2015 and early 2016.

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Friday
Feb132015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | Haggle Your Way to the Stage: 4 things to know when negotiating with venues

Thursday
Feb122015

Brain Benefits: How Learning Music is Instrumental in Children's Brain Development

Scientists are performing some exciting research regarding how our brains develop, especially when it comes to music. One of the popular findings is that learning music in early childhood positively affects brain development. Take a look at some of the findings that show how learning music is instrumental in children’s brain development.

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Wednesday
Feb112015

Indie Artist Summit in Nashville

Music conferences are filled with so much doom and gloom. And yet I see success every single day in the careers of the indie musicians I work with. It’s not about looking back. It’s about looking forward together with optimism. This is where the future of the music industry will come from and this is what we need to be focusing on.

 

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Tuesday
Feb102015

How To NOT Get Ripped Off When Buying Rap Features

Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon for hip hop artists to have a less desirable outcome than they expected when buying a feature from another rapper. Business acumen, professionalism, and ethics are often times absent even from more established artists in the industry.

 

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Monday
Feb092015

Haggle Your Way to the Stage: 4 things to know when negotiating with venues

Like citizens of a lot of developed countries, it’s not engrained in us to haggle.  The price posted is the price paid.  But my trip to Hawaii – while not the traditional negotiating experience – opened my eyes and I began to look at the world through hagglers’ eyes.

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Saturday
Feb072015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Promoting Tracks on the Internet - Some Do's and Dont's

Thursday
Feb052015

A TRIBUTE TO THE ROAD MANAGER - PRAISE AND A PRAYER

When Elvis Presley’s fiancée Ginger Alden found him unconscious in the Graceland upstairs bathroom at 2:00 pm on August 16, 1977, she called to Joe Esposito, Elvis’s longtime road manager. Joe immediately ran upstairs, surveyed the situation, and went right to work. He called for an ambulance from the bathroom phone and he attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage, but to no avail. However, by the time the paramedics arrived, the bathroom and the adjacent sitting room had been cleaned up, as well as the vomit from the shag carpet in the bathroom. Anyone who has ever done the road manager gig for any length of time knows exactly what to do in these kinds of circumstances.

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Wednesday
Feb042015

How To Gain More Authentic Followers

Is to not try to do this at all! but in fact to start small. Tiny! Instead of thinking wide, about how many people you can pull into your pie, think so small!

Think that every single person you pull in has to really love your music, or your art (whatever it is that you do). The wider your audience the more chance you have of distilling the type of people that may see and like your posts.

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Tuesday
Feb032015

Promoting Tracks on the Internet - Some Do's and Dont's

Over the last few days I’ve been spending time going through posts by musicians on the web and Facebook groups. While doing this, I’ve also made a list of ways we can improve the way we post (and essentially market) our tracks.  Some of these are obvious - but believe me, I’ve seen the same mistakes over and over again! I thought I’d share my list of observations with you all.  I hope you find this useful.

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Monday
Feb022015

The Musicians Guide To Rocking Your Next Email Interview

So a blogger of the blogosphere has asked you to do an email interview (condensed way of saying he or she will email you interview questions and you will email them back the answers), cool. Whether you have a professional publicist, a friend behaving as your publicist, or you are taking the DIY approach does not matter- this article is for you.

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Friday
Jan302015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | Exposure is BS...Mostly

Thursday
Jan292015

How to Build Buzz for Your Next Release (German Rap Edition)

You know who’s selling more records than US rappers?

German rappers.

Not only have records sales in Germany beengoing (relatively) strong overall, but homegrown rap artists are topping the charts.

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