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Daft Punk Announces Breakup

On Monday, electronic duo Daft Punk announced that they are breaking up after a 28 year-long collaboration. Responsible for some of the most popular dance songs of all time, the Parisian pair declared their split with an 8 minute-long dialogue-free YouTube video, a cryptic ending to their mysterious, fantastical, and world-changing career.  Daft Punk was
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Here’s Why Taylor Swift is Re-Recording Her Music

Two weeks ago, Taylor Swift announced that she had finished re-recording her most successful album, Fearless, as Fearless (Taylor’s Version), and that the release of her re-recorded hit single “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” would be available that evening.  This is the most recent development in Taylor Swift’s master recording ownership battle that began in 2018,
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The Music of Black History Month

We’re honoring this Black History Month by recognizing and celebrating ten iconic and influential songs by black American musicians:  Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday (1939)  This 1939 protest song originated as a poem concerning the lynching of black Americans in the South during the Jim Crow Era. Its haunting lyrics describe lynching victims as a
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Sea Shanties are conquering the internet

Contrary to popular belief, the most talked about musical sensation amongst young listeners at the moment is not Olivia Rodrigo’s breakout hit “Driver’s License,” or SZA’s “Good Days,” or even Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, and Meghan Thee Stallion’s exciting “34+35” collab. In fact, the musical trend taking over the globe right now is not even
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Live Music Unites in Covid Vaccine Rollout

Live music is undoubtedly one of the industries that has been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, with countless jobs lost, venues shuttering across the globe, and many businesses losing close to 100% of their revenue. The eventual recovery of this industry is largely dependent on the speed of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which
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The Flaming Lips host ‘Space Bubble’ concert

This past weekend, all eyes were on The Flaming Lips as they introduced a rather unconventional strategy of bringing back live music while still following COVID-19 restrictions. The rock band hosted the first ever full-length “space bubble” concert at the Criterion Theatre in Oklahoma, where fans and musicians were confined to huge, plastic, inflatable balls
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Glastonbury Music Festival Canceled for 2021

It was announced on Twitter, Thursday January 21st, by festival founders Emily and Michael Eavis, that the 2021 Glastonbury music festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will mark the second year in a row that the Glastonbury festival has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Tickets purchased for the 2020 festival
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Inside the breakout success of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License”

Disney Channel star Olivia Rodrigo released her debut single, “Drivers License,” just two weeks ago. But since then, this pop anthem of teen heartbreak and pining has become one of the biggest hits in the world.  17 year old Rodrigo, who is best known for her role in the Disney+ original series “High School Musical
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Live Nation Purchases Live Stream Platform, Veeps

Live Nation has acquired a majority stake in the new ticketed live stream service company, Veeps, which rolled out in 2020. For the past year there have been hardly any live concerts due to the global pandemic. Instead, artists have been performing live stream shows for their fans, so that they can still enjoy their
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How to watch the Biden Inauguration musical performances

This year, instead of hosting the typical concerts, parades, and balls, the Biden Inauguration Committee has prepared a star-studded lineup of musical performances to ring in the historic administration. Countless artists across all genres have come together to create a week of virtual and in-person events to celebrate this new era of American politics and
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Abbey Road Documentary Announced

Mercury Studios, which is a part of Universal Music Group, has announced that they will be making a special documentary about the world famous recording studio Abbey Road. This documentary titled, If These Walls Could Sing, will be directed by none other than Mary McCartney, Paul McCartney’s daughter. The documentary will provide viewers with a behind
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2021 Grammys Postponed

The 2021 Grammys which were originally scheduled to take place January 31st, will be postponed until March 14th, 2021 due to recent COVID related concerns surrounding the city of Los Angeles. It was announced January 5th by the Recording Academy, the organization that is in charge of setting up the award ceremony, in a joint
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Neil Young Sells 50% of Songwriting Catalog

