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CD release tips

“CD So you’ve put your blood, sweat, and money into making your new CD. One of the best ways to ensure disappointing results with your new CD is to release it with no plan for how to market it. Time and time again I’ve seen artists release CDs by just “making it available.” They put out a CD and ask people to buy it. They don’t pick a single and don’t have a plan to build anticipation. Don’t let that be you! Read more.

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Recovery tips for your stolen instrument

by Molly Nagel-Driessen February 19, 2014

Recovering a stolen musical instrumentRecovering a stolen musical instrument takes persistence, and there’s a right way to cover all your bases and increase the chances of getting your instrument back. Here are seven tips to help you deal with the worst case scenario: how to recover your stolen musical instrument if you discover it’s been stolen. Follow this advice, and stay safe out there. Read more.

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Writing, recording, and performing children’s music

by Michael Gallant February 18, 2014

Gasoi on writing children's musicWhen you’re set to start writing children’s music of your own, Gasoi recommends a little introspection. “Find that place within yourself that reminds you of your own childhood, that place of innocence, fun, and abandonment. Tap into happy memories from your own childhood, things that bring out that fun and exuberance. Regardless of the style of song, bring a joyful spirit to what you do.” Read more.

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Building your online presence

by Andre Calilhanna February 14, 2014

Michael ShoupWe had people come to us when we first opened business saying, “I’ve been told by my manager that I need a website, and it needs to have a tour page and a photos page, and all of this other kind of stuff.” While that’s all great, and I think all that information is good to have, I think people don’t think critically enough about their online music marketing. I know I didn’t when I was first starting out as an artist. Read more.

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Tax tips for the working musician

by Keith Hatschek February 12, 2014

Friedman's tax tips for musiciansFor most anyone making money with music, the onus is on you to make the most of the various deductions that can be taken on your federal and state income tax returns. To help answer some questions to help you prepare for the inevitable, I spoke with veteran CPA and tax guru, Alan Friedman to get some tax tips for musicians. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: January 2014

by Disc Makers February 3, 2014

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Intro to music licenses

by Greg Savage January 31, 2014

Intro to music licensesThree common music licenses are the master, sync, and blanket license, but before we get into these music licenses, let me explain what licensing is. Licensing music is the act of giving a third party the right to use your material. That’s all it is. Whether you do this for free or fee is up to you and whatever you decide to negotiate. Read more.

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Finding and nurturing your musical niche

by Jon Ostrow January 29, 2014

Find and nurture a musical nicheTo be successful you need to compete with the several million musicians worldwide who are online vying for the attention, loyalty, and money of music fans. By focusing on your musical niche, you have the opportunity to explore and create content beyond your music by incorporating your passions and interests into your daily conversation with your fans. Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Five For Fighting’s John Ondrasik

by Andre Calilhanna January 28, 2014

Songwriting tips from John OndrasikFive For Fighting’s John Ondrasik exploded onto the music scene with the release of “Superman” in 2000. Having written thousands of songs in his youth, the public adoration of “Superman” stunned his mother – a way to actually make money songwriting and playing music! Ondrasik’s father was less surprised, recognizing he had dedicated 45,000 hours into honing his craft. Read more.

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Producing great hip hop vocals

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2014

Ken Lewis talks hip hop vocalsOne of the biggest mistakes I see in the studio is checking the mic with the artist behind it. It takes them out of the zone. I’ve seen engineers do it dozens of times and I see the look on the artist’s face when it’s happening. When the artist sets up behind the mic, he or she either has the mindset of being ready to give a great performance – or is scared to death and doesn’t need anything else throwing him or her off. Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Byron Hill

by Andre Calilhanna January 21, 2014

Tips from hit songwriter Byron HillOriginally from North Carolina, Byron Hill has been a professional songwriter in Nashville since 1978, with his songs generating more than 700 recordings, 77 RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, 10 ASCAP awards, and 31 US and Canadian top-ten chart hits. Hits Byron has written for major artists include “Pickin’ Up Strangers” (Johnny Lee), “Fool Hearted Memory” (George Strait), “The Pages Of My Mind” (Ray Charles), and “Born Country” (Alabama). Read more.

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How to write a killer artist bio

by Michael Gallant January 17, 2014

Samson MicAs creative musical artists, we’d like to believe our music speaks for itself, but a well-crafted artist bio is still a necessary part of your press kit and promotional efforts. In addition to giving the reader a glimpse into your musical career/journey/accomplishments to date, an engagingly written band bio can increase the chances of your music getting heard, whether you’re approaching music journalists for press coverage, creating an electronic press kit, or just trying to draw in new fans. Read more.

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How to make YouTube work for you

by Keith Hatschek January 15, 2014

The playbook will help you build an audience on YouTubeOnce you dive into learning the proven techniques that have helped bands to dramatically boost their fan base and build an audience on YouTube, you’ll begin to understand how to develop an overriding video strategy and leverage the power of the platform. The best place to start learning is the YouTube “Creator Playbook” that spells out how successful creators conceive, produce, publish, and promote their content. Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Rachael Sage

by Andre Calilhanna January 10, 2014

Tips from songwriter Rachael SageA soulful vocalist and innovative keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 150+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Asia. Sage’s own MPress Records released her 10th album, Haunted By You in 2012. Read more.

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Five easy ways to prevent music instrument theft

by Molly Nagel-Driessen January 8, 2014

Stop music instrument theftIf you’ve never been the victim of music instrument theft, chances are you know someone who has or you’ve seen at least one Facebook post about someone’s stolen music instrument. We’re sharing five simple things you can do to prevent theft and set yourself up for recovery in case it happens to you! Read more.

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Give fans more reasons to buy your music

by Brittany Cooper January 6, 2014

How to sell more musicIn a world driven by social media, fans want to know what you’re up to, what you did today, and what you were thinking about when you wrote the lyrics to your latest single. In the new industry, this is where much of the value lies. Fans don’t need more ways to buy new music; they need more reasons to. Give them an invitation into the journey and you’d better believe they’ll pay to gain that kind of access. Read more.

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