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This One Thing Could Burn Bridges to Influential Spotify Curators

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Spotify playlists are quickly becoming a major conduit to rack up streams, gain fans and followers, and get discovered. While there are endless amounts of organic, user-built playlists, there are also tastemaking, curated playlists with millions of followers.

How do you approach those curators and land a coveted spot on a popular playlist? Before you take the first step, know that not every curator will have the most positive feedback, and scoring a placement might be a bit harder than you think. Here's a bit of advice when courting influencers who build Spotify playlists.

3 Unexpected Ways to Book Your Next Show

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We all know the tried-and-true techniques of booking shows, but what about the unconventional? What about the weird and unusual ways that bands have secured gigs? When you’re feeling stuck or a little bored with the same ol’, same ‘ol, try out some of these unusual, but successful, tactics.

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Sep 18, 2017 06:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

5 DIY Musicians Whose Writing You Should Read Right Now

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When practiced musicians with years of DIY know-how offer guidance, we listen, because we know that real-world experience offers some of the most accurate and telling lessons. There's no blueprint for newbie independent musicians to follow besides the histories of the folks who've carved that niche outside the mainstream before them — and the bands and artists who continue to cultivate it are the ones with the best foresight into its future.

We're thankful for the musicians who've documented their stories, and by sharing them have given a leg up to those just starting out. The list below is built around five musicians who broadcast their knowledge with the intent of uplifting others; it's a gesture so exemplary of DIY ethos that's another lesson in itself. Read on for our favorite stories they've written.

3 Reasons to Slow Down and Reflect on Your Music Career

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With everything that's expected of a DIY musician, it's common to feel the pressure knob go to 11 as you attempt to learn the business, build a fanbase, promote new music, write newer music, and balance all of your other obligations as a human.

Not to mention the fact that, since the beginning of time, the music industry has has a reputation pushing the 24/7-grind lifestyle regardless of whether or not one can go about it in a healthy way. (Spoiler alert: There is no way to grind 24/7 in a healthy way.)

But, rather than focus on the braggarts who claim to "get it all done" with little-to-no sleep, why not focus on building a career that's sustainable and that serve you for years to come?

An Updated Look at Neighboring Rights: What They Are and Why They Matter

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

Featured artists, session musicians, and master-sound-recording owners, typically record labels, are entitled to an additional royalty stream that artists and sound recording owners within the United States are currently not receiving. This additional revenue stream is referred to as “neighboring rights” royalties. In recent years, this revenue stream has become a valuable source of additional income for non-U.S. citizen performers. It is reported that neighboring rights generates over $2 billion per year.