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How to Get Selected for Noise Pop Festival 2015

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With an illustrious roster of past players that includes everyone from Jeff Tweedy and Death Cab for Cutie to the Flaming Lips and the Shins, San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival has featured big names and hot up-and-comers for the past 23 years. Next year’s celebration of independent music, film, and art will take place in February and March 2015, with events and performances in treasured venues throughout the city. At least five Sonicbids artists will be chosen to perform at Noise Pop, opening up for headlining acts and playing other city-wide events alongside over 150 other musical acts. To get a full-picture perspective on both playing and booking Noise Pop, we asked two parties who are intrinsically linked to the festival for their qualified opinions.

VH1 Save The Music Showcase: Meet the Bands!

Sonicbids and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation have partnered up for a very special benefit showcase on November 6 at Pianos in NYC to support music education programs for children. Meet the artists selected to perform below, and find out how music discovery at a young age inspired their artistic development and current sound.

How to Get Selected for NXNE 2015 (From the People Who Choose the Bands)

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It's time to look north  NXNE, that is. In case you haven't heard, Sonicbids is the exclusive submission platform for the 21st annual NXNE Festival, Toronto's yearly summer music and arts festival and interactive conference. Bringing together big names in music and tech, emerging artists, and leaders from around the world, 2015's bash is scheduled for June 17-21. You might be wondering, why should I be thinking about summer and Canada in October? Because NXNE 2015 artist submissions are open now, and you can apply for only $30 before the December 31 early deadline.

Legendary Songwriter Richard Gottehrer's Secret to Writing Hit Songs [Video]

You may not know Richard Gottehrer by name, but you've sure heard this legendary songwriter's tunes. ("My Boyfriend's Back" or "I Want Candy" ring a bell?) After learning the ropes of the music industry as a Brill Building songwriter in the 1960s, Gottehrer went on to form Sire Records with Seymour Stein; produce for acts such as The Go-Go's, Blondie, and Dum Dum Girls; co-found music and video distribution company The Orchard; and just this year, receive SESAC's "Visionary Award" at the 2014 Pop Music Awards for his 50+ years of achievements in the music industry.

So when a guy with that much experience and success to his name openly shares the methods he's used to write his timeless hit songs, it would behoove us all to take a couple minutes and hear what he has to say:

Will AudioCommon Change the Way Indie Artists Create and Share Music?

AudioCommon at SXSW 2014. (Photo via Facebook)

The way we consume music has evolved drastically over time and continues to change almost daily. Current music streaming and collaboration services, however, aren't always skewed in favor of the artist. So where is the future of music creation  and collaboration headed, and will it give musicians a better shake? One fresh-faced company, AudioCommon, strives to change the current creation and sharing model. Artists can upload their content to its secure website and collaborate with fellow musicians. It also offers a new way to connect and share with fans by giving them an inside look at the musical process. We spoke to co-founder and CEO Philip Cohen about the genesis of AudioCommon and his views on the future of music.