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4 of the Most Iconic Music Videos of All Time (And What You Can Learn From Them)

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconSep 17, 2014 11:30:00 AM

tag icon Features, music-videos

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Creating a music video that stands the test of time is tough, but not impossible. (In fact, narrowing this list to only four is almost as difficult!) Having a hit music video can sometimes make or break a song, so it's helpful to study legendary videos for inspiration. Here are four distinctly different styles of iconic music videos, and how you can apply the same winning techniques to your own videos.

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Last Chance: Win $25K in the International Songwriting Competition!

Kimbra and Gotye are both previous winners of the International Songwriting Competition. Could you be next? (via the Herald Sun)

The deadline is fast approaching for the International Songwriting Competition – and with over $150,000 in cash and prizes for 68 winners, this isn't a contest you're going to want to sit out of!

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Ask a Music Journalist: How to Get Maximum Press for Your Band Using Lead Time

pencil icon Jamie Ludwig

date iconSep 17, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon Columns, ask a music journalist

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When it comes to coverage, "lead time," or the amount of advance notice a publication needs to assign an article before its run date, is an essential consideration for artists. While it may not seem necessary for a baby band to employ the same lead time strategies as record labels and more established artists, remember that everyone is competing for the same resources as everyone else.

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5 Creative Social Media Contests Your Fans Will Love

When Jake Orrall (left) of JEFF the Brotherhood broke his hand in 2012, the duo turned the misfortune into a giveaway for fans. (via JEFF the Brotherhood)

A contest is a wondrous, mutually beneficial thing. Even at its simplest – say, a random giveaway – everybody wins. You're simultaneously promoting your band while giving back to the fans who keep your ambitions afloat.

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VH1 Save the Music Showcase in NYC to Raise Money for Music Education

Image courtesy of Deniece Dykes

Remember picking up your first instrument? Maybe it wasn't a guitar, but a clarinet  and it was probably at school. Music education touches every part of a child's life, from studies to social skills, and VH1 Save the Music Foundation works hard to make sure all kids have a chance to develop their own sound. Six lucky Sonicbids bands will have a chance to perform at the VH1 Save the Music Showcase at Pianos in NYC on November 6. Partnered with Sonicbids, this special benefit concert raises money for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, supporting music education. Paul Cothran, vice president and executive director of VH1 Save the Music, spoke to us about the foundation and the showcase  and the unique opportunity for artists.

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