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An Open Letter to Oprah, Whose ‘The Life You Want’ Tour Asked Me to Work for Free…

By Revolva The following open letter comes from Revolva, an internationally-renowned hula hoop dancer, circus sensation, writer and character performer. It was originally posted on her site, revolva.net. To achieve the life you want, avoid situations that devalue your worth.… Continue Reading

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Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician (And All Its Dirty Secrets)

By Joe Marson Authors note: I do not work for Instagram nor am I endorsed by them (believe me, I wish I was). In fact, I don’t particularly like social media of any kind. But the passion I have to… Continue Reading

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How to Identify and Develop Your Sound

By Tyler Allen Though Lady Gaga is inspired by Tony Bennett, she never tries to imitate him. (Image via radio.com) Developing one’s sound is a very important task for any artist – not only from a branding standpoint, but from… Continue Reading

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The Big Give Back: How to Work With a Charity (the Right Way)

By andrew.hall2236@gmail.com (Andrew Hall) Image via komu.com Historically, when money or awareness needs to be raised for charity, musicians are key figures for events or social campaigning. It’s in our blood to bring people together, and if that includes a… Continue Reading

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Next for Twitter: native video recording and editing

By Music Ally Blog Twitter held its analyst day conference yesterday, and its VP of product Kevin Weil published a blog post outlining to the world some of the upcoming changes discussed at the event. Including video. “Aside from just… Continue Reading

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4 Ways Even the Shyest Artists Can Develop Their Onstage Persona

By Tyler Allen Alter eogs (like David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust) can help bring shy artists out of their shells. (Photo via thesuperslice.com) Artistry itself is a tough egg to crack. A lot of artists are protective of their work and… Continue Reading

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Is Your Band Name Killing Your Licensing Opportunities?

By shaine@iaemagazine.com (Shaine Freeman) In 2012, CMJ included Butter the Children on a list of bands with bad names. (Photo via thegrandvictory.com) When your parents discovered you were on the way, it’s very likely that they began thinking of what… Continue Reading

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The business of songwriting: co-writes and split sheets

By Guest Blogger As a songwriter, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the creativity and excitement of writing and forget about the business side of things. A lot of times, the very subject of business, royalty splits and copyright… Continue Reading

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Why It's Crucial to Declutter Your Band's Digital Presence

By Tyler Allen Image via wheretoget.it One of the reasons folks like me can consistently work in music marketing is largely due to the fact that the digital landscape is constantly changing. It’s constantly in flux with new media platforms… Continue Reading

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Ask a Music Journalist: 4 Things We Never Want to Read in Bios Ever Again

By Guest Post By Jamie Ludwig on Sonicbids.com A well-written bio is one of the best tools independent musicians have when it comes to making an impression on music journalists and editors. Before we even hear your song samples or… Continue Reading