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    YouTube Offers Custom URLs To Fit Your Branding

    Way back when you signed up to create your YouTube channel, the name you wanted may have been taken, or your band name, startup moniker or branding may have shifted since then. You were stuck with that fan confusing URL, until now. YouTube is offering creators with 500 or more subscribers custom URLs. From Google: Starting this week, if you’re a creator with at least 500 subscribers, you may receive emails and in-product notifications if your updated custom URL is ready to claim. You’ll see several options waiting for you that are based on your channel’s description, Google identity and... [...]
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    Penises, Butts and Gossip: Why Modern Music Journalism Sucks

    By Lueda Alia on Alueda.net My social media feeds are full of rants (and often snarky comments) from frustrated people in the entertainment industry. What worked so well for many years suddenly doesn’t seem to work anymore. Distribution of music has never been easier (Soundcloud, BandCamp, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, etc.) and there are more publications, magazines, and blogs than ever before. Why, then, is it so difficult to secure artists and brands the exposure they deserve? Well. The past two weeks, publications have been busy publishing articles on Kim Kardashian’s butt and Lorde’s “feud” with Diplo regarding his “tiny penis”:... [...]
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    Music Publishing News Roundup 11.25.14: Billboard Chart Changes, Azoff vs. YouTube & More

    Billboard album sales will now incorporate streaming and digital sales data. The Nielsen entertainment company has developed an algorithm that tracks not only album sales but streams and single track downloads. This change in the Billboard 200 charts is very crucial for artists that may not be selling albums in their entirety but still getting millions of streams and selling single tracks. It will be equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. The updated chart will premiere Thanksgiving week. MORE: Irving Azoff... [...]
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    Making Money As a Musician Outside the Box

    By Brian Buchanan of Jubilee Riots on The Bandzoogle Blog Today more artists than ever before are making a living touring original music. Many small and mid-sized venues are thriving, and creative acts are finding new and intriguing ways to expand their reach beyond their local scene. Thanks to dozens of new technological tools, bands are finding it increasingly easy to find an audience – but coaxing the necessary dollars out of the wallets of your adoring public is still a challenge, and filling up the tank of your beaten-up tour van isn’t getting any cheaper. How, then, can you... [...]
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    New York Is Music Coalition Gains Momentum at Recent Roundtable | Sights Set on Passing Empire State Music Production Tax Credit

    On November 12, New York Is Music partnered with NYS Assemblyman Joseph Lentol to host a roundtable discussion focused on the coalition's first initiative: gaining support for the passing of the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Lentol in hopes of rejuvenating the Empire State's increasingly lackluster music industry scene. The bill would allow businesses as well as individuals recording and/or producing music a 20% ($60 million) income tax credit on expenditures relevant to music creation. The roundtable discussion drew many of New York's finest industry leaders all of whom helped the coalition make... [...]

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