If you're a musician, what is the number one, most important thing you will do for your music career today? No, not tweet or Facebook or blog or engage in a debate whether the internet is good or bad or contact the press - it is working on your music.
Wait..what...huh? But what about your digital marketing strategy and building your fanbase and designing your merch and all those other things on your to-do list? They matter, absolutely. But remember WHY you're doing them - you're doing them because of your music, and if you don't have the music, then you can social network your little heart out, and you'll just have lots of online friends - which is not the same thing as having a music career.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A record producer is an individual working within the music industry, whose job it is to oversee and manage the recording (i.e. "production") of an artist's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, selecting songs and/or musicians, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through mixing and mastering. Producers also often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules, and negotiations.
Today, the recording industry has two kinds of producers: executive producer and music producer; they have different roles. While an executive producer oversees a project's finances, a music producer oversees the creation of the music.
A music producer can, in some cases, be compared to a film director, with noted practitioner Phil Ek himself describing his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record, like a director would a movie. The engineer would be more the cameraman of the movie." The music producer's job is to create, shape, and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will typically develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate.
In the UK, before the rise of the record producer, someone from A&R would oversee the recording session(s), assuming responsibility for creative decisions relating to the recording.

Registering Copyrights for Musicians

Registering Copyrights for Musicians
If you are a resident of the United States, you can easily register your works with the Library of Congress online at the United States Copyright Office. At the writing of this article, the registration service costs $35. To save money, you can register many works at once, as a single collection.

25 Tools For The Independent Musician

Think the music industry is dying, and that it’s time to go independent? Or have you always favored smaller, independent record companies over huge bureaucratic institutions? Don’t worry, even if you don’t have dozens of spin doctors working for you, you can still promote your indie band online. We’ve got 25+ tools to help you do just that. http://mashable.com/2007/11/08/tools-independent-musician/

Being a Musician

Information for aspiring musicians on everything from recording a demo to getting noticed by record labels to protecting yourself in music contracts. http://musicians.about.com/od/beingamusician/Being_a_Musician.htm

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    Social media has become a massive part of our culture. In fact, it has changed our culture. It's changed the way we do business, how we talk to each other and how we entertain ourselves. It's also changed how music fans experience music and how they experience the artists behind the music. So if you are an artist promoting your music on the Internet and you're not already plugged into a social media outlet or two, it's time to jump in. If you're not connected, you are quickly becoming disconnected with what's going on around you, socially speaking.                                                Written By: David Nevue

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Music Business Radio Interview

Music Business Radio - Interview with Chuck Wicks and Monty Powell

Anyone interested in breaking into the country music industry as a performer or songwriter should listen to this.

Music Business Radio
Episode #79 - Chuck Wicks and Monty Powell Chuck Wicks recently began taking the country format by storm with his hit debut single, “Stealing Cinderella,” which was the fastest rising country single of 2007. Wicks spent several years paying his dues by parking cars and writing songs. At one time, he was writing over 100 songs per year. He developed his songwriting by apprenticing with some of the top songwriters on Music Row. That hard work can be heard on “Starting Now,” his RCA Records debut as well as on his tour opening for Brad Paisley.

As a music business veteran for nearly 25 years, Monty Powell has successfully honed his craft and found his niche as a songwriter/producer. His work appears on over 50,000,000 records.

He's worked with Keith Urban, Chris Cagle, Rascal Flatts, James Otto, Diamond Rio, and many more…

We talked about how he and Chuck connected, his role in helping Chuck find his voice as an artist, and what it takes to make it in the music business today.

We've got in-studio performance with Chuck and Monty, reviews of demos sent in by Music Business Radio listeners, and a call by Monty for the "next big thing" he is looking for and information on how Music Business Radio listeners can get packages directly to him.

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Cakewalk products are used in classrooms around the world from primary education to university and college level courses. With music creation, notation and our Cakewalk by Roland line of interfaces, controllers, sound modules and desktop monitors, Cakewalk’s educational products provide teachers and students with the tools needed to foster a successful learning environment.

Cakewalk SONAR has already been widely accepted by academic institutions and is being taught today in programs at Northeastern University, Indiana State University, Berklee College of Music, the University of Delaware, and many other prestigious academic institutions.

in reference to: The Cakewalk Blog (view on Google Sidewiki)

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