Sep 24, 2015

Does anyone even care about music discovery?

I have a couple friends that are obsessed with music discovery. For them it’s a 24/7 pursuit. All day, every day they’re listening to the latest releases and playlists, skipping over anything they’ve already heard. I asked one of these friends once when he […]

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Sep 23, 2015

Is “Happy Birthday” now in the Public Domain?

A 1922 copy of “The Everyday Song Book,” containing lyrics to “Happy Birthday.” (Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times)
Have you ever wondered why the waiters at TGI Fridays sing their own unique, annoying song when it’s time to bring out the cake and embarrass you on […]

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Sep 22, 2015

Your band bio is SOOOOO boring!

Are most musician bios really “a mine of useless information,” the term arts critic David Lister used to describe the biography of virtuoso violinist Julia Fischer that was printed in a concert program?
That’s the conclusion of Anastasia Tsioulcas in her piece for NPR called […]

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Sep 21, 2015

Are you using Facebook as a music video platform?

 
According to Digital Music News, Facebook now serves up four billion videos every single day (a quadruple increase over last year), and that number is rising quickly.  “A year or two from now, we think Facebook will be mostly video,” says Ted Zagat, Facebook head of […]

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Sep 18, 2015

What’s an average day like for you as an independent musician?

Grim? Accurate? Both?
This funny chart comes courtesy of The Violin Channel, which might explain the fear of child prodigies — though really, don’t we all lose sleep worrying about whippersnappers?

Anyway, what’s your “average” day like?

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Sep 17, 2015

Save 50% on worldwide music distribution with CD Baby when you switch from another distributor

Unhappy with your current distribution? Switch to CD Baby and get 50% off our ONE-TIME signup fee.

Every once in a while, a friend of mine (against my recommendations, of course) will use a company other than CD Baby to distribute their latest […]

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Sep 16, 2015

Metallica now has its own band-branded beer. Is it time to up YOUR merch game?

Budweiser is now offering a limited-edition beer that’s not only branded with Metallica’s logo, but also “imbued with the band’s essence.” Nasty!
91,000 cans of this stuff will be made available exclusively in Quebec City. Is that a big […]

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Sep 10, 2015

What to do with old unneeded musical instruments

[This article was written by Martin Wells, a musician and writer who covers lifestyle topics including home improvement and life hacks.]
Whether you just bought a new guitar and you’re ready to part with the old one, or you’ve decided it’s time to stop playing […]

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Sep 9, 2015

UnlockTHIS provides a simple content-gating tool for musicians

Growing your social media community with content gating

When a fan takes some social action on your behalf (liking your band’s Facebook page, subscribing to your YouTube channel, etc.), it can be seen as a form of currency.
At least that’s the […]

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Sep 8, 2015

The 10 Commandments of being in a band

[This article was written by Dylan Welsh, and it originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.]
As fun as being in a band is, it can challenge you in a big way as a musician and a person. Don’t underestimate it – if you’re trying to be serious […]

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