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12 ways to grow your band’s email list

I’ve been hearing from a lot of bands who’ve had it with Facebook. These groups have spent years (and lots of money) using the platform to build a community of 1,000 or 10,000 or 50,000 Facebook followers. Now Facebook wants them to pay more money in order to reach the very same people that’ve already liked their band […]

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How to fall in love with music marketing

“I’ve been teaching and researching marketing for a couple of decades,” says music marketing expert Bob Baker, “and there’s one thing I know with certainty: Most creative people are uncomfortable, confused or downright disdainful about marketing.“ In the video clip above, Bob shows you how to break that pattern, reframe the concept, and get on […]

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10 ways to ruin a song

As Spinal Tap reminds us, it’s a fine line between stupid and clever. This is particularly true in the world of popular music, where one bad move can kill an otherwise great tune. Here’s a list of ways to sabotage your next song during the writing or recording process 1. Long intros — Ever heard the saying, “Don’t bore […]

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Family Of Lee Thompson Young Opens Up About His Battles With Bipolar Disorder Nearly A Year After His Death

Source: WENN Last year, on August 19, many were stunned and saddened to hear about the news of Lee Thompson Young’s death. The actor, known for his work on the Disney show, The Famous Jett Jackson, and his recent work … Continue reading Family Of Lee Thompson Young Opens Up About His Battles With Bipolar Disorder Nearly A Year After His Death

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Your image is more important than your music — especially if you’re an indie artist

[This article was written by guest contributor Brandon Seymour.] I’ve played in bands on and off for nearly 15 years. In addition to being a musician, I’m also passionate about marketing. Over the past couple of years, I’ve written several articles aimed at helping local, independent musicians improve their online marketing strategy by boosting brand […]

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Facebook fading: where will musicians migrate now?

Time to look towards what’s next – away from Facebook. [This article was written by Greta Gothard of The Gothard Sisters. It originally appeared on the band’s website and is addressed to their fans. I thought it’d be valuable to repost here as Greta does a great job summarizing the frustrations many independent musicians feel regarding Facebook. She […]

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Marc Cary: Bringing It Back To His Go-Go Roots

Marc Cary came up playing in go-go bands in DC during the 1980s, when he was a founding member of the Hi Integrity Band. He played alongside leading lights of the city, people like Iceberg Slim and Meshell Ndegeocello. Meanwhile, he showed amazing amounts of natural talent early on, and a number of the city’s jazz musicians took him under their wing. When Dizzy Gillespie heard a teenage Cary play in the Blues Alley youth band one day, he told the kid he should move to New York. The youngster eventually took the trumpet legend’s advice, leaving UDC in 1990 … Continue reading Marc Cary: Bringing It Back To His Go-Go Roots