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How to Navigate Your Role in a Band

E Street Band rehearsal (photo by Lynn Goldsmith)

If you've recently been asked to join a band, there are some pieces of information you're going to want to find out before you make the commitment. You might be swept up and enamored by the idea of working with these particular cats, but check the fundamentals first. Since being a band member requires a lot of time, work, and energy, it's totally valid and smart to make sure right up front that the gig fits your lifestyle, goals, needs, and expectations.

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What Musicians Need to Know About Facebook's New Audio Tagging Experiment

pencil icon Jamie Davis-Ponce

date iconJul 22, 2014 12:29:31 PM

tag icon Features, facebook, Tech

Image via The Verge

Last month, Facebook rolled out a new automatic audio tagging service a la Shazam, allowing people to use their smartphone microphones to automatically identify, tag, and share the music around them. From a musician's perspective, this is essentially a new way for fans to quickly identify your songs, share them with friends, and make purchasing tracks more seamless.

For music marketers, the ability to track what music people are listening to creates new possibilities for learning about consumers' listening habits and targeting ads. However, automatic music tagging has raised some privacy concerns for people worried that Facebook will be eavesdropping on our daily lives via our microphones. Here's what you need to know about how Facebook's music ID service is changing the way you get your songs tagged, what Facebook is listening for, and how audio fingerprinting could affect the future of music marketing.

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This Week's Top Music Gigs: CollegeFest, Sync Placements, and More

CollegeFest

Trying to find gigs for your band? We've got lots of Sonicbids promoters who want you to perform! Check out our top opportunities this week, and then submit your EPK to anything that sounds like a good fit for you.

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How to Create a Productive Practice Space

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconJul 21, 2014 12:52:39 PM

tag icon Features, Performing & Touring

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Practicing takes up a huge amount of a musician’s life. Creating an organized practice space can help make sure you’re getting the most out of what you put into your craft. Whether you're a solo artist or a band, here are some helpful tips on arranging an efficient, comfortable, and fun space.

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4 Red Flags That New Artists Should Negotiate Out of Their Recording Contracts

pencil icon Ari Goldstein

date iconJul 21, 2014 12:21:00 PM

tag icon Features, Legal & Finance, record deal

Image via The Virginmarys

Due to the ever-changing nature of the music industry, record labels have been making quite a few changes to figure out how to stay in business. As we all know by now, record sales have been diminishing, so labels have been “forced” to find additional ways to make (and take) more from artists in order to have a shot at making a profit.

The latest trend in recording contracts is the 360 deal, in which any income that an artist may earn while under contract – not just record sales – can be collected by the label. Anything but a 360 deal of some type for a new artist today is extremely rare, because the only somewhat reliable revenue components for artists today are touring and merch – and the label needs to get some piece of that just to cover costs and make the gamble safer.

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