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Friday
Oct142016

The Return Of The Song Plugger - The Unsung Heros Behind Songwriting’s Renaissance In The Digital Age 

By Thomas Scherer, EVP US publishing and international writer services at BMG

We’re in the middle of a golden age of collaboration in the music industry. The digital age has removed barriers for artists and writers teaming up to work together, contributing parts, ideas, lyrics and so much more. In the past twelve months, some of the biggest hits in our catalogue - such as DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You” ft. Justin Bieber and Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” - have been co-created by amazingly talented writing and production teams. Yet all of this creativity is underpinned by an unsung role that has never been more important within the music industry - the song plugger. 

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Thursday
Oct132016

Judicial Approval Of Contracts With Minors - A Necessity For Businesses (Record Business, Modeling Agencies & Tech Companies)

If a person or entity contracts with a minor they need to understsand the law. From managers to production companies to modeling agencies, and even technology start-ups, the predicament of employing or contracting with a party under the age of eighteen has become an increasing problem. The minor is not bound by the contract and may disaffirm the contract at any time during minority or within a reasonable time after reaching majority. Without a valid written agreement the employment is “at will” under the law of most States which means the minor can depart at any time. The dilemma created by a minor’s ability to disaffirm a contract is that it may seriously jeopardize the employer’s financial investment in the services of the minor whether it is the ongoing efforts of an agency to develop the career of a young talent or the technology company’s expectation that is owns the copyright in the code created by the teenage whiz kid it employs.

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Wednesday
Oct122016

How Music Production Costs Are Impacting Songwriters

Maybe you have written some good song lyrics and believe you’re a good songwriter (or at least have been told so). So now, all you need to make it big is to record the right songs that will get picked up by a major label, artist, or publisher, right?

Well, not exactly. Not according to industry statistics, which have painted a dismal picture for the music creation fraternity; especially songwriters. To begin with, approximately 19 out of every 20 songwriters, who have had their music published, do not earn enough from their craft to live comfortably. That is, according to figures released by several performing rights organizations in the U.S.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Music SEO: Know Your SERPs

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

SERPs? It stands for “search engine results pages”.

Simple enough. Got that out of the way.

If you’re a musician, especially one who cares about your SEO, then SERPs matter a lot to you. We’re going to focus on Google in this post because that’s where most people go when they search.

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Monday
Oct102016

4 Tips For Successfully Building Your Personal Music Brand

This article originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog

There’s so much more to being a professional musician than just creating and playing music. If you want to make it in this business, you’ve got to stand out from the crowd, and when it comes to musicians, that’s tough. Some people go overboard with insane costumes and exaggerated personalities, but that’s hard to pull off. Sure, it’s worked for some, but if you’re not trying to wear a mask onstage or be batshit crazy online, you’re going to have to find something that works for you. 

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Saturday
Oct082016

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Mosh Pit Mash-Up

Friday
Oct072016

Mosh Pit Mash-Up: How To Stay Safe At Your Next Concert

Live music is always a fantastic experience, but some concert attendees get more than they planned on when they end up stuck in a mosh pit. Mosh pits are common at most metal and some rock shows, and they involve a lot of enthusiastic and occasionally aggressive movements. Veteran concert-goers know that you should follow certain rules if you want to avoid getting injured in the pit.

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Friday
Oct072016

Learn The Secrets Of Writing A Catchy, Memorable Hook At SongwriterLink’s Webinar On 10/22/16

In this webinar on October 22, 2016 presented by SongwriterLink and Songwriting magazine, Friedemann Findeisen will share the proven formulas and songwriting tools you need to write strong hooks every time.

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Wednesday
Oct052016

Get Better Playlists, Easier 

Recent research shows how popular playlist listening has become to modern music fans; outpacing the album for the first time ever. And with the proliferation of digital music platforms, it’s easier than ever to compose your own playlists. 

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Tuesday
Oct042016

4 Signs You're Sabotaging Your Band's Success

After working in the music industry for over 20 years, I can tell pretty quickly a few surefire signs a band is getting in the way of their own success. Ultimately it all starts with a victim mindset that pervades every decision made and how the band interacts with every opportunity.

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Monday
Oct032016

How To Promote Your Music To Bloggers

This post was written by Joy Ike ​and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog.

I know what you’re thinking: Blogs are so 2005.

It’s true, blogs were a big deal back in the day. But they still are – you just don’t know it.

Believe it or not, as a musician, you need blogs. They are the lifeblood of many artists’ careers, and one of the most effective ways for independent musicians to grow their online reach.

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Saturday
Oct012016

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: Sell Merch Like A Boss

Thursday
Sep292016

How To Sell Merch Like A Boss

Don’t get stuck with a bunch of burned disks you can’t sell. The more options you have for getting rid of merch, the more likely you are to sell stuff. Here are some easy options to help you sell merch like a boss.

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Thursday
Sep292016

Your Rabid Fans

By, Wendy Day

Every artist or product needs rabid fans. These are the die hard fans who believe in you or your product, and support you unconditionally. They engage with you on social media, they pay for your music, they come see your live shows, they buy and wear your t-shirts and hats, and most importantly, they talk about you to other people.

 

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