Jun 5, 2015

You just shot your first music video — now what?

[This article was written by Tyler Allen and it originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.]
Ever since the demise of MTV’s TRL, we’ve heard people from all walks of life claim that the music video is dead. But even though MTV may not play ’em, with […]

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Jun 5, 2015

You just shot your first music video — now what?

[This article was written by Tyler Allen and it originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.]
Ever since the demise of MTV’s TRL, we’ve heard people from all walks of life claim that the music video is dead. But even though MTV may not play ’em, with […]

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Jun 4, 2015

Can I sample copyrighted music if it’s less than 6 seconds?

How to legally clear the samples that you use in your music

[Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Just sayin’… ]
Let’s be honest: sample clearance is often difficult and expensive for independent musicians.
In order to legally use a sample from a […]

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Jun 3, 2015

4 ways to promote your music with the “reveal” of your album artwork

Usually when my favorite artists announce they’re working on a new album, I don’t get too excited. It could be years before they’re finished recording.
But when they announce that the album cover has been designed, that’s cause for celebration, because it […]

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Jun 2, 2015

How WALK OFF THE EARTH used YouTube to get a record deal

An interview with Ryan Marshall from WALK OFF THE EARTH

[This interview, conducted by Megan Liscomb, originally appeared on the TakeLessons blog.]
From going viral on YouTube to touring the world, Walk Off The Earth has made an impressive mark on the music scene […]

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May 31, 2015

A musician’s guide to PledgeMusic: building and running a campaign for my upcoming album

I’m now thirty days into a PledgeMusic campaign to fund my first new album in five years. The following article combines my own thoughts on building and running a (hopefully) successful campaign with excerpts from an interview with Benji Rogers, the founder and president of PledgeMusic.
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“The […]

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May 29, 2015

How to get your music on 8tracks internet radio

CD Baby has partnered with 8tracks, the indie-focused online radio service

8tracks is an indie-focused, non-interactive internet radio service that offers handcrafted playlists from curators (rather than algorithms) based on artist, genre, mood, style […]

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May 28, 2015

75 tips and tricks to get your music out of the bedroom

Sometimes you need a little inspiration to kick start the process.

Here are 75 light-bulb inducing ideas.
1. Ignore every obstacle anyone has ever put in front of you.
2. Make music everyday – no matter how much time you […]

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May 27, 2015

How to form your band as an LLC

[This article by Dave Kusek originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.]
You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your band. You’ve spent years working your way up, rehearsing, playing gigs, and releasing new music and covers, all while growing your fanbase with your awesome […]

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May 26, 2015

Celebrate Independent Artist Day!

Sad that your long holiday weekend is over? Don’t be. Today is Independent Artist Day!

What’s Independent Artist Day?

Well, it’s a day that’s dedicated to celebrating and supporting independent artists and the work they create.
The two guys that […]

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