The trend toward smaller recording studios and away from the big, expensive ones, especially for those singers and musicians with budgetary concerns is nothing new.

However this article from the Temple (University) News exposes  a newer trend toward studios that are carved out within existing spaces, and often in more urban, industrial buildings. Interesting how the vibe of these spaces incites creativity for these young musicians while also creating a sense of community as well.

Enjoy!

http://temple-news.com/arts/a-changing-landscape-for-local-music/

 

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Much has been written in recent years about the rise of the music scene in Nashville, from its roots as a country music mecca- to a bustling community of musicians, singers and music business folk from multiple music genres.

Now, from City Lab, comes a in-depth look at this urban cultural transition. The story is fueled by an interview with Daniel B Cornfield,  author of the book “ Beyond the beat: Musicians building community in Nashville”.
Enjoy!

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/01/the-secret-to-nashville-music-industry/424806/

 

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T Bone Burnett is certainly a “titan” of the music business. An american songwriter, as well as  a soundtrack and album producer since the early 1970s, Burnett has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, John Mellancamp, Roy Orbison, The Wallflowers and Allison Krauss, to name a few. He has won Grammy awards, as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for his music.
This article is Burnett’s view on the music business today and specific to the concern that royalty sums due songwriters have shrunk to all-time lows. And so Burnett details the reasons, and how the root cause of the problem is this age of the digital download, and what might be done to stem the tide of this phenomenon. Read on.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/12/18/our-culture-loves-music-too-bad-our-economy-doesnt-value-it/

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Using email in the marketing process


Posted on Dec 26, 2015

You may recall my 6-part series “Making money singing” published here in March/April, 2015 where we explored various ways for singers and musicians to expand their marketing campaign and also find work.

With marketing in minds, let’s now take a look at the email process, and more specifically, interactive email, as a means to expand our marketing, and as an additional way to reach out to our fan base. This great piece on Interactive emails comes courtesy of getresponse.com.

http://blog.getresponse.com/are-interactive-emails-the-next-big-thing.html?platform=hootsuite

 

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Choosing a microphone


Posted on Nov 23, 2015

As singers, we typically stay mindful of vocal care and development and all the things that that entails. But it is real easy to overlook the equipment that we use in recording and on stage. So let’s take a look at the primary tool of the singer: the microphone.

Below are two links, each with the focus on Microphones. The link to the Sound on Sound article discusses singers and the choice of vocal mic’s across many music genres, and for the studio as well as performance.

The second link,  rounding sound, provides an expansive look at the five best condenser microphones under two hundred dollars. Condenser mic’s are typically used in recording studios while Dynamic mic’s are used in live performance.  Some great resource information in these two links here to help singers make this important and sometimes tricky decision.

 

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul10/articles/vocalmics.htm

http://theroundingsound.com/best-condenser-microphones-under-200/

 

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In some ways this piece is a departure from my other posts, given the focus on choral. But it very much ties in with similar posts here that focus on the importance of music in our society today- at a time when music and the arts are less likely to be counted into school budgets, and when the industry in general has changed drastically in this age of the digital download.

Elaine Brown was Temple University Professor Emerita and choral director from 1948 to 1956; she had a vision for what was best for her students- as singers- and as people. Brown made certain that her choral groups were racial integrated. Given this time in American history- she could be touted as a trailblazer for sure.

This quote from Tara Webb Duey, Director of Development, Center for the Arts, Temple University, really says a lot about the legacy of this woman: “She worked to bring people together- at at time when society wanted to keep them apart.”

In this article, two former students of Elaine Brown reflect on what this Iconic music professor meant to them and how she helped shape their lives.

Enjoy!

https://news.temple.edu/publications/temple-magazine/2015/fall/pursuit-harmony

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Hey All- wanted to pass on a link to a wonderful online music resource. Hypebot, is a site dedicated to resources for singers and musicians. Within the DIY page are topics such as song copywriting, and also achieving success in the music industry. The Social Media page has several tips on social media and marketing. The Think Tank page has more on marketing, as well as a piece on setting up a recording studio.

Lots of great info here, and this is a site that is kept current so feel free to check back to Hypebot on a regular basis.

 

http://www.hypebot.com/

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