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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why the Music Business Favors Night Owls

While many industries are structured in a way which benefits the early risers among, the music business is one of few populated largely by night owls. Here we look at why the business caters to night dwellers and why can be a scheduling challenge for all of us. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Record Labels vs Spotify: Who Needs Who More?

On one side you have Spotify- an unprofitable company that needs to lower its cost of the content from three dominate players. On the other side, you have three major music groups that increasingly rely on income from streaming. When it comes right down to it, who- the Record Labels vs Spotify- needs who more...

CAREER: Promoting New Music Via Youtube Videos

In this piece DIY artist and entrepreneur Eleanor Dubinsky details the importance of frequent video content and how it can be utilized to effectively promote new music to fans. Guest post by Brad of DIY Musician How Eleanor Dubinsky spans genres, crosses borders, and communicates it all through video(s). Eleanor Dubinsky didn't start creating her new album Soft Spot of My Heart with a particular genre in mind. Why would she? Her recordings thus far have deftly defied easy categorization, due not only to the deeply varied international influences she draws upon, but also her ability to seamlessly compose and perform lyrics in English, French, and Spanish...

CAREER: Understanding Live Performance Agreements

While recorded music sales may facing choppy waters, the live music market remains healthy and strong, making it a preferable vein for recording artists to focus on. As with so many aspects of the music industry, having an agreement in writing can spare all parties a lot of grief. Here Jusin M. Jacobson catches us up on how these agreements work...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today! Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camaguey, Cuba\'s largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camaguey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica, and completed his formal education at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Among his influences, Omar cites traditional Afro-Cuban music... Read more...

CAREER: Musician's Guide to Setting up a Pre-Order Campaign

Buying in bulk and then hoping it sells to fans can be a disastrous way for artists to conduct their merch sales, something which can be avoided by setting up pre-orders. Here we look at some real world strategies for setting up a pre-order. Guest post from Fiona Z With the new year, I had a handful of clients do a bit of rebranding, and with that usually means new merch. Unlike before, and reasonably so, most people don't want to buy a bunch of merch in bulk, only to see it sitting in their closet for months, and then end up giving it away with other purchases. There's a smarter way to handle selling merch to your followers and fans, and I'm here to share it with you! Below are real strategies I've used to create great new merch for my clients that they love (and buy)! For today's post, I will specifically focus on t-shirt's, but this could be applied to other types of merch, like bags, glasses, hats, etc. Let's do this...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Gadd's birthday today! Steve Gadd, b. Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Uncle, a drummer in the army, encouraged him. Drum lessons from age seven; sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at 11. Studied music at Eastman College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert band, and at nights in a club with Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Joe Romano and Frank Pullara. After college, drafted into army and spent three years in a military band. After the army... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Ma*jid "Sound of a Flower" Release Performance on April 14 at National Sawdust!

Now! One Night Only! Ma*JiD Sound Of A Flower Saturday, April 14 Performance 7-9pm, $20 National Sawdust 80 N. 6th St. Brooklyn, NY 11249 (646) 779-8455 Three time Downbeat Rising Jazz violinist Ma*JiD ecstatically celebrates the release of his newest album, Sound Of A Flower. The culmination of an eight year journey, Ma*JiD will perform selections from the album joined by special guests Squala Orphan (Brooklyn MC/Guru's Jazzmatazz Alum), Sfumato Symphony Orchestra, and Cyrus Aaron (acclaimed Poet/ Activist/TV Personality)...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Honoring and Updating a Classic Saxophone Sound and Spirit

Bandleader Woody Herman's Second Herd in the late 1940s featured a stunning saxophone section known as the Four Brothers. It featured tenormen Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward, plus baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. The sound was swinging and vibrant as the four players dug into crisp unison lines and took turns passing solos to one another much like relay runners hand off the baton...

