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If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

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"…that wild mercury sound." The Significance of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

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During high school and college, I got interested in the Nobel Prizes. At the time, I was not interest in all of them: only the prize for Literature. I have been a reading geek as long as I have been a music geek and I have always mixed the two passions liberally. In the early 20th Century, the United States produced several Nobel Laurates: Sinclair Lewis (1930), Eugene O'Neill (1936), Pearl Buck (1938), T.S. Eliot (1948), William Faulkner (1949), Ernest ...

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Creating An Album Discography at All About Jazz: A How-To Guide

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All About Jazz recently created album discographies from our deep archive of album reviews and from the Discogs.com API, resulting in over 100,000 album discography records in our database. And thanks in part to our musician community, we add new albums daily. You can read more about the seeds of the discography project here. In this article we'll explain how to add, update, and delete albums associated with a musician profile. Our goal is to help ...

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Banner Advertising: Questions to Ask, What to Look For and Red Flags

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As a leader in the online jazz music space, and with years of hands-on experience at managing advertising sales and ad serving software, I felt it was a good time to help the many newcomers to this arena better understand how banner advertising works, and offer sound solutions and insights when making purchasing decisions. I'm going to shoot straight with you. Many of my comments below are based on conversations I've had with various advertisers over the last ...

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Upload Your Events to Jazz Near You

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Musicians, presenters, agencies, venues and festivals can upload upcoming events to the Jazz Near You / All About Jazz calendar from a .csv file. How to upload your events Go to this public Google page Click File >> Make a copy. Leave “Share it with the same people" unchecked. Delete the sample event information. Enter your event information. Click File >> Download as >> Comma Separated Values (*.csv, current sheet). Upload the .csv file to Jazz Near You. ...

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An Open Letter to Musicians: Lemme Hear It!

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This begins a series of posts intended to give artists, labels, and promoters some insight into how I use the internet to discover and purchase music and how that knowledge might be used to the benefit of the artists. I don't claim to be the prototypical music listener and buyer. I listen to, and buy, a whole lot of music. I spend uncountable hours on various web sites, including my own, shooting the breeze about what I've heard. ...

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Publicist? How to Maximize Your Client's Coverage at All About Jazz

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All About Jazz was part of the 2012 APAP JazzConnect track and participated in the “Platforms That Move Jazz Forward“ session. One clear takeaway for me was learning that some publicists don't fully understand how to use All About Jazz to positively impact a client's promotional campaign. I also learned that some publicists are unfamiliar with our services, while yet others greatly underestimate our reach. This handy how-to guide should clarify All About Jazz's value, while giving ...

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Audio Player Service, Contact Your Fans and Other Free Ways to Promote Your Music

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Dear Musician,2011 proved to be a transformative year as we undertook several steps to completely rebuild All About Jazz and expand its focus. And the improvements and expansion will continue long into 2012. Please read on for the details...Index1. Feature Your Music with AAJ On Demand!2. Your New & Improved Profile3. Share Your Photos4. Promotional Opportunities Recap5. Your AAJ Dashboard6. Seed Musician-Related Expansion

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More Improvements and we need your help!

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Dear fellow musician: As the year draws to a close, I'd like to wish you a safe and joyous holiday season. And we, at All About Jazz, would like to thank you for your continued praise and encouragement. Reflecting back on 2010, it's been a year of significant improvement, in particular, the sections that support musicians. We made a big push in December (based on your feedback) and we wanted to bring you up ...

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The Crowdfunding Manifesto for Music

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Adapted from The Crowdfunding Manifesto on RocketHub.orgIntroduction Welcome to The Crowdfunding Manifesto for Music. The purpose of this article is to educate and inspire you on the strategy of crowdfunding your music project. We define music projects broadly--to include traditional categories such as EPs, full albums, live concerts, music videos, tours, etc--and also fields such as publicity, legal assistance, personal website development, and other music-career related endeavors.First off, what is crowdfunding? In a nutshell, ...

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Jazz Education Conference 2011 to Unite Industry

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New Orleans hosts JEN's annual conferenceOnly one, comprehensive, international jazz trade event is designed to bring together everyone in the jazz music community: The Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. Scheduled for January 6-8, 2011, and located adjacent to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the conference seeks to build upon the momentum of its inaugural conference. According to JEN President and Co-Founder Dr. Lou Fischer, the organization “expects 2,500-3,000 in attendance at the Roosevelt Waldorf-Astoria next ...