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Tuesday
Jan272015

Exposure Is Mostly BS...Mostly

Exposure is mostly BS…mostly

If only I had more…

From the days of playing guitar for various bands to seeking out more listeners for Seeds of Music, exposure has always been a term on the tip of my frontal cortex.

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Monday
Jan262015

ALL THE BIG STREAMING SERVICES HAVE NOW BEEN HIT WITH NEW LAWSUITS OVER PRE-1972 SOUND RECORDINGS 

It started with the Turtles suing SiriusXM, but now all of the leading providers of streaming music are involved in lawsuits concerning pre-1972 sound recordings. New lawsuits have been filed against Apple’s Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group/Grooveshark.

 

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Friday
Jan232015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | The Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals For 2015

Thursday
Jan222015

What I Learned from Writing One Song a Week

In addition to the monthly music videos that I have been releasing since June of 2013, I recently challenged myself to write a song a week for ten weeks based on the Torah portion from the Book of Genesis.

This was hard. And it took a lot of time.

And it was completely awesome. 

Here’s what I learned:

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Wednesday
Jan212015

Declaration of a New Alternative

In the digital age, in the age of social media, in an age where the music business model has virtually disappeared, the silos between eras and genres no longer exist. Commercial and non-commercial is the new paradigm. In a brief moment of inspiration I coined a new term, No Pop.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

How do Feature Placements in Stores Work?

 As a distribution company, our efforts have gone beyond just the delivery and fulfillment for record labels and artists. We’ve branched out into various other services (Publishing Administration, Neighboring Rights, etc.), but of course, being that the word “distribution” is in our DNA and literally, our company name, it’s our core business.

 

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Monday
Jan192015

The Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals For 2015

It is still the very top of a brand new year! It is an ideal time to set your goals. I see a marked difference between artists who set finite goals and those who do not. 

Ask yourself: Is this the year I want to make a difference for my musical career?  And if so – what difference and how? Then it’s time to reach into that treasure chest - your mind and formuate a KILLER PLAN for this year. 

 

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Saturday
Jan172015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | 9 Things I Learned at YOUR MUSIC, YOUR RIGHTS, YOUR CAREER

Thursday
Jan152015

9 Things I Learned at YOUR MUSIC, YOUR RIGHTS, YOUR CAREER 

Oh, my default self? I call her IKIA: Impatient Know-It-All. (Replace “Impatient” with “Insufferable” if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Yes, my default self is also a dork.) She has lots of evidence that supports her know-it-all-ness, like her years of touring, recording, licensing, and a $30k fan-funding story to boot. That, plus speaking at SXSW and writing a successful e-course for musicians pretty much makes it impossible for IKIA to learn anything new, let alone be a likable contender for collaboration.

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Jason’s Music Industry Predictions for 2015

- The streaming battle will continue with more artists’ pulling/banning albums and materials from services like Spotify or Pandora.

- Beats and Apple will take their place in the streaming game. Apple waited too long to get into the streaming game, they will stick to what they know best and maybe even abandon the whole streaming service. Apple’s decision to do so will surprise many, however, Apple is smart enough to know when to fold before failing. Low subscription numbers will make Apple back out of the streaming services.

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Tuesday
Jan132015

6 Phrases That Make You Sound Like a Diva

Divas. These days, that word is usually treated with disdain. We associate it with arrogance and haughtiness. We all know a few artists who have a ridiculous sense of self-entitlement. And though they might take themselves very seriously (and maybe a few of their fans too), the rest of us will laugh behind their backs.

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Monday
Jan122015

How To Leverage Radio/Tv Interviews And Convert Listeners Of The Show Into Fans

Many listeners of these shows basically listen to your music and then forget about it. Read this guide for free today to learn how convert those listeners into fans.

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Sunday
Jan112015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | Music: Art or Business? – 2 New-Old Considerations

Thursday
Jan082015

What Made The Book of Mormon the Musical of the Year?

“The Book of Mormon” is the Tony Award-winning musical developed by the creators of the animated comedy “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with artist Robert Lopez and director Casey Nicholaw. It’s an irreverent story about two Mormon missionaries in Uganda, and it riffs on some of the most difficult issues of our day, ranging from religion to warmongering to poverty to disease. After seven years of development, this show full of satire, profanity, song and dance opened in 2011 to critical acclaim. So, what is it about this show that makes it the musical of the year?

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