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A New Way to Make Money on YouTube: Fan Funding

pencil icon Mike Baldo

date iconAug 21, 2014 12:05:00 PM

tag icon Features, youtube, Promotion & Booking

What the new Fan Funding option looks like on Soul Pancake's YouTube channel (image via The Daily Rind)

This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.


YouTube has always been about putting the power in the hands of its users. Now they’re taking it a step further and letting users take the reigns on creator support with Fan Funding. This new feature allows fans to send cash to channels they love, directly through The program is already in a pilot phase with a few fan favorite channels like Soul Pancake and The Young Turks, with more channels to be rolled out in the next few months.

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Watch: How to Use EQ and Compression the Right Way

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconAug 21, 2014 11:28:00 AM

tag icon Features, Recording

Any musician who produces his or her own music knows the importance of finding that sweet spot when it comes to EQ and compression. Too much, too little, or the wrong kind altogether can totally ruin the sound of your track and make it appear amateurish.

In the video below, Sam Pura, the founder and owner of The Panda Studios, gives a great demonstration on EQ and compression basics using a guitar riff as an example.

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Spotlight on: Jennifer Sellers, Promoter at Creative Entertainment Group

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sellers

Jennifer Sellers has always been a supporter of the live music community. Fueled by her passion to connect artists and industry professionals, Jennifer naturally and ambitiously began her career in the music business during college by working to showcase local bands and songwriters. This turned into band management for acts such as Boss Relief, Foster McGinty, and Arjun after she graduated. She then went on to intern at Creative Entertainment Group (CEG), was brought on full-time as a concert promoter in 2005, and has been with the company ever since.

CEG often partners with Sonicbids to give artists performance opportunities. They're currently booking for Fontana's, a unique NYC venue with a great atmosphere, where the owners truly care about providing quality music. In the interview below, Jennifer tells us more about the gig and why she loves booking Sonicbids artists for her shows.

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Boston's Biggest Stage: Everything You Need to Know About Busking

Musicians busking on Newbury Street in Boston. (Image via 3rd House Journal)

There are over 1,600 miles of sidewalk in Boston, arguably making sidewalks your biggest and most accessible stage. Busking, as street performing is traditionally known, is a great way to get in front of people and work on your stage presence. Even Amanda Palmer once graced the sidewalks of Harvard Square in Cambridge as the living “Eight-Foot Bride” statue. In her TED talk, Palmer extolls the benefits of having exposed herself to the generosity of strangers and how it helped her artistic development and career as a performer.

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How Much Do Your Social Media Stats Affect Your Chances of Press Coverage?

pencil icon Jhoni Jackson

date iconAug 20, 2014 11:57:21 AM

tag icon Columns, ask a music journalist

Image via Shannon Cotton

There’s no arguing about the importance of social media in expanding and maintaining a fanbase. It's common knowledge that all of the mainstay platforms – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – are crucial tools, albeit each with its own particular uses. 

What's maybe less widely understood, though, is that it's not just listeners who are affected by your band’s online presence. It plays a role in your chances of getting press, too.

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