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Wednesday
May282014

Teamwork In The Music Industry

One individual can never be allowed to undermine or destroy a successful business. If a player isn’t happy and wants to leave – they should be allowed to continue their career elsewhere. Each team needs players who will benefit the team as a whole – this benefits the business as well – because the team IS a business.

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Wednesday
May282014

How To Live Stream Your Concert

Not only can you reach your fans with new tools like live online performances, but you can also add more money to your bank account by selling tickets for your live streaming events. This article reveals 5 crucial steps for engaging your virtual audience.

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Tuesday
May272014

10 QUESTIONS WITH KEITH HARRISON OF ASCAP

There’s really no secret to it: scores of artists in the music world love to create music, have an even greater love for performing on stage, and want more and more ears to hear their music. They love to create songs and sounds that will resonate with potential fans and believers. And they have the potential to be creators, innovators, and trailblazers when it comes to making and performing this music. But when it comes to the ideals of protecting music copyrights and keeping a watchful eye on the monitoring, monetization of and compensation for public performances, things might not be quite as sexy, dramatic or fun. Still, these ideals are no less important than that of the actual creation and performance of this music, and are arguably more so. The importance of protecting works of intellectual properly and getting properly compensated for public performances cannot be stressed enough. This is where performance rights like the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, comes into the fray.

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Monday
May262014

A Word To Aspiring Rappers On Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, I want to give a quick word of advice to aspiring rappers.

You are your own best resource. Nobody wants to see you win more than you. Nobody wants to see you happy more than you. Nobody wants to see you successful more than you.

If you get tired or frustrated, so will your progress. If you are lazy or irresponsible, then your movement will be too. If you are bitter and have an attitude that the world owes you, then you’ll be expected to pay even more.

Nobody will “make” you famous or “put you on” without YOUR OWN HARD WORK. (Unless they’re gonna sign you & promote you & rape you of all the money.)

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Friday
May232014

Volume 5 from Flaccid-Rock.com has been released!

Flaccid-Rock.com has released 2014 Volume 5 featuring more amazing independent music artists. The following amaxing music is available on Flaccid-Rock.com for your music exploration:

Cali frim Pennsylvania featuring - Thugs Cry (Remix)

Slinger from Los Angeles featuring - It’s Alright, It’s Ok

Blue Dirt Band from Michigan featuring - Take It With Me

Mast Grizzy from VI featuring - The Boidem

MT from Georgia featuring - Country Bred

Young Ray from Florida featuring - I’m On

Another Volume featuring an eclectic mix of varying genres of independent music for your listening pleasure from Flaccid-Rock.com…please share this with others and enjoy the tunes from Volume 5!

Thursday
May222014

Warner Music Group Collaboration with Shazam Creates Hybrid Record Label

By Zach Rickers

In February of 2014, Warner Music Group and Shazam announced that they would enter into a “strategic collaboration” in which Warner would have access to Shazam’s user data and Shazam would have access to exclusive Warner content. Currently, when a user hears a song that they like, whether it is at a restaurant or on the radio, they can open up the Shazam application on their smartphone and hold the phones microphone to the speaker which will then analyze and identify the song title and artist that the user is listening to.2  Once a song is identified, the app logs data such as the time of day the song was “tagged”, the song being identified, and even where the song was tagged (if the user has location services enabled).3  This is the sort of data that Warner plans to use not only for A&R, but also for marketing and promotion purposes.

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Tuesday
May202014

The Ultimate Gig Booking Guide | Phosphene Productions

 

Booking regular shows is an essential part of being a musician when expecting to be heard by the public, and a question we here at Phosphene Productions get asked a lot about. Though everyone has their own technique when it comes to finding the perfect show, many artists new to the scene should devise a “template” to work by and to keep yourself organized when contacting so many different people.

Our goal in this article is to give you a sort of template to use when beginning to develop your own booking strategy, and by the end you should have all the necessary information to kick off your gig.

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Monday
May192014

In "Raging Bull" Case US Supreme Court Opens The Door To Even Long-delayed Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

     In a copyright dispute over the movie “Raging Bull”, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the case can continue dispite the substantial passage of time. In a 6-3 decision the Court held that plaintiff Paula Petrella, daughter of the late screenwriter Frank Petrella, did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against MGM claiming an interest in the film.

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Friday
May162014

Flaccid-Rock.com 2014 Volume 4 Released

Flaccid-Rock.com is pleased to announce that we have released 2014 Volume 4, which includes music from the following artists:

Chase Hobby of Georgia

Medicinal Groove of Michigan

Seemingly Sane of Pennsylvania

Testify of Colorado

The Grooves of Austin, Texas

The Slit of Los Angeles, California

So go to Flaccid-Rock.com and explore all of our volume releases and featured artists.

 

Friday
May162014

An Artist-Friendly Way to Share and Sell Your Music

If you’re on this website, that means you’re interested in new ways that music can be shared on the internet. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce Hearo.fm, a new music social network and marketplace where artists can share and sell their music, connect with fans and other musicians, and find a home on the web.

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Friday
May162014

How artists can promote gigs in Google using structured data

In March, on the Google Webmaster Central blog, Google confirmed it is to start displaying upcoming gigs or concerts on the right-hand side of its search results for band name results.

 

It’s all well and good explaining this to the search marketing audience who already understand and practice such techniques, but does it really mean anything to musicians and artists? Perhaps the more important question is: should they take note?

The answer is yes!

This is great news for both searchers and musicians. The searcher can now see, at a glance, what gigs are coming up, with little effort, when looking up an artist. The musician can promote their upcoming concerts more effectively via Google.

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Wednesday
May142014

Press Release: LUNG TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT OFFERS INSPIRATION

LUNG TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT OFFERS INSPIRATION Veteran Performer/Producer Returns To Music And Wants You To Know Being Healthy And Happy Is Possible For All

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Tuesday
May132014

Promoting Your Material on a Budget

Now, if you’re an artist or start-up business owner, you most likely know how it feels to go without, for the sake of your career, simply because you have that much passion for it. You may even be going through that phase right now, and you may feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to your career. Does this cycle sound familiar to you:

  • I don’t have money because my music/business hasn’t taken off.
  • My music/business hasn’t taken off because it’s not being promoted enough.
  • It’s not being promoted enough because promotion takes money, and I don’t have money.
  • (repeat steps 1-3 above)

This is probably one of the most frustrating phases that about every career builder has gone through. The good news about this cycle, is that promotiondoesn’t have to cost loads of money. Ironically enough, the cheapest/free forms of promotion work the best!

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Tuesday
May132014

Maintaining Your Vocal Skills

If you aren’t taking steps to protect and enhance your vocal capability there’s a good chance that these tips can ensure you perform at the highest level you’re capable of. Your first wise career move could’ve been to start reading this article!

What you drink is important - Water and warm tea

What you drink impacts heavily on the state and readiness of your voice. Water being one of the primary component building blocks of our bodies (around 60%) is necessary to staying hydrated and keeping your throat in healthy shape. Ideally if you’re male, you should be having about 3 litres of fluids a day or 2.2 if you are female. Cutting out fizzy drinks that are full of sugar is another great step you can take towards vocal health and durability, it should also be a relatively pain free and easy adjustment to make, especially considering the availability of water in comparison.

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