Stem Offers Free Analysis Of Label, Distribution Offers

image from stem.isMusic industry consultancy Stem has launched Stem Check, a new free service to help musicians understand the ins and outs of any record label or distribution offers. Artists can meet face-to-face with a Stem finance specialists to analyze the pros & cons of the deal.

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Future Classic Launches 'Wilder' Label with Tom Windish, Continues New Artist Residency Program

image from celebrityaccess.comAustralia and LA-based indie label, management, and artist services company Future Classic has launched Wilder, a joint venture record label with veteran Paradigm agent Tom Windish.

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Pandora Adds Spanish Language Support For Google Home & Nest, Amazon Alexa Users In U.S.

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has just announced Spanish language support for Google Home & Nest and Amazon Alexa smart devices. Here’s how to enable Spanish language support for Pandora:

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Views May Vary: How Formats Impact Music Marketing Across Social Media

ViewsOnSocialNetworksWhile digital marketing brings us a number of important freedoms, it also brings with it certain limitations when it comes to marketing. Thumbnail dimensions now govern how consumers engage with the visuals of music, and these formats drastically impact music marketing success across platforms. Here, we look at how to navigate these formats effectively, and how different platforms define views.

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1 Week Left To Submit To Play SXSW Music 2020, First Showcase Bands Announced [Full List]

Sxsw-2019If you want to perform at an official SXSW showcase, your time is running out. The deadline to submit to showcase at SXSW Music 2020 is next Friday, October 26th.

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SAG-AFTRA Approves 3 Year Music Video Agreement with Major Labels

image from celebrityaccess.comSAG-AFTRA’s national board has reached a deal with major labels for a three-year extension for their current music videos contract.

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How Music Distribution Works In The Modern Entertainment Business [VIDEO]

2While music distribution seems like it should be a simple, straightforward process with just a few steps, the reality is far more complex. Here we follow the meandering breadcrumb trail from when a song is written to when it actually becomes available to the public.

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Music On Facebook, Instragram Adds 7 Countries In Europe

Facebook-musicMusic on Facebook and Instagram launched today in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Romania, and Slovakia, bringing to 30 the total number of countries across the EMEA with music on the social platforms.

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Lauren Daigle Dominates GMA Dove Awards [Full Winners List]

image from i.iheart.com'You Say' singer Lauren Daigle took top honors at the 50th Annual Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards earlier this week, taking home trophies for artist of the year, song of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year. This marks the second time the 28-year-old singer has won the Dove artist of the year award in just three years.

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How Touring Musicians Can Operate A Business From The Road

4In order to find success in the music industry, more and more musical entrepreneaurs are realizing they need to treat their careers like a small business, a small business which the they're often required to operate while out on the road. Here we break down how artists can best run their business while still maintaining a lively touring schedule.

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WNYC-FM Is Latest Public Radio Station To Slash Music

OldradioWNYC-FM, one of New York City's top non-commercial radio stations, is canceling most music programming in favor of news and talk. Disturbingly, other public radio stations are making similar moves or shifting music programming to less listened to time slots and secondary HD channels.

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Kerry Muzzey, Reluctant Artist-Advocate [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview, Neil Turkewitz sat down to chat with Kerry Muzzey, a composer whose knowledge of intellectual property and performance rights allowed him to act as a one man publisher and record label. Here they discuss the issue of online copyright infringement, how it's affecting artists, and what is being done to correct the problem

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SEO 2020: Top 15 Google Page Ranking Factors

1If, as you should, you have a website showcasing your music et al, your number one priority should be increasing your site's ranking in Google search results. While there are roughly 200 factors involved in the Google search algorithm, we here look at fifteen of the most important.

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Cracking The TikTok Code: How To Upload Music and Maximize Engagement

Tiktok_logoEveryone is trying to figure out how to get on TikTok. Not only is TikTok one of the most downloaded apps in the App Store, but it can drive enormous engagement for artists.

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Building A Solid Music Brand (And Why You Should Have Done It Yesterday)

1For many bands and artists, branding may simply not be a part of their day to day vocabulary, or if it is, it likely isn't their number one priority. Here, Angela Mastrogiacomo explains why creating a solid brand is so essential to your career, and how to go about making it happen ASAP.

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Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis Acquires Timbaland Catalog

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis Songs Fund buying spree continues with the acquisition of the catalog of Grammy-winning producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ, Timbaland.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: AIM Distro Report • 2 Chainz Goes Indie • Bubba Sparxxx + Symphonic • More

Biz Of Indie 2In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, indie trade association AIM issues a major report on the state of independent music distribution, rapper 2 Chainz signs an indie deal, Bubba Sparxxx partners with Symphonic for a new label and much more.

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YouTube, Merchbar Partner For Artist Merch, Vinyl Sales

Youtube_logoYouTube and Merchbar have partnered to bring official merchandise sales to the platform. Merchbar has a similar deal with Spotify.

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Those Who Can Do, Teach: – Why You Should Consider Teaching Music Online

1While most musicians might not see themselves as educators, prefer the idea of performing to providing lessons, this piece offers a series of compelling reasons why, as a skilled musician, one should give series thought the idea of teaching music online.

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Meditation App Calm Names UMG Exec Head Of Music

image from celebrityaccess.comPopular sleep and meditation app Calm and has named its first head of Music, Courtney Phillips, UMG’s former Director of Brand Partnerships. And don't for a minute that Phillips made is to bring more sleep-inducing instrumental music to the platform.

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One Music Marketing Trick Every Artist MUST Avoid

2Marketing your music is a complex challenge. What works for one listener or fan could fall flat with another, and artists will often jump through hoops and try all kinds of schemes as they fight against anonymity. While it's good to try a variety of marketing tricks, there's one every artist should steer clear of.

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Former Busker Tones and I #1 In 16 Markets with Help From Spotify's Global Editorial Team

image from storage.googleapis.comAustralian busker-turned-breakout-artist Tones and I, whose single “Dance Monkey” is #1 on Spotify’s Global Chart, is the first  Australian to achieve this position.  The rapid chart accession of her catchy pop song comes in large part because of the support of Spotify's global editorial team.

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Publishers Are Driving A Full Stack Music Revolution [MIDiA's Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comAs the value of music publishing catalogs have multiplied, so have the ways in which forward-thinking companies like Downtown, Round Hill, Kobalt, ole/Anthem, Primary Wave and Create Group monetized those catalogs, says MiDiA entertainment industry analyst Mark Mulligan.

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Rock Hall Of Fame 2020 Nominees Include 12 First-timers

image from i1.wp.comThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for its Rock Hall Class of 2020. 16 artists are shortlisted and of those nine are first-time nominees.

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Remembering Digial Music Pioneer Jay Frank: His Hypebot Articles & Interviews

image from www.musicweek.comUMG senior executive Jay Frank, who passed away this week, was a digital music visionary. Frank often understood streaming's long term effects on artists and the music industry years before the rest of us. To celebrate Jay and share a fraction of his insights, we've compiled a sampling of his key Hypebot interviews and contributions.

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Music Piracy Continues To Dip Dramatically, But The Industry Is Loathe To Admit It Because It Ruins The Narrative [Op-Ed]

1In this op-ed, Mike Masnick reveals how better-authorized services have, in contrast to increased legal enforcement, been incredibly effective at reducing online piracy, but that the music industry is choosing to ignore the numbers in favor of a different narrative.

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How To Engage With Superfans Using Facebook, Instagram

3As an increasing number of music fans head to social media channels like Instagram and Facebook, the platforms are offering an increasing number of services to artists to help them engage with their listeners. Here we provide some advice for how to utilize these features to the max.

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