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Join the Music Think Tank Networking Party

For those that celebrate Thanksgiving, have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! Come join the Music Think Tank Networking party.

Feel free to comment and introduce yourself and network with others in the Music Think Tank community.

Thanks for reading and contributing to MTT!

If you are on Google+, add MTT to your circles!

Reader Comments (31)

Hello Music Think Tank Readers!

I want to say THANK YOU to the contributors of this site for their guidance. As an independent artist, having a source of ideas to cement your standing in the music industry is hard to come by. I come on here daily, excited to see what new tools i can use. THANK YOU.

Julissa Veloz

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJulissa Veloz

I'll start be sharing that as the publisher of MusicThinkTank and Hypebot.com, I love the community that's grown because of MTT. I encourage you to contribute not just to this post, but with your comments and essays as well.

What am I up to? Improving both sites and running the booking agency Skyline Music: http://www.skylineonline.com.

What about you?

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterBruce Houghton

I write http://www.colcifer.com. The idea is to provide a musician's perspective on music.

November 23 | Registered Commentercole parzenn

Hi everyone! I love all the great content that MTT and Hypebot put out. I feel like I'm always in the know because of you guys. I'm especially excited about this article, http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/11/flexi-of-the-month-club-polish-postcards.html that was posted earlier today. I work with one of the bands that will be featured in Flexi of the Month. They are called Judy Tribune and you can check them out at www.judytribune.com. Thanks MTT, for the networking and the great content!

Hi guys I'm Dreama & I've been following MTT for a while - I must thank the lovely creator & every contributor to this blog. - The posts are inspirational for a budding musician as myself and I'm sure to others too! - Okay shameless plug alert: I'd love feedback on my most current project from anyone involved in this party, all comments are welcome! - The project I refer to is my first official release, a mixtape entitled A Dreama's Reality - it is available as a free download & you can stream it right from my site online.

Thanks again for all you guys are doing, I'll continue as a happy subscriber! ;-)

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterDreama

Hello MTT and Hypebot readers and contributors!

I just wanted to thank all of the contributors to both sites for all of their great work!

I am a Music Business Administration college graduate and I am currently working on my undergraduate in Commerce so it can be hard to keep up to date on music education and news but MTT and Hypebot make it so easy!

I used to be the marketing director at my campus radio station which was a really great experience. Currently, I am just starting a project with a partner to create a website/blog for music reviews, artist interviews and news. Any tips or advice from you all would be greatly appreciated!

Add me on Google+ or follow me on Twitter and lets talk music and tech.

https://plus.google.com/109122483999584661079/posts

Twitter: @shawnragell

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterShawn Ragell

First, let me give a big thank you to everyone that has contributed to MTT in the past. I read your posts almost every day. Your work and perspectives are certainly appreciated.

I am the founder of gigfunder.com. Basically, it's a site designed to let fans crowdfund artists' tours. The artist can even enter in their normal touring expenses and then allow fans to create campaigns with a custom funding goal by location to bring the artist out to the fans' cities. You can sign up for an invite to the launch on the homepage now.

We are 95% done with the programming at this point and are currently tweaking the design and functionality. We are expecting to launch in January!

Any artists interested in learning more or getting in on the site early are more than welcome to email me directly at matt@gigfunder.com.

Thanks!

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Pearson

Well i am currently touring promoting my latest single to hit the Billboard Dance Charts called "Mayhem". Thanks to my lawyer/manager/label, and with the help of MTT, I have the opportunity to tour the world and spread my music in an effective way. I guess since everyone else is plugging..lol... I might as well too. You guys can check out my bandpage on FB and listen/see the latest. I MUST WARN YOU... its pop lol. OH, and if you would like a contribution for your site, I would love to help :)

ListenHere

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJulissa Veloz

Love the MTT Community and people here, thanks for providing an educated outlet on new music business trends and strategies.

For my shameless plug I'll just throw out that I run the social media department for a national ad agency http://onideas.com - and have developed social media plans for Subway, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Zapp's Chips and more.

