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Celtic Roots Radio podcast
now has 10,000 downloads/month!


Celtic Roots Radio:
featured station on Live365.com


Sonicbids And SoundOut Join Forces
To Deliver Detailed Feedback To Artists


Emerging Music Markets:
Russia And Mobile Music


The Chinese Show
The World A New Way


10 Most Common Publicity Mistakes
- Don't Sabotage Your Success!


New Rules For The New Year:
What is Coming In The Music Industry?


You Could Sell 100,000 Records, but
You'll Make More Money Doing This...


New Music Screening - Assessing
The Quality Of Music Submissions


Music, Money, and Success
Making Money in the Music Industry


Wordsmiths hail
podcast success


Are CD's Becoming Obsolete?
DVD-Audio Is Here, But Will It Last?


iTunes: The 99c Question - An
Independent Record Label's View


How To Create An Online
Newsroom The Media Will Love















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Celtic Roots Radio podcast
now at 10,000 downloads/month

[2011-01-30]

The Celtic Roots Radio podcast show - now at episode No. 27, ‘Now we're suckin' diesel!’ - now has over 10,000 downloads/month on iTunes and other podcatchers. The 30-min show is now being downloaded and listened to in 90 countries, (including most US states).

Countries downloading include:

North America/Caribbean:
USA, (incl. Hawaii & Alaska), Canada, (incl. Nunavut), Mexico,
Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago;

South America:
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Equador, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay;

Australasia/Pacific:
Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Northern Mariana Islands;

Asia:
Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Phillipines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam;

Europe:
UK, Ireland, Isle of Man;
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine.

Middle East:
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

Africa:
Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania.

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Celtic Roots Radio: featured
folk/Celtic/bluegrass station on Live365.com

[2009-05-27]

Internet radio hosting site, Live365.com, have decided to feature our Celtic Roots Radio station on their folk, Celtic and bluegrass pages for the next few months. Alexis Moore, of the Live365 Listening Team, stated, "You’ve got a great station and we would love to feature it!" Live365.com host over 10,000 radio stations.

Celtic Roots Radio station is presently No. 3 in the Bluegrass genre, No. 12 in the Celtic genre and No. 49 in the Folk genre.The station will be featured on the left column of these genre pages for five months. The station is currently ***** rated, with listeners in over 40 countries, (and 45 states of the USA!).

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Sonicbids And SoundOut Join Forces To Deliver Detailed Feedback To Emerging Artists
[2011-05-25]

By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher),

Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, and SoundOut, the market’s leading research and audience insight tool for new music, today announces a partnership to bring SoundOut’s crowd sourced feedback tool to Sonicbids’ artists. The program will give artists an opportunity to receive a review of their music by music fans and consumers – a $25.00 value free with their Sonicbids membership.

"Our goal is to help every band get a gig; that’s how we measure our success," said Panos Panay, Sonicbids Founder and CEO. "Feedback is a critical part of that process. As an artist, the one thing you need the most is feedback to help you develop, and SoundOut is a great way to get that feedback from the people who matter the most to them – music fans and consumers."

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Emerging Music Markets: Russia And Mobile Music
[2009-02-08]

By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher),

Music industry professionals may not think of Russia as a high-growth market for international expansion. That oversight though may representative loss opportunities for music companies looking to buck the present recession.

The Russian music industry made it's presence felt at this year's MIDEM as the spotlight country, and for good reason. Outside of Germany, Russia represents the largest internet population in Europe with 40 million surfers. Add to that fact that it is the 4th largest mobile market (after China, U.S. and India), with growing physical (10% increase in 2007) and digital sales, and the allure of the market for music companies worldwide is clear. "Russia is in a phase of rapid expansion and on its way to becoming a major player and an essential partner for the rest of the industry," noted MIDEM director Dominique Leguern.

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The Chinese Show The World A New Way
[2009-01-18]

By Allen Johnston, The Music Specialist,

The Olympics has shown the world that the Chinese way of life is NOT what the American mass media has made it out to be over the past years. There is an upward mobile, well educated population that is increasing in size, stature and financial independence. One of the things that the Chinese have gotten right is the ability to create contemporary entertainment careers. How they have accomplished this is exciting and seems to be a road map to success. Let me give you a few examples that may assist you in creating your entertainment career.

1. In China music is looked at in a very different way. There music is part of their culture and should be enjoyed by all and not guarded by the creators. They have found ways other than selling CDs to make money from music in Asia, such as live shows, merchandise, downloads and ring tones.

