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5,178 Gigs: Pete Seeger as Celebrity Role Model

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Here are the two points about Pete's career that are especially relevant to musicians trying to build their career in 2014.

Business Advice From My 9-Month-Old Daughter: Say Hi to Everyone (Tips From the Rock n' Roll CEO No. 15)

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Jared Gutstadt

Many people are afraid to make that opening gesture... to say hello. But not my nine-month- old -- she waves at everyone and smiles. She's onto something.

5,178 Gigs: Adventures in Career Management (Part One)

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

The next few postings are going to examine the period from 1979 to 1984 when Suzanne and I were under professional management.

Ranking Member Mel Watt Makes a Bold First Step in Freeing Creators From the Government's Heavy Hand

Chris Castle | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

I've been writing about -- well, OK, a blaringly vocal advocate -- for getting the government out of the music business for quite some time.

Has Miley Cyrus Gone Too Far?

Mona Elyafi | Posted 10.27.2013 | Entertainment
Mona Elyafi

Putting things back into perspective, in the "let's give them something to talk about" gratuity and PR stunt department, Miley Cyrus is certainly not reinventing the wheel.

5,178 Gigs: Steve & Eydie & Suzanne & Me

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

I could not let the recent passing of Eydie Gorme, singing partner of Steve Lawrence go by without commenting on the connection Suzanne and I shared w...

5,178 Gigs: Get Ready for the New Golden Age for Live Music!

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 09.07.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

All you starving musicians out there, take heart! I bring you good tidings that will inspire you to get your live performing chops in tip-top shape. A new golden age for live music is just over the horizon.

Steinway's Sale Is a Sour Note for Made in America

Brian Ross | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Brian Ross

"Made in America" took another major hit very quietly yesterday. An American musical institution, the 160-year-old American piano maker Steinway and S...

In the Wild West of Today's Music Business, Artists Need to be More Wary Than Ever

David Fagin | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
David Fagin

These con-artists use their former connections to legitimate people in the industry as a way to lure the desperate, eager, young singer-songwriters into their web; promising record deals, tours, radio play, etc., for a price. How do I know? It happened to me.

5,178 Gigs: Living With Fame and Living Without It

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Even if fame eludes you, recognize that it need not be a death sentence for your career. You may find that you create better music without it.

5,178 Gigs: Do Quit Your Day Job

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Unequivocal statements are not my style. Nevertheless, I can't overstate this. Your music career will make many unreasonable demands on your life.

5,178 Gigs and Counting: How to Have a Music Career in Spite of the Music Business

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 06.17.2013 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

What we are is full-time musicians in an age when most of the traditional outlets for musicians to make money have gone the way of the cassette tape. Clubs that pay real money? Rare for unknowns. Wedding band work? Lost to DJs.

Conrad: A Breakout New Artist

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

With dreams and aspirations of putting his words to rhythms and breaking through to music audiences, Conrad caught the train to Los Angeles from his native of Madera Ranchos, Calif. with only 40 dollars in his wallet.

Push, Don't Shove -- Music Marketing That Actually Works

Julien Mitelberg | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Julien Mitelberg

While there has been a hazy cloud hanging over artists, managers and labels relating to how digital music and the Internet affect their sales and bottom lines, the opportunity provided by push marketing remains an untapped well for a wide swath of artists.

Shame on Lance -- But What About Performance Enhancement in Other Industries... Like Music? (VIDEO)

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 03.20.2013 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Technical wizardry in the recording studio has literally changed the playing field so that, like elite athletes, singers either "digitally dope" to compete in a very competitive arena where perfect vocals are expected, or they risk being seen as sub-par in an industry where "everyone's doing it."

Concerns With Contemporary Music

Jura Margulis | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
Jura Margulis

I personally have absolutely no problem with entertainment; I enjoy it immensely. What could compete with Avatar in 3D, Guns N' Roses, PSWii or Vegas? But let's not get confused.

Life Music: Walter Parks on Interesting Sounds, Averageness and Sucking It Up

Laura Cococcia | Posted 12.23.2012 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

American, Southern, uplifting, funky, gnarly, rootsy, loud, poetic and honest. In five to 10 words, that's how Walter Parks described his musical style to me.

Jay Frank of DigSin: Reinventing the Record Label, Part 2

Chris Castle | Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

DigSin signs new artists to deals that leverage new platforms, social networks and analytics that expose music to a wider audience, building popularity outside of traditional methods.

Tips From the Rock 'n' Roll CEO No. 3: Get Your Swag Straight

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business
Jared Gutstadt

Business and the rock star life/grind are not so different. Meetings are your world tour. When you head out on tour, make sure you have a merch table. Your branding can't survive without it.

Drew Guarini

Still Spinning: How 'Record Store Day' Is Saving Independent Music Stores | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.23.2012 | Small Business

Last year, the music industry finally had something to celebrate: a rise in record sales. But the celebration was probably timid. The increase was onl...

4 Ways Music Has Evolved Online

Posted 02.21.2012 | Home

We've been following PBS' great OffBook series since its studies of generative art and book illustrations. Today, we explore an issue close to our hea...

Recording Tips for the 'The Loudness Wars': An Interview With Mastering Great Bob Ludwig Part 2

Chris Castle | Posted 03.12.2012 | Technology
Chris Castle

Mastering is the last and probably the least understood step in the audio recording process. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview with mastering great Bob Ludwig is one of the true living legends of the music business.

Recording Tips for the 'The Loudness Wars': An Interview With Mastering Great Bob Ludwig

Chris Castle | Posted 02.29.2012 | Technology
Chris Castle

Mastering is the last and probably the least understood step in the audio recording process. Mastering engineer Bob Ludwig is one of the true living legends of the music business.

Red Bull Records Scores with Artist Development

Tamara Conniff | Posted 01.01.2012 | Entertainment
Tamara Conniff

Red Bull Records has stayed under the radar, silent under the umbrella of the massive beverage company, putting the artists first, and doing something very old school -- artist development.

Cover Bands Don't Change the World

Todd Henry | Posted 09.10.2011 | Books
Todd Henry

Whatever your role and sphere of influence, don't be a cover band. Find your voice.