Neil Young has reportedly sold a 50% stake of his songwriting catalog to the Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Hipgnosis is a song investment and management company founded by long-time music manager, Merck Mercuriadis and Chic guitarist and Daft Punk collaborator, Nile Rodgers in 2018. The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange later that year. Approximately
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2020 Gigmor Artist Holiday Playlist on Spotify

Happy Holidays on behalf of the whole Gigmor team! 2020 is nearly behind us and that means that it’s officially holiday music season. We’ve put together a festive playlist of holiday music on Spotify from a few exceptionally talented Gigmor artists that we’re sure you will enjoy! If you’re a Gigmor artist and would like
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Top 10 Christmas Songs

By Colin Naughton It’s that time of the year again. When friends and family gather together to celebrate the winter holiday that is Christmas. I love the holiday season, everyone is so cheerful, there’s decorations everywhere, there is just something in the air that makes the month of December so merry. And lets not forget
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Top 5 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Colin Noughton The topic of greatest guitarists of all time has been a commonly debated topic for almost as long as the guitar has been around! Ultimately, it’s down to personal preference who each of us think is the best or who was responsible for your favorite music. Jimi
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5 Ways to Easily Repurpose Your Content with Kapwing

5 Ways to Easily Repurpose Your Content with Kapwing This is a guest post from the Artist Collective Blog by Grace Windheim and Leonard Patterson. Disclosure: I only recommend products I use myself (let alone write about them). This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a
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Songs to Help You Get Through Quarantine

Songs to Help You Get Through Quarantine Quarantine has been tough on all of us and it’s important to stay positive and optimistic in times like these. Music has such a powerful effect on the way we see the world and because of this, we asked each of our Blog contributors to make a playlist
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Eddie Van Halen, January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020

One of the Greatest To Ever Do It The music world is mourning the loss of one of the greatest musicians to ever perform, Eddie Van Halen. Eddie died at the age of 65 on October 6th, 2020, after a long battle with throat cancer.  Eddie along with his brother Alex Van Halen were the
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Free Drum Samples! Gigmor Sample Pack Vol. 1

You can never have too many free drum samples! We’re proud to introduce our very first (of many) sample pack. No matter what kind of music you make, samples can speed up your work flow and inspire new ideas. Gigmor Sample Pack Volume 1 includes 38, 100% royalty-free drum samples for you to use in
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John Lennon’s 80th Birthday

To celebrate what would be John Lennon’s 80th birthday, on Friday, October 9th, Blurred Vision lead singer Sepp Osley has organized a tribute live stream concert which will be available to watch on YouTube at 3:00p.m. ET. This show will be hosted at the famous Hard Rock Hotel in London and will feature some big
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How to get on Spotify Playlists

How to get on Spotify playlists So you have a new song releasing soon. You’ve submitted your single to be released on all streaming platforms. Now what? What else can you do now while you wait? Well, once you sign up for Spotify for Artists, you have the ability to pitch your upcoming release to
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Facebook’s [not new] Music Guidelines – What You Need to Know

Facebook Music Guidelines – What You Need to Know WHY FACEBOOK’S POLICY ON USING MUSIC IN VIDEO HASN’T CHANGED BUT YOUR LIVESTREAM STRATEGY MIGHT NEED TO. Countless articles have been published across the web leading us to believe that Facebook has “new” music guidelines going into effect on Oct. 1st. These reports claim that —
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How To Add Music To Your Instagram Story

How to Add Music to Your Instagram Story        Here is a simple guide to easily join the millions of people getting creative by adding music to their Instagram Stories.  Your browser does not support iframes. What is now known as the Instagram “music sticker” works for photos and videos posted onto ones
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Live Streaming for Musicians

Live streaming for musicians It’s been a long few months…Live music is still on pause and live streaming isn’t going anywhere. We’ve been live streaming with Gigmor musicians since the very start and we’ve learned a lot in the process. We decided to put together a Live Streaming for Musicians primer for anyone looking to
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5 Practical Music Marketing Tips for Artists Who Want to Get Noticed

