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Support Your Scene: The Benefits Of Participating In Your Local Music Scene

“Support your local music scene!”  

Whether you’re in a band, work for or own a venue, are in the business of promoting, or are content with simply supporting your favorite artists and musicians, you’ve probably heard the above admonition at least once in your life 

And yes, supporting your local music scene is important. Even still, in 2018Actually, it’s not just important—it’s essential. For bands, fans, and the community as a whole. 

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How to Communicate With Fans So You Connect With Them (Instead of Bore Them to Tears)

In the same way that there is an art and craft to songwriting, there is also a craft to writing and using language in general. And these word-related skills can play a big part in how effectively you communicate with fans - especially online.

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Stop Typing and Start Shouting to Your Fans with Shoutomatic

I just found a brand new website called that lets you record audio updates to easily post to Facebook and Twitter, as well as posting a audio widget on your website. is extremely simple, I have already done a couple “Shouts” to test out the service. Here is a link to my profile on the site if you want to hear a couple examples of what I did. They also have good video help to show you how to use all the features.

There are three ways you can record audio:

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What If You Owned Music Think Tank?

It’s been a few months since the Hypebot team has taken over the stewardship of Music Think Tank. In that time, we’ve published some really spectacular material along with a couple of things that did not deserve to be featured in this thoughtful forum. Along the way, we’ve learned and are (we hope) slowly improving how we do things and the quality of the content.  But now that we’ve got our bearings, it’s time to ask for feedback: If you ran Music Think Tank, how would you do things differently?

For example
  • Should we more or less selective with the articles that we publish on the home page?
  • Does the current level of self-promotion in some posts bother you or is it payback for sharing their content?
  • Are there additional voices that you wished were represented here?
  • Are there topics that you wish we’re covered more on MTT?
  • Do you listen to MTT Radio and if so, how can we improve it?
  • (Your great idea here.)

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Start Your Own Scene

I hear a lot of people complain that their band can’t really get anywhere because there’s not much of a scene where they live. However I don’t see a lot of people doing anything about it. If there’s going to be a scene, someone needs to have the vision and initiative to start it. So if you don’t have a booming scene where you live – start your own! Here’s how: The first thing that you need to do is to scout out at least one good venue. What you want to look for are venues that are:

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What are music fans willing to pay for?

I’m not a musician. I’m a fan. And from my perspective, it’s clear that fans do want to support artists that they like. Here’s a list of things that fans will pay for, even if they can get your music for free:

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