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Improvisation Is For Everyone - Not Just Jazz Players

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Tonic: The Music Improvisation Card Game, launched on Kickstarter this week.

Designed to teach students and seasoned players how to relax and improvise freely and naturally, 
Tonic is an unconventional approach rooted in the free jazz and modern classical movements.

Tonic takes the form of a card and dice game that requires no theory or prior experience to play. Instead, each card has a prompt that challenges players to create a short piece of music on the spot according to easy-to-understand guidelines.

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9 Steps To Improve Your Band And Get Better Gigs

Do you want to perform at more prestigious venues? Do you want to perform for corporate clients or perform at more weddings? Do you want to earn more money from gigs? If you do, then these 9 steps will set you on the right track to achieve your dreams!

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How To Earn The Most Money As An Independent Musician

As an independent musician, a lot of the time you’re making music for the passion; you love what you do and it loves you. But there comes the time when you need to ask yourself “how am I going to make a living out of this?”

Which is what we thought here at Ditto Music – so we opened the vaults of our data and studied well over 100k releases and found out how an independent musician can make the most money from their release.
There were quite a few interesting data points we found:
• iTunes is the runaway leader in royalty generation for artists - it outperforms all its competitors in every genre and remains the main store when it comes to music sales.
• Soundtrack is the highest grossing genre of music by a long way, bringing in 58% more than average for a release.
• With the debate over Spotify’s royalty distribution in the news, it’s interesting to see that the store pays out far below the average when compared to its rivals.
• Hip-Hop’s popularity over the last few years has seen its stock rise significantly, with a Hip-Hop artist looking to net themselves 11% more than average per release.
We’ve picked through all the data and presented it in a much easier to digest manner, analysing which store is best for your genre, along with how much each genre makes on average.




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Working Class Punks 

Hello, we’re a working class punk band from San Francisco, CA. We’ve been through so many bass players. We’ve played several shows up and down California. I, Johnny Lawrie, have been in countless bands for the past four years in Bay Area. At one point I moved out of my place in SF, took my backpack and guitar, and I hitchhiked up and down highway 1 along the Pacific West Coast. I would play open mics all along the way, passing along my emailing list, and selling cds. I did this from June 26th-November 30th 2013. I was homeless in LA, working at McDonalds 32 hours a week in Santa Monica, and looking for musicians to form a band with. Then, in March 2014, my good friends Adam and Lyndsay took me in to live with them. I’ve had bunch of different jobs since then. I now have steady work at The Battery in downtown San Francisco. My band, and I are constantly playing shows in the Bay Area and beyond. We have so much ambition, and we always leave our hearts on the stage!


Wurrly: New Singing App. If You Have A Voice, Don't Save It For The Shower

Wurrly is a free app that transforms your smartphone into an on-the-go music studio with a fully customizable recording artist experience. Wurrly enables you to choose a song you love, customize it (by key, tempo and instrumentation), then record and share quickly and easily. Wurrly recognizes that a song should never be one size fits all so we celebrate your unique individuality.

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Participate in Research - Record labels

Hello - 

I’m conducting research for a PhD application on revenue diversification beyond recorded music among independent record labels. If you own or work for an indie label, would you take a few moments to run through the survery below? There will be a drawing for $10 gift card when the survey concludes.



* James Bort co-owns bettyElm Records and aspires to be research faculty in an entrepreneurship departmnet.


Audiam, AdRev, and YouTube Content ID

Someone is using your song in their video, and they didn’t ask. What do you do?

You could tell them to remove it, or even report it to YouTube. It wouldn’t make you any friends, but you’d most certainly be within your rights.

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Smashing the Music Industry

Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins frontman, believes that the music business model is outdated and takes advantage of artists. Corgan said, “The music business is mostly run by feckless idiots who do not subscribe to the normal tenets of capitalism which when they do, the business tends to work out well and stars tend to rise to the top, everybody benefits, but it is still a parochial business. It is run by thiefdoms way behind the times technologically.”


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Music & Fashion Pt Deux 

In our last blog about Music & Fashion, we highlighted how these two elements can come together to make a powerful force in the entertainment and fashion industries. You can take that on and allow yourself as an indie artist to be a part of that force. Today, music artists are setting the latest fashion trends. Consumers are being inspired by what today’s hottest artists are wearing on red carpets, interviews, appearances, concerts, and even on their social media during random outings. Some wardrobe choices are only meant for the stage however, fans are constantly wondering, “What are they wearing? How can I get it?” This blog can go for up & coming fashion moguls as well. You want your clothes to have more exposure in your industry, team up with a great artist to help build that brand. Gain their fans as future customers.

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Sell Your Music (with No Competition) -

My name is Aaron Billings. I am also known as the Custom Music Guy.
I have created a revolutionary website and system that helps composers turn their dream of creating music for a living into a reality.
In fact, I ran some numbers about how likely it is for one composer’s work to be chosen when a music sale is made. And these are the results that I found:

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SongCat™ Forges Ahead With New Alliances: Partners With Grammy-Winning Engineer Miles Walker and the Annual ‘International Songwriting Competition’

Groundbreaking song demo and music production studio assists songwriters & musicians in delivering radio-ready tracks

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Music Industry Icon: Hilly Kristal

315 Bowery was never the same thanks to Hilly Kristal. Kristal changed the Punk scene in 1973 and never looked back. The place to be was Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers, better known as CBGB. This biker bar turned music club came to life with the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, and the Talking Heads.


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BRASH! - A Music Marketing Blog

BRASH! – A Music Marketing Blog is designed to provide artists with knowledge of music marketing as well as various trends and hot topics within the Music Industry. The goal of BRASH! is to provide a different point of view on specific topics along with providing ideas for different avenues available to take in music career endeavors. This blog also give Indie Artists a chance to gain press by highlighting/featuring them with an exclusive interview in the “BRASH! Artist Spotlight” segment. Readers will have the ability to provide feedback as well as subscribe to interact and stay informed.

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Meet the digital love-child of MTV and Rolling Stone magazine

My team and I run an indie music blog that we’re turning into a streaming service & indie zine — sort of a digital love-child of MTV and Rolling Stone magazine. We’re doing everything radically different, starting with a financial model that makes digital work for artists (instead of the other way around).

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