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7 of the Best Collaborative Music-Making Apps for 2019

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In the last few years, so many collaborative music-making apps have emerged on the market due to recent developments in cloud-storage capacity, faster internet connections, and stronger mobile networks, but also because of the growing fundamental need for artists, producers, and engineers to interact together creatively.

The internet is good at a lot of things, but it stinks at getting us beyond our bubble and interacting with the outside world, so these apps hone in on one of the things the internet is best at: connecting us with an enormous number of potential colleagues from all over the globe. 

Here’s a list of six of our favorite apps that make music collaboration simple, straightforward, and fun, and they each do it in a different way.

7 Music Marketing Strategies to Try In 2019

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With the end of 2018 looming and 2019 on the horizon, it’s time for reflection.

If you felt like your fan connection or marketing strategies were just a little bit weak in 2018 and you want to up your game, check out these seven tips for getting your music to new audiences, all while captivating the hearts of current fans.

House Concerts and 4 Other Unique Places to Play Your Music

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Everybody talks about club shows, probably because almost everybody goes to club shows. Your community surely has at least one venue that makes its money with live bands, bar food, and alcohol, and these places can be a home away from home for local musicians.

Many places, however, suffer from a tight scene. These bar shows can be hard to get, there can be stiff competition for audiences, and complaints about unfair pay in the club scene are rampant. Fortunately, as your band picks up momentum with your live schedule, there are numerous other places to play, some you may never have considered. Here are five of them.

Advice for Moving Up and Not Sliding Off a Popular Playlist

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This article originally appeared on the AWAL Blog.

 

Whether it’s A-List: Hip-Hop, mint, Pop Hitlist, or the feeder playlists that help drive them, editorial curation continues to transform music for both artists and fans. (The staff experts and everyday users of Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, SoundCloud have generated billions of collections between them.)  

Landing on a major playlist creates awareness and engagement around tracks. Previously, we’ve talked about the best tips to get added to a playlist… but what happens after that? Is there a way to help your tracks rise and stay on a playlist longer?

4 Tips for Writing a Killer Band Press Release [With Example]

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As part of my job as a music journalist, I sift through anywhere from 50 to way-too-many press releases daily, separating the wheat from the chaff and trying to find something that fits into the holy trifecta of interesting, relevant, and newsworthy.
 
By now, I've seen plenty of good press releases, a few truly great ones, and an ungodly amount of no-good, horrible, downright deplorable excuses for a press release. If you want me or anyone else in the press to give you the time of day, you either need to hire a publicist or master the art of crafting a solid press release yourself. 
 
Here are four rules of thumb to keep in mind when sallying forth into treacherous unknown inboxes.