Additionally I run digital marketing for a number of hip hop artists including Def Jam/Konvict Music signee Cyhi the Prynce (http://facebook.com/cyhitheprynce) and Myko (http://mykoslife.com)

Hope everyone has a great holiday, and if anyone is interest in business or just networking, hit me up on Twitter anytime!

@nickcicero

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterNick Cicero

Greetings all.

I'm Wicked D Harrison from Network or Die. I have contributed a few MTT articles, and wanted to give a big holiday shout out to MTT, as well as the readers and contributors. Artist development & education are my bag, and my team covers all aspects of the industry, including business, contractual & legal. Let's network!

Follow me on Twitter and circle me on G+

November 23 | Registered CommenterWicked D Harrison

Hi everyone!
I'm shelley Champine, founder of Local Music Vibe. Below is an excerpt from our About page. It sums us up pretty well...

Why we love local music
We believe that everyone benefits from a thriving local music scene. You get connected to music you love and you get connected to people in your community. A grass roots scene nurtures great musicians and venues alike. It is accessible, affordable and sustainable for all.

What we do
- Collect comprehensive, relevant information about live music in your town - wherever you live.
- Build technology to list every show by every artist in every club, bar or café in the world.
- Provide effective, affordable tools and services for promoting shows and reaching local music lovers.

Get connected
Whether your preferred connection is web, mobile, social, or personal, Local Music Vibe is there: connecting communities with music.

The music "industry" only promotes about 1% of all live music.
We support the other 99%.

_______________________

For fans, I like to say we're the "Yelp" of live music. When you're hungry for some music near you (big or small), we show you what's available.

If you'd like to connect, you can see all my stuff here: http://about.me/shelleychampine

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Champine

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Thanks to everyone for making MTT such a continually great discussion.

I'm a Music Business MA candidate at NYU, though I've also spent 5 years working in various segments of the industry (radio, management, etc.). I'm currently developing my final thesis, a critical analysis of artist development models, and I'd love to talk to any members of the MTT community who are doing interesting things in or have opinions about this area. Please feel free to contact me at kdc285@nyu.edu if you'd like to join the discussion and have your perspective included in the paper (intended for publishing).

I'm also very involved with Weathervane Music, an incredible NPO working to provide resources and career opportunities to sophisticated independent artists while deepening the connection between artists and fans. Check out their and WXPN's documentary series about the birth of a song, Shaking Through, to see some of the amazing work they do, and please consider supporting them in your year-end giving this holiday.

Thanks!
Twitter / LinkedIn

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterKatonah Coster

Hey all,

I'm a producer/professor/music journalist who owns a studio and is probably just about as obsessed with music as all of you. Love the work that MTT is doing. If you're interested in what I do, think about, etc, you can follow me @joshantonuccio, head to our studio site at 3elliottstudio.com or check out my writing at popmatters.com.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Josh Antonuccio

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJosh Antonuccio

Hi, my name is Angel B, I'm an independent artist and producer. I love the articles and perspective on this blog and have been following it for about a year now. You can learn more about me on www.AngelBLive.com Thanks again for writing great content and I hope you all have a happy holidays!

November 23 | Registered CommenterAngel B

Hi Everyone,
This is Starr from Afferent Cue. I've been digging into HYPEBOT and MTT for quite a while now and can't say enough about how valuable the content is for us as a band (and for ME as a completely obsessive marketing freak :) Have a wonderful rest of the holiday week and keep this stuff comin' to the INBOX!

~Starr
Afferent Cue

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER @afferentcue

G+

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterStarr

Everything I get in my email, facebook, twitter, google plus, etc. that comes in with Music Think Tank attached to it, gets read!

A gold mine of info and I feel connected with like minded musicians, even if we have never met face to face.

Bernie in Montreal

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterBernie Landry

Hi there, MTT and Hypebot has been my go to RSS feed for a year now! Great stuff!

I am with Montreal's FK13 Entertainment & Talent Agency. We book and produce entertainment in all kinds of events and are also the exclusive international booker of the Insolita percussions show.

