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The 32 Best Holiday Songs in the Public Domain That You Can Cover for Free

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As I've previously outlined on this blog, creating holiday music may not be something that's ever been on your radar, but it can be extremely valuable, and it's a project you may want to consider taking on. There are plenty of benefits to it, but like with any new release, you should be smart when getting involved in the legalities.

Making a Christmas (or any holiday, but for the purposes of this article, much of the information will be specifically about Christmas music, as it's the largest market) album may seem pretty straightforward, but it's important to remember that much of the music you and others grew up on and love is not free to use. What may seem like a classic that must have been around forever may actually be owned by somebody, and the last thing you want is to do is go through the effort and expense of recording your own version of a favorite, only to realize you didn't have the rights to do so.

3 Easy Ways to Give Back to Your Fans Around the Holidays

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We're deep into the holiday season, and it's the most wonderful time of the year. But remember this tenet: it's always better to give than to receive, and you can show your appreciation, love, respect, and reciprocity for your fans, who support you all year long, with a few simple efforts. Since time is of the essence, here are your quickest, most effective, and fan-friendly ways to show the love!

5 Music Promo Lessons You Can Learn From Your Neighbor's Insane Christmas Light Display

Big, bright, and in your face, holiday light displays are a great metaphor for a PR campaign. (Image via panjul.link)

We all have at least one neighbor who uses the holidays as an excuse to turn their house into something so bright that it can be seen from orbit. Personally, I live near two such houses. Those displays, as blinding as they may be, are actually great metaphors for effectively promoting an upcoming album or show. You might think I'm just as crazy as the guy affixing a second neon reindeer to his roof, but hear me out. Check out these five lessons we can learn from those light-covered homes.

holidays, Musician Life

Dec 8, 2015 07:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

5 Things You'll Find on Every Independent Musician's Brutally Honest Holiday Wish List

If we play a holiday show dressed like this, will Santa bring us everything we want? (Image via warble-entertainment.com)

No matter what you celebrate, or even if you don't celebrate anything at all, the holidays are the perfect time to selfishly ask for things you really, really want but cannot afford to buy yourself. For independent musicians, that hopeful list can be incredibly long.

To make things easier for all the generous gift-givers in a musician's life, we've narrowed it down to just five simple things. We aren't asking for much – just five things, you guys! And we'll totally put you on the guest list at our next show you if you knock off even just one of the items on our wish list. Thanks in advance, and happy holidays!

The Top 4 Benefits of Releasing Holiday Music

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It's that time of the year again! Thanksgiving is done, and we're closer to Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's than you'd like to believe. That doesn't typically mean a whole lot for musicians, but there's actually a huge market for holiday music – so if you're smart, it might mean a lot to you. While Christmas music (and the like) isn't often thought of as particularly "cool," spending some time in that world can actually be a sound business decision, and it's something that you should think about. Why? Well...