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    Sep202012

    Today's Links: September 20, 2012

    The Thursday Edition
    September 20, 2012


    you already have the answers.
    you just need to reveal them and allow them to shine...



     

    Brian's Blog of the Day:

    Ignore No More



    are you putting faith in false hopes?

    clicking a button is not a real connection.
    a follow is not a real relationship.
    a like is not a real friend...

    but they are an open doorway to one.

    don't mistake the
    potential for a relationship,
    with the real thing itself.

    you have to earn it first.

    CONTINUE READING


     

    New this morning

    Branding Essentials for New Artists, Part 2
    The Rock Star Branding Podcast #33



    What IS branding anyways? And how does it differ from marketing? And where does advertising fit into all of this? Are they all the same thing? And for new and developing artists , what are the essential first steps to take in the branding process?

    Join myself (Brian Thompson), Michael Brandvold and Steve Jones for a 15 minute discussion on what bands need to be aware of when they first hit their local scene.

    LISTEN HERE


    In Vancouver?
    Come see me speak next week.

    Making Social Media Work
    for You and Your Music


    When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 - 8pm
    Where: ING Direct Cafe, 466 Howe St., Vancouver, BC
    How much: Free
    With: Brian Thompson & Chris Brandt

    Join two of the preeminent leaders in social media marketing in the music industry for a candid and insightful spin on practices and techniques to build an audience, make valuable connections, and create new opportunities for you and your music.

    REGISTER HERE


     

    Today's News, Links & Tips:

     


    1.) This gorgeous and touching new music video from Kodaline is making the rounds today, All I Want. Very well done.
    READ MORE

     


    2.) New post from Michael Brandvold: We All Have a Million Ideas, But with No Ability to Make Them Real...
    READ MORE

     


    3.) From the man who helped make Bieber, “This isn’t a dying business, this is a changing business". Interesting read.
    READ MORE

     


    4.) Metal Filmmakers Put Out a Call to Metal Fans for Help in Making New Documentary (via Alan Cross)
    READ MORE

     


    5.) If The RIAA Was Innovative: An Alternate Universe Timeline (what could have been)...
    READ MORE

     


    6.) 5 Things That Are Better Than Sharing Music Via Apple iOS 6 And iTunes
    READ MORE

     


    7.) Wow. Amanda Palmer caved in to all of the pressure... Agrees to Pay All Guest Musicians on Upcoming Tour
    READ MORE

     


    8.) Be careful folks, it's a shark tank out there. 52 Ways to Screw an Artist, by Warner Bros. Records...
    READ MORE

     


    9.) Still on the fence about blogging? Read this, "How I Quadrupled My Business in Less Than 10 Months by Blogging"
    READ MORE

     


    10.) 9 Top SEO Tips For Musicians
    READ MORE

     


    11.) Soundcloud Releases Major iPhone & Android App Updates
    READ MORE

     


    12.) Do It Yourself Music: Advice from Chris Daniels, a DIY Music Champion...
    READ MORE

     


    13.) 10 ways musicians make money without sacrificing creative freedom...
    READ MORE

     


    14.) An Interview with a Full Time Touring Musician & Sideman, Jesse Bond
    READ MORE

     


    15.) DinnerAndSong: A New, Growing House Concert Format... artists, this is something to seriously consider and try
    READ MORE

     


    16.) More old world copyright bullshit: Book Publishers Latest War On Technology: How Dare You Share Your Kindle Highlights!
    READ MORE

     


    17.) Economist Combats 'Myths Of Piracy' With More Myths...
    READ MORE

     


    18.) How to Be Free of Frustration
    READ MORE

     


    19.) Make Your Thing: 12 Point Program for Absolutely, Positively 1000% No-Fail Guaranteed Success
    READ MORE

     


    20.) Advice to Every New Band: Stop Putting Out Albums
    READ MORE

     

     



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