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MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Music Business is About More Than Just the Big Three

While Sony, Universal and Warner are the music industry's biggest players, there is a lot more going on with the music business that doesn't involve these three giants, as Professor David Philp of William Paterson University explores. Guest post by Professor David Philp of William Paterson University from the blog Music Biz 101...

EDUCATION: Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn

The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the m: Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the band. Strayhorn wrote the orchestra's signature tune, 'Take the 'A' Train...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 3, 2018

All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy! TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Stefon Harris and Blackout Sonic Creed (Motema) 248 272 -2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chuck Mangione

All About Jazz is celebrating Chuck Mangione's birthday today! For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione\'s love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage. Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap, in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Analytics Make All the Difference in A&R, Marketing

In this piece Chaz Jenkins explains why implementing a broader approach to analytics is key to an effective marketing strategy, and why only looking at past data simply doesn't provide enough information. Guest post by Chaz Jenkins of ChartMetric On my first day in a new role a few years back, a colleague asked whether I'd like to see the marketing reports. A little later, they handed me a couple of sheets of paper with sales and streaming figures for the previous day, week, month and quarter. I asked if I could also have the marketing reports they'd mentioned, only to be told that what I was already holding them. Hmmmm...

CAREER: Modern Touring: New School Tricks with Old School Hustle

Here we explore how both forward thinking entrepreneurial artists and music tech companies like Bandsintown are pushing the envelope on how they market themselves in order to launch successful tours. Guest post from AWAL 'I don't like the VIP section. I prefer the mosh pit.' You won't find Fabrice Sergent backstage, or, god forbid, pressed against a venue's back wall, arms crossed, in the mix with an industry crowd. The music-tech exec's path to co-founding Bandsintown Group begins with late-night raves. Enraptured, early, by the transcendent bliss of the French-European electronic scene, Sergent treasured music as communion. In 2011, he shifted business ambitions to his true love -- live -- after helping build internet startups in the late '90s. It's been a fruitful decade...

CAREER: 5 Quick Psych Hacks for Improving Your Cover Art

While we like to think artwork doesn't define an album, it is an opportunity to create something which compliments the themes and emotions expressed on the album and, best of all, compels a potential listener to purchase it. Here we look at five psychology hacks for upping your album art game. Guest post by Berta Melder from the TuneCore Blog...

CAREER: 6 Way Artists Can Give Back to Fans This Holiday Season

The season of giving is here, and while the holiday season may mean fans buying more music and merch for each other, it can also be a great opportunity for artists to give back to their most devoted listeners. Guest post from Haulix Daily Thanksgiving is basically here, and before long you will see images of Santa Claus everywhere (if you haven't already). With Halloween behind us, retailers and marketers have wasted no time making it clear that the gift-giving season is upon us...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gigi Gryce

All About Jazz is celebrating Gigi Gryce's birthday today! Gigi Gryce was born George General Grice(sic) on 28th November, 1925 (not 1927) in Pensacola, Florida- although he was brought up in Hartford, Connecticut. He spent a short period in the Navy where he met musicians such as Clark Terry, Jimmy Nottingham and Willie Smith, who were to turn his thoughts from pursuing medicine to the possibility of making music for a living... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Harry Vetro’S Northern Ranger

Recent Listening: Harry Vetro's Northern Ranger A generation of Canadian musicians is coming to prominence in their youth and making substantial impressions. One is drummer Harry Vetro. After he was graduated from the University of Toronto Jazz Program, the 23-year-old spent much of last year exploring his country as it celebrated its 150th year of nationhood. He spent time in what he calls Canada's six indigenous cultural areas -- Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Plains and Eastern Woodlands. He gathered impressions of his native land and converted them to music, then assembled thirteen other young artists to help interpret his ideas. The directness of Vetro's writing has much to do with the music's effectiveness, and so do the talents of its players...

TRENDS: Meta Trends That Will Shape Music Industry in 2019

As the music industry closes the door on 2018, some of the promised technologies of the year, like blockchain and AI, hit the world of music with more of a fizzle than a bang, but 2018 did deliver some indicators for what meta trends will likely have the most impact as we move forward into 2019. Guest post by Mark Mulligan from the Music Industry Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mixcloud Inks Merlin Indie Licensing Deal

Radio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service. Mixcloud offers listeners access to 15 million radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts produced by 1.3 million creators and and curators. Mixcloud streams that lean heavily indie include online radio stations NTS, The Lot Radio and Red Light Radio; independent record labels Ninja Tune, Tru Thoughts and Hospital Records; and individual creators such as Lefto, J Rocc and Mr Scruff...

VIDEO / DVD: Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

Just as American jazz musicians of the 1950s headed off to jam sessions following their last sets at clubs, Cuban musicians did the same in Havana. Between 1956 and 1964, musicians who dressed in guarachera shirts to play for tourists in hotels slipped into button-down shirts and slacks after at 3 a.m. and headed off to the studios of Ramo?n Sabat's Panart Records. There, a dozen or so guests who weren't due to play stood along the studio's parameter enjoying the music. Musicians and guests were fueled by rum and cola, resulting in a party atmosphere. The results were five albums entitled Cuban Jam Session Vol. 1-5...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

All About Jazz is celebrating Maria Schneider's birthday today! Maria Schneider's music has been hailed by critics as 'evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.' She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Diversifying the Music Industry - A Local Approach

In this op-ed, we look at the UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, an independent venue based in the Bay Area which functions as a nonprofit giving underrepresented youth from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds opportunities for success in the music industry. Guest post by David M. Mayeri and Robyn Bykofsky...

CAREER: Growing a Music Career While Protecting Your Mental Health

Sonny Stuart Winter shares advice for music industry hopefuls by recounting his experience from age 15 putting on music events and how it led to a successful industry career. Later, he talks about the role of social media and mental health, and how they relate to the music business. Guest post by Sony Stuart Winter...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Emusic Blockchain Token Sales to Launch, Despite Ongoing Payment Problems

Indie digital music retailer eMusic will open the sale of its eMU Tokens to the public outside of the U.S. on Monday. November 26. The tokens are part eMusic's blockchain project that could be hampered by its ongoing payment struggles that have seen a number of major and independent labels and distributors pull their catalog off the platform...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Piracy: No Longer in the Headlines, Still a Headache

While the rise of streaming and the music industry's at least partial financial recovery have sidelined music piracy as a topic of major concern, the illegal acquisition of music online continues to be an ever-present issue. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange The growth of music streaming and the music industry's financial recovery have pushed music piracy out of the headlines...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Two Superb Pianists

Sam Leak, Dan Tepfer, Adrift (Jellymould) Pianists from opposite sides of the Atlantic met in a New York studio to collaborate in an engrossing performance of Sam Leak compositions as a suite called 'Adrift.' Leak's partner in recording the eight sections, or movements, was Dan Tepfer, a pianist whose reputation has grown in great part because of his recordings with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, and Tepfer's adaptation and variations on J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg Variations.' Of the Bach project The Wall Street Journal reviewer wrote that Tepfer built 'a bridge across centuries and genres...

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