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The above video shows GigsWiz in action, showing how the service can help bands sell more concert tickets through social media.
Guinness-Rishi.jpgShort of having several country flags tattooed on your face, what does music globalization mean?  People think they know but rarely do they practice the techniques.  People claim they practice the techniques but yet they can't grow their fan base.  It's time to be an international recording artist, and do fully obtain this title you have to do more than have an iTunes and CDBaby account which can be accessed by other countries.  So what is music globalization and how can you achieve it, 

Stop whatever you are doing and ingest this performance on Fallon, then watch this video, read the Tumblr and start following a really important collective by the name of Odd Future. Whether they are referencing Tumblr in song lyrics, making one of the best videos I have seen in forever or using a QR code in place of an album cover so that their potential fans can lock in with them, this group is ahead of the curve on promiting themselves in the new music landscape. As seen in the picture above they had a QR code as their album cover so that fans could scan it and learn about which group just blew them away with this amazing performance. A very smart strategy to make a huge opportunity for mass exposure into an even bigger opportunity. 
Topspin's blog has up an amazing synopsis of Ian Rogers New Music Seminar speech. In it he explains from start to finish one of the best plans to grow a fanbase for your music. A must read for anyone at any point in their music career.

Better Than The Van Relaunches

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Better Than The Van an awesome database for places to stay on tour has updated it's service!
Some of the new features include:
Bands Can:
- Find free places to stay on tour
- Search and connect with other bands touring to the same cities or  
- Directly connect with established and DIY venues
- Make new fans/friends with music-minded people in other cities

Music Fans Can:
- Host touring bands and other music fans
- Create a "Venue" page to easily connect w/ bands &  host shows
- Automatically be notified when bands are touring near them
- Discover new bands and help them connect the dots

Derek Sivers On Why You Need To Fail

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medium_theme-hed.jpgWe all know that some of the best advertising your band can get is having fans plaster your image on their personal belongings. One way to enable this is to make Wallpaper for your fan's desktop and then repurpose it as a Chrome Theme. Lifehacker has the full deal on how to make this happen right here, 
Intuit's Go Payment allows you to take credit card payments at the merch table. The alternative to Square (and don't forget CDBaby's credit card machine) offer bands a cheap and easy way to up their merch sales. Read all about it on Tech Crunch. (via Nick Vivid on The Musformation DIY Music Business Tactics Facebook Group)

Some Tips On How To Do Your Maling List Better

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3 Email Marketing Tips For Musicians from Greg Rollett on Vimeo.

Some great tips on doing your mailing list better from Gen Y Rockstars. Read a transcript of the video at their site.

Musformation DIY group.pngYesterday, we talked about how Facebook Groups are the new messageboards. We figured we would put our money where are mouths are and start one for Musformation! You can now join The Musformation DIY Music Business Tactics Group by clicking that link. Hopefully it will grow into a great community to get your music business thoughts answered.
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We all know that when promoting your group creating a community for your fans to congregate in can be one of the biggest ways to pour gasoline on the fire of your promotions. For a long time starting a messageboard was one of the ways to do this, but Facebook is facilitating features that we think will soon make the website messageboard a thing of the past. Follow me to the jump to meet your new community building friends.
For $10 a month enables you to upload many of your social networks at once. While the price may be high, this may be suited just for your musican needs.
GIVERS signed to Glassnote Records
The Golden Dogs have signed to Dine Alone Records
Run For Cover Records have signed Seahaven
If I Were Thy Captain signed to InVogue Records
Little Tybee have signed to Paper Garden Records
Kids Icarus have signed to Creator-Destructor Records
Ancient Shores and Full of Hell signed to A389 Records

Watch TopSpin's Ian Rogers On BAM.TV

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One of the downsides of linking your Bandcamp and having your fans land on it, is the fact that it has always been hard to get them to your other social networks. However, if you are crafty you can upload a banner to your Index page that contains links to your various social networks, MusforMGMT's Man Overboard have a great example of this up now and it is something that will make your Bandcamp all the more effective.
Bennett Kaufman manages many of today's best producer and engineers. The blog Musician Coaching has a great interview with him that shows some of the dynamics to this side of the business that are rarely seen. Check it here.

