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The qualities of a good artist manager

by Steve Rennie December 17, 2014

Rick Neuheisel InterviewPicking the right partners in the music business is a big-picture concept that cannot be understated. It influences every decision an artist makes regarding his or her career in music. Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel talks about the qualities of a good coach – and artist manager. Read more.

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Six music promotion mistakes to avoid

by Bobby Borg December 16, 2014

music promotion mistakes to avoidAre you having trouble getting the word out about your products and services and getting to that next level of your music career? Are you making mistakes that are costing you time, money, and even your own fans? Whether it’s failing to present a consistent brand or not pushing sales, these music promotion mistakes can derail your music career. Read more.

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Create content to achieve your music career goals

by Jon Ostrow December 4, 2014

Content strategyBuilding a strong fan base online requires you to create and execute an effective content strategy. Most often, we focus on the idea of engagement, and while there is no doubt that this is a requirement of an effective content strategy, engagement should not be the only focus of your online music marketing and your efforts to achieve your music career goals. Read more.

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Online music marketing etiquette: tips for email, social, and YouTube

by Bobby Borg December 2, 2014

online music marketing etiquetteWhile the Internet and new technologies propel online music marketing ever into the future, I’m amazed by how many of us have the etiquette of a caveperson. Seriously, I just got an anonymous link posted on my social networks with the blurb, “Yo, check my song out.” Two seconds later, I got a friend request from someone with no profile picture other than that creepy, default blank head. Read more.

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Indie artists Sad Robot discuss marketing and music branding

by Lucy Briggs November 26, 2014

indie artist music branding LA-based band Sad Robot recently wowed the judges at Los Angeles Music Network’s LAMN Jam and walked away with the grand prize. Shortly afterward we caught up with them and gained some insight on their opinions on marketing and branding, performing and touring, and the importance of attending industry events. Read more.

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Wax is back – and the vinyl record revival is good news for indie artists

by Keith Hatschek November 20, 2014

vinyl record on a turntableVinyl record sales are on pace for another 30% growth from last year, and this vinyl revival can be a sales driver for independent artists. According to Dan Faughnder of Sledding With Tigers, “Once we announced that our first vinyl was in the pipeline, we received enough pre-orders to basically break even on the pressing cost before we even got our test pressings from the plant.” Read more.

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Improve your chances for a successful music career (without compromising your integrity)

by Bobby Borg November 13, 2014

Success in musicIf you don’t stand for something, you can fall for anything. Success starts with a vision – and a vision statement. A vision statement is a declaration of where you’d like your career to be in seven to ten years down the road. With this defined and in place, it’s far easier to map out the directions for how you’re going to get to your desired destination. Read more.

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Do you need a manager to succeed in music?

by Disc Makers November 11, 2014

Greg SavageDo music producers, artists, and bands need managers? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on where you are currently in your career. This question will come up sooner or later regardless of where you are. Before signing any contracts here are a few things to consider. Read more.

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How to split the music publishing pie

by Steve Rennie November 4, 2014

Ask RenmanWorking with partners when songwriting is inherently collaborative and is often how great songs get written. Plus – for musicians, songwriters, and producers – the music creation process is usually the most enjoyable. But how do you split up the music publishing pie when it comes down to business? Read more.

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The musician’s social media checklist

by Jon Ostrow October 28, 2014

music social media marketingMarketing your band and your music on the digital landscape, it’s easy to get lost focusing your time and efforts on the wrong sites and connecting with the wrong people. Ideally, you’d take the time and have an opportunity to think through the who, how, what, where, and why so that all of your efforts are connecting you to potential fans and influencers within your niche from the get go. Read more.

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Test your music products before you go to market

by Bobby Borg October 27, 2014

Test your music productsTesting and feedback should be part of the process of getting your music products into releasable form. Testing material on your most likely fans, and making necessary improvements and decisions before committing your time and money to the recording, manufacturing, distributing, and promoting it. Without market research, you could easily spend hundreds (or thousands) of your hard-earned dollars recording music that’s unmarketable to music supervisors, labels, radio stations, and even your own target fans! Read more.

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A study in record production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

by Keith Hatschek and Jeff Crawford October 22, 2014

Morning Phase record production As you prepare to self produce your next recording project, take time to study record production that inspires you. The role of a record producer is critical to any successful recording project, it’s the creative guidance and vision of what the finished recording will sound like that makes a producer most valuable. We take a look at tracks by Miranda Lambert and Beck. Read more.

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The case of the lost bass

by Andre Calilhanna October 17, 2014

Reasons to have instrument insuranceBassist Malcolm Gold’s story about the benefits of MusicPro instrument insurance doesn’t involve theft or damage. It was just a momentary lapse of focus on a long commute. “It was a very stressful time in my life. I was traveling on a train with a beautiful 1966 ice-blue metallic Fender Jazz bass. It’s a custom color, and worth a considerable amount of money, to say the least.” Read more.

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How to launch a music publicity campaign

by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan October 14, 2014

planning a music publicity campaignMost bands do a traditional media campaign (newspapers, magazines, radio), as well as a new media campaign (podcasts, music blogs, MP3s). Music publicity is not just compiling lists and following steps mechanically, it should be fun and is a chance to channel the same creativity you put into your music to build a buzz. Read more.

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If you ain’t measuring, you ain’t marketing

by Bobby Borg October 9, 2014

Measure MarketingMake no mistake, marketing your music – in fact, any marketing – is not about “doing things,” it’s about “doing the right things.” This is the essence of marketing measurement and why it is so important to your career. Measuring is the process of creating systems to collect, analyze, and act on information that is relevant to the goals of your marketing plan. Read more.

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