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Monday
Feb242014

Musicians: Free Health Care Consultations Available Now

Are you and your team set up with ObamaCare yet?

Sure, it’s something we’ve been talking about ever since the launch of the initially problematic healthcare.gov website. However, if you are a musician or represent musicians, DO NOT stop reading. It could end up costing you.

For musicians, it’s a matter of getting in touch with the right people, asking the right questions, and getting the right advice to avoid the unnecessary expense. Enter: HeadCount.org

The organization has been running steady for 10 years, and started out as a platform to help register voters for the 2004 presidential election. Since then, they have successfully organized many socially conscious initiatives such as #SoundOff, a Twitter platform that allows anyone to tweet directly at Congress and create an open dialogue with lawmakers, nationally-broadcasted PSAs, and much more. Simply put, their mission is to promote participation and democracy through music.

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Saturday
Feb222014

How Your Band Can Use Twitter Effectively

Artists today have a lot of advantages over those of yesteryear when it comes to connecting with their fans. Between MySpace (back when that was a thing), Facebook, Bandcamp, Kickstarter, and who-knows-what-else is coming, bands have a multitude of sources for promoting themselves and their music. Each platform offers something different, and every band should make the best effort to get all their social media bases covered.

So you’ve got a lot of options, which is great. But there is one thing I can say for sure: Your Band Should Be On Twitter. Short of actually picking up a phone and calling someone, Twitter is one of the most highly effective forms of new media we use in the music industry today. Your new record/interview/blog post can be broadcast to all your followers at once and immediately become part of an online conversation between you and your fans.

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Friday
Feb212014

How to Monetize Your Following PLUS win a free online store

 

Wondering how to take advantage of you fan base but stuck on where to begin? 

 

In this article;

- Easy way to sell band merchandise straight from you Facebook page.

- 3 lucky bands will win a fully set up online store.

 

Imagine the opportunity to offer your online followers the chance to buy band merch right from your Facebook page.  Galloree offers just that.

There are no minimum order quantities or ridiculous price minimums.  Types of merchandise offered ranges from Tee’s to Hoodies to Skateboards.

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Thursday
Feb202014

Flaccid-Rock.com - A new way to share your music & interact with listeners

Flaccid-Rock.com is a new website for artists to share their music with new audiences and to converse with the audience about their music.

Flaccid-Rock.com is taking a new approach to the artist/fan interaction platform and allowing the artist direct contact with the listeners and the listeners contact with the artists so that the artists can “collaborate” with the audience and give them what they want to hear.  

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Wednesday
Feb192014

Purify Media Launches PurifyArt.com: Company Directly Links Artists and Fans Through Ad-free Platform

Purify Media announced the release of PurifyArt.com, an ad-free service directly connecting artists and fans. A first of its kind, PurifyArt.com enables artists and fans to find and promote music, images and video on one platform, maximizing the revenue artists and companies receive for sharing and selling content while providing viewers one affordable, complete, and interactive online service.

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Wednesday
Feb192014

Conversion in a Box: Why 'Website Visits' Are a Worthless Metric for Musicians

A few weeks ago, our good friend Wes Davenport put us on to a new service called ‘Conversion In a Box’, which is a simple email-for-media form creator aimed at helping musicians to easily create a newsletter sign up form for their website that offers a download in exchange for an email address.

While most email services offer some sort of opt-in form, and many do also include an e-for-m option, it’s not always the easiest thing to set up / customize. For instance, Mail Chimp offers a great newsletter service but won’t allow you to upload a song directly to their server so if you are going to offer a song download in exchange for an email address, you’ll have to find somewhere else to actually host that song.

Conversion In a Box on the other hand will host your files, allow you to set up a highly customizable sign-up form in mere minutes that can be embedded to any website with ease. And for those of you who already have a newsletter set up through another service, the email addresses you collect here can be easily exported in .csv format and imported back into your newsletter service.

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Why You Shouldn’t Wash on Tour

If you’ve been on tour before, you’ll know it can be a smelly place. With a good night’s sleep hard to find it can soon become a place of unrest, arguments and poor personal hygiene.