Take a look at our brand new website! (fk13.ca is the shortest to type, and DONT PANIC, just clic "english")

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you guys down there!

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Hamel

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

DJ Corps intro in 3 minutes—YouTube video

DJ Corps is membership club created by DJs and for DJs to offer Direct-to-DJ music marketing. Artists submit songs for guaranteed, precisely targeted exposure to the membership and the DJs provide timely and honest feedback. DJs receive a share of the revenue on a pay-per-review basis—regardless of their opinion—a system that makes pay-for-play impossible.

DJ Corps website

Have a real swell holiday weekend!

November 23 | Unregistered CommenterEva Papp

Happy Thanksgiving from the UK!

Thank you so much MTT for providing an opportunity to contribute articles and add to the discussions. I feel a great sense of community. It's so good to see how much musicians get from your site. Keep up the good work!

Eliza, author of The Fan Formula - how to attract and keep a large loyal fan base so you can get your music out there in a big way.

Coming soon - bite-sized, high-value, low-cost "Success Boosters"

www.thefanformula.com

Hi Guys we are a new songwriting team (Anderson and Petty) based in London and New York - Barry Anderson and Mark Petty. We have been writing together for around eighteen months now and have had a concert of our work performed at The Duplex in New York along with numerous cabarets in London. We write pop, rock, country, musical theatre specific, dance and even a Christmas song which we will be having performed at West End At Christmas at the Actors Church in Covent Garden on Sunday 4th December. We are looking for a publishing deal and the opportunity to write a musical. Please check out our website

www.andersonandpetty.com

and let us know what you think. We would like to thank MTT for everything that they do for the music community every day...

November 24 | Registered Commenterandersonandpetty

Hi Everyone,

My names is Jesse Ramirez and I manage The Alternates and their frontman Spencer Livingston's solo project. A bit about both, The Alternates have released their EP, 'Spiders & Webs' in June 2011 and was recorded with producer, Peter Malick and released via Luxury Wafers (US) and Takeaimfire (UK/EUR). Spencer Livingston is a singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of The Alternates. Spencer recently pursued his solo project and is currently working on a full-length solo album with producer, Peter Malick which is expected to be released in the spring/summer of 2012.

You can contact/follow me on Google +: https://plus.google.com/113430585392432781641

For more info on The Alternates:
www.thealternatesband.com
www.facebook.com/thealternates

For more info on Spencer Livingston:
https://plus.google.com/110825553062344423321

November 24 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Ramirez

Hello all! I'm Cecili Simmons, singer/songwriter in two bands OIO and Mr.E. Worldwide.
I'm thankful for wonderful opportunities to connect and exchange that websites like MTT and Hypebot make available! Also I'm thankful for state of the industry being such that currently there are so many ways to get our music heard and gain fanbase as independent musicians!
Listen to my projects here:

My band OIO - http://www.soundcloud.com/oiorocks
OIO on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/oiorocks

My band Mr.E. Worldwide - http://www.mreworldwidemusic.com
Mr.E. Worldwide - http://www.facebook.com/whoismr.e

I'm Cecili Simmons on Google+

Thanks! :)

November 24 | Unregistered CommenterCecili Simmons

I'm just a music junkie that likes to blog about trends in the music business, so Music Think Tank is one of my go to sources. I also write analysis and the occasional album/concert review. Follow me on twitter @TunedUPRyan or check out the blog at http://iamtunedup.wordpress.com

November 25 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Getz

Hi Everyone,

My name is Jamie Hocking. I've been following MTT for a while now, but this is my first post. My partner and I have been working with bands for the last 5+ years now, mostly with artwork, design & web services. We've recently launched a business called Indievelop Music and our mission is to is to create revolutionary products, services, and solutions that empower musicians to take charge of their careers.

Our first solution for musicians is the website Website For Your Band which has a wealth of resources for bands who need help getting a website up and running. We have information for those artists who want to go DIY, and for those who would like hands on help, we provide design & web services.

We've featured a number of WordPress Themes for Bands on the site so if you're looking for some, our site is a great first place to look.

