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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Children's Music • Financing A Tour • Career Failure • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at what the appeal in in children's music, how to finance a tour with little to no budget, why your music career can fail, even if you're incredibly talented, and more.

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UnitedMasters On Closing The Music Data Chasm: The Inspiration Driving This $70 Million Startup

UnitedMastersUnitedMasters launched it artist services platform this week with $70 million in funding from Google and Andreessen Horowitz; and a promise to "free musicians from dependencies on the old model while increasing their income tenfold". Using data to understand and monetize fan behavior is at the core of their plan to make this bold promise a reality. UnitedMasters Chief Product Officer Jack Krawczyk, the former VP of Product Management at Pandora, shares a look inside the theory and the potential that drives this promising startup.

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How An Indie Musician Made $26,000 Selling Just A Handful Of Albums

1Many artists bemoan the transition from paid digital downloads to the fractions of a penny artists earn from streaming, but some artists are adapting to this shift, and in fact have made selling less work to their advantage. Here we look at how Buffalo-based electronic musician Spruke is selling his fans an individualized album experience - for a premium price.

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YouTube's Feed Evolution and Why It Matters

1Having been welcomed into the world way back in 2005, YouTube has naturally undergone some changes over time, but of all these changes, the evolution of its feed is perhaps the most important, particularly when it comes to being a artist looking to reach fans via the platform.

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Finding The Financing In Indie Band Needs To Tour

1For achieving major industry success, you need to first focus on getting your music heard and your band recognized. While touring is one of the best ways to do this, financing such a venture is no easy task. Here we look at how an independent band can get the funding they need to launch as successful tour.

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Spotify Acquires Online Recording Studio Soundtrap To Help 'Democratize The Music Ecosystem'

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netSpotify has acquired fellow Stockholm based startup Soundtrap, a popular web based recording studio. In a post announcing the deal, Spotify said that "Soundtrap's rapidly growing business is highly aligned with Spotify’s vision of democratizing the music ecosystem. "

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What Composers, Musicians, Should Know About The Proposed Tax Reform Bill

1Recently introduced to the House of Representatives, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" has buried within its pages legislation that could, depending on how the bill develops, dramatically impact the careers of artists and musicians - potentially for the worse.

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This Post About A Data Savvy D.I.Y. Musician Has Been The Most Read On Hypebot This Year

image from pbs.twimg.comThe posts that garner the most pageviews on Hypebot are usually driven by a viral friendly headline like The MP3 Is Dead, Long Live The MP3 or provide practical advice like Facebook Testing Option To Link Groups, Pages - How It Works. Some heritage posts also keep getting hits like How Much Does A Major Act Get For Playing A Concert? or 8 Steps To A Million YouTube Music Channel Views. But none has surpassed the interest in this post about an indie musician.

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Get 3 Months Of Amazon Music Unlimited For $0.99

image from freebiemom.r.worldssl.netAmazon Music Unlimited, the third most popular music service in the U.S. after Spotify and Apple Music, is discounting new  subscriptions to 99 cents for three months.  After the three months its $7.99 per month for Prime members with the non-Prime price $9.99 per month.

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A Special Thanks To Our 56,000 Twitter Followers

Twitter-musicHypebot recently passed 56,000 followers on Twitter, and we just wanted to thank you for helping us hit that milestone! Add in the 32,500 who follow our sister site MusicThinkTank, and our reach on Twitter exceeds 88,000. That's an impressive army dedicated to building a new and better music ecosystem. Thank-you.

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Road Hazard: 5 Touring Challenges And How They Can Be Avoided

1The idea of hitting the road on your first major tour is an exciting prospect for any new band starting out, but it's important to remember that while a potential thrilling adventure, touring brings with it many hazards for your health and wellbeing. Here we look at how such problems can be dealt with before they become a major issue.

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Project Music Opens Applications For 2018 Startup Accelerator

project musicThe Nashville Entrepreneur Center has begun accepting application for its 2018 Project Music Portfolio music industry accelerator program. After running the accelerator for 3 years, they have leveraged participant feedback to create Portfolio, a more customized program designed to have a more meaningful impact on the startup entrepreneurs involved.

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Industry Critic Neil Young Will Now Give His Music Away Free

image from upload.wikimedia.orgLongtime music industry critic Neil Young, who has spent decades railing against a rigged music business that undervalues creators, has announced that he'll be making a comprehensive archive of his extensive catalog available for free, at least at launch. 

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Affordable Cameras, Editing Tips For Artists

1For do-it-yourself artists, solid photography is important for promotion and marketing, and the wrong equipment can have a drastic negative impact on the quality of your photos. Here we look at some affordable, quality photography equipment that can help you take your pictures to the next level.

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Warner Music Signs With Anghami - The 50 Million User Streaming Music Service You've Never Heard Of

WmgWarner Music Group has struck a licensing deal to provide music from their catalog to Anghami, the largest streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa.  

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How One Indie Band Got Kicked Off Spotify Forever 

image from www.blogherald.com[UPDATED] We've written about the services and bots that promise thousands of plays and followers on Spotify, Soundcloud and elsewhere for a couple of hundred dollars. But the tricks used to get those plays can get an artist kicked off any streamer. As one band found out, too many plays coming from too few sources - even a few overzealous fans - can get you banned forever.   

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UnitedMasters Lands $70 Million From Google To Take On The Record Labels

Major labels[UPDATE 2] Next-gen artist services and music technology platform UnitedMasters, led by former Interscope Records president Steve Stoute, has exited stealth mode with $70 million in funding from Google's parent company Alphabet, respected venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, Translation and entertainment conglomerate 20th Century Fox.

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Portugal The Man Talks Hard Work Or Die [INTERVIEW]

Screenshot 2017-11-14 18.23.24Here Chris Robley sat down to chat with Zach Carothers of Portugal, The Man about the value of hard work in a tough industry, and how the group recently jumped from mid-level indie rock group to the crossover stars of 2017 with their chart-topping hit "Feel It Still".

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