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Songwriting Tips | How To Write A Song | In this video, our no. 1 hit selling songwriting instructor Alex Von Soos gives us a little taster of what you can expect while learning how to write a song on our Hit Songwriting course, jam packed full of songwriting tips from a top songwriter with record sales in the millions.
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Miley Cyrus Vs. Classical Music: Controversy in Classical Music - Richard Wagner the Classical Lady Gaga?

We might think that Madonna or Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus take the cake when it comes to
music controversy. You might be hard pressed to find classical composers twerking, but many were controversial in their day. 

Miley Cyrus twerking on the Video Music Awards show might seem more burlesque than Beethoven, but many classical composers were controversial in their day. Do you think we would be talking about Lady Gaga as much if she didn't wear a meat dress or what if Madonna hadn't come up with her scandalous book and controversial music videos? 

As they say in showbiz, "All publicity is good publicity."
Now let's jump back to classical music. As a humanities professor for over a decade I find the irony is that much of the classical music that we listen to today actually was the "popular" or "mainstream" music of their era. Before movie theaters and television and Youtube there were concerts, operas, and private recitals. Were there any shocking co…

Independent Artists: How To Promote Your Music

This talk is from a DIY Masterclass on 3 Dec 2012 hosted by Generator, the UK's leading music development agency as part of Roundhouse 3030 in London

This is an audio recording of the opening session on "Attracting press, radio and online coverage" presented by Tom Robinson, covering the following topics:
• How do you get your music to press, radio and blogs?
• What goes in a press pack and what are people looking for? 
• Physical vs. digital press pack
• Is your track right for the radio?
• Setting realistic expectations
Release formats -- tracks vs. singles vs. EPs & the pros and cons of physical 
• The pros and cons of hiring PR & Plugging specialists
• Developing an online presence -- websites, social networking, SEO & blogs

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Matrix vs Zombie Super Mario Bros Halloween Machinima Video Game Mashup ...


Matrix Meets Super Mario Brothers in this whacky Machinima Video Game Mash commissioned by the Millikin University Percussion Ensemble. Music is Sacrificial Rite by David Gillingham. The Millikin University Percussion Ensemble is directed by Brian Justison.

Made in Moviestorm by Sabrina Pena Young

Purchase Sacrificial Rite by David Gillingham here:

Pharrell's advice for today's artist...beware

Opiyo hangs in NY as multi-Grammy Award-Winning producer Pharrell Williams shares his only advice for aspiring artists. Pharrell speaks on being competitive, the saturated industry, and education. Exclusive interview by Billboard. Opiyo Okeyo for Rest In Beats.

Listen on as Rest In Beats' hangs out at the 2009 Billboard/AdWeek Music & Advertising Conference in NYC. Tips for Artists. Pharrell's advice. ...follow us!
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Music Marketing 101 explains easy ways for musicians to use social media like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and more to create a strong web presence and market their music. Created by award-winning composer Sabrina Pena Young. 

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Award-winning composer Sabrina Pena Young's works have been performed throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas in venues like the Beijing Conservatory, the Holland Animation Film Festival, the NY Independent Film Festival, Miramax's Project Greenlight, Art Basil Miami, and countless festivals worldwide. Last year Young gave an inspiring TED Talk on Online Collaboration and the Arts at TEDxBuffalo about her "groundbreaking" and "EPIC" sci-fi film Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, created entirely online using machinima.

Libertaria the Virtual Opera:

Young recently released A Futurist Music Anthology, a two disk album covering over a decade of…

Making a living with music in a digital world - Futurist Keynote speaker...

This is the complete video of my presentation at MIDEM 2012 (Midem Academy), courtesy of and touching on topics such as the future of music in a digital, social and networked society, the need for a public music license, why mobile is first, using social media to promote yourself, branding 2.0, the principles of inter-connected ecosystem of music, and much more. You can download the PDF with my slides here: Video is under copyright from Midem (ask them;) Slides are provided under creative commons attribution non-commercial license by Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker
Basel / Switzerland CEO

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