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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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Monday
Aug202018

4 Ways To Draw More Denizens To Your Venue

Running a music venue can be a blast. It can also sometimes be rather anxiety-inducing. Lack of guests can make owners and operators feel nervous. If you’re looking to bring in more guests to your venue, there are several approaches you can test out confidently and easily. Get ready to welcome a hopping and lively venue to the world.

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Friday
Aug172018

How To Create A Band

The next is a set of the utmost effective 5 points a new indie rock band should do to make a good record. Bear in mind these basic principles when assembling work. In my experience as an artist I have discovered them to be invaluable! This informative article from anyassigment is designed to help your new band create something wonderful, so just relax, and involve some fun!

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Friday
Aug102018

4 Tips To Moving Your Band's Equipment To A New Storage Location

Band equipment can take up a large amount of space, and you understandably may not have a suitable amount of space in your home for all of your gear. This equipment is typically expensive, and it must be stored in the ideal location to avoid damage. Now that you have decided to relocate your band’s equipment to a different location, you need to follow a few steps to ensure that the process is completed properly.

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Wednesday
Aug082018

Top 10 Online Resources For Female Musicians

Guest post by Bree Noble. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper.

Since 2007, I have been a champion for female musicians. It all started a bit by accident. Back in 2000, I had created a hobby online radio station on Live365 called Women of Substance, a personal playlist of female artists, mostly indies, that I used as a personal way to listen to the music I enjoyed at work.

In 2007, I was a touring indie artist myself and looking to get more exposure. I was so frustrated by the lack of coverage for female musicians on terrestrial and satellite radio that I decided to take matters into my own hands. I turned that hobby playlist into a fledgling online radio station, and started adding new artists and promoting it everywhere I could.

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Wednesday
Aug012018

How To Create A Killer Musician Website: Soundfly, Bandzoogle Course

Your website is more than just a place for fans to listen to your music. It’s where you establish your brand as an artist, gather email addresses from people who actually want to hear from you, and sell directly to your fans without going through any middlemen. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to create a stellar site of your own, and you don’t need to know how to code or hire a developer.

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