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Friday
Jul062012

Thanks CD Baby

Thank you to CD Baby for naming Music Think Tank as one of the Top 10 Music Marketing and Promotion Resources in your Top 100 Must-Follow Music Resources on Twitter blog post!

Check out the post here: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/2012/07/the-top-100-must-follow-music-resources-on-twitter-pt-6-music-promotion/

Also, thank you to all the contributors and readers of MTT. Create the Chaos.

  — From all of us at Music Think Tank and Hypebot.com

 

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Thursday
Jul052012

How I’m Building a Career as a Songwriter

You know what I would have loved? I would have loved to have been part of the Brill Building history between the 1940s and the 1960s – where some of America’s most popular songs were written. If you don’t know the history, check it out on Wikipedia. Just a taste:

By 1962 the Brill Building contained 165 music businesses: A musician could find a publisher and printer, cut a demo, promote the record and cut a deal with radio promoters, all within this one building.
Or you know what also would be have great? Jingle writing between the 1940s and 1980s. What a sweet time to be a songwriter or a studio musician. Writing songs, recording them, hearing yourself on the radio, collecting big royalty checks – man, that would have been cool. But, alas, that era was very short-lived and we were not lucky enough to be a part of it. So what do we do? I’m not satisfied to just throw my hat in and say that it’s too hard to work as a songwriter. There are people out there doing it, and if they can do it so can I. I’m going for it.

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Wednesday
Jul042012

Join MTT's Online Networking Party & Introduce Yourself To Our Community

Today, many Americans are celebrating Independence Day. MTT and Hypebot like to hold occasional online networking parties during the holidays so we’re holding one this week on Music Think Tank. 

In the comments section here, tell us a little about yourself, what you’re working on, and your thoughts on the music industry. Include links that you think might be of interest to others and I suggest adding your name and email or some way that other readers that are interested in collaborating can find you. 

Shameless plugs are allowed. 

Tuesday
Jul032012

The Music Industry versus The Internet

When self-appointed guardians of the Internet and rights holders argue about the fall and the future of the music industry, you can put all of the talking points into two buckets:

Guardians of the Internet
Open, free, free culture, remix, sharing, do no evil, censorship, don’t break the Internet, innovation, value creation, music-will-be-like-water (don’t worry), scale, disintermediation, alternative income sources, patronage, greedy and shortsighted labels, etc..

Rights holders (artists, labels, publishers)
Copyrights, permissions, illegal sharing, stealing, royalties, negligible royalties, transfer of wealth, ad-supported sharing, free-loading, livable wages, the necessity of labels and publishers as investors, etc..

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Monday
Jul022012

What Do You Enjoy the Most About Being a Musician?

Last month, as a part of a competition I asked 400+ musicians what they loved the most about being a musician. Whilst looking through the responses I realised I had accidentally curated some insanely inspiratinal perspectives. I decided to put them into this poster, which I hope inspires you as much as it did me, enjoy!

 

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Saturday
Jun302012

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: How to Create a Successful Kickstarter Campaign & more

Thursday
Jun282012

The Indie Artist Launch Plan - Part TWO

Welcome Back!

So in part one of the Indie Artist Launch Plan we addressed what seem to be the two major problems as well as the importance of BUILDING  a solid foundation.

The importance of creating the structure - built of the right habits, the right people, and the right attitude are the fundamental building blocks to the success of an Indie Artist Career today.

 

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Research Says Young Listeners May Embrace CD Quality Audio. Habit Says It Won't Be on CD.

The music industry wishes young listeners would abandon low-bit-rate compressed digital music for harder-to-pirate and more profitable CDs. Contrary to the long-held belief that young listeners think lossy compressed music is “just fine,” Harman researcher Dr. Sean Olive has published results from the first peer-reviewed scientific test showing that young listeners will in fact choose CD-quality audio over lossy alternatives when given the choice. Has the dream of a new generation embracing CDs come true? Not so fast.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

How to Create a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

For many years, I’ve held some doubts about Kickstarter and crowd sourcing in general. For some artists, I thought it was a great fit for the culture of the band. However, for my personal band, I had some more reservations. I thought it could make the band look desperate or be a huge embarrassment if we ended up being pitifully distant from meeting the goal. However, we had a serious of setbacks that required large, quick funding and decided to give it a chance. Our band was able to raise $14,511 of our $10,000 goal for a new bus in 20 days. Here are some general thoughts, tips, and lessons learned:

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Monday
Jun252012

How To Make Your Facebook Timeline POP!

There is a fabulous feature that will help you highlight the things that happen throughout your life an career that you would like to post onto your Facebook Page.

This is a phenomenal tool for going back in time and recording important things in the history of your personal life, your band life, or anything you would like to have highlighted.

For artists that have histories with other bands this is doubly amazing because you can go back and create milestones for practically anything, and really build your story.

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Saturday
Jun232012

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: What if your Band only had One Fan & more

Thursday
Jun212012

Quality Is A Moving Target

Defining what exactly is “quality” music is an age-old process that never comes to a conclusion. The music that one person loves, another hates, and vice-versa. But now it’s possible for an artist to use that to their advantage.

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Are you reflecting on your goals as an artist?

The success of large Japanese manufacturing companies is largely attributed to the Eastern culture of reflection and open-mindedness. The leaders who design the future of companies like Toyota spend a great deal of time reflecting on the past and future – something that is not as highly valued in Western culture - where ‘action’ is the so called key to success.

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Tuesday
Jun192012

What if your Band only had One Fan?

What if every band had only one fan? What if live music was no longer available? What if there was no fame or money involved with music? What would you do?

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