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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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The Stormzy Story: How DIY Grime Conquered the UK Charts

March 6, 2017  

UK grime star Stormzy made history last week when his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer hit number one on the UK album charts. Stormzy's meteoric rise shows how unsigned artists can make a massive impact on music and push the boundaries of the industry. Here at Ditto Music, we've helped Stormzy ...

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How to Write a Record Label Business Plan (Free Template)

March 3, 2017  

Creating a professional, well-written business plan is the best place to start when setting up your own independent record label. Want to start your own independent label? Find out more about Record Label in a Box Your business plan should set realistic goals, address any issues earl ...

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Tips for Touring Australia as a Musician

March 2, 2017  

Thinking of touring Australia? Whether you’re a local Aussie band, or coming from abroad, here are some tips that may help you navigate your way across one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet! How to plan a tour for your band in Australia Australia is a mighty big ...

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