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It Takes at Least $500,000 to Break a New Artist….

By Paul Resnikoff If you don’t have half-a-million dollars, then maybe you should go home. In a study released this morning by major label organization IFPI, breaking an artist in a major market requires at least $500,000, and sometimes as… Continue Reading

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More Than Royalties - It’s Time We Bring the Open Web to Music

By Guest Post By Jesse von Doom on Medium.com We talk endlessly about royalties, which is really a way of talking about centralization — giving power to a service or organization and asking them to sort out the model that pays people.… Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Impress Music Journalists With Your Promo Photo

By jamieludwig01@gmail.com (Jamie Ludwig) Promotional photos serve many purposes for music journalists beyond just being something to feast our eyes upon. They introduce us to the people behind the music and help create or reinforce a narrative of a band,… Continue Reading

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SoundOut, TuneCore Track Smarts, ReverbNation Crowd Review, AudioKite, and Music Xray Compared

By Brian Hazard This is the story of a mediocre song. An objectively mediocre song. My song. Curse you, data! If you’re looking for unbiased feedback on your latest track, you’ve got five options. Well, five-ish. There’s SoundOut, which I… Continue Reading

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The Difference Between Being 'Undiscovered' and 'Epic' on Social Media

By Liv Buli Rihanna is an example of a social media superstar. (Image via forbes.com) This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. Editor’s note: All of the data included in this article is via research conducted by Next Big Sound. There… Continue Reading

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How house concerts can help you grown your fan base

By Guest Blogger We all know the scenario: you play at your local club to the same group of fans time and time again. Every week there may be a few new people there, but not enough to make a… Continue Reading

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A guide to getting gigs (part 3): how to promote your shows

By Guest Blogger [This article was written by guest contributor Yannick Ilunga of The Jazz Spotlight.] This is the final part of the three-article series A Guide to Getting Gigs. As the title suggests, in What to Do Before Looking for… Continue Reading

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5 Things You Should Always Do After Playing a Gig

By kathleen.parrish@hotmail.com (Kathleen Parrish) What to do after the final bow. (Image via tbo.com) You just played an awesome show – but now what? Even though the gig is over, there’s still work to be done. Some tasks need to… Continue Reading

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How to transcribe sheet music for your songs

By Guest Blogger Make rehearsals, sessions, and gigs easier by creating sheet music (and sell it at your merch booth too!) [This article was written by the folks at Sheet Music Plus.] If you’re a guitarist or a songwriter, you… Continue Reading

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Streaming Leads to Three Times More Sales Than Radio, Study Finds…

By Paul Resnikoff Taylor Swift is all over FM radio. But should she be? Not according to the Country Music Association (CMA), who found that people who discover music while streaming are three times more likely to buy that music… Continue Reading