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By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, July 31, 2015

Why Vinyl Records Are Back for Another Spin

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Eighty-five years after their debut, vinyl records are once again the hot new music release format.

Sales of vinyl records are seeing double-digit increases again this year and major record labels order a separate master for vinyl with just about every mastering job these days.

Why has such an antiquated format captured the attention of even hard-to-please Millennials? There’s no single answer, but like with most good consumer products, there are a lot of factors involved.

By Cliff Goldmacher | Saturday, February 21, 2015

5 Tips For Songwriters: Getting Through the Slumps

2015_02_21_Song1 Whether you’re brand new to songwriting or have been at it for decades, like I have, there are certain things that are universally true. Like this: At various times, songwriting is going to feel like a struggle. You can get lots of tips on making it in the music business from my new lynda.com course Write, Think, and Act Like a Professional Songwriter. But here are a few tips for songwriters to make the process feel like less of a burden:

By David Franz | Friday, February 20, 2015

A Peek Inside the Music Industry

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We’re proud to introduce a new four-part interview series offering a look inside the music industry through the insights and stories of four of its rule-breakers.

Watch as music producer Bobby Owsinski interviews iconic industry personalities Al Schmitt, Richard Gibbs, Hanson Hsu, and Michael Beinhorn—all of whom have an uncanny capacity for adaptation, reinvention, and making their own luck.

We kick off the series with Al Schmitt with Bobby Owsinski: Wrapping Cables to Winning Grammys featuring the Grammy-winningest music producer/engineer in history (23 so far!).

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Songwriters: Make Royalties from Your Shows with ASCAP Plus

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It’s hard to make a living as an independent songwriter in today’s music industry—and even more so if you’re not already established in the field.

When budgets are already tight, it’s tempting not to register with a PRO (performance rights organization) if you aren’t anticipating enough (or any!) radio play that could net you a royalty check.

But here’s a reality check for you: If you’re a serious songwriter, you really do need to register with a PRO if you ever expect to see a dime for your work.

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