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How to Book a DIY Tour Like a Pro

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It’s no secret that in today’s industry, musicians are much more than musicians. Often we have to be our own booking agents, publicists, marketing teams, merch coordinators, and a myriad of other tasks that are often overlooked: chef, accountant, driver, babysitter, and much more.

So, when an artist decides to go tour, juggling all of these roles can be incredibly daunting.

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Top 6 Must-Have Apps for Songwriters

pencil icon Caleb Hsu

date iconJul 23, 2014 10:47:30 AM

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Songwriting can be broken down into two parts at its most basic form: inspiration and execution. Creative-minded people need sources of inspiration, a place to store those ideas and visions, and the technical means to carry out and realize their songs.

Alicia Keys once said, “The most important thing for me when I write is that I properly express the emotion that struck me so deeply.” In order to encapsulate the fleeting, powerful emotions that inspire you, it’s crucial to have quick and easy methods of transferring intangible ideas into accessible records. Here are the top eight mobile apps to help songwriters succeed in both categories of the writing process.

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Steal These Strategies That Top PR Firms Use to Get Press for Your Band

pencil icon Rachel Bailey

date iconJul 23, 2014 9:30:00 AM

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Daniel Gill, of Force Field PR, has personal email follow-ups down. Image via Rollo & Grady.

When promoting a record, there are a couple of different philosophies about the most effective way to get your music heard. One, the carpet-bomb method, involves sending a press release, download, or digital stream to every contact in your press list arsenal. The other – and in my experience, more effective way – is to curate a list of writers whose work and tastes you know, who you think will really dig your sound, and to reach out to them personally.

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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

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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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