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NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Sound Diplomacy: Improving Music Cities Worldwide

Sound Diplomacy: Improving Music Cities Worldwide

For a music community to develop and thrive, it needs a city to grow in. So what is about iconic cities like London, Chicago, and Nashville that allow a local music culture to thrive, and how is this culture affected by governments and business? Sound Diplomacy seeks to answer these questions. Guest post by Leticia Trandafir of ...

NEWS: CAREER

Creating A Music Business Filing Cabinet: A DIY Guide

Creating A Music Business Filing Cabinet: A DIY Guide

For entrepreneuring new artists keeping a record of articles and posts about them and their band (or maybe just interesting/helpful articles) properly archiving this content for later reference should be done correctly otherwise they can easily get lost in the ether. Here we look at a good archival strategy for saving relevant press. Guest post by Simon Tam ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Video: Dave Brubeck, 1971

Video: Dave Brubeck, 1971

I've been on a bit of a Dave Brubeck jag ever since architect and pal Bev Thorne died last week. Yesterday, I came across this splendid newly surfaced video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond, with Gerry Mulligan, the Charles Mingus Quartet and Jimmy Smith at the 1971 Newport Jazz Festival in Doelen, Rotterdam, ...

NEWS: CAREER

5 Tips For Getting More People To Sign Up For Your Email Newsletter

5 Tips For Getting More People To Sign Up For Your Email Newsletter

While the splash of more modern social media may make email seem antiquated, there is still a great deal of value for artists in this ancient form of communication, and making your newsletter valuable and convincing people to sign up can do a great deal for your bottom line. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of the TuneCore ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz this week: Take 6, Tatsuya Nakatani, Bonerama, Xmas jazz around town, and more

Jazz this week: Take 6, Tatsuya Nakatani, Bonerama, Xmas jazz around town, and more

It's going to be a busy few days for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, and though a couple of high-profile shows are sold out (or nearly so), there's still going to be plenty of music- holiday and other- available on local stages. Let's go to the highlights. Wednesday, December 13 Acappella vocal group Take 6 returns ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

How Will Soundtrap Acquisition Change Spotify? The Industry?

How Will Soundtrap Acquisition Change Spotify? The Industry?

Here we look at the implications of Spotify's recent purchase of Swedish cloud-based collaborative creative space Soundtrap as the streaming giant looks to increase the breadth of its offerings by providing consumers with more than just streaming in advance of it's anticipated IPO. Guest post by Tyler Lyon of SongCast On November 17th, 2017, Spotify announced its intention ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Shazam Is To Apple As The Echo Nest Is To Spotify [Mark Mulligan]

Shazam Is To Apple As The Echo Nest Is To Spotify [Mark Mulligan]

From Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: Shazam finally found a buyer: Apple. Ever since its affiliate sales revenue model crumbled with the onset of streaming (there’s no business in an affiliate fee on a $0.01 stream), Shazam has been trying to find a new business model. It doubled down on providing tools for TV advertisers but never ...

NEWS: TRENDS

Why Playlists Matter More Than Ever

Why Playlists Matter More Than Ever

Although things like blogs and radio can still do a lot for bringing music to the attention of consumers, there has been a massive shift in the power of playlists, which are positioning themselves as the dominant source of music discovery. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the TuneCore Blog In 2017, the playlist has become an integral ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Apple To Acquire Shazam For $400 Million [REPORT]

Apple To Acquire Shazam For $400 Million [REPORT]

Apple is reportedly days away from acquiring music and audio recognition app Shazam for a $400 million. The startup, which had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, DN Capital and IVP, as well as, Sony Music, Universal Music and Access Industries, which owns Warner Music. Apple is on ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017

Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017

Guitarist Mundell Lowe died today. He was 95. Lowe’s career began at 13 when he frequently went from his home in Laurel, Mississippi, to work at clubs in New Orleans’ French Quarter. After service in World War Two, he honed his bebop skills and became one of New York’s busiest guitarists. He worked with a cross-section ...


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