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Root Music Unveils Advanced Features

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Root Music has rolled out a new upgrade with Premium features. MusforMGMT's Man Overboard (check out the functionality at their page) had a chance to try these out before release and we could not be happier with the results. The features to "Like" a track in order to listen to it as wel as get email addresses for the same function have greatly increased our Facebook Likes faster than we could have ever imagined. Check out a great service that just got even better.
Google has done what it has been threatening to do for quite a while, launched a music service. The above video shows the deatails that mostly center around having your music where ever you may go. Get more info here.

TuneCore Makes Big Changes (Quietly)

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Last week TuneCore tweeted out a blog post that unveiled a lot of changes they have slowly been working on, that they now call TuneCore 2.0. While some are not happy about some price increases, it does look like they have added some great stuff to their service, we have the list below:
  • • distribution into unlimited stores for every release (as opposed to a per-store charge)
  • • unlimited songs on an album (as opposed to a per-song charge)
  • • faster live times
  • • marketing and promotion of releases to the stores for placement
  • • marketing and promotion of artists and their music to brands
  • • Apple Artist Ping pages
  • • streaming media players which tie into YouTube/Twitter/Flickr, and much more
  • • faster takedowns
  • • faster accounting periods
  • • changes to album art, song titles, genres, and so on, after a release was already live in a store
  • • more digital stores
  • • faster (and simultaneous) uploads
  • • the ability to playback a song after it's uploaded
  • • accepting different lossless codecs on the songs (.wav, .flac, and so on)
  • • moving iTunes trending reports to daily from weekly
  • • a mobile app that can display iTunes trending data
  • • educational information on copyright/publishing
  • • faster response times from Artist Support
  • • without paying for distribution, the ability to upload music and art and have us store it
  • • the ability to download assets or send them around in a SoundCloud-type way
  • • the ability to give away a song for free in exchange for an email address
  • • tracking streams from the TuneCore streaming media player
  • • delivery of a .PDF booklet bundled with a release
  • • an automated system that pre-IDs any entry errors which might have Apple reject the release
  • • an artist MySpace Music ID finder that auto-connects the release to your TuneCore distribution so you get paid on streams
  • • huge increases in clarity and organization of sales data display, showing up to 14 places to the right of the decimal with custom reports
  • • TuneCore-branded compilation albums made available for free download via Amazon and other places
  • • TuneCore charts
  • • direct deposit of revenue into bank accounts
  • • for those that want it, data feeds to label A&R staff
  • • master/synch placement
  • • volume discount packages
  • • Twitter customer support (a late addition)

If you have been looking for a customizable alternative to Root Music and Reverb Nation's Facebook builder Band RX is another great option. With features that include Mailing List join up and a way to fully choose which elements you present to your fans, this looks to be a great partner in making your Facebook page more attractive.
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Alter The Press has up a cool roundtable discussion on "How To Promote Your Band, The Right Way." It features me along with some other smart folks discussing the strategies band can use to get ahead. Check it out here.
Thumbnail image for MOBHEADER.pngMost bands today have one site where they sell their merch (Big Cartel, MerchNow, AudioLife, etc. or sometimes just a separate page on their site), one where they sell their records (Bandcamp, iTunes) and one where they disperse news (website, social networks, and if you have been living in a cave - a MySpace Blog). I am always trying to raise as much awareness for my bands as possible, and so wanted to see if I could get all three of these things to feed one another. If I could, that would mean maximizing the potential to spread the group's message, sell more merch, and get more fans aware of everything we have going on.

Luckily, one of the bands that I manage, Man Overboard, needed a new website. I wanted it to be something that had the strategy and structure to grow our fanbase, at a greater pace.

This is how I made Man Overboard's all-in-one website happen, and how, thanks to the new music marketing tool TopSpin, Man Overboard's website became the central place to get not just information, but music and merchandise from the group, and is improving our fans' experience, expanding our fanbase and social network presence, and growing our fans' appreciation of what we do.
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Learning the elements of good band web design can be a tough course. There is very specific knowledge that goes into this science that does not apply to any other style of web design. The people at Bandzoogle have started a fantastic series on their blog where they review web site designs and critique them. In the process they show many of the key elements to band website design. Head to their blog and don't miss a fantastic series.

