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On Eve Of The Internet Radio Fairness Act Hearings

image from www.google.com(UPDATE 3) With Congressional hearings set for Wed. 11/28, David Macias, president of Nashville based label services company Thirty Tigers, shares his views on The Internet Radio Fairness Act.

Somewhere up in heaven, Rube Goldberg is looking down, thrilled with the method by which owners of recording and publishing copyrights are paid for their use in the US (for those of you in the UK that want to follow along, substitute Heath Robinson for Rube Goldberg). If a song is played on terrestrial radio for a recording that I own, that radio station pays nothing for its use, so the percentage of revenues terrestrial radio pays for the use of that recording is, let’s say it together, ZERO. Now let us look at what Pandora pays for the use of recordings. It’s estimated that they paid $136M [1] to Sound Exchange for the use of recordings on gross revenues of $274m. As a percentage of revenues, Pandora is paying 50 PERCENT.

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How Much Do Music Industry Positions Pay? [STUDY]

IStock_000010267528Small.jpgBoston’s famed Berklee College of Music has released an updated version of their comprehensive directory of United States salary ranges for music careers in the areas of performance, business, audio technology, education, and music therapy. The 2012 version of Music Careers in Dollars and Cents has been revised from 2010 to reflect two years of change, examining a wide scope of potential avenues for someone looking to get into, or even pivot in the music business.

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Music Merch For Seasonal Gifts: Deluxe Editions, Random Gifting, Clothing & Downloads

Soundgarden-king-animalChristmas is a particularly dramatic driver of gift giving and music merch that takes advantage of that massive wave is always a great thing to have. From deluxe editions put out by Soundgarden and Led Zeppelin to random impulse gifts like coasters with Instagram pics to 2PM's clothing with digital download codes, fans appreciate having choices. If you can't put something together this year, keep an eye open for creative ideas to use next time around.

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A Better Widget: Why Aren't Online Music Services Music-Friendly?

Screen Shot 2012-11-25 at 6.13.12 PMGuest post by Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

A decade into the digital music revolution, it’s remarkable that we can create radio stations that we can customize to our taste and stream tens of millions of songs. You would be forgiven, however, if you hoped that these online music services did much else. Of course, it could be argued that a “good” experience is characterized by great recommendations and the flawless playback of music. You could even say that a “good” experience is delivered when a complex problem is solved by a simple product.

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5 Tips For Identifying & Connecting With Music Bloggers For Music Coverage

Music-blog-directoryGetting coverage of one's music on music blogs and websites is an important part of reaching new fans and keeping older fans excited. Unfortunately there's not a master list of who to contact to get your music featured because every musician needs to focus on writers who will appreciate what they do. Here are a few tips for identifying the right music bloggers for outreach and making initial contact with a long term perspective.

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Upward Spiral 14: Interview With Joey Flores Of Earbits, Internet Radio Royalties, Startups & More

6a00d83451b36c69e2017d3d67ba5d970c-800wiThis episode has the guys talking with Joey Flores, founder of streaming service Earbits, for a lively discussion about internet radio royalties and what it takes to be a start-up founder in today's music business. Plus, Hisham Dahud reports back on his experience as part of the CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour. 

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Musicians: Are You leaving Money On The Table?

IStock_000003942890XSmallBandzoogle recently attended the TAXI Road Rally, an annual conference exclusively for TAXI members (and free with membership). I was invited to speak on a panel called “Are You Leaving Money on the Table?” along with Tony vanVeen (CEO of AVL, parent company of Disc Makers/CD Baby), Lauren Danzy (Marketing Manager, SoundExchange) and Gooding (Indie Artist/Songwriter).

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New York Rock Exchange Introduces Song Investing For Superfans

New-york-rock-exchange-logoThe New York Rock Exchange may at first appear to be a new form of investing in songs. Though that is a key element of the Exchange, owning shares seems more akin to joining an artist fan club and adding ownership to one of the perks afforded superfans. A campaign for Leslie Craig's "Rockstar" illustrates their approach.

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Where You Should be Touring/Performing

Img-lds-strategy-scania-touring_tcm40-159325Touring is important for many musicians, but many do not care enough about why they are touring in a certain area. In order to create a tour strategy, musicians need to keep their goals in mind along with these things. Simon Tam reminds musicians that they should build a tour strategy that makes sense for their careers.

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UK Band Chapel Club Encourages Fans To Remix And Resale Their Music

Chapel-club-artBy Mike Masnick , this post originally appeared on Techdirt.

