Monthly Archives April 2018

3 things every musician should remember, no matter where you are in your career

Don’t wait for the big dreams; WORK for the small victories. I wanted to share a few thoughts I had while in Spain during CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference EU. These thoughts might be common sense, but I think they’re also easy to forget if we get stuck inside our own heads, the stresses of …

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How to promote your album with a podcast

Podcasting as music promotion — including a how-to checklist. Last NAMM, I attended an inspiring talk by Kevin Breuner, the VP of marketing for CD Baby. He talked about successful release strategies in a streaming world for us independent musicians. That talk gave me the confidence I needed to finally implement a CD-release plan I …

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Online advertising tips for musicians

Paid ads aren’t that bad. If you’ve ever released songs into the universe, you know it’s more than just the music. With so much content out there today, the if-you-build-it-they-will-come mentality won’t get anyone too far, unless “they” know where to find “it” (“it” being your music). Truth is, although every band starts their music …

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6 kinds of collaboration that can introduce your music to new audiences

Musical collaboration is about much more than cross-promoting … but any extra attention is a nice benefit. For me though, there’s a difference between teaming up with another artist primarily because it will open up a new demographic, and doing it because it’s an adventure, a means of expression, a way of exercising your creative …

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What kind of songs don’t qualify for YouTube Content ID?

Some audio is not eligible for monetization via Content ID on YouTube. What is Content ID? In short: Content ID — as it pertains to most musicians and labels — is YouTube’s method of taking a “sonic fingerprint” of your music, scanning all the videos across its platform, identifying your songs wherever they appear (even …

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How old do you have to be to copyright your music?

The age limit for copyright. Is there an age requirement to copyright something in the USA?  No, there is no age requirement. But, there is a classic American Dilemma here: copyrights are governed by Federal law, while most copyright transactions are really governed by State law — and State law can have all sorts of …

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Promoting your newest music with a series of YouTube videos

How Eleanor Dubinsky spans genres, crosses borders, and communicates it all through video(s). Eleanor Dubinsky didn’t start creating her new album Soft Spot of My Heart with a particular genre in mind. Why would she? Her recordings thus far have deftly defied easy categorization, due not only to the deeply varied international influences she draws …

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Taxes for USA-based musicians: how to file, when to claim income, and what expenses to deduct

Tax advice for DIY musicians. As an independent musician in the United States you’ve probably asked yourself the following questions about filing your taxes: What royalties should I claim as income on my taxes? Is my musical pursuit a “business” or “hobby” in the eyes of the IRS? What expenses can I deduct? How do …

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