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How To Get Your Music Played On The Radio

May 2, 2017  

We may be living in an age of instant access to music, where playlisting is key, but despite the rise of streaming and songs on demand, getting your music played on the radio is one of the most effective ways to reach the masses. Getting your tracks played on the radio can make a big impact on ...

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How to Write a Chorus with a Catchy Hook

April 24, 2017  

Everyone looks forward to the part of the song where they can join in, and even though they've loved every note staved across your verse, they can't wait to reach that crock of chorus gold. In this post for budding songwriters, Joe Hoten from Bands For Hire takes a look at every key aspect of songwr ...

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Latest Music Opportunities: Apply to Play Festivals & Events Across the World

April 22, 2017  

Stay up-to-date with the latest free music opportunities from around the world and apply to play festivals and events with our opportunities map, regularly updated with new gig opportunities and music competitions. Find opportunities for unsigned bands, solo artists and DJ's across the UK, USA, Aus ...

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How to get verified on Spotify in 3 easy steps

April 20, 2017  

Getting a blue tick next to your name with Spotify verification is a great way to boost your credibility on the world's most popular streaming platform. You no longer need 250 followers to get verified on Spotify, thanks to Spotify for Artists. Here's how to do it in 3 simple steps. Spotify ha ...

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How to Build a Fanbase For Your Band and Create Super Fans

April 18, 2017  

Building and maintaining a loyal fan base is essential for successful bands and solo artists. It’s argued that a musician can make a steady living with a base of just 1,000 die-hard fans, but how do you turn casual listeners into super fans who support your career and purchase your tracks? ...

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5 Important Rules When You Submit Music To Blogs

April 7, 2017  

Do you want to get your new track featured on your favourite music blog? Whether you’re submitting your music to iconic sites or small indie blogs, you need to make a good first impression. Whatever your genre or style, there's a blog out there to match, as well as fans who’ll want ...

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How Independent Record Labels Make Money in 2017

April 4, 2017  

The music industry’s independent sector is expanding, as more artists turn away from the standard major label model to go independent. From hip-hop icons like Chance the Rapper and Macklemore, to up-and-coming bands, solo artists and songwriters, there’s more independent music out there ...

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10 Cool Band Merch Ideas To Sell at Gigs & Online

March 29, 2017  

Merch is king. In our years in the industry, we’ve seen countless tiny bands play a gig for less money than it took to fill their van with petrol. And then absolutely kill it on the merch table, taking 10 times more cash than their fee. If you do it right, merch can massively increase the avai ...

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How To Plan a Tour For Your Band

March 14, 2017  

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a world leader in music industry education. We caught up with ACM’s Head of Creative Industry Development, who also happens to be the guitarist in hugely successful UK rock band Skunk Anansie, to ask if he had any advice for new bands planning their f ...

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Setting Up a Home Recording Studio & When to Hire a Producer

March 7, 2017  

In the first of our new blog series on DIY music production, record producer Russell Cottier offers his advice on setting up your own home recording studio on a budget, and when you should get a producer involved in recording, mixing and mastering your tracks. As a record producer, my colleagu ...

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