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Thursday
Apr242014

PRINCE’s NEW DEAL WITH WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS IS A PART OF THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF THE ISSUE OF COPYRIGHT TERMINATIONS UNDER U.S. COPYRIGHT LAW.

The music business headlines are touting the story that Prince has returned to Warner Brothers Records after 18 years with a deal that will see him regain ownership of his back catalog of recordings. This deal marks a new era as the ability to terminate master recording copyright after 35 years was granted in the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 and became effective in 1978, the year that Prince’s debut album came out. 


Just as the record business has been staggering back to its feet after the digital assault started by Napster over a decade ago, another hard blow to the record industry business model is starting to have ripple effects. Recording artists and songwriters from 1978 and after are now entitled to start terminating their contractual transfers and demanding back their copyrights.

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Thursday
Apr242014

Get the Show on the Road: 3 Ways to Finance a Tour

Dizzyjam, an online merchandising firm that caters to musicians, asked 207 bands (mostly from the U.S. and U.K.), about their financial situations. Seventy-two percent of them said they earned some money, but not near enough to live on; 23 percent lost money making music, and only 4.3 percent earned enough to live solely off their music. You already knew that making a career out of music would be difficult, but it's doable, especially for persistent bands with a decent following. Even if you don't make it big, touring the country is a priceless experience. Here are three ways to raise the necessary funds to get your tour started:

Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding industry raised $2.7 billion in 2012 and $1.5 billion in 2011, and the financial consulting firm Deloitte estimated that 2013's crowdfunding efforts would raise $3 billion total (we have yet to see exact numbers for last year). The money is there, if you put forth the effort—5,067 music-related projects were successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2012, the most across all industries. In 2012, Amanda Palmer (of the alternative rock duo Dresden Dolls) raised more than $1 million via Kickstarter for her tour and record. It can be done.

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Thursday
Apr242014

BandFriend Announces New Version 2.5 with In-App Messaging

The popular free social networking application for musicians now with new chat feature.

SAN DIEGO, CA, April 24, 2014 – BandFriend, the popular free social networking application for musicians available on Android and iOS devices, is being upgraded today to version 2.5 and features new in-app messaging.  BandFriend helps local musicians discover, connect, and share all things music.  Now with BandFriend’s new in-app messaging feature, finding musicians nearby to jam and collaborate with has never been easier.

BandFriend’s unique mobile collaboration and sharing approach fits the on-the-go lifestyles of musicians creating a great mobile networking app experience for musicians.  BandFriend helps musicians discover local talent, connect to jam or share ideas, and capture inspirational moments with a mobile device and share using SoundCloud and YouTube integration anyplace, anytime. 

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Auganizer v1.1.1 as used by Steve Angello, Swedish House Mafia

A major update for Auganizer has been released, bringing it to version 1.1.1. It adds numerous new features and addresses all known issues.

 

Auganizer allows you to rename, reorder, organise and arrange your Audio Units the way you want to. Until now, renaming and arranging your Audio Units in Logic, Garageband, Main Stage or other Audio Unit hosts has been impossible. Since its release by Apple the Audio Unit standard has not allowed for your own naming and organising conventions. Now, for the first time, Auganizer makes it simple to arrange plugins by group, sub group and custom name, for straightforward filing and identification.

 

The Auganizer team said “v1.1 is all about adding compatibility and functionality across the board. We’ve made lots of changes on the backend of the software to cater for just about every plugin out there. Everything is silky smooth and running great and we’ve added a whole bunch of features since v1.01.”

 

So much so Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame was quoted on Twitter as saying “This has changed my life” - https://twitter.com/SteveAngello/status/457481322055745537 certainly a ringing endorsement. 

 

Auganizer v1.1 is available now from auganizer.com for $34.99.

Tuesday
Apr222014

New Paul Maddox Ableton Push House Production Online Course

The Producertech team are pleased to let you know about our latest course release, House Production with Ableton Push Part I by Paul Maddox (Spektre).
This course is for anyone wanting to get into producing house music with Ableton’s Push. Presented by renowned producer and Producertech tutor Paul Maddox, the lessons show how Push can be used to create music in a totally hands-on way, focusing in this set of tutorials on creating a classic, retro house groove.
The lessons go from starting out with a new session, through drum instrument selection, loading, playing, sequencing, editing and mixing, showing a variety of different techniques such as live recording and step- sequencing, and ensuring that all parts are locked into the same groove.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

5 Useful Tips for Recording a Great Music Record

The music recording process can prove daunting for amateur artists and established brands alike. It has been observed that recording sessions can take up a lot of time, music albums can often go over budget. Besides this artistic and musical differences can put a real strain on music band’s relationships.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Why Music Licensing and YouTube Are Officially Frenemies

Why Music Licensing and YouTube Are Officially Frenemies


Why Music Licensing and YouTube Are Officially FrenemiesYes, Music Dealers knows that today’s music licensor has enough to watch out for: publishing, legal, creative, budgeting, etc., etc. But, to ensure you keep yourself covered, and are avoiding a daily regimen of banging your head on your desk while muttering curse words under your breath, we’ll be adding one more item to your music licensing watch list.