Practical Music Marketing Tips for Artists Who Want to Get Noticed As an artist living in this day-and-age, you have more at your disposal than ever before. It’s too easy to believe that you are living in the “wrong era.” What’s harder is to understand that you are actually living in the best era to
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Check out Morgan Jay on last week’s Gigmor Live

LA based musician/comedian Morgan Jay made a very special appearance on Gigmor Live last week. Check out this clip of his original song A/S/L from his performance. Morgan recently appeared on NBC’s Bring The Funny where he finished as a semi-finalist!  Morgan is crazy funny and we were so lucky to have him on Gigmor
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How to Promote with Emotions (And Why)

This guest post by Leonard Patterson is an updated version from IndieBandCoach.com UNDERSTANDING WHY EMOTIONAL RESPONSES TO YOUR PROMO ARE MORE INFLUENTIAL TO FAN ENGAGEMENT THAN THE PROMO ITSELF. Now more than ever, it’s not just enough to show up. You have to stand out. As we all know, the pandemic has leveled the playing
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Let this be your most creative season, not your driest: How to beat writer’s block

Let unforeseen circumstances become your new creative break: How to beat writer’s block   “There is no set way to write a song, either they come or they don’t?” Do you agree? Everyone has had that “Where-did-that-come-from?” moment after finishing a song.  You are hit with the reality that what you just created is going to
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Stay Productive During Quarantine

How Can Artists Stay Productive During Quarantine? This may be a question you’ve asked yourself, day after day, for the past couple of months. It’s so easy for one Netflix show in the morning to turn into five by lunch. It seems as though there isn’t much of a point to create if you can’t
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17 Things I’ve Learned Using Instagram Live for 17 Straight Days

Towards the end of June, I decided I wanted to find out more about Instagram LIVE. So, as I usually do, I started researching blogs, courses, and social media experts. They were very detailed and I learned a lot of information, but as Gary Vee has alluded to, you can’t do push ups by talking
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The Jacks Cover Someday by The Strokes on Gigmor Live

Check out The Jacks awesome quarantine cover of Someday by The Strokes on Gigmor Live! “If any band is poised to help bring authenticity back to rock & roll, it’s The Jacks. The way they see it, playing rock at a time when pop and hip-hop are dominating the charts is an act of defiance.
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Being the Slickrock to your TikToks: 3 Tips to Engage with your Audience

Being the Slickrock to your TikToks: 3 Tips to Successfully Engage with your Audience While a large portion of the world relies on social interfaces like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, there’s no questioning how much TikTok has transformed since the start of the pandemic. While users are maintaining their communication & entertainment needs through their
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Promote Your Livestreams on These Sites for Free

It felt so promising, right?  We thought we’d weathered the initial storm known as 2020 — venues starting to open back up and glimpses of “normal” were starting to appear (whatever that means nowadays). But as reality creeps in and covid cases rise, state governors are forced to press pause or backtrack all together on
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You Are an Artist and COVID Does Not Stop That

As we all know, COVID-19 is part of daily life and not the passing malady we hoped. While there are some signs of a comeback, live music is still very much paused. However, we have been incredibly inspired by the creativity we have seen within the industry and the Gigmor community. Artists have continued to
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Interview with Gigmor Live favorite, Sam Hastings

Today we sat down (virtually of course) with singer-songwriter and Gigmor artist, Sam Hastings! Sam has a raw singer-songwriter style a la Dave Matthews and James Blake. Sam is no stranger to Gigmor, as he has performed on our live stream quite a few times. Click here to watch one of his recent performances and
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Songs for Good: Music as a Power Tool for Civic-Engagement and Community Building

In addition to the COVID-19 outbreak, protests around the world had recently gathered from all parts of the globe to mourn over the ruthless deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and thousands of others who deserve justice. There’s no questioning this: a lot has happened in the past three months. Despite this, the
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3 Virus-Proof Marketing Ideas

Guest blog post by Leonard Patterson, Indie Band Coach Here’s the truth: No one knows when the pandemic will end, or what the word “end” even means. Anything published or announced is an estimated guess at best. And that’s not just effecting performers like musicians, DJ’s, and bands. According to a survey conducted by the
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5 Types of Content You Can Easily Share on Social Media