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The 10 Most Common Publicity Mistakes
- Don't Sabotage Your Success!


by Bill Stoller,

The number one rule of being successful in the world of publicity (or in just about any other field, for that matter): Don't sabotage your efforts with dumb -- and easily correctable -- mistakes. Here then are the dumb things that publicity seekers do. Avoid them, and you'll be well on your way to scoring great coverage!

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New Rules For The New Year:
What Is Coming In The Music Industry?

What's Changing, What's Not
by Jaci Rae (Associate Writer) ,

We’ve seen it coming for several years, but it’s here, full on and in our faces now…so what do artists do? The word “artist” means: “One whose work shows skill.” (The American Heritage Dictionary)

However, with the arrival of unskilled, but nice “artists” being signed to contracts and marketed to the public - and the public is hearing the call and purchasing their music - what is the secret?

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You Could Sell 100,000 Records, but You'll Make More Money Doing This...
Music Business Marketing

Did a great interview with a duo called Computer vs. Banjo yesterday. Before coming together to form this group, these guys had great success in a couple of other bands. Both were signed to record deals and were on the road about 200 dates per year.

One was on a major label and did opening slots on arena tours, performing with established acts like Dave Matthews Band and Counting Crows. His group sold over 100,000 units.

The other was signed to a large independent label, with major distribution, and was making roughly $350,000/year as a touring act.

So why did they decide NOT to tour, or even play live, when forming their new act? And why did they decide not to pursue a record deal?

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New Music Screening
Realistically Assessing The Quality Of Your Music Submissions
by Tom Leu,

The first thing that anyone listening to music will notice is the production value. This is the overall sonic quality of a recording. This has everything to do with engineering, production, mixing and mastering. You don't have to be Mutt Lange or Quincy Jones to tell if a recording has been done well or not. This factor is instantly recognizable within the first 10 seconds or so of listening to a track (more on this later).

With all of the technology available today for recording, there is really little excuse for poor audio or production quality. While producing music has become much easier in recent years, most bands and artists are still better off leaving the engineering and production to someone who really knows what they are doing.

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Music, Money, and Success
The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry
by Anne Freeman ,

"Music, Money and Success" goes into great detail about the very complex world of copyrights and the administration of copyrights, including licensing for records, film, video, commercials, and emerging licensing opportunities such as the Internet; who does what, how and why in the song trade; breaking into the songwriting busines; examples of typical contract language and contract terms; and much more. The Brabecs also include charts that clearly demonstrate where the songwriting money comes from under different circumstances, which I found to be helpful in bringing all of this conplex information together.

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Wordsmiths hail podcast success
BBC News

The term 'podcast' has been declared Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

The term is defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the internet for downloading to a personal audio player".

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Are CD's Becoming Obsolete?
DVD-Audio Is Here, But Will It Last?

by Blake Althen & Paula Bellenoit,

A few months ago, I sat in on a seminar about a new audio mastering software program. It was pretty much the same old thing -- a slick GUI (Graphical User Interface) that would dance before your eyes with a new 3-D look. Let's face it -- all the programs have the same basic features when it comes to audio mastering. Sure, every program has its pros and cons, but they are all trying to compress and equalize the music to make it "jump" out of the speakers. Some programs may remove digital clicks or reduce noise. But, with digital equipment being very commonplace these days, the issues of tape noise are diminishing.

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iTunes: The 99c Question
An Independent Record Label's View

by David Faiman,

With a showdown approaching between the major labels and Apple over 99c price for the downloads, and now UK's Music Managers Forum also unhappy with iTunes pricing, I want to give an independent label's view on this subject, given that there are over 1000 independent labels on iTunes. With almost 15 years of experience of running an independent label, I think that the majority of my peers will agree with my views. Of course, I doubt very much that the majors will actually remove their catalogues from iTunes store; nevertheless, I¹m very concerned about the developing situation.

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How To Create An Online Newsroom
The Media Will Love

by Bill Stoller,

From time to time, people ask me how public relations has changed during the two decades in which I've been seeking publicity. My answer: technology. Twenty years ago, the fax machine was a newfangled novelty. Our primary means of communicating with journalists was the telephone and the US Mail. The advent of e- mail and the web has made life easier in many regards and tougher in others - namely, thanks to hordes of clowns with money making schemes and software that "blasts" press releases indiscriminately to reporters, it's become very hard to get your e-mails through to spam-weary reporters.

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