A dilemma is beginning to emerge for music licensors who post content to the largest video sharing site on earth, YouTube. A system designed to help compensate artists is beginning to piss off music licensors.

It’s becoming like that one friend who is pretty cool most of the time, but you sometimes secretly hate—the frenemy.

The Story

In a frenzy, a long-time client of Music Dealers called up one of our directors of business development. She expressed great concern about whether or not Music Dealers or its artists had any intention of monetizing content posted on YouTube through paid advertising.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

recordJet on a platinum flight with Milky Chance

Berlin-based music distributor recordJet is celebrating one of the greatest successes since its inception in 2008: recordJet passenger Milky Chance’s single “Stolen Dance” has reached platinum status by selling 300,000 units.

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Wednesday
Mar262014

Food Truck Chefs, Rehab and Building a New Artisan Class

On February 1, 2014, I decided to take the improbable leap into DIY-dom. Whether it was fear of letting go of an old paradigm, or just the misconception I had of DIY, it was a path I never dared take until now. My dreams of being The Next Big Thing proved to be more than just a hinderance. Like being in a bad relationship and wondering why my partner didn’t love me, I spent the majority of my career waiting for approval that would never come. My core values had been screwed up. After years of banging my head against a wall, I needed to make a change. If I was true to myself, sustainability would follow.

For the longest time my perception of DIY comprised a guy playing lounge jazz covers in a booth at the Arts & Crafts Fair. It just didn’t seem cool. To the layman, DIY is still perceived as amateurish, and frankly, kinda crappy. Because I have a BA in music and a I am veteran of the music industry, I prefer to see myself as a trained Chef who chooses to run a gourmet food truck. A chef is still a chef, no matter the setting.

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Wednesday
Mar262014

How (and why) to write a brief music music bio for live event promotion

As a concert presenter, I’ve found that many artists are lacking an easy-to-use bio. By that, I mean a bio that is ready for cutting and pasting. The key to putting together a good event-oriented bio is to understand what it is most often used for. Typically, it will be used by presenters to create a press release, a web site listing and perhaps a Facebook event for your show. So it’s important that your bio is not too long, or too short, and that it presents you in the way you want to be presented. Keep in mind that what you write is often exactly what will appear in print or on a web site.

As an added bonus, having this type of bio readily available will be appreciated by the presenters you are working with, and save them lots of time. This will increase the chances that they will do everything the can and should do to promote your show, and it might make them more eager to ask you back again.

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Tuesday
Mar252014

Selling Yourself: The Art of the Killer Bio (Part I)

Being able to objectively communicate who you are, why you make music and what that sounds and looks like is square one in marketing your act. A bio is often the first piece of information a prospective label, manager or talent buyer will look at when deciding if they want to work with you. So what are you going to do?

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Monday
Mar242014

Ableton Live Courses Website Launch

 

Producertech are excited to announce the launch of their all-new Live Courses site, originally released back in 2009. With core courses created by certified Ableton Live trainer Rob Jones, this site has become widely known as one of the best platforms for learning about the software and music production, at an affordable rate and during times that suit you best, all from the comfort of your own home. With brand new tutorials, a vastly improved look and functionality, as well as updated technology that features optimum compatibility with all computers, tablets and phones, the new Live Courses is set to define new standards in online learning once again.

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Saturday
Mar222014

How to Build a Loyal and Supportive Fan Base (Interview with Manager Vince Iwinski of Umphrey's McGee)

What’s more important than how many fans you have? Of course, as an artist you always want more fans… And who knows, you might blow up and gain a million followers over night, but honestly: What are the chances? So what matters more to the average artist is…

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Tuesday
Mar182014

Indie Artists Using Email

If you want to cover this topic in detail, it requires thousands of words; I don’t, and won’t bother. Email is too deep a system, with twists and turns not only from a technical perspective but also etiquette.

 Let’s put spam aside with this one note: Email should never be used to contact a person about what you are doing without the recipient requesting it. It may be used for initial contact, though, if the message is one sentence asking for permission to contact in the future and plainly states, “Unless your response is ‘yes’ I won’t contact you again.”

Putting out an email blast to names that you’ve gathered from a variety of sources is SPAM. You don’t like getting unsolicited emails anymore than the person who gets one about your music or gig dates.

 

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