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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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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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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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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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4 Blog Post Ideas to Hold Your Fans' Attention

By Carla Jean Whitley Image via doandroidsdance.com The musician’s life isn’t always glamorous. But the average fan doesn’t have an understanding of what that life is really like – and they’re often eager to find out. Sharing your story by… 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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4 simple steps to creating a killer press list

By Guest Blogger [This article was written by Janelle Rogers and it originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.] When I built my first press list, I put every small town paper on there, including journalists who covered genres we would… Continue Reading

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You Can Now Pay Important People To Listen To Your Music

By Ari Herstand It’s always been one of the biggest difficulties for an independent musician: how to get their music heard by ‘important people.’ Influencers. Industry people. Celebrities. Bloggers. Radio DJs. Music supervisors. Promoters. Booking agents. Managers. Labels. The issue… Continue Reading

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3 Tips to Better Manage a Subscription-Based Business

By Cherie Nelson Global sales in the music industry rose 0.3 percent from year-to-year in 2012, the first increase since 1999, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Revenues dropped 3.9 percent globally the following year due to… Continue Reading

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3 Ways to Get More Buzz for Your Venue

By hughmcintyre1@gmail.com (Hugh McIntyre) Having a successful show or tour is not just thanks to those actually performing. It takes a team of people to make sure everything is planned well and things run smoothly. A venue has a lot… Continue Reading