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Mixcloud Inks Universal Music Group Direct Licensing Deal

Mixcloud Inks Universal Music Group Direct Licensing Deal

Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal,  UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform. The global agreement, excluding China and Japan, includes payment for previous use of UMG music. WMG signed with the streamer late in 2017.  Mixcloud is ...

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Improving Your Band’s ‘Bookability’

Improving Your Band’s ‘Bookability’

One the great headaches of operating as a DIY musician results from the challenge of booking a lineup of shows, whether it's a a single festival slot of populating a an entire tour, it can all be made easier by increasing your band's “bookability". Guest post by Patrick McGuire of Soundfly's Flypaper Oh, the ceaseless quest to get ...

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3 Digital Marketing Trends You Need To Know

3 Digital Marketing Trends You Need To Know

The world of digital music marketing is complex and ever shifting, making success in such an area a challenge. That said, there are some things we can do to try and keep up. Here we look at three current marketing trends every entrepreneuring artist ought to be aware of. Guest post by Aaron Bogucki from AWAL It’s not ...

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8 Reasons People Hate Your Website

8 Reasons People Hate Your Website

Having a website is a hugely important aspect of establishing your brand and web presence as an artist, but that doesn't mean your website can still suck. Here we look at some of the top complaints consumers have had when using artist websites in the past. Guest post Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Wow, you just had a ...

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Donald Byrd: Byrd's Word

Donald Byrd: Byrd's Word

Blue Note's art direction in the early 1950s was so compelling and future forward that we often forget that Savoy also recorded a significant number of knockout albums during this period. Donald Byrd's By rd's Word is a prime example. Recorded for Savoy in September 1955 and produced by Ozzie Cadena, the album featured a killer ...

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Pepper Adams Plays Mingus

Pepper Adams Plays Mingus

Berry Gordy hedged his bets in 1962.Though the founder of Motown had his first #1 pop and R&B hit with the Marvelettes' Please Mr. Postman in late 1961, the following year was dry. So Gordy formed other labels—Gordy, Mel-o-dy, Divinity and Workshop— to diversify and reach different radio stations. Workshop was a jazz label that tapped ...

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Key Industry Players Uninvited To All Male MMA Signing At White House

Key Industry Players Uninvited To All Male MMA Signing At White House

Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow was introduced by Trump as, “in the world of music [he] is big stuff." But key industry players were invited, then uninvited to the signing of the bipartisan Music Modernization Act  Reasons for the disinvitations were not disclosed, but President Trump is known to use White House invitations as a way to ...

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S.T.A.G.E.S. Of Email Marketing

S.T.A.G.E.S. Of Email Marketing

Musician and manager of a career consultation sight Cheryl B. Engelhardt breaks down the steps to successful email marketing, and outlines how to effectively gather and engage with fans. Part 1 Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This is the first in a multi-part series by Cheryl B. Engelhardt, singer/songwriter, composer, and the owner of ...

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What Is The Music Modernization Act and What Does Mean For You?

What Is The Music Modernization Act and What Does Mean For You?

The Music Modernization Act was signed into law by President Trump today. The multifaceted legislation had widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of antiquated licensing laws. But what is the MMA and what does it mean for you? The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) packaged together several music licensing reform bills including the CLASSICS Act, the AMP Act, elements of the ...

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Maintaining Rights To Your Masters And Why It Means Everything

Maintaining Rights To Your Masters And Why It Means Everything

Gone are the days of labels compelling artists to relinquish creative control of their music in exchange for a promised lengthy in music. In this piece we take a hard look at why maintaining control of your masters is so critical for an artist operating in 2018. Guest post from AWAL For decades, labels have leveraged the allure ...