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Nashville Songwriters Association International: Join the club

In Best Practices, Co-writing, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, NSAI, People that Rock, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on June 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

“No man or woman is an island.  To exist just for yourself is meaningless.  You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself,” Denis Waitley.

Back in 1967 a group of Nashville songwriters thought it would be a good idea to band together and form a songwriter’s association.  This organization of like-minded writers would come together to protect the rights, interests and dreams of songwriters.  They took Denis Waitley’s comments to heart and formed Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Today, NSAI is in it’s 44th year, and it is stronger than ever!  Acting as the unofficial “Chamber of Commerce” for Music Row, it is a buzzing hive of activity.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Is A Gumball Like A Song? (Part 2)

In Best Practices, Internet, Money, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, publishing, Songwriting, Trends, Try this, You HAVE to on April 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

By: Amanda Williams

This story (Read part 1) may sound far fetched, but it is an illustration of the epidemic facing the music business, the wide spread practice of illegal downloading. Just like the Smithfield family in the story, songwriters and independent musicians rely on the few cents they make from selling their recorded music as downloads online. With the internet, it is easier than ever to distribute music Read the rest of this entry »

You Are In The Business of Marketing (whether you like it or not)

In Best Practices, Marketing, Music, Music Business, People that Rock, Try this, You HAVE to on April 20, 2011 at 6:01 am

Middle Brother as photographed by Amy Hobbs

In the instant age of Twitter and Facebook  checking you into events, celebrating your birthday and practically taking your pulse – Pandora’s box is as close to open as ever… With digital possibilities seemingly endless, the image of an artist/musician/band needs to be carefully crafted and protected now more than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Dust Off Your Boots… It’s Time To COUNTRY DANCE

In Country Music Association Awards, Industry News, Life Around Me, Music, Music Business, Try this, You HAVE to on March 28, 2011 at 4:01 am

Days away from the release of Country Dance (03/29/11), country music lovers are clambering to get their lassos around Country Dance for the Wii.  GameMill Entertainment has proudly produced the first game of its kind for country music fans, featuring more than 25 hits, including 18 CMA winners, from just some of country music’s biggest stars. Read the rest of this entry »

KICKStart Your Next Creative Project

In Art, Best Practices, Internet, Money, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Trends, Try this, You HAVE to on March 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

When the members of Herrick brainstormed ways to raise money for their next music project – they decided to go with Kickstarter.com.  Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

Kickstarter believes that… Read the rest of this entry »

Tin Pan South 2011

In creativity, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, nashville, NSAI, People that Rock, Performance, Recommended Music Venue, Songwriting, Tin Pan South, Try this, You HAVE to on March 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

Tin Pan South 2011

The mayor of Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean, was one of the first to officially welcome the Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival at the preview party on Tuesday, March 8 at the Rutledge (one of the 9 venues to host the festivities this year.) Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of a Vocal Coach & Training

In Ability, Best Practices, demo singing, expression, harmony/BGVs, Music, Music Business, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Try this, You HAVE to on March 9, 2011 at 3:01 am

Guest Blog by Vocal Coach - Jessica L. Ford

Teachers can “hear” and “see” what a beginning vocalist cannot. All of my students say they benefit from my teaching, even during the first lesson, and develop a better understanding of their voice. So, how do you find a coach that is suited for your voice?

Do you find that your improvement has halted and/or you are experiencing vocal problems that you cannot correct? Read the rest of this entry »

Singing to the Bank: Increase Fan Base with SEO

In Best Practices, Internet, Know This, Music, Music Business, Networking, Trends, Try this, You HAVE to on November 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

Today's blog is written by Jeffrey Gross from nPromote

There’s nothing Rock, Country, or Blue Grass about search engine optimization (SEO), and I can just see eyes glazing over as you read.  But with the slow agonizing death of the Radio Star (Buggles told us it was Video who did him in, turns out it was internet… and corporate greed naturally), you need a way for people to hear you.  Almost everyone finds their music online now, most steel it online, but regardless if you want to be heard by more people than can fit in your local bar, then putting yourself online is a must. Read the rest of this entry »

44th Annual CMA Awards: Cast Your Vote!

In awards, Country Music Association Awards, Industry News, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on November 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

The 44th Annual CMA Awards airs live Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Every year the hit-makers of country music come out to celebrate and revel in their achievements from the year.  Who do you think will win? Who do you think should win?

“CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards winners are honored by their peers in the music industry.” (read more about the CMAs) Take a minute to cast your votes and predictions about the awards and watch the live show to see if your hopes and fears come true…

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A Gathering of Angels In Support of the Salvation Army

In Life Around Me, Mission Statement, Music, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Performance, Try this, You HAVE to on November 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

Nashville’s Salvation Army Command kicked off their bell-ringing season with A Gathering of Angels.  This event was held to raise awareness, funds, and the spirits of the listeners as the performers and guests shared stories of hope, promise and need.

“Doing the most good,” the Salvation Army’s tag-line, could be seen at various spots around the event as well as on the faces of the performers lending their time and talent to this special cause. The line up included The Nashville Choir, Matthew West, Julie Roberts and featured Restless Heart and Jimmy Wayne. Read the rest of this entry »

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