Ad-supported streaming is contagious, and coming to your smart home device soon!

Free streaming tiers available to owners of two popular home devices. Amazon announced plans to make Amazon Music available for free — with ads — to Echo owners. Now Google has made YouTube Music available for free — with ads — to people who use Google Home smart speakers and Google Assistant-powered speakers (in select …

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Get EVERYTHING you need to properly distribute, monetize, and promote your album online!

CD Baby’s Total Monetization Package (distribution + publishing + monetization) is just $49 — including a free UPC barcode. Do you have a new album that’s ready to meet the world? Don’t fret over a-la-carte monetization options, weird platform delivery fees, or the prospect of an annual bill that grows every time you put out …

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How to deal with stage fright without booze or drugs

The healthy way to confront stage fright as a performing musician. Beta blockers. A shot of booze. A couple beers. Sure, those can all have some effect when battling stage fright. But they all have their downsides. Those downsides are well-documented, so we don’t need to get into them here. Instead, let’s check out… Ellis …

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5 ways you don’t understand your fans (and that’s why they’re tuning you out)

Do you really “know” your fans online? I don’t mean, like, having a clear picture of your target demographic or creating some fan avatar. I mean YOUR ACTUAL FANS. Are you communicating in a way that shows you know who they are, what they want, and what they’ve done? Your fans want to be seen …

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How a songwriter in his 60s broke back into the music industry

Independent musician Daniel Antopolsky started building a music career in his 60s. I’ve written before about age in the music industry. In many respects, age isn’t an asset: the big and little music machines are obsessed with youth and newness. And yet regardless of your age, your genre, your location, there are more opportunities today, more …

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Ellis Paul’s editing tips for songwriters

The Incredible Editing Wheel for Songwriters. This was designed as an inspirational poster for people attending my songwriting workshops and retreats. It’s a visual representation of what I teach about editing, which is where a good song idea can really get crafted and become great. I wanted people to go home with something they could …

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10 vocal tricks to unlock your songwriting

Improve your songwriting with these ten vocal and melodic tricks.  We’ve all been there: You’ve got an amazing hook for your new song. But you freeze as you realize you have no idea what to write next! The pride you felt just a few moments ago disappears as you struggle to write the next part; for …

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How to boost streams with a pre-save campaign on Spotify

Pre-saves make it easy to build momentum on Spotify before your music’s official release date. A high stream-count on its first day can be an indicator of success for your newest song or album on Spotify, as it shows Spotify that your music might be worth sharing with their users via: algorithmic playlists (such as …

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How to create an effective Spotify audio ad for your music

Guidelines and examples for musicians recording a Spotify audio ad. With Show.co’s simple Ad Builder tool, your music and message can reach a huge audience on Spotify. If you don’t know what the Ad Builder is yet, it can help you share your messaging with the right listeners on huge streaming platforms and premiere music websites. That …

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What musicians should know about Spotify’s personalized editorial playlists

Spotify has made some big changes that affect where your music appears when you share playlists. Spotify has been quietly testing around 1,000 personalized editorial playlists. You might also hear them referred to as semi-personal or adaptive playlists too, though those aren’t official terms. Spotify has determined that listeners of these kinds of playlists are …

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