Guest post by Leonard Patterson, Indie Band Coach 5 TYPES OF CONTENT YOU CAN SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND EXAMPLES OF ACCOUNTS THAT USE THEM Question for you! I know it may have been a while considering the whole stay at home season we’re in, but think back to when was the last time you
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Turn Your Audio Into Visuals With The Wavve App

Guest post by Leonard Patterson, originally published on IndieBandCoach.com If there’s one thing that’s needed right now, it’s for artists to be able to express themselves. If we’re going to turn this “mess” into a “message”, it’s going to involve music. One of the ways I like to repurpose content is with the Wavve app,
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June’s Virtual Courses: Classes & Lessons to Power Up Your Musicianship

Over the past two months, COVID-19 has affected the music industry with a ruthless amount of hits — pushing the entire music community to quickly adapt to what we now call the New Normal. Despite these abrupt changes, it hasn’t stopped musicians and event professionals from concocting a large array of innovative ideas to continue
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A Quick Dive Into Facebook Live

Guest post by Leonard Patterson, Indie Band Coach Sometimes it’s necessary to test the waters, other times you just need to jump in with both feet. Yes, there are tons of options when it comes to creating content, making videos, and streaming online, but very few are as easy and accessible as going live on
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How to Build Your Ideal Tech Stack

How to Build Your Ideal Tech Stack Guest post by Leonard Patterson, Indie Band Coach Before you get bogged down in any tech, just remember that the point of all of this is to connect with our audience. So don’t get so obsessed with any one piece of gear or new application that you catch
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How to Succeed on Social Media with Consistency

How to Succeed on Social Media with Consistency Originally published on Indie Band Blog (IndieBandCoach.com) Whether you are posting the latest link to your music, uploading pre-recorded video, or livestreaming this week’s concert, there are a few things to consider to help your content stand out. I believe that the most basic three things that
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Help Gigmor Find Musicians Paying Gigs

I hope you’re staying safe during this crazy time.  Gigmor is raising money in a GoFundMe campaign. We’re taking this unusual step because Gigmor is more than just another business affected by this crisis: our platform can help thousands of musicians and venues get back on their feet. So with your help, Gigmor can make
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Product Update: Gig Booking Calendar

We’re excited to announce that we’re rolling out the first of many Gigmor product updates that will make booking and accepting gigs MUCH easier! We’re adding several new features requested by YOU – our members – enhancing this already invaluable booking tool. Here’s a short video that shows everything you need to know. Venue/Talent Seeker accounts
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7 Virtual Tip Jar Options You Need to Know

Ok, as we leap passed day (whatever) of quarantine, chances are you’ve seen, hosted, or been a part of a livestream gig of some kind. Chances are that you’ve also encountered a virtual tip jar in one of these streams as a way to support the streamer. If you have yet to take the plunge,
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40 Musicians Collaborate on Bill Withers “Lean On Me” Cover

40 Musicians Collaborate on Bill Withers “Lean On Me” Cover For fans of legendary soul singer Bill Withers, there are few sounds as memorable as the descending bassline of Just The Two Of Us, the staccato clav of Use Me, or the uplifting piano intro of Lean On Me. It was that piano riff and
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How To Start Streaming

Gigmor Live: Getting Started in Twitch and OBS You might ask yourself, “Why should I stream on Twitch? I can already stream on Instagram, Facebook, whatever else, using my phone and it looks good?” The most important answer is that you can actually make money on Twitch. It was designed to allow streamers to make
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Still Losing Gigs From the Lockdown? Here Are 35 Financial Assistance Resources to Consider

Before you run down this list of helpful resources, I just wanted to extend congrats to Team Gigmor for officially launching their Twitch Channel, Gigmor Live, this weekend!  It was great to be introduced to new talent in such a personal, informal atmosphere. Of course, chances are there will be a lot more of this
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