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Monday
May182015

Reasons You Should Never Scrimp On Your Photo Shoot (Part 2)

In this part of the series, I want to cover some common mistakes musicians make when it comes to wardrobe selection for their photo shoots.

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Monday
May182015

Festival Season on the Cheap 

We all know festivals can be expensive – from forking out for your ticket, right through to buying food and drink to tide you over once you’re actually at the event: everywhere you turn it can seem like someone is trying to get you to part with your cash, and you might start to feel like you need a financial advisor to help you balance your carefully calculated weekend budget.

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Friday
May152015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | Why Unsigned Musicians Should Worry About Popularity, Not Money

Thursday
May142015

How to Grow your Fan Base by Focusing on Location

Location, location, location - A focus on location is a key aspect in business, with its importance being exemplified in ventures such as opening a venue, a restaurant, and delving into real estate investment…but what does it have to do with marketing your music? Because we now have access to a global stage thanks to social media, many musicians think about promoting their music on a large geographic scale, right off the bat. But what happens if you push your music using social media networks and don’t find a connection with your online audience or can’t find a way to increase interaction?

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Wednesday
May132015

Sony Music Defeats "Iron Man" Composer's Lawsuit (At Least For Now)

A New York Federal Courts’ recent decision concerning a “work for hire” determination could prove controversial. The Court’s ruling involved “Iron Man”, a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan and a music composer working in television back in the 1960s.

 

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Tuesday
May122015

Why Unsigned Musicians Should Worry About Popularity, Not Money

Even in 2015, unsigned musicians are still releasing their music and asking “where’s my money?” right out of the gate. It’s extremely important that every artist look deeply into this question. First of all, in my view, the expectation is flawed. If you have less than 10,000 genuine fans and you’re hoarding your music, waiting for those iTunes sales to save you, you’re shooting yourself in both feet.

 

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Monday
May112015

Using Music Therapy to Treat ASD

Music therapy is an established method of treating a wide variety of developmental and emotional afflictions, and is rapidly gaining acceptance in treating patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research has shown how children and adults with this condition can benefit in a number of ways from music therapy.

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Friday
May082015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | 6 Things You'll Learn Recording An Album That No One Will Tell You

Thursday
May072015

7 Points to Artistic Longevity in the New Music Business

For my fellow Independent Recording Artist, I want to share with you what I believe to be 7 great fundamental steps for a successful, long-term career. As an ANCIENT Artist..lol, the process I presently use applied to a young Artist, would most likely guarantee a long and strong career:

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Wednesday
May062015

3 Proven Tips for Coping with Performance Anxiety

Although thousands of people gain a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction from piano playing, when it comes to an actual performance, many find the experience is tainted by the appearance of nerves.
Whilst it’s true that a little “stage fright” is a normal reaction to a potentially stressful situation for others it can be more severe. Some suffer nerves and anxiety to the point that it not only taints their experience of playing but it can make them want to stop performing altogether. In addition, an abundance of nerves during, or prior to, a performance may taint the actual performance.  Playing the piano whilst your hands are shaking or your palms are sweating is a very difficult job to do.

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Tuesday
May052015

6 Things You'll Learn Recording An Album That Nobody Will Tell You

The studio. Such a glamorous and misunderstood beast.

You’ve googled the crap out of it…

recording an album”

“what to bring to the studio,”

“how to prepare for the studio,”

“what Instagram filters take the best pretentious studio shots?”

“do craft beers clog up my vocal chords?”

 …and you’re about as read up on it as could be.

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Monday
May042015

How Musicians Can Get Higher Pay for Live Shows

I think musicians, more than any other profession, have this masochistic pleasure to accept god-awful pay for their talents. In fact, most are BEGGING to play for free. They say things like “It’s just the way it is” or “I’ve gotta pay my dues” or “I just do it for the music, man”. No one ever say these things again or

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Friday
May012015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | 4 Ways Musicians Can Make Money

Thursday
Apr302015

Does the Music Industry Hear New Music Through The Grape Vine?

Fifteen minutes, I mean six-seconds of fame is the new way into the music industry. Move over YouTube, Vine is the place to be. These looped six-second videos prove you don’t need a three-minute song or to be found by A&R staff. Here are a few Vine artists that paved the way.

 

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