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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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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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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

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Why (not) Bandcamp? [Emily White]

By Guest Post By Emily White of Whitesmith Entertainment & Dreamfuel Bandcamp is a platform I came across by accident in 2008. A platform I was seeking nonetheless, by asking everyone around me “Why isn’t there a way to sell… Continue Reading

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Keep Your Life in Order While on Tour

By Nia R Jones Touring is essential to a band’s success. In an age where music is easily pirated and consumers have shorter attention spans, going on tour can be one of the best ways to reach your fans and… Continue Reading

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How to Balance Your Crazy College Course Load With Your Music Career

By welsh.dyl@gmail.com (Dylan Welsh) Image via scarletphoto.blogspot.com Anyone who’s been through college knows that a full course load can be just as intense as a full-time job. Classes are particularly difficult because the work stays with you afterwards, as well… Continue Reading

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How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er)

By Guest Post By Sharky Laguana, CEO of Bandago. This article originally appeared on Medium.com Streaming services, most notably Spotify (by far the largest) use what could be called a parimutuel royalty system: all the money collected goes into a… Continue Reading