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Music Think Tank Open
Anybody (no really anybody) can contribute anything relevant to this page…All mp3s should be posted on the MTT radio page. If you cannot find your post here, your article may have been moved to the MTT homepage.
Fallon Hill (born June 8, 1981), also known as Lil’ Hill by many was born and raised in the Promised Land Community of Greenwood, S.C. Fallon’s love in making music and performing started around the age of 11. She was inspired and motivated by other performing artist of all genres and soon began writing and performing her own lyrics.
People are still buying plenty of rock albums, these just happen to be 20, 30, and 40 year old releases. Instead of whitewashing this fact, though, and then turning around and writing articles about the death of rock, wouldn’t it make more sense for the Billboards of the world to champion rock’s legacy?
At Cyber PR®, my team is always looking for ways of connecting artists with media makers in unique and exciting ways. We approached Bob Marcus of JogTunes, a long time supporter of Cyber PR®, to work further with Robin McKelle, whom as he mentions below, recently featured on his JogTunes podcast.
By now it’s apparent that there is a ton of music out there – over-saturation is a term you may hear often these days. For anyone getting involved with the music industry there is always a need for more exposure and promotion. If an artist or a record label has it, they will sell better, simple as that.
We all need an audio amplifier to drive our loudspeakers so we are going to discuss the different types available. This is a music site so we will keep this focused on the needs of a project studio. For a typical home studio I recommend an amplifier with around 150W per channel into 4 or 8 Ohms (speaker impedance) 150 Watts per channel will be able to drive most 6.5 inch driver near field monitor systems.When you check out an amplifier try and avoid fan cooled ones as they will add to the ambient noise floor of your studio and this is not desireable. Amplifiers up to 150 watts are typically using passive heatsink cooling without cooling fans.
I have been pondering a lot lately on the concept of “artist management” in the proper sense of the word, or at least what the industry is experiencing. As the music industry evolved, the role of the artist manager must deal with changes in order to evolve as well.
The image of the manager who dictates the directions to take and strategies to use is an image that I think is outdated. “Manager” is rather an ally that is part of the project where the artist must look at his career as a multi-phase project (the concept of releasing an album and make its marketing is in itself a project phase). The “manager” must become a manager of this project.
The role of the project manager, according PMI (Project Management Institute), is “a person assigned by the performing organization [eg artist] to lead the team that is responsible for achieving the project objectives.” Already, this definition changes the role’s dynamics. In this optics, the “Manager” is no longer responsible for the artist but instead responsible to lead the team to achieve the defined objectives. Lead and manage are two distinct concepts. You lead the artist and manage the project.
It therefore becomes important to talk about the maturity of the artist since an artist starting in the industry will not necessarily have the skills to run a business and have the vision for it. In this scenario, it is important that the two components (artist + manager) have some experience to manage a project (project manager) and for the artist to head a performing organization… [To be continued]
These are my first steps with this theory that I shall explore with you. In the next few months, I will elaborate and analyze these two worlds - project management as described by PMI (Project Management Institute) and the music industry.
First, Some Definitions
All or Nothing Funding (Kickstarter): If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged.
Flexible Funding (Indiegogo): The project will receive all funds raised when time expires, even if the project fails to reach it’s goal.
A bed, a hot meal, and good company - these can make all the difference after a long day on the road. ConcertsInYourHome.com (CIYH) has launched PillowsCIYH.com to build on the free lodging tradition of house concerts. An interesting twist, though, is that this site allows house concert hosts AND artists to be both travelers and Pillows hosts. In other words, hosts can reach out to other hosts for accommodations when they travel. They share a hobby, so it’s an easy way to make new friends and swap stories, as well as save money on travel.
Call to Artists - Third Annual Florida Listening Room Festival accepting applications until August 15th.
The Listening Room Festival, in association with ConcertsInYourHome.com, is putting on its annual one-of-a-kind week-long festival in April of 2014. Selected artists get paying gigs - house concerts, office concerts, and more. Prizes include lodging, cash, extras, and a great showcase opportunity in front of the Florida house concert host community as well.
One program to download over 20 million songs – this is what MP3jam’s like. It is a unique app for Windows to search, listen and download music in MP3 format. All downloads are legal and absolutely free – a ‘must-have’ for music fans.
North Wales folksy-blues singer songwriter Stacey Cohen has tapped crowdfunding launchpad and community PleaseFund.Us to offer an exclusive win-win experience of having an advance release of her new album called the Archer. With a goal of raising £3500, Stacey isn’t just accepting donations to access a professional recording studio – she is giving back to the fans as well.
http://webtunes.eu is online and is free. With more options and services than any other streaming music site on the net. They even have a freesite that you can run yourself. Details are at http://webtunes.u42.eu.
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