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7 Steps For Organizing Your Own DIY Music Festival

Festivals-HeaderWhile certainly challenging, putting together a modest, multi-day festival is by no means un-achievable, provided you're willing to put in the time and research, and are willing to work together with the rest of your DIY community. Here we review the seven steps to putting a successful festival together.

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Bridging The Gap For Women In Music: Interview with Grammy Winning BMI Composer Laura Karpman

LHere BMI interviews multi-Emmy and GRAMMY award-winning composer Laura Karpman about her history-making work in the music business, as well as her passion for helping women in the industry find success, and her advice for doing so.

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Closing The Value Gap - On Terrestrial Radio?

OldradioFor months, YouTube has been the music service the industry loves to hate. Love, because of its huge audience that can clearly break artists and boost releases.  Hate, because of the comparatively small revenue it returns to creators and rightsholders. But now broadcast radio is feeling the heat, and for exactly the same reasons.

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Purple Pain: Universal Music Ponders Cancelling Prince Deal

princeUniversal Music is apparently suffering from buyer's remorse. 10 weeks after completing a deal that was rumored to be north of $30 million, UMG is not seeing return on its investment; thanks, it appears, to a complex deal that Prince had with Warner Music Group.

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My Song Stories: Stef Pascual of Sony Red Essential

AJM5933 Digest-Hard-Cover(5)Music shapes our identities and changes our lives. It brings back our memories and stirs up our emotions. My Song Stories asks music professionals and indie artists questions about the songs in their libraries. Today, Stef Pascual, Head of Digital at Sony Red Essential, shares the artists and songs that have impacted her life and career.

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TV Is Perfect For Artists Who Don’t Fit Radio 'Mold’ - ‘Big Little Lies’ Standout Michael Kiwanuka

1After his song "Cold Little Heart" earned a prominent spot on HBO's new Big Little Lies, Michael Kiwanuka saw a massive jump in his music's popularity. Here he discusses how TV placement can help artists whose music may not fit with traditional radio, and the important relationship between a well chosen song and the show/film which is supports.

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If You Want To Save Net Neutrality, Don't Bother Waiting For Google, Netflix Or Facebook's Help

DownloadAs the gutting of neutrality and killing off of privacy protections continues to proceed, companies like Netflix, Google, and Facebook, although making something of show of lobbying against such things, appear to be doing little actual good in their opposition efforts.

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MON. BRIEF: Universal May Nullify Prince Deal • Discogs Attacked • Mysteryland Fest Canceled • More

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The complexity of Prince's Warner Music deal is causing headaches and lost revenue for Universal.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Music Therapy • Join A Military Band • Website Must-Haves • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a85c970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we explored topics ranging from why you might want to consider joining a military band, to the eight thing every music website simply must have, the benefits of music theory, and more!

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Is It The Promoter Or Artist's Job To Promote A Concert? [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Music biz weekly podcast photoThis week I join Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to share some of the things I've learned running Skyline Artists and answer listener questions: How does a promoter and the band make money at a concert? What should venues expect from the artist, and what should the artist expect? And we address the age old question... Whose job is it to promote a concert?

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How To Use Snapchat Stories To Engage Event Goers

How-to-use-snapchat-stories-for-eventsHaving now surpassed both Twitter and LinkedIn in number of users, Snapchat continues to grow, even among an older audience, meaning its an excellent way to engage a wide swath of potential event-goers. Here we break down how to build a compelling narrative of Snapchat Stories surrounding your event.

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Pandora Is Now Talking To Private Equity Firms In Search Of Cash

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Earlier this week, we learned that Pandora had asked the major labels for cash or better royalty rates. After receiving what is reported to be a tepid response from UMG, WMG and Sony, the music streamer is now talking to private equity firms in search of cash.

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8 Things Every Musician's Website Must Have

1If you're having a difficult time getting traction with your music online through mediums like Spotify and Soundcloud, building a website can be a great way to have a one stop shop for potential fans and promoters, particularly if it has these eight components.

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The Reason That YouTube Pays Artists So Little

YouTube-user-generated-content-300x169After a rough financial decade, the music business is finally seeing some appreciable revenue growth, and it's showing no signs of stopping. YouTube, however, doesn't seem to have gotten the memo and continues to pay artists a minimal amount. Here we look at why this is.

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How Virtual Assistants Can Help Your Music Business

ImagesOwing to the complex and hectic nature of the music business, virtual assistants are a perfect fit for the music industry, whether you're an artist, producer, or manager, virtual assistants can do wonders when it comes to assisting with anything from touring logistics to PR management.

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Major Layoffs At Slacker Radio [UPDATE]

Slacker NewUPDATE: Slacker has laid off a major portion of it's staff, Hypebot has confirmed. In a statement (below), the company's CEO said that "approximately 25%" of the staff had been let go. Earlier in the day, a source familiar with the music streamer put the total layoffs at 50%.

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How Pandora Helped Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Lana Del Rey and The xx Gain Momentum Before Their New Album Release

big moWhen Pandora listeners hear a new single, they create stations based on that artist’s music and hear more of that artist. That’s gold when the single preceded a new album, explains Pandora's Glenn Peoples.

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8 FREE Social Media Tools You Should Start Using Now

1For bands and brands alike, social media is critical to building a strong presence, and it is key for you and your team to maximize how they spend their time and money, and which tools they use. In this list we look at eight free social media tools you should be using already.

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