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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Keep It Together • Following Your Favorite Bands • Make Your Website Better • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d281c8a9970c-150wiOn MusicThinkTank this week, we had articles on keeping it together while performing, how to successfully spend the summer following your favorite artists, some easy fixes for getting your website to the next level, and more.

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A "Must Use" Tool To Market Your Music and Tours [The Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

smart url logoGogi from Gupta Media visits the Music Biz Weekly Podcast to talk about smartURL 2.0. You'll get the lowdown on the new Pivot smartURL and how it quickly builds a music landing page for you. Gogi also shares info on Events smartURL for marketing live shows.

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Why You Should Incorporate Playlists Into Your Social Media Strategy

2When it comes to marketing and promotional strategies, artists tend to focus on how they can get their music on other people's playlists. This article looks at approaching it from the other end, with artists themselves acting the curator.

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My Song Stories: Sarah Maria Elvira of EMPIRE

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, Sarah Maria Elvira, who is currently heading up EMPIRE in Europe, shares the artists and songs that have impacted her life and career.

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Spotify Losses Widen Despite Big Revenue Rise [REPORT]

Spotify New $Spotify’s operating loss rose to between $350 million to $450 million last year, up from $205 million in 2015. That’s despite a 50% increase in revenues to $3.1 billion, sources tell respected investment site The Information.  The numbers call into question Spotify's ability to be a profitable company going forward.

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Spotify's Troy Carter at Music Biz: On streaming, "the best songs win...(but) the value chain is broken"

8D3267CF-4823-4D6A-8D0F-87DBE27FB015[UPDATED] Speaking at the Music Biz 2017 conference in Nashville on Wednesday, Spotify's director of artists relations and former Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter offered high but unvarnished praise for his employer and the power of streaming to transform music discovery, artist marketing and the entire music industry.

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Music Biz 2017: Mood Swings, Merch, Hi Res Streaming & More

3A34479F-A927-479F-B275-F8C0A1155ECEThe mood at Music Biz 2017 in Nashville this week was almost ebullient.  After a multi-year downturn, things are finally looking up, really up.  And the diverse attendees - ranging from labels large and small to artists and managers to streamers and tech, all sense that a new and perhaps bigger music business is emerging.

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Amazon Prime Live Events, More Than Just Gigs For Old People [Mark Mulligan]

1Although Amazon's 'Prime Live Events' have been critiqued for being an 'iTunes Festival for old people', the small-scale gigs by these heritage acts actually represents some clever strategy on the part of Amazon, as it looks to mix of the live/streaming game in a crowded industry.

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Music Biz Journalist Rhian Jones Shares Her Song Stories

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, Rhian Jones, a freelance music business journalist, shares the artists and songs that have impacted her life and career.

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How To Grow Your Online Music Brand In 24 Hours

(1)While the ways in which you can "make it" in the music industry have certainly changed, it still requires a concerted effort to stand out from a sea of other talented artists. This piece looks at how you as an artist can work to develop your brand online brand and reach out to fans.

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Today Is The Day I Interview A2IM CEO Richard Burgess Live On Stage At Music Biz In Nashville

image from musicbiz.orgToday at the Music Biz Convention, I'll be interviewing Richard Burgess, the CEO if the American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM) at 3:45 PM in Room 206 of Convention Center attached to the Renaissance Nashville.

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Make It Better: 3 Easy Fixes For Your Music Website

1As a musician, having a website is pretty much par for the course at this point, but building one that actually works well, and engages fans while helping to sell your music is essential. Here we look at three easy fixes for making sure your website is helping not hurting you.

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Spotify Acquires Music Machine Learning Startup Niland

Spotify newDuring yesterday's Music Biz conference, Spotify's Troy Carter shared that Spotify was becoming an "anticipatory" service, delivering the right music at the right moment. Carter's prescience was likely driven by Spotify's acquisition of music machine learning startup Niland, announced this morning.

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All Music Is Created Equal: Why The Indie Music Community MUST Fight For Net Neutrality Now

image from www.savetheinternet.com[UPDATED] It's easy to become numb to the constant stream of real and fake news emanating from Washington, DC. But one issue requires constant vigilance and strong action from every corner of the music and tech industries: net neutrality.

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