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Mar 2, 2015 12:00 PM

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This Week's Most Read Articles on Sonicbids

As you emerge pale and blinking from your Netflix binge this weekend, check out this refresher on all the important info that probably got pushed to the back burner of your brain after the power and glory of House of Cards season three. No, our top 10 most read articles of the week won't be vying for your votes. We'd like to think they're all winners.

SXSW 2015: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Bands

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Preparing for the unexpected is always a challenge, and when it comes to playing a music festival with close to 30,000 industry professionals in attendance and over 2,000 musical showcases, the devil is certainly in the details.

With SXSW 2015 just a few weeks away, now is a great time to go over all of your travel plans, show schedules, and festival guides, especially if you're performing at SXSW for the first time ever!

Are Your Critics Right? How to Judge Your Own Work

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.


You hear it all the time from artists: "Oh, I ignore the critics." And while we're skeptical that's true, we can also name a lot of people who would probably be doing better work if they truly listened to reviews. But, of course, there are plenty of artists who have been panned only to be praised later (Herman Melville was torn apart by critics when he released Moby Dick), and who knew better than their detractors.

So when someone critiques your work, how do you know the difference between them being spot-on and when you need to stick to your creative guns? Follow these steps when critiquing the critique.

4 Lessons Independent Musicians Can Learn From Zoë Keating's Fight With YouTube

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If you pay attention to what's going on in the music industry, you’ve likely heard of Zoë Keating and the situation she ran into with YouTube. If you haven't, here's a quick rundown of what happened:

For several months now, YouTube has been negotiating with record labels and independent artists in preparation for their new service, Music Key. While listening to music on the site is sort of like streaming, the company wants to get in on the trend by creating their own service, and that means new royalty rates and new contracts with everyone who uploads music.

During her months-long discussions with the company, cellist and independent artist Zoë Keating found fault with several of the provisions in the agreement she was sent and tried to settle things amicably with the video giant. Instead, she was turned down and made to understand that should she decide not to sign the contract as-is, her music would be removed from the site, and she wouldn't be making any of the money she currently does from ads.

Throughout her discussions with artist reps and PR people, Keating was smart at every turn and made several decisions that changed the way this story played out both in the press and for artists like herself. Every independent musician can learn a few things from what she did.

5 Not-So-Obvious Revenue Streams for Musicians

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A version of this article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


You've probably seen many lists outlining revenue opportunities. Here's a little twist on not just learning what they are, but also how to utilize them. In fact, some of these may never have even occurred to you. Here are five ways you start making money from your music right now!