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How to Copyright Your Music (And Why You Need to ASAP)

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One of the most important things every music creator can do for themselves is protect their intellectual property. By technical standards, a work is copyrighted once it's been made into a tangible form. However, officially registering that work by submitting it to the US Library of Congress provides very valuable protection should anyone ever infringe upon your creation. The process isn't too bad once you've been exposed to it and have some education in the field. It's simple enough that you can definitely embark on doing it yourself, or if you'd like some assistance to make sure you've done it right the first time (it is a government document, after all), you could always request the assistance of a music business professional or copyright lawyer. But in the meantime, here's a step-by-step guide on the basics of how to copyright a song.

Musician Life

Feb 8, 2016 09:00 AM

Christine Occhino

The 7 Musicians You Meet on Your Way to Finding the Perfect Bandmates

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The road to finding great bandmates can be long and tiring. With inevitably lots of turnover, trial and error, and silly disagreements, you'll eventually find the right talent for the job. But know that not only is your struggle real, it's also hilarious, as we all seem to meet the same types of musicians on this journey to finding the perfect bandmates.

How to Find a Band Photographer

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Image is, without a doubt, a key ingredient in building a successful band. Part of that process is getting some seriously kick-ass photos taken and using them to market your music as much as possible. A good photo can generate web traffic, get the attention of an A&R rep, and most importantly, get someone to listen to your music! Here are some methods for how to find a great band photographer.

5 Common Questions About Getting Your Music on iTunes, Answered

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In this day and age, most every artist understands the value (and necessity) of having a music presence on iTunes. But it's not as simple as one would think to get your content to appear on the world's most popular application for digital music. Here are some important answers to satisfy the burning questions every artist has about the mystery that is the iTunes Music Store.

How to Budget for Your First Music Video (Sample Budget Included!)

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Music videos are one of the best (and most fun) marketing tools for any artist. But, as with most things in the music business, they can get pricey fast. There are certainly levels to it though… and you definitely get what you pay for. But the point is: a good visual piece of art to accompany your music is accessible for various different budgets. Without going too conservative or too over the top, here are some important things to consider, and a sample budget to help you plan for your first music video!