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Wednesday April 4, 2018. 10:39 AM
Unsigned bands:  How do you promote your music in the most effective way? Read our ten principles for success. Five years ago, we were asked to write a simple marketing guide for unsigned bands and independent artists. We came up with ten principles for success and it was...
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Tuesday April 3, 2018. 07:55 PM
I had started writing some posts and giving advice on my social media pages, as my way of giving some advice regarding some of the things that I see and hear, both at shows, and on artists’ social media pages. It always seemed to be the same things, coming from “artists,”...
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Sunday April 1, 2018. 10:46 PM
  A huge component of being successful in the music industry has to do with how you market yourself. Part of that comes from distributing your music and getting it into the ears of the right listeners. When it gets there though, it is crucial to make a great impression on...
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Thank you to the Music Think Tank community for your committed readership and the insightful content that many of you have shared! Without your contributions, this website would not exist. If you have something to say about the music industry, we encourage you to consider...
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Saturday March 24, 2018. 12:25 PM
How you get your music on a Spotify playlists is a hot topic. Most people expect there to be a simple, golden bullet solution. Who can I pay? Who do I email? From experience, the reality is quite different. In this article we’ll tell you the approach we took with The...
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Janelle Rogers | How To Find A Music Publicist You Can Trust Leonard Patterson | How To Partner With Your Venues And Promote Like A Pro Alex Cowles | Artists & Musicians Are Wasting Time With Social Media Will Henry | Should You Build A Bedroom Studio?
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Thursday March 22, 2018. 04:56 PM
This article appeared first on Sonicbids. You’ve decided you need a music publicist you can trust to help you promote your next album release. You’re nervous. There are stories you’ve heard from bands who hired a publicist who took their money and disappeared, or maybe the...
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Tuesday March 20, 2018. 06:41 PM
How to Partner With Your Venues and Promote Like a Pro It’s tough. We have to work. And for some of us, gigging is the only or main source of income we’ve got. So when something is funny with the money (not funny “ha ha”, but funny “heck naw”), it could get a little...
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Yes. I said it. Social media is a waste of time. The web is a flutter with news and panicked updates on the decline of Facebook media reach. They saw organic reach drop 52% in 2016 and engagement for brands drop by over 20% from January to August in 2017. Add to that...
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Many musicians wonder if they should take the plunge and invest in turning their bedroom into a studio. After all, they’re playing music all the time, anyway. So, why not? Well, the answer to the aforementioned question really depends on your goals. If you’re a...
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Saturday March 17, 2018. 02:38 PM
Rachelle Wilber | Amp It Up: 4 Ways To Increase The Gain On Your Next Performance Emma Sturgis | Band Relocation: How To Change Your Music Headquarters Daniel Matthews | What To Watch Out For In Apps For Musicians Nicholas Patrick Quigley | What “Entrepreneurship” Really...
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Thursday March 15, 2018. 05:36 PM
A huge part of performing is playing to your audience. Many musicians make the mistake of solely focusing on the craft of the music. Practice does make perfect, but here are some other ways that you can increase the gain on your performance. Practice Your Role If you’re...
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Wednesday March 14, 2018. 09:27 PM
If you have a band, chances are you’re going to have to chance practice spaces at least once during the act’s lifetime. When it does come time to move to a new space, there are several things you need to do to make that move successful. Here are four of the most important...
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Tuesday March 13, 2018. 03:34 PM
No doubt we’re living in a golden age of technology options for musicians. Whether we’re talking tuners, recorders, tabs, metronomes, virtual tour assistants, virtual tutors, or virtual songwriting assistants, you can have it all on a single device that fits in your pocket....
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Monday March 12, 2018. 09:00 AM
In the first two parts of this series of brief articles on entrepreneurial musicianship, I provided a definition of entrepreneurship, and a model for critical reflection to practice entrepreneurial musicianship. In this final installment of the series, I am going to begin to ...
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Saturday March 10, 2018. 11:00 AM
MusicThinkTank | Cord Cutting, On-Demand: How We Consume Media In 2018 Clint Gillingham | Best Drum Set Brands 2018: The Definitive Guide & Reviews Evan Zwisler | 10 Types Of Songwriter Jobs Kenzie Fitzpatrick | Fostering Community, Engagement In Music Online Courtney Myers...
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Friday March 9, 2018. 12:58 PM
In the last few decades, we’ve had the chance to see the amazing evolutionary process of the ways we consume media. Those born in the 1970s have seen the emergence and downfall of a series of standards (even the ones that have won the various “format wars”): Betamax and VHS,...
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Thursday March 8, 2018. 07:15 AM
Best Drum Set Brands 2018: The Definitive Guide & Reviews March 28, 2017 By Barking Drum  In this article we will discuss some of the best drum set brands, their pros and cons, and the overall value for money that they offer. Whether you’re searching online or in the local...
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  This guest post by Evan Zwisler originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog Songwriters have a special place in our culture. If you’re a songwriter, you’re not simply playing music, you’re imbuing our lives with a soundtrack that is evocative, thought provoking, and deeply m...
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Monday March 5, 2018. 11:25 PM
As frustrating as the social media site’s ever-changing algorithms may be, as of 1/1/18, there are 2.072 billion users on Facebook. While we all roll our eyes at one aspect of Facebook or another on a near-daily basis, there’s no denying that we’re drawn to it like moths to a...
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