Mar 10, 2015

Give your music website a 5-minute makeover

Simple ‘Spring Cleaning’ tips for your website

All winter my backyard has looked like one of those “north of the Wall” segments from Game of Thrones. Now that I can hear the faint trickle of melting ice, I’m […]

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Mar 9, 2015

Need to book or promote a gig? Here’s why you better have a website!

A few weeks ago at the International Folk Alliance Conference, I spoke on a panel called “Keeping Up with Digital Technologies” with Courtney Gallagher, Membership and Marketing Coordinator for Club Passim.
Passim is one of the coolest listener-friendly venues in the Boston area (it&#8217 […]

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Mar 5, 2015

CD Baby features Cormorant’s album “Dwellings” in From the Crates

It’s #TBT at CD Baby, which means it’s time for another “From the Crates!”

This week, Greg ventures deep into the warehouse to find  a hidden metal gem.
Check out Dwellings by the band Cormorant.

The post CD […]

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Mar 5, 2015

Why musicians should say “no” to almost everything

When “yes” is the enemy

About six or seven years ago, I ran out of time.
I was fronting two different groups of my own, gigging pretty consistently in three other bands, doing the occasional one-off show or tribute night, taking […]

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Mar 5, 2015

CD Baby at SXSW 2015: four panels, one official showcase, dozens of artists

South by Southwest is just around the corner, and this year CD Baby is bringing a mammoth helping of  indie awesomeness to Austin.

The Official SXSW CD Baby Showcase

For starters, our showcase on Friday, March 20th promises to (at the very least) leave […]

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Mar 4, 2015

Borrowing success: how to legally sample music

[This article was written by Jamie Davis-Ponce, and it originally appeared on the SonicBids Blog.]
Often associated with hip hop, sampling occurs when songwriters and recording artists use borrowed sections of music from other recordings in their new works. The motivations for using clips of preexisting music […]

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Mar 4, 2015

How much does it REALLY cost to make a record?

Do these guys look hard at work recording an album?

[This article was written by Michael Corcoran. It originally appeared on the MusicSUBMIT Blog.]
In 1972, the Rolling Stones released the album Exile on Main Street. The band began by recording songs in a […]

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Mar 2, 2015

Musicians, here’s how to make the most of your email list

Everyone is talking about cool new ways to get fans to sign up for emails, but this is only the first step.
It’s true, these days many people are wary of giving out their email address – there’s just too much inbox-clogging spam out there […]

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Feb 26, 2015

The DIY solution for anyone who hates smartphones at concerts

Last summer I posted an articled called “Mobile phones at shows: a promotional boost for you, or a grand distraction?” Musicians responded with some pretty heated opinions (the stuff of good blog comments, of course).
Well, for anyone who thinks that holding up a mobile phone […]

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Feb 26, 2015

How one musician is making a living from YouTube: an interview with TryHardNinja

“YouTube provides a direct connection with your audience and is the best face-to-face way to build long lasting relationships.” — Igor from TryHardNinja
With millions of views and over half a million subscribers, TryHardNinja (whose real name is Igor) isn’t just connecting with fans […]

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