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This Fortnight In Music Supervision & Sync: Girls, Ninja Gardens, Becca Gatrell & More

image from www.synchblog.comA complete run through of the latest and greatest in sync licensing and music supervision in in film, tv, gaming and much more over the past fortnight, courtesy of Synchblog.  

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Former Pandora, Sirius XM Exec Chris Harrison Named CEO Digital Media Association

image from media.licdn.comDigital music veteran Chris Harrison has been named the CEO of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), a trade group representing Spotify, Apple, Pandora and other online distributors of digital music, movies and books.

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Saturday Is Record Store Day - GO BUY SOMETHING

image from s3.amazonaws.comSaturday 4/22 is the 10th Record Store Day, with hundreds of independent record stores celebrating a resurgence that most thought would never happen. Thanks to vinyl, survival skills and loyal fans, these stores are, for the most part, experiencing a resurgence. But that will only continue if you turn off your computer, put your phone down and go buy something.  

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The Art Of Using Cover Songs To Grow Your Audience

13347744_f520Many artists may have conflicted feelings about cover songs, for although they can be fun to play and offer an easy way to connect with your audience, it can also be irritating when cover songs are all an audience wants, or when they get more attention than original compositions. Here we look at the best way to make cover songs work for you.

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Playlist Placement's Critical Role In Having Your Music Discovered

1While radio may have once been the means of making or breaking a hit, the onset of the streaming age means the playlist is now the primary avenue for listener discovery. Unsurprisingly, this has given rise to a new form of payola, with companies emerging that specialize in getting artists' music on playlists...for a fee.

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Why You Should Be Using Bandsintown [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

BandsInTownThis week Jon Ostrow of Bandsintown joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on our Music Biz Weekly podcast. If you are not using Bandsintown to distribute and promote your tour dates, you really are missing out. Listen and learn. 

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How To Get An Internship In The Music Business Without A Single Contact [Cyber PR]

internshipsMy journey to a life in the music business began as an intern in the A&M Records Boston office. I'll always thank Billy Gilbert and Barry Korkin for giving me a chance. But how can you snag the internship that launches your career? The Cyber PR team offers some stellar advice.

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Music Publishing Update 4.21.17: ASCAP "I Create Music Expo" Recap

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ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” Expo took place last week in Los Angeles.  The national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, artists, producers, publishers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together to share their knowledge and expertise.

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5 Reasons Having An Electronic Press Kit Is Important

DownloadIn the digital age, having a slew of physical material on hand is no longer the necessity it once was, but having an electronic press kit has become essential, particularly when it comes to promoting, branding, and demonstrating your band's accomplishments.

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Google Play Music Becomes Default Music Service On All Samsung Mobile Devices

image from lh3.googleusercontent.comApple Music got a huge leg up as the default music services on tens of millions of iPhones and other Apple Devices. Now Google Play Music is getting a similar boost via an exclusive relationship with the globe's #2 phone maker Samsung.

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"The Last Songwriter" Film Looks At The Craft's Future [VIDEO]

Last Songwriter"Songwriting is fragile," says Garth Brooks, "(yet) it's the most important step in music." But the craft is undervalued in the digital age. The number of full-time songwriters in Nashville is down 80%, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l. In the film, "The Last Songwriter," some of Nashville's best discuss the demise of the artform.

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Record Store Day 2017: A Reminder That Americans Still Buy Music

record store day 2017Did you know that one in three vinyl buyers also pays for an on-demand music subscription? Even in the age of streaming, many still want to touch, feel and own their music. Proof of that is just hours away during this Saturday's Record Store Day. 

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A2IM Announces Indie Week 2017 Speakers: Pandora's Westergren, SoundExchange's Huppe, Merlin's Caldas & More

A2IMA2IM has announced the lineup of keynote speakers and panelists for Indie Week in NYC June 5 - 8. Kicking off the event will be Pandora CEO and Founder Tim Westergren.

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Copyright Office Modernization Through an Artist's Lens

image from upload.wikimedia.org[Op-Ed] Copyright Office legislation is moving through Congress, and the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill when they return from Easter Recess. In this op-ed, leaders from five leading advocacy organizations come together to explain why this debate is important for all creatives.

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