A Music Venue

A Music Venue’s Experience in the Time of Covid

A Music Venue’s Experience in the Time of Covid Illinois has ventured headfirst into stage four of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s ...
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Erzulie Brings Chicago Metal a Supernatural Ferocity: Calling on African and Central American Experiences

This is from a live show on 9/21/19. Photos by Sarah Elizabeth Larson Photography. Article and interiews by Hannah Frank ...
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the 105

Corona’s Impact on The 105

Corona’s Impact on The 105 Despite hearing the phrase ad nauseam, this is truly an unprecedented time. Businesses of all ...
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Coronavirus in Jail

Coronavirus in Jail: The Life and Loss of Nickolas Lee

Coronavirus in Jail: The Life and Loss of Nickolas Lee Cassandra Greer-Lee and Nickolas Lee (Illustration: Arabella Breck) This story ...
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Fitzgeralds Nightclub

FitzGeralds Nightclub – Keeping the Music Going

FitzGeralds Nightclub: Keeping the Music Going By: Tucker Doyle When the Coronavirus pandemic swept through the nation, it was obvious ...
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Independent Media

Independent Media is More Important Than Ever, and We Need To Act Now.

Independent Media is More Important Than Ever, and We Need To Act Now. By Matt Perius - Photo by Neven ...
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World Music pioneer

World Music pioneer Sheila Chandra makes her latest book available for free

World Music pioneer Sheila Chandra makes her latest book available for free The musician turned author/artist coach is offering artist ...
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Self care for creative people

Self care for creative people

Self care for creative people Image by Dimitris Vetsikas Being a creative person can be exhausting and draining without a ...
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5 Ways to Stay Productive During COVID-19

5 Ways to Stay Productive During COVID-19

5 Ways to Stay Productive During COVID-19 By Mike O’Cull http://www.mikeocull.com The current COVID-19 pandemic is dismantling and demolishing practically ...
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Chords of Comfort

Chords of Comfort By: Leena Khan Songs featuring heavy-hearted country drawl can help mend a broken heart. Dancing in the ...
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Five Ways The 2020 Census May Impact The Illinois Music Community

Five Ways The 2020 Census May Impact The Illinois Music Community By: Mike O'Cull The upcoming 2020 USA census is ...
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Why working with a creative career coach can seem intimidating but really isn’t….

Have you ever wanted to work with a coach on your creative career but felt you weren’t ready? That’s exactly ...
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The Safes Winning Combination

A New Kind of Family Album – The Safes Winning Combination

A New Kind of Family Album - The Safes Winning Combination World-Touring Rock and Roll Band of Brothers Returns to ...
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cover band

The Importance of Being a Cover band

The Importance of Being a Cover band In the music scene, there is occasionally a sense of elitism. Many bands ...
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The Beginner’s Set-list

When you go to a local concert, what kind of songs do you expect to hear? Say a couple of ...
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Competition in Your Local Scene

There’s something about competition that brings out the worst in people. That being said, there is something to be gained ...
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Broadening Your Musical Horizons

People talk about college constantly. They say furthering your education is important for getting a job and all that junk ...
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First Show Jitters

The sounds of cheering fans, thumping bass, thunderous riffs, and crashing drums. That’s what we envision our first gig as ...
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the band hierarchy

Understanding The Band Hierarchy

The Band Hierarchy By: Brett Davidson Every band has its hierarchy, but there has to be one or two members ...
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Chicago Music History

Chicago Music History – 80’s and 90’s Rock

Chicago Music History - 80’s and 90’s Rock The 80’s in Chicago came with a lot of monumental moments as ...
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success

The Secret to Disturbed’s Success

The Secret to Disturbed's Success The secret to Disturbed's success as explained to us in an interview with David Draiman ...
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The Ninth Circuit Vacates Jury Verdict Finding “Stairway to Heaven” Did Not Infringe “Tauras”

The Ninth Circuit Vacates Jury Verdict Finding “Stairway to Heaven” Did Not Infringe “Tauras” It has been more than two ...
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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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What To Do If No One Shows Up

What To Do If No One Shows Up

What To Do If No One Shows Up By: Martin Atkins Photo Credit: Kara Hammond, Courtesy of Recording Academy, Atlanta ...
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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!! 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!

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

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

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 ...
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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 By: Michelle M. Wahl, Partner) ...
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Making Your Mark in the Music Business

Making Your Mark in the Music Business Artists often wonder whether they can seek federal trademark protection on their band ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?

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?

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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Sheila Chandra Interview

How to Take Care of Your Voice by Sheila Chandra

How to Take Care of Your Voice by Sheila Chandra By: Sheila Chandra Voices are fragile things. And unless you’ve ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.” ...
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Part II of the ASCAP/BMI Challenge to the Consent Decrees – A Big Win for BMI

Part II of the ASCAP/BMI Challenge to the Consent Decrees – A Big Win for BMI Hello Chicago Music Fans! ...
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The Future of the ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees – Calm or Chaos??

The Future of the ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees – Calm or Chaos?? Hello all – on June 29, 2016, ASCAP and ...
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The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now?

The Music Business – What’s “Trending” Now? I. A Needle in a Haystack – Getting Noticed: In the digital millennium, ...
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Chicago Music, Then And Now, Now And Then

Let me tell you a story while the crowd gathers...it was March 4th, 2004, that himself passed away quietly after ...
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That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST!

That’s Mine! – Why Intraband Agreements are a MUST! “I started the band, I should own the name”… “He acts ...
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There’s More Gear than Ever – What Do You Need?

Max Valldeneu photo by: Roman Sobus There's more music industry gear available today than at any other time in history ...
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The Road to Getting Signed

The Road to Getting Signed For the most part, today’s local bands share at least one thing in common…..the desire ...
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Songwriting – Turning a Hobby into a Livelihood

Songwriting – Turning a Hobby into a Livelihood Recently a few individuals have contacted me about the art of songwriting ...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of the Music Business

The Do’s and Don'ts of the Music Business By: Michelle M. Wahl, Esq. “What does it take”, they ask me ...
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The Pyramid Concept

By Mike O’Cull THE PYRAMID CONCEPT Song learning is one of the most challenging topics for many new and intermediate ...
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Street Level Guitar – The Real Basics

STREET LEVEL GUITAR PART 2 By Mike O’Cull THE REAL BASICS One of the big questions that new guitar students ...
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It’s all in the delivery

It’s all in the delivery I suppose you are wondering exactly what I am referring to when I say “it’s ...
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Trademarks

Trademarks Before a band can seek registration and protection of either a trademark or servicemark, the band members need to first understand ...
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The Art of Artist Management

The Art of Artist Management Although I’m still a quasi-rookie in the realm of artist management, I am fairly certain that nearly ...
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Copyright

Copyright Amidst the tedious writing, relentless performing, and unyielding self-promotion, local performers tend to overlook an element of the entertainment industry that can ...
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Breaking Songwriting Barriers

Breaking Songwriting Barriers You have the lyrics, you have developed the hook, and now you need a vehicle to deliver ...
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Assembling Your Team

Assembling Your Team A huge factor contributing to the success or failure of an artist lies in selecting the members of ...
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Got one Bring two

Got one Bring two One of the easiest ways for any gigging guitarist to help prevent any gig from an un-necessary ...
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Singer-Songwriter Tips and Techniques

Singer-Songwriter Tips and Techniques

Singer-Songwriter Tips and Techniques Written by: Kelli Ali There are so many ways to write a song, that it’s impossible ...
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The Artist as Entrepeneur

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET: SELF RELIANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY My career coaching business grew out of the realization as a teacher that ...
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