4 Tips For Writing Your Best Music

When you set out to write a new song, there are countless creative paths you can take. Most will lead to places you’ve been before, but some paths will take you to new musical territories. Obviously, new and exciting directions are the places we want to take our music as songwriters, but getting there is rarely easy. It takes work to write great music, but you already know that.

But what you might not realize is that embracing strategies and routines can up your chances of making excellent music in a huge way. Here are four of them:

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5 Tips For A Fruitful Collaboration

Some of the best music in the world has come from collaboration, but creating with partners doesn’t come naturally to some songwriters. Every collaboration is a relationship, whether you’re writing with a partner or performing music as a six-piece band. When these relationships are built on trust, communication, and respect, creativity is allowed to thrive. If you’re looking to get the most out of collaborating with other music-makers, consider these tips:

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5 Ways To Develop Your Skills As A Songwriter

Despite what you may have heard, songwriting is absolutely a skill you can improve with time and practice. Having a natural knack for making music is clearly a huge advantage as a songwriter, but the truth is that a willingness to work hard, ask questions, and be willing to fail in music is arguably a bigger asset. Here are five ways to develop your skills as a songwriter:

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3 Reasons Meaningful Musical Inspiration Can’t Be Forced

Inspiration can be hard to find if you’ve been a musician for a while. Similar to the cliche telling lonely people that love will find them when they least expect it, it can feel like the harder we work to feel and express inspiration, the farther away it moves from us. One of the most frustrating things about making music is that we can set aside all the dedicated songwriting time we want, but there are no guarantees that we’ll feel inspired as we work. Here are three reasons why inspiration can’t be forced in music:

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Vote for Your Favorite Band Names: A Look Back on 1,000,000 Artists

50 Popular Words That Bands Use In Their Names

ReverbNation.com reached a new milestone yesterday when it signed up its one millionth artist. “We’re humbled, but this is really a story about how vibrant the global Artist community is right now,” says COO and Co-Founder Jed Carlson. “For our part, we’ll continue doing what we do best – creating powerful tools and great opportunities for Artists and those the orbit them. ”

The 1,000,000th Artist to join the site is .. “PANA!“.  In celebration of this, we will be providing this Artist with a nice prize package, including a ‘1,000,000th Artist Reverb T-shirt’.

Launched in October of 2006, ReverbNation has quickly become one of the most explosive and talked about music sites on the Internet today. Artists all over the world are enjoying the site’s ever-expanding number of features and services, such as Digital Distribution to major online retailers, festival and showcase submission opportunities, and direct-to-fan merchandising. ReverbNation is growing faster by the day and Mike Doernberg, CEO and Co-Founder of the site, does not believe the momentum will be slowing any time soon. “We recognize that the music business is way more than just selling discs or downloads,” he says. “The scope of what we do for the Artist will continue to grow, and if we keep delivering real value to them, we expect that they will keep joining the Nation.”

Reaching one million artists could not have happened without the support of all of the amazing artists, venues, labels, and fans that have made ReverbNation what it is today. We would like to thank each and every one of you for all of your support through the years. Since the site’s birth, we have heard a lot of great music. We have also seen some of the most hilarious, interesting, (and sometimes just plain vulgar) band names ever created. In honor of reaching one million artists, we would like you to vote on your favorite band name in each of the following categories:

FUNNIEST – You WILL laugh.

MOST BIZARRE – Band names that MUST have an interesting backstory.

MOST CLEVER – Band names that we wish we would have thought of.

Be sure to vote for your favorites! The winning band in each category will receive a full year of our Reverb Press Kits service for FREE!

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1,000,000th Band Joins ReverbNation – Company attributes success to its ‘Artist First’ approach to business

(Durham, NC – December 15th, 2010) ReverbNation, the leading Marketing and Promotion Platform for Musicians, Labels, Managers and Venues, and creator of ‘My Band’ the leading Facebook application for Bands and Musicians, registered the 1 millionth Artist to the platform yesterday.  The lucky Artist, PANA! a latin band from Stamford, CT will receive a package of free services and merchandise from the company to commemorate the event.

ReverbNation was launched in 2006 with a mission to provide Bands and solo Artists from any walk of life with the powerful business tools they need to be competitive in the social media age.  Many of the tools are free, with premium tools offered under a software-as-a-service model.  In recent years, the company has expanded its offering to include securing high quality opportunities for the Artists in the form of coveted licensing deals, lucrative brand sponsorship programs, and high-profile gigs.

PANA! from Stamford, CT. ReverbNation's 1,000,000th Band

Co-founder and chief executive officer Mike Doernberg explains the key to the company’s success, “We have always focused on serving the needs of the Artist, sometimes to a fault.  We align our success with theirs, both philosophically and literally within our products.  Our software products are built from scratch for the Artists, not modified from some other purpose.  And the opportunities we provide are carefully selected because of the real value they can deliver for the Artist.”

Jed Carlson, co-founder and chief operating officer, adds “Much of our success can be attributed to our products and processes.  We get to observe hundreds of thousands of Artists running marketing and promotion ‘experiments’ on the web, measure what works and what doesn’t, and bake the best practices into our solutions for all Artists.  This process has enabled us to continually evolve our products as new opportunities for marketing and promoting music arise.  As a result, Artists think of us more as their long-term marketing partner than a website with static tools.”

About ReverbNation:
ReverbNation is the leading online music marketing platform used by more than 1,000,000 Artists, Managers, Record Labels, and Venues to grow their reach, influence, and business across the internet.  ReverbNation provides free and affordable solutions to individual Artists and the music industry professionals that support them in the areas of web promotion, fan relationship management, digital distribution, social media marketing, direct-to-fan e-commerce, fan behavior measurement, sentiment tracking, Web site hosting, and concert booking and promotion.

ReverbNation’s innovation is in developing technologies that integrate the wide array of distribution, marketing, and promotional functions used by the music industry into one comprehensive and easy-to-use business application – helping virtually any artist grow their revenues, and providing insight into how each marketing input contributes to overall outcomes.  For more information, please visit ReverbNation.com and follow ReverbNation on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/reverbnation.

ReverbNation Media Contact:
Jed Carlson

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ReverbNation Scores Licensing Placements for Independent Artists on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada,” “Mean Girls 2,” Major League Baseball, and More

Some of the most influential music supervisors in the world have been listening to music from ReverbNation Artists, and they love what they are hearing.

Since the recent launch of the Premium Song Licensing program in partnership with APM Music, music supervisors have been eating up the fresh and relevant indie music in the APM ReverbNation Music library, scoring Reverb Artists dozens of placements, including the following:

ReverbNation and APM Music expect to invite more artists into the program soon.  Invites are sent out to ReverbNation artists who are active users of the site, have complete profiles, and whose music fits what APM’s clients are seeking.   To learn more about the program, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/main/apm.

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And that excites me…

I was lucky enough to attend the NARM Convention last week. While I was thrilled to hear so many artists, labels and managers giving ReverbNation props for helping to advance their music careers or their artist’s careers, what excited me most was who I saw when I went to the Universal Music Group party.

As soon as I arrived, I saw this big poster board with a face I recognized. Kyler England from The Rescues.

Now signed to Universal/Republic, The Rescues were performing at the Convention in front of music industry insiders and big wigs. This was a great place for them to showcase their talent. I personally met Kyler two years ago at a Conference in Nashville, and it was awesome to see the growth of their career since then. The Rescues, and Kyler herself for her solo venture, have been using ReverbNation’s marketing tools ever since. Did our platform help with their career?

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