Why New Bands Should Start With Smaller Tours

Releasing a debut album or EP is an incredibly exciting thing for a new band. If you love the music you’re making, you might feel like you can take on the world. But while putting out music inspires some new bands to book long, national tours, it’s not always the right move. Here are a few reasons why you should consider starting small and building from there:

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Music Law 101: How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

Once a copyright is created, protection generally lasts for 70 years after the death of the author and in some cases 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation. That’s a long time! After that time, the copyright protection ceases and the underlying work becomes public domain.

More specifically, the term of copyright under the Copyright Act depends on when the work was created, as follows:

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Music Law 101: What Rights Does A Copyright Owner Have?

So you’ve already written and recorded a song and determined who owns it, but now what can you as an owner do with it? What rights in the song do you have, that no one else does?

The owner of the copyright in a work has certain exclusive rights in that work, rights that no one else but the owner has, including the rights to:

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Why You Shouldn’t Compare Your Music To Others

With a constant stream of analytic information measured in song plays, likes, views, and other stats, it can be tempting to play the comparison game in music. Because this constantly updated information is an important indicator of an artist’s success, it could lead some musicians to constantly compare their numbers to other artists. But while some helpful insights could be gleaned by seeing how well your contemporaries are faring in today’s tumultuous music climate, it’s a bad habit to be constantly sizing yourself up against other artists. Here’s why.

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Why Play Counts, Views, and Hits Don’t Necessarily Translate To Success In Music

There’s nothing more exciting for a new artist than finding out that listeners are starting to learn about and enjoy their music. But using play counts, views, and hits as the only metrics to measure musical success is a bad idea.

If you think about it, using statistics like views and plays to measure an artist’s traction with fans is a relatively new thing. Sure, the music industry has relied on radio charts and record sales to gauge and understand what music is resonating with listeners and what music isn’t, but those metrics are completely different than measuring how often listeners play a particular track on a streaming platform.

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What The Electric Guitar’s Decline In Popularity Tells Us About The Current State Of Music

Seemingly without notice until recently, the music industry has been experiencing a seismic and possibly irreversible change throughout the last decade. Last year, the Washington Post published an article about the recent decline in international electric guitar sales. The numbers are pretty shocking. In just the past decade, electric guitar sales have dropped by a third, from 1.5 million to a new average of just over 1 million. As you can imagine, this trend has been hell on small music stores, but even large music retailers have been experiencing pain due to waning guitar sales.

If you own a music store, this is all pretty bleak news, but what does the electric guitar’s decline mean for the rest of the music industry?

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Where You’ll Find The Cheapest And Most Expensive Gas While Touring

No matter what kind of music you make, it’s a common goal to be so successful that the price of gas isn’t something you think about much while you’re on the road sharing your music with the world. But for the vast majority of musicians actively developing their careers through touring, the ever-fluctuating cost of filling up is a big concern. For your reading pleasure, we’ve put together a short list of America’s cheapest and most expensive cities for gas.

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3 Ways To Make 2018 Your Most Successful Year Yet

Each year we’re presented a clean slate. The opportunity to take what we’ve learned the year before and apply it to the one that lies in front of us. No matter how successful your 2017 was, or the roadblocks you may have hit along the way, 2018 presents the perfect opportunity to dust yourself off and make it the most prosperous, successful year yet. Here are three ways to make 2018 your most successful year yet.

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