If you're in a band and you don't have your own website, or need to update your site with a fresh look be sure to check it out. If you have a music industry related business, the site and our services are available to help you too.

If you have a resource to help bands with their website and would like to be included on our website be sure to visit our contact page to get in touch!

Cheers!

November 26 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Hocking

Hello everyone!

Discovered Hypebot recently and I am very much addicted. So many ideas, all the time--it's my dream come true.

I am in a band called Deluna. We are from Napa, CA. Just working slow and hard on our first album, and then setting the amalgamation of our research and instinct into motion. Friend us.

November 26 | Unregistered Commenterserf

Hellooo,
I'm Graham Smith-White. I am a composer, producer, educator, community builder and more in Portland, OR, USA.

I just released an EP for my solar powered recording project, The Sunrise Review, yesterday. Inspired by the Pacific Ocean, River East, River West was composed in Australia and Oregon and recorded during an artist residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. A musical blend of classic and contemporary, eastern and western styles. Check out

www.solarpoweredmusic.com

@sunrisereview

Facebook The Sunrise Review

I am also involved in helping lead a musical community organizing initiative called Fair Trade Music. What started as a campaign to establish local standards in trade practices and compensation for live music in local Portland clubs has inspired musicians across the US and Canada to take up the cause in their hometowns. We have recently been endorsed by the International Board of the American Federation of Musicians and are preparing to roll out a concerted national organizing effort in the coming months.

For more info check out:

www.FairTradeMusicpdx.org

@Fairtrademusic

Fair Trade Music Facebook

Thanks for bringing everyone together Bruce and everyone at MTT and Hypebot!

November 26 | Registered CommenterGraham Smith-White

Greetings from beautiful Central Virginia - home to Ravensworth Studios - a music recording retreat and audio-post house. As a recent devotee of Hypebot and MTT, I thank you for providing relevant content and interesting articles which cover the full range of the music industry. Keep up the good work...

We decided to expand the concept of a "project studio" into a professional, custom-crafted, stand-alone facility...located on 16 acres of rolling hills and lush woodlands, with B&B-style accommodations. It's like coming home! Gorgeous views, fantastic food, dream gear, and Neumann microphones...what more could you ask for!

http://www.RavensworthStudios.com
http://www.facebook.com/RavensworthStudio
http://RavensworthStudios.wordpress.com

November 26 | Unregistered CommenterRavensworth Studios

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Just saw the party started without me :)

Hope you all are doing well and didn't get too stuffed. Keep up the good work everyone, we are in this together!

-Tom Miller
Leeward Fate...a pop/rock band formed on the island of St.Kitts in 2008.
Highly anticipated 2nd album 'Calling You' will be out Feb. 2012!

November 27 | Unregistered CommenterLeeward Fate

Happy belated Thanksgiving to my American colleagues!

I think what I love most about MTT is that it is a constantly growing archive of music industry knowledge. I'm contrantly reading the new posts as they come, but it's great to surf through the old ones too from time to time, or point friends to them when they're looking for something.

So here's a big, collective HIGH FIVE to all past and present contributors!

All the best,

Alex

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ALEX KALL
Owner & Head Engineer
Kall Binaural Audio

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Recording the way we hear the
world around us.

info[at]kallbinauralaudio.com
www.kallbinauralaudio.com

November 27 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Kall

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Rocking Fun Music tm Records & Digital Promotions is the largest growing music network web wide. Over 3 million artists world wide, participate in the network. We are a barter and trade network, focusing on the artist as an independent business, separate from the label, Rocking Fun Music tm Records. This contract binds the artist/band and label merely on a service agreement. Rocking Fun Music tm Records & Digital Promotions serves the artist/bands as a representative for world wide exposure and digital distribution.
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November 29 | Unregistered CommenterKellie Levans

Hi MTT,
Happy Holidays!

I enjoy the MTT articles and information. I'm a videographer located in Atlanta and love working with local bands. If anyone needs help with a live video or has questions as to how I shoot, record live sound and edit them together please send me an email!

Thanks,
Herschel Horton

Video Example:

December 5 | Unregistered CommenterHerschel

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