Seed: email-for-download element preview from CASH Music on Vimeo.

Cash Music already provides some awesome tools for musicians to promote their music and it looks as if Seed is going to be another awesome tool from them. Check out their blog for more info.

Some Greats Tips On Flying Cheap

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Throughout your career in the music business you are unfortunately going to have to do a ridiculous amount of flying (remind me why bands tour instead of the fans coming to them?). Because of this, finding cheap airline tickets is a must. This article has some great tips on getting the cheapest flight you possibly can get these days. Check it here. (via the lovely Erica Sackin)

Mark Mulligan On Digital Music's Failures

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For those not familiar Strike Gently was one of the most popular file sharing blogs on the net with a constant stream of illegal downloads, leaks of film, music and discographies of various music acts (and porn). This morning the site began to display a message claiming to have been seized by the Feds. It seems this is another step in the government taking file sharing much more serious.

Google Voice Number Porting Explained

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For all of you who love Google Voice features but dreaded getting a new number, breathe a sigh of relief! This video explains it all!

Viinyl Is A URL Based Service For Your Song

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Viinyl is a nice simple idea. Your song get its own URL that your promote and can get help promoting. You can trade email addresses for a track, add video, sell your music all within their service. It is a great service to check out for promoting your next single. For more info check out a fantastic post made by Tight Mix Blog.
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It is no secret that online radio is one of the best ways to promote your music. With services like Pandora, Last.FM, Jango, Blip.FM and other services not only can you get your music before the ears of listeners who like the type of music you make, but you can also get paid for your plays as you begin to dominate the online radio airwaves.

It all comes down to this. As you come down to entering the studio and then recording your songs you are now tasked with one of the most difficult balancing acts ever known to man (ok... well maybe to musicians). We have written countless articles on how to avoid many of the pitfalls many musicians fall into when they go to capture their material. Read on and make something great for us all to hear.

With everyday, as the gatekeepers die and the major labels lose power it becomes more and more about just having a great song. This being the case you better start brushing up on your skills! We have assembled a lot of advice and tools for you to use to write better songs on the other side of this link.

When trying to break your music out of your circle of friends and out to the whole world, you are inevitably going to have to take on the hat of doing some publicity for your own music. As you begin to take on this large task there is numerous bits of advice that you may have overlooked on how to do this effectively. We have assembled numerous articles on how to take over the world of music and get it out there.

Now that you actually have songs recorded you need to get them out to the world to be heard. With every day that passes more and more amazing tools become available for artists to do this without the help of a label. We keep an up to date guide of everything you could ever want to know about what you should do in order to make the right choice on how to get your music out to the world.

Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, YouTube all become more and more important everyday (well maybe not Myspace, but contrary to much chatter it is still important to know the most up to date ways to make Myspace feed your other pages). We keep musicians up to date with the most current ways to use all of these social networks to promote your music. If you are not reading our guides to social networks you are missing out on the crucial knowledge of how to promote your music with the most up to date techniques.

What separates the winners and losers is how well you handle playing live and then getting your show on the road. Playing live and touring may seem easy but there are countless pitfalls that one can encounted over time. We show you all the new tricks of the trade as well as wise advice that has been passed down over the years.

Managing a group of people and keeping everyone on the same page and motivated is one of the biggest make or break factors of any sucessful group. There are many emerging tools that can make this easier and we sort through them, all the while dispensing valuable advice on how to deal with your members with minimal chaos.

Getting covered by blogs is fast becoming one of the things that everyone wants to figure out. Sadly, there is not a lot of information out there on how to do just this. We have quite a few articles with the techniques we use to get the bands we work with on to some of the top blogs out there.