But trust me when I say, you really shouldn’t wash on tour.

Not too long ago I was told a story of a band on tour in Australia. They’d been away for a while and it wasn’t long before the stench became too much amongst these blokes and they knew that one of them would soon have to wash. One brave soul couldn’t take it anymore and ran himself a bath in his hotel room. It had been so long since he had taken a bath that he had forgotten just how quickly they could fill up.

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Monday
Feb172014

Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Touring Bands

Congratulations!

 You have an album or two under your belt, a group of fans that come to all of your shows,  your creative thought processes have combined, and the stars are all in alignment.  KILLER.

Don’t forget- there’s still a long road ahead of you.  You are just one band out of a million other bands.  If you want your band and music to stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression in peoples’ minds, there are a few dos and don’ts of the music industry to understand and follow. These industry practices and tidbits of advice come directly from some of the masters/experts in the field.  They had to learn these lessons the hard way, but at least they learned! With that being said, here is our top-ten list for taking it to the next level if your band decides to tour:

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Monday
Feb172014

The Top Five Music Production Myths (Infographic)

The Internet is full of music production myths. So, we at Abletunes decided to gather a list of most popular myths in an infographic form. Check it out!

 

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Saturday
Feb152014

Why Dress to Impress? The importance of always looking your best.

In this day and age it’s no wonder that looking your best is one of the most important aspects of gaining and maintaining business relationships. But why exactly should we do it. First of all, looking good is a great self-confidence booster. Nothing feels better than walking into a room and all eyes are on you!

Feeling under the weather? There’s no cure like fashion! Always remember to look better than you feel. Dress your best to be the best, after all, you never know who you might run into. Studies also show that when you “dress for success”, you’re bound to have a higher performance level. So not only will you feel good if you look good, but your work will reflect it!

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Saturday
Feb152014

The Bass Music Awards - 2013 Highlight

The Bass Music Awards has been widely acclaimed by industry sources. Voting was open to the public for a 3 week period, seeing thousands of members of the public having their say by voting for their favourite DJ’s, labels, events, tracks, videos and producers from the nomination lists that was compiled by an industry affiliated panel of Bass Music connoisseur’s.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter DJ Target was the host for the ‘industry only’ video shoot held at a secret London based venue which saw a selection of winning and nominated artists gather. The artists interviewed on the day included: Andy C, Jakwob, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Sigma, David Boomah, Tigerlight, Dub Police artists, The Others, Variations, the Circus Records Crew, Rednek and Xilent.

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Friday
Feb142014

Music Education Career In Music Industry

 

The music industry offers a wide variety of career jobs for those wishing to take music as their professional career. One does not have to be a popular musician or music producer in order to make a hit or be successful in the professional music industry. Pursuing a career in music can revolve around a number of jobs including music education, music business, performers and writers, public relations and advertising, recording and recording industry, music health and radio and television jobs.

The job you choose should be in relation to your skills and/or experiences to enable you effectively perform it. The music education jobs mostly involve teaching and empowering other people about music. This category of music careers can be divided into different sections and titles depending on their specific roles. The salary ranges also differ significantly from one job to another. The common music education jobs one can do in the music industry include;

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Exclusive Tips for Recording Best Music at Studio

Recording is an expensive as well as tiring process as this process involves capturing data or translating the information in a particular recording format and storing it on some sort of storage medium. This is often termed as record or recording in case if any auditory medium is recording. As this process involves various stages, it becomes quite lengthy and exaggerated process. So it is better to make good use of time by maximizing the output and minimizing the stress and expenses. Presenting below some of the exclusive tips that can make your recording experience unforgettable and memorable: 

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Thursday
Feb062014

Music Artists Need CPAs, Not Just Lawyers

For musical artists just entering the entertainment business or long time veterans, having savvy legal counsel is a no brainer. Intellectual property damage, unpaid royalties, copyright violations and breach of contract cases are just a sampling of issues artists may face along the way. But when the question of financial damages comes into play – lost profits, reputation or something else - that’s when having a certified public accountant (CPA) on the team can really pay off. Whether a major label artist or an independent, consider these four reasons to work with a CPA.

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