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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

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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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6 Tips to Stay Relevant in Your Facebook Fans' News Feeds

Some websites have claimed that Facebook’s popularity is going down, but don’t think that means you can abandon your page just yet. In fact, even if Facebook is on its way out (there is some debate about that by the way), it should still be at the center of your social media strategy. When people are looking to connect with a band or musician, they head to a few sites, and Facebook is still one of the few places that genuine interactions happen.

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Watch: Incubus' Manager on How to Build an Audience for Your Music

Steve Rennie giving advice in his CreativeLive course (via YouTube)

Steve Rennie, longtime manager of Incubus and a driving force behind the band's multi-platinum commercial success, offers sound advice for musicians in his new CreativeLive course entitled "Dream it, Do it: Breaking into the Music Industry."

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Spotlight On: White Like Fire

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconJul 18, 2014 11:52:25 AM

tag icon artist, Spotlight, white like fire

Image via White Like Fire

Pittsburgh-based power-pop group White Like Fire is on a roll lately. With their energetic vibe and insightful songwriting, it's no wonder that the band has been gaining so much momentum and snagging to-die-for performance opportunities such as CMJ and SXSW. We spoke to guitarist and vocalist Blake Clawson about their beginnings and how Sonicbids has played a role in their rise.

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