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How It's Easier Than Ever to End Up on a Spotify Playlist

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Before the digital age, artists had to contend with gatekeepers – publishers, labels, radio stations, etc. – before getting their music in the hands of fans. These days, artists have ready access to digital platforms to reach out and get new listeners.

Probably the holy grail of these is Spotify, which has changed the game. It's even gotten the usually change-averse labels to sit up and take notice – PR reps are now pitching directly to tastemakers, much like they do with radio stations.

6 Things Every Band Knows is True About Playing a Local Show

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There are a few things you can always count on. Like peanut butter and jelly tasting good together or wanting to pet every dog that walks by. Likewise, there are a few things that are almost guaranteed to happen at every single local show — good and bad.

7 Best Indie Music Blogs to Pitch Right Now

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Major media outlets aren’t exclusive to major-label sounds anymore, but it’s still not typical for those sites to bet on brand-new or largely unheard-of artists and bands – no matter how compelling their music may be.

And while playlist culture and social media have become integral to music discovery, dedicated music lovers are still looking to independent music blogs as guides through uncharted sonic territory. Blogs are still touting vast readerships and breaking emerging artists – and the best of them are undoubtedly being read by writers and editors of those powerhouse music sites, too.

We’ve rounded up seven blogs that are both consistent in churning out stellar content and remain open to receiving submissions from independent artists and bands. Genre-wise, there’s a bit of everything here, and within each site there’s often multiple ways to get featured – good luck!

4 Reasons You Might Not Be Getting a Music Publishing Deal

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Many songwriters around the world have heard the same frustrating phrase at one point in their career from music publishers: “It's a great song, but I can't use it right now.” Or, even worse – simply, “Pass.” So, why do publishers so often say no?

For a writer, it can be difficult not to take it personally – but there are a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with you (or even, at times, the song itself). Here are four examples of possible causes preventing you from getting a music publishing deal.

How to Find the Right Music Venue for Your Band

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Any show you're able to play is a great show, right? Especially if you're a young band struggling for exposure, you're likely to jump at the chance to play any show no matter what type of venue it's in. But is that place you're playing really the best for you? Will it aid your future success? And will it make your band look and sound phenomenal?

Consider these five things the next time you're searching for the perfect music venue for your band.