RECORDING: Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff Evokes Mystery and Allure of Arabian Desert on Quartet Outing "Desert," Set for May 4 Release

It takes a discerning eye, or in this case ear, to envision the desert as more than a vast, arid wasteland. Pianist/composer m: Yelena Eckemoff succeeds in musically portraying many of this daunting environment's mysteries and its boundless allure on her new recording, Desert, to be released May 4 on her imprint L&H Production...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmen McRae

All About Jazz is celebrating Carmen McRae's birthday today! Considered by jazz aficionados to be among the top ten female vocalists of all time, Carmen McRae\'s distinctive behind-the-beat phrasing, impeccable vocal control, and witty, sometimes acerbic way of conveying a lyric are what set her apart as a singularly great singer. She considered jazz great Billie Holiday to be a musical mentor. But this Queen of Cool had her own sound and style; including an amazing ability to scat... Read more...

RECORDING: Canadian Jazz Band B's Bees Releases Third Album "Kanata"

Montreal's busiest jazz band, e: B's Bees, recorded their new album Kanata during a highly inspired, post-tour interlude. Their third album displays their vast, exciting style of play and shows growth in the group's compositional and improvisational abilities. A native of British Columbia, drummer and bandleader m: Brandon Goodwin has been a mainstay in the Montreal music scene for over a decade. In his last five years there, he experienced an exceptional period of creativity as a composer and non-stop performer with his group B's Bees. After a successful first U.S. tour in April/May 2017, the group returned to Montreal and headed directly into the studio...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Billie Holiday

All About Jazz is celebrating Billie Holiday's birthday today! Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") is considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers. In a tragically abbreviated singing career that lasted less than three decades, her evocative phrasing and poignant delivery profoundly influenced vocalists who followed her. Although her warm, feathery voice inhabited a limited range, she used it like an accomplished jazz instrumentalist... Read more...

OBITUARY: Cecil Taylor is Gone

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who fashioned his music from myriad styles and sources, died yesterday in New York. He was 89. From his earliest recordings in the mid-1950s with bassist Buell Nieidlinger, drummer Dennis Charles and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, Taylor pursued daring and swam upstream against jazz orthodoxy. This is how critic Ben Ratliff put it in an obituary in today's New York Times...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya

This week, let's check out some videos featuring pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who will be appearing with his band Ekaya in a concert next Saturday, April 14 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Born in 1934 in Cape Town, South Africa, Ibrahim grew up under his country's apartheid system of segregation, which was in place from 1948 to 1993. After briefly studying music at the University of Cape Town, in 1959 he formed the Jazz Epistles, a septet that featured the young Hugh Masekela on trumpet and recorded the first-ever jazz album by black South African musicians. Although the group was relatively short-lived, the influence of their music- a variant on the hard bop of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, garnished with a bit of local flavor- was significant in their home country...

VIDEO / DVD: Audio Clips: Play Ball!

There's something about early spring that takes me out to the ballgame. I haven't been to a ballpark in years, but when I recall going to games at Yankee Stadium when I was a kid, I recall the overwhelming fragrance of hot dogs, the sticky taste of Cracker Jack and the sound of the organ playing something swift and skippy...

TRENDS: How Much Does Streaming Earn U.S. Record Companies? [chart Year to Year]

Revenues from recorded music in the United States grew from $7.5 billion in 2016 to $8.7 billion in 2017. In 2017, subscription and ad-supported accounted for 65% of U.S. recorded music revenues, up from less than 10% in 2011. 2017 was also the first time in years that physical sales eclipsed download revenues...

CAREER: Essential Growth Strategies for Artists [part One]

In this issue of W. Tyler Allen's GROWTH column, he explores essential growth strategies for artists and the concept of growth marketing as it applies to advancing your career goals in the music industry. Guest post by W. Tyler Allen of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: We're kicking off a recurring column, titled GROWTH, written by W. Tyler Allen, a music and tech marketing consultant and contributor to the TuneCore Blog. This column will offer practical tips on how independent artists can and should be focusing their efforts not just around professional and personal growth, but specific tactics like growth marketing, sales funnels, ad retargeting and more. We look forward to sharing regular content that will help artists measure success and find ways to manage their time and stay organized...

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