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A guide to UK busking laws

May 9, 2016  

Busking is a fantastic way for up and coming musicians to reach new fans, earn some extra cash and build up their experience and confidence performing in front of a live audience. However, there's often confusion about the laws around busking. To help independent musicians and potential bus ...

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Record Label in a Box Success Story: SMRI Productions secures festival sponsorship

May 5, 2016  

Record Label in a Box has helped people all over the world set up and run their own label, sign emerging artists and kick-start their career in the music industry. In this series of blogs, we’ll highlight RLIAB success stories, which we hope will inspire and educate a new wave of record label ...

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Home recording tips for DIY musicians

May 3, 2016  

Home recording is an essential practice of the true DIY musician and offers an inexpensive and convenient way to get your music ready to be heard by a mass audience. To help you start recording your own music from home, we compiled some basic home recording tips for DIY musicians. In the absence of ...

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A Guide to Using Spotify Ads to Promote Your Music

April 27, 2016  

People use Spotify for one main reason: they love music. So using Spotify ads to promote your own music ensures that you’re advertising to people actually want to discover new artists, and could make a difference. More people listening to your tracks mean more awareness, which ultimately means ...

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How unsigned artist Violet Skies got funding to perform at SXSW

April 22, 2016  

Held annually in Austin, Texas, South by Southwest (SXSW) is undoubtedly one of the USA’s most important media and music events. 2016’s illustrious keynote speaker was none other than Barack Obama, while elsewhere at the festival hundred’s of emerging artists had the chance to perf ...

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How to get more gigs for your unsigned band

April 22, 2016  

As an independent artist or unsigned band, playing gigs is by far one of the best ways to get noticed and reach new fans. But how do you get more gigs for your unsigned band? Before we get into that, here are a few things to remember. Whether you’re playing to less than 10 disint ...

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Are you supplying all performer data?

January 22, 2016  

UK music licensing giant PPL have updated their requirements for supplying performer data on UK commissioned recordings. The changes may have a big impact on who might have a legal right to receive a share of any earnings on new recordings. Are you getting your share? Featured or non-feat ...

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UK Opportunity: Apply To Play Glastonbury Festival

January 15, 2016  

Calling all UK and Irish artists, Glastonbury Emerging Talent is back. Are you ready to be the next unsigned artist to be launched onto huge success from this competition? Make sure you read and re-read the following info because you should definitely be applying to perform live at the words most fa ...

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Create Eye-Catching Album Artwork With TAD

December 1, 2015  

We spoke with Lee Jones, the creator of a new App called TAD (Thumbnail Art Design), to get his insights on cover art and tell us a bit about his new App. Artwork can often make or break a release. Think about iconic album covers like those of Pink Floyd or Blondie, and then look at some of the ...

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How To Release A Christmas Single: 10 Tips For Having a Christmas Hit

November 10, 2015  

It’s no coincidence that musicians push out products during the Christmas period. People are in the mood for spending and digital download sales almost triple. A Christmas hit could mean a healthy pension. Now is the time to capitalise on seasonal offerings and earn yourself some sales. Here a ...

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