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Marketing Fail (?): Fighting on Twitter

At this point, you are hopefully aware that Twitter is an effective communication and marketing tool for musicians. Granted, it doesn’t do everything well, and there are certain unspoken rules one should abide by. But is it okay to fight on Twitter? And, if you’re a musician, is it maybe even a good idea? It’s…

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Interview: SAC President Eddie Schwartz on Licensing File-Sharers

Earlier this week, we posted a link to a proposal by the Songwriters Association of Canada, a non-profit advocacy group that represents the interests of songwriters. The proposal, which essentially provides a model that would make money for rights holders off of file-sharing, has been called an attempt at “control” by P2Pnet and looked at…

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How $10/Month Could Turn Canada’s Music Industry Upside Down

The Songwriters Association of Canada (or, S.A.C.), “a friendly community of songwriters” which “advocate[s] on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of our work,” has worked out a proposal that could turn the Canadian music industry on its head. According to the Montreal Gazette, S.A.C. president Eddie Schwartz is in talks with various Internet…

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The Rights and Wrongs of Making Remix Records

The idea of the remix album is not new. Though they have been around since the late ‘70s, they only began to garner mainstream attention in the mid-‘90s, and since then remix releases have been embraced as two-way marketing tools. Artists and labels alike have used them to get extra mileage out of a particular…

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Nutrition Advice For Singers: What to Eat Before You Sing

[The following post is a condensed version of an article by vocal coach Judy Rodman. It was originally published in this month’s Indie Connect magazine, and it appears here with the author’s permission. The full article can be found here] I got a question from a subscriber recently about exactly what one should eat before…

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#DMFE Preview: Casey Rae-Hunter on Streaming Music Models

This Thursday, we’re going to be covering Digital Music Forum East (#DMFE for the Tweeters). To preview one panel we’re especially looking forward to, we chatted with the FMC communications director Casey Rae-Hunter about the issues surrounding streaming music. Whatever the future holds for the music industry, it’s clear that streaming music services will be…