Monthly Archives February 2019

The song idea generator, by Ellis Paul

Using the Idea Generator Wheel for songwriters. The SOURCE of ideas for songs can be found – literally – everywhere. The Song Idea Generator Wheel not only focuses on where to find those ideas, but also includes tips about WHERE to write, WHEN to write (time of day, within a certain mood), and identifying items …

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Building a contact database for European venues and talent buyers

How to find and contact the right venues in Europe for your music. The above video is part of a longer series by dork-rock troubadour Brett Newski. He’s been touring in Europe for years and put together a great online course to help independent musicians book successful European tours without the help of an agent, promoter, …

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Are YOU a male ally to women in the music industry?

Signers of “The Declaration of Male Voices” publicly commit to being an ALLY TO WOMEN who work in the arts and music business. I spent last week in Montréal for Folk Alliance International, a music conference where thousands of musicians and industry people squeeze into a hotel, showcase their songs, book shows, and find solutions. As …

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How to get your music on Instagram Stories

Your songs can be used in Stories on Instagram. Instagram Stories are huuuuuuuuge right now, with at least 400,000,000 users creating and viewing Stories on Instagram every day. For the average person, adding 15 seconds of a song to their Story is a great way to convey a feeling and make Instagram content more engaging. …

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“How I thrive after 15 years as a DIY musician”

Yael Meyer’s 6 keys to independent music success. The impossible dream. When I first decided to make music for a living it was as much an act of passion as it was an act of defiance. I grew up in Chile, a very small and conservative country at the bottom of the world, listening as …

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Don’t tell anyone about your music until…

… you’re ready with these five things. No, I’m not talking about a recording. Not a press quote. Not a marketing plan. Not a logo. Not a social media following. This is about something else. Right now I’m at Folk Alliance International, a conference in Montréal where thousands of musicians will each have a hundred conversations …

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10 ways to hit high notes (without straining)

Vocal techniques to help you sing soaring melodies without cracking or strain. We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to sing that beautiful high note when all of a sudden, it feels like the bottom drops out of your voice and you crack like a 12-year-old boy. A little embarrassed, you try again, this time pushing …

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Why you should be mixing live sound

Mixing music at a venue can greatly improve your skills as a studio engineer, producer, and arranger. This guest post was written by Gary Gray, an award-winning composer, producer, and engineer.  People come to me all the time looking for insightful tips that will help them improve their mixing. They’re looking for DAW secrets, or …

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The easiest way to register the copyright for your music

Protecting your music is simpler than ever.  CD Baby is thrilled to partner with Cosynd to provide a quick, easy, and affordable way for musicians and collaborators to register their copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. As a CD Baby client, you can now register the copyright to your album, song, video, literature, or images …

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Problems at PledgeMusic

PledgeMusic is having trouble paying artists. PledgeMusic, the popular crowdfunding platform for musicians, has drawn a lot of criticism in recent weeks. Numerous reports emerged that the service was not paying money it owed to some artists. This included notable acts like Jesus Jones and Fastball (who were owed $20k, yet couldn’t get a response …

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