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Thursday
Nov102016

Three Ways The Internet Hates Your Band

I am 24 years old and have a marketing job, college education, cute girlfriend and parent’s rockin’ health insurance. So I guess I have absolutely no place to talk about how hard my life is or how difficult it is to get my music out there into the hands of people who would rather pirate the newest Taylor/Bieber/Gomez/Kanye/whatever record than download mine for free off of Bandcamp. But I guess I’m going to, because a lot of you reading this are probably in a similar position.

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Optimizing Your Band Website For SEO

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

If SEO is important to you as a musician, then having a website for your band is arguably the most important factor. But just having one isn’t quite enough. You need to optimize it for search engines.

Before you read this though, head over to Chapter 1 of this multi-post SEO guide for musicians to get familiar with your SEO strategy, the Fan Journey, and everything else we’ve covered up to this point.

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Monday
Nov072016

My Favorite Free Resources For Drum Teachers

Giving drum lessons is an exciting and rewarding activity, whether you’re teaching professionally, just earning a little extra cash on the side, or simply trying to inspire the next generation of drummers.

It can also be a difficult task. Knowing how to play the drums yourself is obviously essential to being able to teach them, but it’s certainly not the only requirement. Learn how to go from excellent drummer to awesome drum teacher with a little help from great resources all over the internet.

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Saturday
Nov052016

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: Music Blog Coverage

Wednesday
Nov022016

7 Common Themes To Secure Music Blog Coverage

This article appeared first on Green Light Go. 

It can often be overwhelming when you’re build a press list for your band. How do you know if the blog will cover you? Why aren’t they covering you? What are they looking for?

Take a look at the seven common themes below to see if you’re setting up your band for music blog coverage.

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Tuesday
Nov012016

Rock Locker: How Your Band Can Use A Storage Unit To Rehearse

Being in a band already has many challenges of its own. Finding the right spot to rehearse is just the first of dozens. Playing in your garage can irritate the neighbors and even get you in trouble with the law due to noise complaints. Studios are great, but can be very expensive and are quite often out of the band’s budget. So what is your band to do? You may want to consider renting a storage unit. Storage units can be used for far more than just storing your Christmas tree after the holidays. Many bands are using them for a hassle-free place to get together and practice. The benefits seem to be innumerable. Continue reading to be informed of a few of the benefits and even some useful tips for turning a storage space into your very own studio. As long as it’s okay with the storage company, your band can benefit greatly from it.

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Monday
Oct312016

How To Write An Effective Musician Bio (With Examples!)

One of most important pages on your website is your bio page. But a lot of bands get stuck at the part where you have to actually write about yourself! This is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a super important way to make your band look professional.

A great bio will create a first impression of you to many of your website visitors, so make it a good one! It will help convert your visitors into fans, as well as give bloggers and media a sense of who you are. Let’s look at a few ideas that will help you craft an effective musician bio.

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Monday
Oct312016

Is It Time To Save Music?

In an article recently published by Paul Resnikoff, he wraps up the facts that detail all the problems that are killing the music business, the industry the artists, and eventually music as the form of art that we all love.

This is so depressing to read, yet so true, that the earlier we deal with, the better.
Paul’s article had me inspired to take action and write this in response.
We have to do our best to save music!

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Sunday
Oct302016

Calling All Potential Contributors!

MusicThinkTank.com was created to share opinions, ideas and best practices in the current and future music industry.  To provide our community with the with the best possible content, we are asking for your submissions.                                                                          

Dear  MusicThinkTank community,

Thank you for your loyal readership and the insightful content that many of you have written. Without you, Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have something to say about the music industry, please consider contributing a post to MTT. Remember to review the submission guidelines posted on the MTT open page before posting.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions, we look forward to reviewing and sharing your content. 

Saturday
Oct292016

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: Start A Band In NYC

Friday
Oct282016

How To Start A Band In NYC

It’s no coincidence that so many aspiring musicians live in New York City. The Big Apple is one of the best places in the world for any type of artist to be successful. If you’re already living in one of the five boroughs, you’re on the road to making your musical dreams come true… but you still need to get your act together. Here’s our advice for how to start a band and set yourself up for success. Read full how to start a band in NYC post here.

Friday
Oct282016

Is There Room For Old Fashioned Values In Today’s Music Industry?

Getting a record deal has never been easy. Even back in the days when the A&R man was your friend and an artist could make a substantial living from physical sales alone - you still had to be discovered, and nurtured, by someone with clout, connections, resources and know-how. But perhaps a musician was judged more on talent back then, rather than a hook or gimmick.

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Wednesday
Oct262016

10 Easy Ways To Support Your Favorite Bands

A fan of Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad recently asked “Wouldn’t you, the band, make more profit if I order a CD instead of getting it from iTunes, where a large portion of it goes to Apple?”

First of all, hats off to @marino2210 for asking such a thoughtful and considerate question.  It’s a simple and powerful reminder that most people want to do good and support the things they love.  Thank you.

To answer the question…

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Monday
Oct242016

10 Tips For Working With Tough Promoters

Every hometown has them – the notoriously “tough” promoter. Once you can connect with them, find your way into their good books, and show your value - they can become a useful ally as you build your budding career.

But, if you don’t and find yourself on their black list, you might as well consider yourself done in that market. Here are some quick ways to work with promoters who’ve seen it all and tips to ensure mutually beneficial relationships for years to come. 

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