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    NEW: Episode #67
    The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

    The Art of Pitching Your Music


    Join Brian Thompson and Michael Brandvold for a 45 min. discussion on real life tips that artists can use when sending pitches to music industry professionals such as press, blogs, labels, agents, promoters and radio programmers.

    You only have one chance to make a first impression, make it count. Click play below (or download it by clicking on the little down arrow) and listen to this week's latest episode of The Music Biz Weekly Podcast so you make all of your pitches to music biz insiders count.

    Listen and learn our secrets:

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    Brian's Blog of the Day:

    Zen and the Fine Art of Perpetual Inspiration


    The demands on our creative energies is high. The need for our content and ideas has never been greater. We know we need to write more, practice more, paint more, produce more and create more... but for many of us, all we have is a deficit of inspiration.

    Where do you come up with all of your ideas?
    Where do you find your inspiration?
    How the hell can you be consistently creative?

    Embracing the Art of Zen can help.

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    Sunday, July 22
    6pm PST


    I haven't done a live video internet hangout chat thingy in ages and ages. And that's why this live and free interactive event is super special.

    Join me on my UStream page this Sunday, July 22 at 6pm PST where I will be joined by my dear friend and special guest Billy Pettinger, aka Billy the Kid.

    Billy is in the middle of a Pledge Music campaign for an upcoming album with producer Jamie Candiloro, the guy behind some killer Ryan Adams and R.E.M. records. Check out Jamie's discography here.

    Billy and I will just be hanging out and talking, and chatting with viewers of course… but Billy will also be bringing along her guitar, so yes… some live acoustic performances are definitely going down.

    Last time we did this, Billy wrote a song with our online audience. It was pretty rad.

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    Today's News, Links & Tips:

     


    1.) Yesterday Bob Baker and myself were interviewed by Chris Rockett from Promote Your Music, listen to the entire 45min interview here… it's full of amazing music marketing tips.
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    2.) True Rock Stars aren't afraid to show their gratitude. Why Gratitude Rocks
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    3.) A new film from Dave Grohl, Sound City. This will be a must-see (PS - push the fader slider to view the video)
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    4.) The Role Of The Local Promoter vs. The Local Band
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    5.) 'We Are Hunted' Founder Talks about Spotify App & Music Discovery [INTERVIEW]
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    6.) 12 Tough Truths that Help You Grow
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    7.) Twitter Unveils Targeted Tweets For Location & Device-Based Messaging
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    8.) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits & Your Music Career
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    9.) Top 100 Must-Follow Music Resources on Twitter, Pt. 8: Festivals and Conferences
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    10.) And They're Off! Polaris Music Prize Sniping Season Is Here! So... is Canadian music boring?
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    11.) This sounds kinda cool, I'm intrigued. The Dark Knight Rises "Augmented Soundtrack Experience" iPhone App
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    12.) New Facebook Feature Looks A Lot Like Pinterest
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    13.) Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
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    14.) Beyond the Social Basics: Instagram, Pinterest, and Soundcloud
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    15.) 10 Tips for Marketing your Business on Pinterest
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    16.) Neighboring Rights: What They Are & Why They Matter
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    17.) The Law vs. Reality: Why Songwriters Don’t Get Their Money
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    18.) "If you are an aspiring artist and you wish to avoid “judgments,” you’ll find that you have nothing to say."… another great post from the blog of Steven Pressfield
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    19.) 7 Tips for Facebook Success
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    20.) Musicians... Here's how to get a good gig
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    21.) Steve Jobs On Product Creation and Team Work (Or From Idea To Product)
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    22.) Tales Of A Hitless Wonder: A Band, A Van & 20 Years In Music's Minor League
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    23.) Is Music Your Hobby Or Your Profession? [INFOGRAPHIC]
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