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Why Musicians Need More Than Viral Videos to Succeed

Posted by Muammar Reed on May 13, 2012
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Mashable

“Corgan, who’s no stranger to controversy, believes that the music industry is currently structured to prevent artists from achieving the type of success his band enjoyed. In fact, Corgan doesn’t believe the Pumpkins could achieve the success they have, or anything close to it, if they debuted now.”

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How Artists Get Paid for Internet Radio: SoundExchange

Posted by Muammar Reed on May 13, 2012
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The Huffington Post

“SoundExchange has been collecting performance royalties for sound recordings since 1995. To give a little background, most people in the U.S. are aware of entities like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. For decades those groups have collected performance royalties for musical works [or songs] — the actual musical notes and lyrics that a songwriter creates. Until 1995, the sound recording side of the business, meaning the recording most people would recognize on the radio or on the internet, did not have performance rights in this country.”

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How to Begin a Career in the Music Industry: Advice to the graduating class of 2012

Posted by linnac on May 13, 2012
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Music Think Tank

“Your goal as you enter the music industry should not be to find a job, but rather to develop a career. Getting your first job will be a byproduct of this process, but jobs are temporary and a career lasts a lifetime.”

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Drowning? The iTunes Store Now Has 28 Million Songs…

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 29, 2012
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Digital Music News

“The content glut keeps getting worse, not better, and this is now a very serious challenge for artists of all levels. Because even musicians that make incredible music are finding themselves drowned, undiscovered, and frustrated by statistics like these.”

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Turn Your CD Into A Marketing Tool

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 29, 2012
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Music Think Tank

“What most bands do not know is that the CD packaging can be a good marketing tool. If you believe in the marketing power of the CD and you want to exhaust its marketing potential, here are the things you should include in your packaging to enhance its marketing power:”

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DJs Battle For Dance Music Dominance in U.S.

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 23, 2012
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Reuters

“The explosion of electronic dance music in the U.S. has thrust DJs into the spotlight, but with great power comes great responsibility as they strive to stay fresh and maintain quality as demand for their skills rise.”

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Music Deals Could Transform Digital Market

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 23, 2012
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National Journal

“As the Justice Department presses forward with its lawsuit filed last week against Apple and two publishers for allegedly colluding to raise prices and manipulate the evolving market for digital books, the nation’s other antitrust regulator is weighing whether to approve a transaction that could dramatically impact the development of another digital market: music.”

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The Collected Wisdom of Dick Clark, 1929-2012

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 23, 2012
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Esquire

“Memories and lessons of one of television’s most iconic hosts, excerpted from interviews and speeches over the years”

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ASCAP Expo 2012: Writers Signing Writers

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 21, 2012
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Defend Sound

There is a new phenomenon in the music industry where writers are signing other writers.  Moderator (Sue Drew-ASCAP) of “The New Publishers:  Writers Signing Writers” panel asked Toby Gad (Songwriter, “If I Were A Boy”) why would a writer decide to sign with a writer’s publishing company rather than a large publisher such as Universal Music Publishing or BMG Chyrsalis?  He responded that the advantage is that they get his full attention.  He helps them with the process, gets them other projects, and helps them grow.  Other large publishers may have 500 writers and a writer may get lost in a large entity and their bureaucratic structures.

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ASCAP Expo 2012: Protecting Your Assets

Posted by Muammar Reed on April 20, 2012
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Defend Sound

When touring, even smaller artists and bands should really think about buying insurance coverage.  Demille Halliburton (Managing Director – Music Pro Insurance) indicated that artists should definitely make sure their equipment is covered because stolen or broken equipment could potentially be the end of a tour.  In addition to equipment coverage, artists should carry a policy  that covers crew injuries as well as injuries to third parties in connection with a performance.  For instance, if a band member throws a drum stick into an audience and injures a person, the band may be held liable in connection with the fan’s injury.

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