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3 Ways to Get Your Song Heard and Cut by an Artist

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Back before the advent of downloads, the music business was a different place. It didn't take much to get your song heard, at least in Nashville. Getting a song cut – particularly a single – was a lot harder, of course, but the truth is, now it's harder than ever. Here are three ways to actually get a cut – and what is actually involved with each.

Save Time on Social Media: 5 Kinds of Images You Can Pre-Plan for Your Instagram

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I have spent a lot of time on this blog writing about how pre-planning or scheduling your social media posts is perhaps the best way to ensure you always have a steady flow of content, which can keep you on top of people’s minds and even gain you new fans in this socially focused world. It’s incredibly easy on Twitter, where there are dozens of applications that allow you to actually schedule messages to go out on specific times at certain days, but Instagram is a bit trickier.

5 College Towns You Should Definitely Play on Tour

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There's a special magic in independent music scenes centered around college campuses. The university years, of course, can be the most energetic and enthusiastic period in a person's life — that vigor is often channeled into a love for bands and artists or a love for music making. The end result can mean a super-charged underground: a perfect storm for touring independent acts.

4 Targeted Spotify Playlist Ideas Your Fans Will Love

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Getting on spotify playlists is one of the best ways for bands to promote their music. It can also be a bit of an uphill battle to simply get a Spotify curator to add you to a playlist. You need to demonstrate you have a following on Spotify and social media and that there's interest in your music and a general buzz around you to attract these influencers.

3 Times You Need to Use a Hashtag as a Musician

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I have written extensively on the Sonicbids blog about how important social media is for musicians at all points in their careers, highlighting the fact that it is especially necessary for those who are on the way up. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a handful of others are how you, as an artist, keep in touch with those who support you and pay your bills, so please don't discount them.

One unfortunate truth I come across quite a bit when I browse those online social hubs is that many people don’t quite comprehend hashtags, though they have some vague understanding that they're important. It’s perfectly fine to not be a social media expert, but if you’re going to be using hashtags at all on your posts (which you should), you should know when to use them and how.