Make It Interesting With A Visual Element

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Most of us spend our teenage years dreaming of playing arenas and getting to do cool things like blow up a Tyranosaurus Rex on stage, shoot lasers through your legs during a guitar solo and project images of frogs being blown up like a Jodorwosky film. OK maybe those were my teenage dreams but we still want to do something looks totally awesome on stage. The good news is you don't have to wait untill you get to the arenas to do something cool on stage. The bad news is it just takes a little bit of effort. Here are some ideas of how you can easily add some cool visuals to your live show for cheap.
Birthday-Gift.jpgCall them tips, tricks, or a gift from God these strategies can help keep a band on the review short list with prospected labels, managers, attorneys, or agents.  EPK's represent the first wave of information, a much needed opportunity of an in your face review.  Communicate the wrong way and your EPK goes to the trash.  Communicate appropriately, and you live any other day.  Learn the survival tricks HERE  
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Ever since TopSpin went public a few weeks back, we have been having a fun time playing around with various ways to use the platform to it's fullest extent. One of the cool things we found is their widgets work great for making your Tumblr into a mail collecting and music playing website. In the above photo you can see that the widgets exceed the border in our theme but until we find a new theme, they work and function great! Add your today and start making new fans!
skyclerk.jpgAccounting for bands can be tough. One persons is at home taking care of expenses, while the group is out on the road getting receipts and racking up money and debt. Skyclerk is a great web based accounting tool. With plans that include both Free and $9 a month you are able to keep track of your accounting from anywhere in a clean and easy to use interface. 

While not every band can afford to get some of the biggest names in comedy to be a part of their YouTube video, one great way to get traffic to your pre-order website. Seeing as everyone loves a viral video this can be a great way to increase traffic to your pre-order and make fans aware of your new record. The Beastie Boys used this tactic in the above video to great success getting 2 million views in the past week.

Check Out TuneCore's Enhanced Feature Set

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PunkNews.org is a community known for being negative and scathing in its criticism of all things music. Which makes it very interesting to read the very positive results of what it's community thinks about bands funding their endeavors via Kickstarter. The site took a poll of it's users that showed some very interesting feeling towards fan funding that can be a great barometer as to whether your group should go down this route. Check it here!
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Berklee's Dave Kusek has up a very interesting article on how the math doesn't seem to add up for artist royalties and the upcoming lawsuits. An interesting read on what is bound to be one of the bigger controversies in the music biz.

Always Be Available

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247.jpgNearly everyone has accepted the new normal today - if you don't let your fans buy it, they will steal it. Even the major labels (the last people to any progressive idea these days) have gotten the message and have started to release singles on iTunes the second they go to radio. The memo is spreading across the music business fast - Always Be Available (ABA) or lose the chance to make a sale and earn a fan.  


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If your group is smart, you have been making sure that Songkick has your concert dates up to date. Whether it is to raise awareness or make sure that your Bandcamp page has dates you should always make sure Songkick has your dates. Another great reason to do it is they now have an awesome App for Facebook that will show your concert listings. In the above pic you can see them. Simply search Facebook for the Songkick App and get started!
2458993609_fa7664482e_o.jpgLet the blood bath between two seemingly interchangeable terms begin.  Find out the damaging difference between DIY (Do It Yourself) strategies and DTF (Direct To Fan) techniques.  Once you think you've got it - enter the global game.  Now everything is flipped on its head.  


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This week Facebook launched a new update option to ask your followers questions. This can be a great way to bond with fans, show them you care and gain powerful feedback. It also is a great way to raise awareness about your group. Every time a fan answers or shares a question's answer it is added to their news stream and will spread the word about your group to their friends. A win-win utility from Facebook!
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ReverbNation has announced Fan Boosters for their Facebook App, which are now available to all users of their Facebook application. These Fan Boosters make it so that in order to listen or download your music you can require users to like, share or sign up for your mailing list. A very clever way to spread the word about your music and grow your fanbase.

NEW: Manage Your Email Lists on Myspace

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While we can all laugh at MySpace as itplummets into obscurity, the fact is ReverbNation's FanReach integration with is is really so quick and painless you may as well use it  to connect with those few fans you may still have that check their MySpace. This blog post has the detyails on how to do so.
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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.