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Dealing with power issues in the creative industries

Dealing with power issues in the creative industries

No one really warns you about the extent of the power dynamics at play in the creative industries - which ...
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Setting goals is the key to realizing your artist career dreams

Setting goals is the key to realizing your artist career dreams

Setting goals can help you to realize, not only your creative visions, but also your career dreams. Without goals, you’re ...
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Time Has Come Today

Time Has Come Today

TIME HAS COME TODAY!! By: Mike O'Cull There is no more basic element of music than time. Time is what ...
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DUMPSTER TAPES - Cassettes? Yes, Cassettes!

DUMPSTER TAPES – Cassettes? Yes, Cassettes!

By Mike O’Cull www.mikeocull.com In case you haven’t heard, cassettes are back. Those happy little bundles of analog coolness have ...
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Complete Your Life With These Chicago Bands

Complete Your Life With These Chicago Bands

By Mike O’Cull, independent music journalist. www.mikeocull.com Chicago is and has always been a city full of music. Fans here ...
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Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are familiar with Williams v. Gaye, the high profile copyright infringement ...
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Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

With a 415-0 vote of approval in the House of Representatives, many anticipated the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) would achieve ...
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Examining Jimi Hendrix’s Legacy Nearly 50 Years since His Death

Examining Jimi Hendrix’s Legacy Nearly 50 Years since His Death

Examining Jimi Hendrix’s Legacy Nearly 50 Years since His Death Jimi Hendrix was one of the most creative and influential ...
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The Ins and Outs of Pitchfork

The Ins and Outs of Pitchfork

The three-day indie festival officially make its big comeback for its 13th year this Friday through Sunday with 40+ musical ...
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The Music Modernization Act – A Long Overdue Overhaul to the Music Copyright Licensing Infrastructure

The Music Modernization Act – A Long Overdue Overhaul to the Music Copyright Licensing Infrastructure

CHICAGO MUSIC GUIDE – LEGAL TIPS (By: Michelle M. Wahl, Partner) Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP (330 N. Wabash, Ste ...
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What is the difference between a successful artist and an unsuccessful one?

What is the difference between a successful artist and an unsuccessful one?

By: Sheila Chandra What makes the difference between growing a thriving career and not? Here are some of the qualities ...
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Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works

Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works

Photo by Lukas from Pexels The DIY era has its pros and cons. Musicians are able to take initiative, protect ...
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A Win for Songwriters – Mechanical Royalties Rise

A Win for Songwriters – Mechanical Royalties Rise

On January 29, 2018, the Copyright Royalty Board announced the new royalty rates and terms for the use of musical ...
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The Artist’s Emotional Green Room

The Artist’s Emotional Green Room

Image courtesy of nenetus at http://FreeDigitalPhotos.net Article by: Sheila Chandra I want to talk about a secret place. A place ...
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Do artists have the right temperament for social media?

Do artists have the right temperament for social media?

By: Sheila Chandra Many artists find it a huge challenge to ‘shout’ about themselves on social media. And yet, building ...
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Marketing Is Changing - How Can You Get Your Music Out?

Marketing Is Changing – How Can You Get Your Music Out?

Years ago, attempting to make it in music was a fairly straightforward process. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t incredibly difficult ...
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Ty Cooper “I’m All For You” Album Release Show Sunday 10/22 at Skokie Theater

Ty Cooper “I’m All For You” Album Release Show Sunday 10/22 at Skokie Theater

Article by Hannah Frank Photos by Thomas Mohr Ty Cooper, jazz stylist and artist, is performing Sunday October 22, 2017, ...
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Songwriters – Grab a Fork and Dig into the Spotify Settlement Pie

Songwriters – Grab a Fork and Dig into the Spotify Settlement Pie

In May 2017, individual lawsuits filed against Spotify by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick (and later joined) reached a settlement ...
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2016 – The Year the Record Business was Reborn?

2016 – The Year the Record Business was Reborn?

Over the past few years, reports issued by Barclays reflected a slow and steady decline of the music industry as ...
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U.S. Music Industry’s Open Letter to the U.S. Government – “Support Europe’s Copyright Reform and Reconcile the Royalty Payment Disparities.”

U.S. Music Industry’s Open Letter to the U.S. Government – “Support Europe’s Copyright Reform and Reconcile the Royalty Payment Disparities.”

In their open letter, a host of United States music industry organizations, including Asoff MSG Entertainment, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, the ...
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