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Epidemiologist Answers: How Dangerous Are Concerts?

It’s now been about a month since the Lollapalooza music festival took place in Chicago. Was it the super spreader event that the city feared? Among 385,000 attendees, 203 people are reported to have contracted Covid-19 which represents less than 1% of those in attendance. Are concerts safe again? In a new Billboard article, journalist
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Live Nation Lists 16x More Events in Second Quarter of 2021 Than In 2020

Coming off of a dry concert season last year, Live Nation is experiencing “pent-up demand” for live events. In Q2 of 2021 there were approximately 1,600 events created which was a 16x increase over the same period in 2020. Live Nation’s SEC filing from this week shows the company earned $575.9 Million in show revenues
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Spotify Tests $.99/month Subscription Plan

Spotify confirmed with The Verge this week that the company is testing a 99-cent subscription plan with a small group of users. The subscription plan, called Spotify Plus, will offer users an unlimited number of skips and on-demand listening. These features are two of the biggest concerns that turn ad-supported streamers into premium members.  However,
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Gigmor Pro New Releases: Billy BOAT – “7 Hot Springs”

Billy BOAT is a Brooklyn-born, Georgia-raised rapper based out of Queens, New York. Billy told us he’s been rapping since age 11 and released his first release all the way back in 2011 under the name J. Fraser. Since then, he has rebranded as Billy BOAT (Billy = GOAT, BOAT = Baddest of All Time).
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TikTok Surpassing YouTube In New Music Discovery

In a new report from TikTok, the popular video network announced that 75% of its users have found new music artists on their platform. As of October 2020, TikTok reports 732 Million monthly users, with news outlets believing that could be an underestimate. In comparison, YouTube has 2 Billion logged-in users every month, yet was
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Gigmor Pro New Releases: Jasmine Crowe “Love is Love”

“Love is Love” by Jasmine Crowe is the perfect way to end your pride month this June. Filmed in Los Angeles, the music video highlights LGBTQ+ relationships with pure white clothing and hints of color–rainbow of course! We talked to Jasmine about Love is Love, how it came together and what it meant to her.
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Record Store Day Returns: 1.5 Million Records Sold

Over 1.5 million records were sold during the week of the first scheduled Record Store Day this year, titled “First Drop.” This marked the second best week in record sales since tracking began in 1991 and the best week for RSD since it started. Record Store Day was originally conceived by a group of independent
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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates

Live music is beginning to return this summer but North American fans of Australian Psych-Rock band King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard may have to wait a while. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard was originally scheduled to tour the US and Canada throughout 2020 but that was canceled for obvious reasons…Those dates got rescheduled
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Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World

Last Saturday, Global Citizen hosted Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, with the goals of raising funds pertaining to vaccine equity efforts and encouraging everyone across the globe to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Prior to the event, Global Citizen released a statement saying, “COVID-19 will continue to present a public health crisis unless
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Shuttered Venue Grants Are Back

The US Small Business Administration reopened the Shuttered Venue Grant application portal on April 26th, much to the relief of independent venue owners across the United States. This step comes after weeks of delays due to the technical difficulties following the original April 8th launch.  The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is part of Congress’ $900
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Who had the best live performance at the Oscars?

RANKING THE BEST SONG PERFORMANCES AT THE OSCARS Like many awards shows this past year, this weekend’s 93rd Academy Awards left much to be desired. However, luckily for music lovers, the Best Song performances managed to avoid the awkwardness and disorganization that plagued much of the evening. In case you missed the show, here are
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House Democrats Move to Investigate Live Nation’s Ticketing “Monopoly”

On Monday, a group of Democrats in the House of Representatives penned a letter urging President Joe Biden’s administration to revisit the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation, claiming that this deal created a monopoly on the ticketing industry, “strangled competition, … and harmed consumers.”  The letter, which was directed towards Attorney General Marrick
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Lil Nas X “Montero”: A Music Marketing Masterclass

Lil Nas X has dominated the music news cycle this past week thanks to the controversy surrounding the new music video for his song “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).” The song, whose title is a nod to both the “Old Town Road” singer’s real name (Montero Lamar Hill) and the famous gay love story
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NOLA Legend, Tipitina’s Reopens with Sold Out Shows

After a year in lockdown, live music is beginning to show signs of life. Venues across the country are reopening but many questions remain. Are music fans just as excited to go back to live shows as venues and artists are? Two weeks ago, famed NOLA Jazz venue, Tipitina’s reopened to the public with two
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Everything you need to know about NFTs

NFTs are all anyone can seem to talk about these past few weeks. But what are they, how are they impacting the music industry, and what do they mean for artists?  WHAT ARE NFTs?  NFTs (“non-fungible tokens”) are a form of crypto-art that were first created in 2014. They are made using blockchain technology, which
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Indie Artists Won The Grammys

Billboard reported this week that a record 52% of this year’s Grammy winners were independent artists. These musicians represented fourteen independent labels and won in 19 different categories, including one of the coveted “Big Four” Grammys. Some notable mentions include 300 Entertainment’s Meghan Thee Stallion, who won best new artist, best rap song (“Savage Remix”),
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How Ant Clemons Worked His Way To A Grammy Nomination

While the buzz surrounding the GRAMMYs often focuses on the bigger names in the music industry, the night also serves as an exciting way to honor the achievements of smaller artists. One of the up and coming musicians who was recognized this year is Ant Clemons, an unsigned singer/songwriter who landed himself a GRAMMY nomination
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The Grammys Performers Announced

On Sunday, the GRAMMYs announced all 25 artists set to perform at music’s biggest night on March 14th. While the Recording Academy usually reveals featured artists across multiple days, this year all the performers were announced in one Instagram post:  The performers include Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, BTS, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Post Malone, Megan
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Gigmor Product Update: Lists

We are very excited to announce that we have a brand new tool on the gigs marketplace for talent seekers and Industry accounts: Lists! Lists are exactly what they sound like. You can make custom lists to keep track of artists that you’re interested in booking, artists that have performed at your venue in the
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How to watch the Grammy’s in 2021

Ahead of the highly anticipated 63rd GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy has lined up a week of virtual events to celebrate the 2021 nominees and the music that has soundtracked this past unprecedented year. GRAMMY Week will begin this Monday, March 8, and continue through the GRAMMY Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 14. Below is
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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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