At this point, bands releasing stems and asking fans to remix their work is old hat. We've seen it done a bunch over the years, and it's pretty common. But Darren Hemmings alerts us to a cool variation on that done by the UK band Chapel Club. Earlier this year, Chapel Club "parted ways" with Universal Music. In testing out new things, it decided to do a remix offering, but one where fans are actually encouraged to then try to sell the results and make money off of it:

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Making Dollars: Clearing Up Spotify Payment Confusion

Thirty-tigers-logo(UPDATED) By David Macias, president of Nashville based label services company Thirty Tigers.

Much of the recent discourse about the music business reminds me of listening to partisan political commentators talk about America. There are a lot of conspiracy theories and misguided notions that perpetuate the worst stereotypes about a group of people. I am writing to defend the honor of Spotify and the music business, or at least some of it, by looking at the facts about what Spotify pays the owners of recordings.

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Why Artists Should Sell To Fans And Let Labels Sell To Consumers

Consumer_societyGuest post by Benji Rogers (@BenjiKRogers) for sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank. Rogers is the CEO and founder of PledgeMusic

I'm tired of the gimmicks that surround music releases today. True, they aren't entirely new, but they are for some reason feeling particularly worn out lately.

“Tweet this and it unlocks this; that leads to a stream of the new song,” etc.

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5 Annoying Conversations Non-musicians Will Have With You

93650-425x282-guitarsmashGuest post by musician and female emcee Dreama

Anybody who is more than a hobbyist in music, will know that it is constant. It isn’t something you do on a whim, nor is it something with guarantees. In fact, even people that don’t make music know that much. Besides, it’s pretty easy to tell someone that wants to make a sturdy career of their craft, apart from someone only toying with the idea, because any artist worth their art, will have made that quite darned obvious to the people around them – passion is hard to hide.

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Trends And Behaviors For Effective Email Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Email-iconOne of the most proven and effective ways for an artist to connect with their fan base is through the collection of email addresses. While Facebook Likes and Twitter followers may be measurable figures to gauge how large your sphere of influence has become (seemingly anyway), getting a fan’s email address is not only a sign that they want to communicate with you, it’s a sign that they expect to hear from you. Of course, you don’t want to turn permission-based marketing into spamming, so it’s important to understand some essential statistics and figures about how people go about checking their email.

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MyMusic Targets Fanatics With Online Magazines

Screen Shot 2012-11-25 at 5.32.41 PMGuest post by Alex May (@AlexmDrums) of sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

MyMusic aims to create an online music magazine, but it’s unclear as to who the readers and subscribers should be. The site offers the ability to bookmark content to be stored inside of a “Magazine” that others can easily browse. Dedicated fans can share important or buzz-worthy music items with his or her friends and followers.

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Bandcamp Adds Social Layer With Fan Accounts

Bandcamp-fan-accountAdding a social network layer to any established service is always tricky and doesn't always take, especially if it requires new forms of user behaviors. Bandcamp is introducing social network elements based on the activities that already occur on the site. Fan accounts are free but currently in beta so access is limited. Nevertheless the potential for success is apparent.

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Vinyl News: Sales Growth, Vinyl Kickstarters, Marshall Crenshaw's Vinyl Subscriptions

Crenshaw-vinylVinyl continues its steady growth with record breaking sales, plenty of crowdfunding campaigns and new experiments. In addition to vinyl releases, a number of documentary and journalistic projects related to vinyl are being funded via Kickstarter. Also of note, Marshall Crenshaw is experimenting with a vinyl subscription series that offers an interesting alternative model to that of indie streaming subscription services.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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Kolhler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker Means You'll Never Have To Be Without Music

Kohler-Moxie-3-650x650-238x238By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

The winter holidays have an annoying way of encroaching on the Fall one; nonetheless, we can’t resist putting this on our shopping list. As its name implies, the Kolhler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker ($200) has a speaker embedded in it. You can stream music, podcasts, and more from anything with a wireless Bluetooth audio output (i.e. just about any smartphone or laptop), which has a 32-foot range.

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Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coy Sparks Oklahoma Airport Lockdown

 image from www.google.comFlaming Lips frontman Wayne Coy succeeded in shutting down Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma on Nov. 10 when the TSA found a hand grenade in the singer's carry-on bag. According to TMZ, Coy and his wife were headed to Los Angeles for a preview of the new musical by The Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" when the incident occured. Coy told the Transportation Security Agents that the grenade was a dud, but the rules obliged the TSA to shut the airport down anyways and they did so.

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