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Monday
Nov122018

How Eli Lev Created A Fan-Generated Music Video (For Less Than $300)

Ariel here from Cyber PR. For the past year, we have been working on artist development and PR for Washington D.C. based singer-songwriter Eli Lev. Eli has just released a video that makes me so happy when I watch it. It so wonderfully expresses who he is in the world and who he is to his fans, so I wanted  to share it here. Eli and I hope that this video inspires other artists to create crowd sourced videos and social moments to share.

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Thursday
Oct252018

Music Venue Maintenance: 4 Areas For Owners To Focus On

A music venue needs to be maintained in order to attract your customers to the big event. There are areas that you should focus your efforts in order to make your venue more appealing. Here are some of the projects that you should tackle as the owner of the venue.

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Tuesday
Oct162018

Why Uploading Your Music Online Doesn’t Get You Tons Of New Fans

Gaining tons of people to hear your music takes more than just uploading it to common music websites. Here is what you should do in addition to this:

The first thing to do is know that there is much more to getting new music fans that just putting your songs on a website online and waiting for people to check them out. This is one of the most frequent methods musicians use, and it isn’t very effective.

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Tuesday
Oct092018

4 Ways You Can Make Your Own Happiness In Life Using Music

How have you been feeling lately? If you’ve been a little lost, lonely, or sad, you’re not alone. Everybody goes through rough patches in life. And if you’re currently in the middle of one, you’re probably wondering how you can get back to your happy place.

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Wednesday
Oct032018

Tagging Fail: How To Keep Your Music Venue Free Of Graffiti

While bouncers and indoor surveillance cameras do a good job of protecting your music venue and the guests inside of it, you may be overlooking the outside of your club. Night after night, the outside walls of your business run the risk of serving as a graffiti artist’s canvas. Graffiti is unsightly and sometimes difficult to remove, so it’s important you take steps to prevent problems.

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Tuesday
Oct022018

Streaming For Musicians: The Data That Matters Most

This post by Lisa Occhino originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

As we’re sure you’ve heard countless times over the last several years, the chances of making a living solely off of streaming income are slim to none. But does that mean that making your music available on streaming services is pointless? Far from it.

Major platforms like Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music have begun rolling out robust dashboards for artists to not only track and analyze how your songs are performing, but also to provide you with invaluable streaming data that can help you understand who your audience is, where to tour, how to most effectively spend your marketing dollars, and much more.

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Saturday
Sep292018

Music Festival: How To Build A Great Venue That Will Last For Years

It’s easy to build a stage. If you want a stage that will still be there for next year’s festival, however, you’ll need to build with a bit more caution. Here are just four tips for constructing a reliable and durable music venue.

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Monday
Sep242018

Marketing For Musicians: 6 Essential Tools

This guest post by Patrick McGuire originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

If you’re a serious musician, I don’t need to tell you how tough it is to cut through the literal and symbolic noise to find and reach audiences. Yes, creating great music should always be at the top of your list of priorities, but figuring out how to get that music in front of listeners is a difficult task you’ll have to think about if you want to sustain a career over the long-term.

Don’t have a clue how to market your music? Today, we’re highlighting 6 tools to help you get started:

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Monday
Sep172018

Kurt Cobain & Elliott Smith – Seattle & Portland: 2 Songwriters, 2 Cities, 1 Spirit Of DIY

Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith are two musicians who share more than just a North West residency. Fiercely independent, and committed to doing things their own way, they epitomize the vibes of Seattle and Portland respectively.

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Wednesday
Sep122018

How To Prevent And Deal With Arthritis As A Musician

Arthritis is a chronic condition that can jeopardize your career as a musician, but it doesn’t have to be so serious if you learn how it works and prevent major symptoms. In this post, we described the most common types of the disease and explained how to deal with it.

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Tuesday
Sep112018

Fortunate Musician: How Your Band Can Get More Gigs

Every band has to start out somewhere—even today’s most popular bands were once local bands looking for gigs to play. While you may get your fair share of shows here and there, you’ve probably found that combing through Craigslist and posting on social media isn’t enough to find the right shows. If you’re ready to get to the next level, read on for four ways you can guarantee that your band gets more gigs than ever before.

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Thursday
Sep062018

7 Weird Mixing Terms And What They Mean

Guest post by Michael Hahn. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Engineers can get pretty fired up when they’re talking about mixing music. Your sound is a difficult thing to describe — throw in a layer of technical jargon and it can be downright frustrating just to talk about your tracks.

Fortunately, there are some common terms engineers use to help communicate mix issues and the qualities of sound. I’ll go through seven of the most common “odd” mixing terms, what they mean, and how to deal with the elements of your mix they refer to.

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Wednesday
Aug292018

Crash Course On Using Spotify And Other Streaming Services - For Independent Acts

The subscription-based music streaming model of Spotify and others – at the moment – makes it extremely unlikely for independent artists to make any significant money from sales of their music directly via those services.

It’s still also yet to be proven as a viable business model in itself, even after hundreds of millions of pounds invested in it. However, subscription-based streaming (although it will change and evolve) is here to stay, for the foreseeable future.

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Monday
Aug272018

How To Get Your Music Featured On Spotify Playlists

This guest post by Lisa Occhino originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog 

Stream counts are a big indicator of success on Spotify, but there’s another factor that plays an enormous role: the number of times your tracks have been added to playlists.

According to BuzzFeed, one out of five plays across all streaming services happens within a playlist, and that number continues to grow. Half of Spotify’s global users listen to human-curated playlists (as opposed to algorithmic playlists), which generate more than a billion plays per week.

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