How to Sing A Happy Tune At Tax Time: Musician's Guide

1While tax season is commonly a source of dread for most Americans, working as a musician carries with it some unique tax implications, both when it comes to paying on what you earn, and in terms of what you're allowed to deduct. In this piece, we hear from some of  the music industry's top tax experts on how to make the system work to your advantage.

 

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Scandals, ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Threaten Future Of K-Pop

image from celebrityaccess.comNew scandals in South Korea that cast doubt on K-Pop stars, K-Pop culture and a male chauvinist and sexist South Korean culture in general, could halt the genre's recent hugely successful drive into other countries.

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New Update To Spotify For Artists Portal

1Spotify has been rolling out some major changes to its "Spotify for Artists" platform that have met with largely favorable feedback from users. Here we break down what's new.

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Music Tectonics Conference To Bring Together Music, Tech

image from pbs.twimg.comMusic and technology PR firm rock paper scissors has announced the launch of the first annual Music Tectonics Conference. Designed to sit at the intersection of music, technology and business, the day long event will be held on on October 29 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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7Digital Names New CEO As Simon Cole Exits

image from upload.wikimedia.org7digital has announced that Simon Cole will step down as Director and CEO next month and named John Aalbers to replace him. Simon has led  the B2B digital music company since its creation from the reverse merger with UBC Media in 2014.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentators from inside the industry shared their take on how Facebook could be the future of social music, why Spotify's new town hall charm offensive on songwriters will likely fall flat, where we stand with the PledgeMusic crisis, and more.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiWe have a plethora of helpful tips and tricks for the independent music industry do-it-yourselfers out there, with advice on how to get your artist website started, how to engage fans at your next shows, how to better manage your merch, and much much more!

 

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Ancient Music • Attractive Stage • Practice Space • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we listen to some ancient music,  learn how to craft an attractive stage setup, build the ideal home practice space, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through a busy and contentious week in the music biz, we revisit Spotify's kickoff of label licensing talks despite major disputes at the company, Apple's new 'app tax,' a lawsuit against Fall Out Boy over their use of fury llama puppets, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of our most popular and frequently read articles on Hypebot dove into the ongoing slow motion train wreck that is PledgeMusic, why skip rates matter more than ever in streaming, how to ensure people actually listen to the music you're pouring your blood sweat and tears into, and more!

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Major Label Signs An Algorithm To A 20 Album Deal

EndelThis is NOT an early April Fools joke. Endel, an app that uses algorithms the company calls predictive mechanics to produce personalized sounds to help you focus and relax, has signed a multi-album deal with Warner Music Group.

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How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Community

2In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.

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Engaging Fans: 5 Tips For Your Next Show

2Disappointing live shows are, unfortunately, endemic in the music industry, particularly for bands that are just finding their feet, and a tepid live experience can often leave potential fans regretting their decision to step out. Here we look at five ways you as an artist can effectively engage with an audience.

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Only 1% Of Users Pay For Music In India, says Spotify's Amarjit Singh Batra

Spotify New $Spotify's entry into India is filled with opportunities and challenges.  YouTube is the country's most popular music service, with Spottily the eighth player to launch there.

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Facebook Says CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD, Admits Hundreds Of Millions Could Be Seen By It's Employees For Years

Facebook thumbs downHundreds of millions of Facebook account passwords were stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees going back as far as 2012. Facebook found the problem in January, but just went public with it on Thursday.

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Spotify Condemns Apple's New "App Tax," But Could It Be A Cover For A Price Hike?

1Spotify is up in arms over the 30% cut Apple is charging developers for the privilege of being part of its app store, going so far as to lodge an anti-trust complaint, as well as threatening to raise its price in order to cover the cost. Such actions, however, could be playing right into Apple's hands.

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Tools For Managing Music Merch

1Being an artist is hard enough without having to manage the mini-department store that is your merch - luckily there are a number of tools out there designed to lessen the headache of keeping up with orders and streamlining sales.

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How To Take Responsibility For Archiving Your Music, Data

1Recent news that the down on its luck social network Myspace fried a dozen years of media due to a server error should have artists and professionals alike scrambling to make sure they have a multitude of backups for their precious data.

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Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yet [Mark Mulligan]

GirlIn an ere where almost everything is billed as "social," streaming music is a surprisingly outlier. Given music's power to bring people together, streaming would seem ripe as a social hub. Facebook could fill that void - without ever launching its own streaming service.  But, as MIDiA's Mark Mulligan points out, so far Facebook + music are more about promise than delivery.

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Song Stories: How Boise's Treefort Music Fest Grew From A Small Event Into A Huge Success [PODCAST]

Song Stories [Podcast]

Song Stories, hosted by Hypebot contributor Kyle Bylin, explores how music changes people's lives and impacts the places they live in. This week's episode features Eric Gilbert, who is the co-founder and director of Treefort Music Fest, a music festival in Boise, IA. The festival proudly shines a spotlight on regional music, literature, art, food, and beer. We talk about why the festival came to be and how it has impacted Boise's national reputation and local music scene.

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The Awkward Truth Behind Skip Rates

1With the ubiquity of music access and a lack of any need for patience, the term "skip-rate" has crept into the modern music industry lexicon, and some new data behind why and when consumers are skipping songs (and thereby not generating revenue for the artist) has many in the industry concerned.

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Spotify Songwriter Town Hall Charm Offensive: Go Ahead, Make My Day [Op-Ed]

2In an effort to combat some of the negative press it's been receiving over its efforts to keep down songwriter royalty rates, Spotify is planning to hold a series of "town halls" where songwriters can air their concerns, a tactic the streaming company tried in 2014, with less than ideal results.

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