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5 Ways to Make This the Best Summer Ever for Your Fans

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Is there anyone who doesn’t relish in the magic of summer? There’s something about the imagery of lavish pool parties, late nights, unforgettable moments, and a season that simultaneously feels like it could last forever and flies by. It’s pure magic.

It’s no wonder this is the season of touring, festivals, brand-new songs and albums, and breathtaking adventures. If you think about it, summer is pretty much built for anything and everything new and exciting.

So instead of holing up in the studio all summer or sitting on a bunch of great ideas, we’re challenging you to make this one to remember for your fans and to really go above and beyond over the next few months. We’ve compiled a few ideas—some a twist on old classics, others a little ambitious — to help you make this the best summer yet.

How to Make More Money Licensing Your Songs in 2019

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In 2012, we saw the band fun. go from relatively unknown to suddenly topping the charts, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and having their song on nearly every radio station with sales skyrocketing. In 2013, American Authors went from just starting to gain a strong following to massive commercial success.

So what is this seemingly magic overnight success maker I'm talking about? Licensing, of course.

5 Quick Ways to Solve Common Tour Disasters

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Here on the East Coast, it's finally starting to warm up and feel like we might actually be entering that blissful time of the year known as spring. The sun is shining, the birds are happily waking me up with their chirping at 5am, and every band is beginning to announce tours in the coming months. It’s a beautiful time of year.

Now, whether it’s your first time touring or your 50th, if there’s one thing you can probably attest to it’s that no band is immune to a little tour trouble now and then. Sometimes it’s minor, and other times it can feel like the entire tour is cursed — but the truth is, it’s just a fact of touring. Nothing ever goes as smoothly as you’d hoped, and there’s always a few bumps along the way to contend with.

That said, I’m a big believer in preparedness, which is why we’ve put together this list of common tour disasters and a couple quick fix ways to deal with them as soon as they arise.

3 Ways to Get People to Pre-Save Your Music on Spotify (And Why)

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You already know that Spotify is one of the best ways to get fans and the industry paying attention, but are you using the platform to its fullest? Are you really taking advantage of all it has to offer and using it not only to garner streams but to connect to fans?

While there are a lot of ways to use the platform effectively, including of course, seeking out both official and unofficial Spotify Playlist placements, there’s another way that serves your fans, your music, and your larger goals of growing into a widely recognized artist: Spotify pre-saves.

5 Ways to Impress Music Journalists With Your Promo Photo

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There's something incredibly powerful about a really good promo photo. The way it can capture the attention of music journalists, fans, bookers, and the industry at large — but it all depends on how much care you put into making it. The quality, the way your band comes across, and the story you're telling, all factor in. When you get right down to it, your photo is just as much a piece of your story as the music itself.