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OneBeat Fellows Answer Questions about Community, Music and Collaboration

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These eight passionate musicians from around the globe share their personal takes on music and community. More

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What’s Your Deal, YOU?

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YOU met while working as seamen on a Transcontinental Shipping Company liner and learned how to play instruments by watching MTV News. More

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Burning Questions for Billy Joe Miller Billy shares his curatorial approach to You Are the Doorway, in collaboration with OneBeat

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Billy Joe shares insights on curating, working with local and worldly artists, and his fascination with the ghostly space he’s transforming. More

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OneBeat Is Bringing the Harmony

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OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, organized by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. More

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Burning Questions for Emily Best of Seed&Spark

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Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding platform for filmmakers that focuses on the fair trade between filmmaker and audience. More

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Sage’s Show and Tell: A Chat with Meredith and Melinda Wilder Sage kicks off her video series with the twins and their new duo, Plain Jane Glory

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Meredith and Melinda Wilder sing in the park and chat about their new group Plain Jane Glory, and what it’s like to play in a band with your twin. More

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What’s Your Deal, Vík Prjónsdóttir?

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Vík Prjónsdóttir is an Iceland-based group of knitting designers and creative brand that designs and makes products from Icelandic sheep wool. More

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Burning Quesions for Joy Ike, Musician and Founder of Grassrootsy.com Joy shares hard-won wisdom on touring, PR and when to ditch the side job

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Joy Ike shares her road-tested advice on touring: choosing the right venues, playing shows often or not as often, and working the PR hard. More

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Burning Questions with Melissa Perales of Torstraßen Festival Melissa shares how she and her team launched Torstraßen Festival in Berlin

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While neck-deep in planning 24 Hours of Art I reached out to Melissa Perales to hear how she helped organize the Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. More

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Seattle’s Fin Records: An Empire on Hiatus

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Shenandoah Davis talks with Fin’s founder Christian Fulghum on starting up what became Seattle’s Best Local Label, and its recent suspension of operations. More

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Procrasti-Nation: I Am An Artist #23

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Edie Everette gives a tour of Procrasti-Nation, with helpful tips to maximize your wasted time AND your guilt. More

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Burning Questions for Hannah Kauffmann Banks of Tricklock Company Hannah and I talk about the Reptilian Lounge, theater grants, and how the heck Tricklock made it to Poland

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With ABQ’s 24 Hours of Art festival imminent, I asked Hannah to catch me up on what Tricklock Company has been up to—both here and in Poland. More

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Burning Questions for Christina Kennedy How she uses Instagram to complement her professional photo work

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Christina shares how she uses Instagram as a creative outlet and how it differs from her work as a professional photographer. Gorgeous photos ahead. More

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What’s Your Deal, Shannon Curtis?

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This—building a series of house concert tours—isn’t how I thought my music career would look, and it’s not “the way” I was taught to promote a music career. More

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What’s Your Deal, Reighnbeau?

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Visual and sound artist Bryce Hample, a.k.a. Reighnbeau, is obsessed with organic sounds manipulated through electronic production, R & B, and jeggings. More

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Resources

Rich Stim

Dear Rich: Website Copyright Woes and Songwriting Credit Questions

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Rich Stim answers copyright questions from a website owner and a writer, and songwriting credit question from a musician who uses a pseudonym. More


There’s No ‘Right’ way to be Self-Employed, Just Tradeoffs

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Most people intuitively recognize that there are some real differences between being a freelancer and running a larger business operation. More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: How Do I Get Paid for Book Illustration?

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If a book deal is in the works, and you feel you are entitled to a cut of the earnings, you should seek to become a party to the publishing contract. More


Rich Stim

Music Licensing 101

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How do you get your music into the hands of music supervisors, those gatekeepers who decide whose music is heard during an episode of “Justified”? More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: My Documentary. Her Idea. Who Owns It?

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“Good ideas are common — what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” More


Contracts and Agreements 101

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The more that you are actively working in your field — whether that means writing for magazines, playing music at clubs, hosting gallery events or building furniture for a hotel — the more you’ll find yourself needing to execute contracts with other businesses and people. More


Blogs

Guest Blogger

Defending Copyright and Tangling Antlers with Photo Infringers

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Guest Blogger Justin Cook found out a big university used his photo without his permission. He shares his correspondence and where things stand. More

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When the Venue Pays Your Band: Tax Tips for Musicians

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How should you and your bandmates deal with pay from venues and tax reporting rules? Guest Blogger and musician Ryan Alford shares tips. More

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Josh Stuyvesant

Why You Shouldn’t Wear a David Bowie Costume for Halloween Or, platitudes on the modern-day artist

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Or Charlie Chaplin or Frida Kahlo or Elton John or Andy Warhol or Bob Dylan. Don’t go as anyone who was ever famously called an artist. You’ll rue the day. More

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Noel McKay

Building a Guitar with Guy Clark: Fixing Your Mistakes

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It was time to cut out the sound hole. If there’s a theme to this, it would be you can fix most mistakes—the key word being “most.” More

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Eva Avenue

Want To Be A Mindful Ninja Genius? Try Engaged Presence Practice This workshop will grow your mind AND help me unlock my college transcripts

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Engaged Presence Practice grows your ability to interact in helpful, authentic, playful and expressive ways AND to gracefully respond to social overload. More

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Jed Alexander

I’m a Good Writer, But…

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As much as you may have heard this before, it bears repeating, because I’m doing what you should do if you aren’t published and want to be. More

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Do The Thing That Makes You Bleed: Choose What’s Scary, Not Safe Julie Hutchings made the move from lingerie-peddling to writing

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Guest Blogger and published author Julie Hutchings left a career in lingerie retail (and a salary, 401K and health insurance) to write a vampire book. More

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Andrew Baxter

The Benefits of Being Bipolar: How to Lifehack Your Crazy

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So you’ve got the bipolar. Don’t trip. It’s not the end of the world or your career; it’s the beginning of the hardest and most fulfilling lifehack ever. More

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Noel McKay

Building a Guitar with Guy Clark: First Steps

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In early 2012 I was in Nashville, sitting around the table with Guy, his wife Susanna, and Brennen Leigh, and Guy says, “So you wanna build a guitar, huh?” More

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Oh The Places You’ll Go: An Interview Between Professional Singers Rachel Holmes and Adam Shelton

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Guest Bloggers Adam Shelton and Rachel Eve Holmes interview each other to offer a glimpse into their lives and experiences as professional singers. More

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Alex McMahon

Late-Night Tacos: A Musician’s Love Story

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By the time I’m done playing, packing up, and paying the bar bill, I’m most likely hungry/hangry and any decent restaurant is closed. Enter Taco Cabana. More

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Eva Avenue

Adventures in Screenprinting: Baboon Fiesta T-Shirts

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Using a printer, paper, scissors and tape, I designed a shirt for Balloon Fiesta but called it Baboon Fiesta. Here’s a video of how we screenprinted them. More

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Sage Harrington

A Cute and Vulgar Happy Gland Band Ode to Columbus Day

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When I read an excellent book by Inga Muscio, I knew a cute and vulgar song had to be written—just in time for us to give Columbus Day a big Fuck You. More

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Web Presence: How I’ve Built It and What I’ve Learned

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Guest Blogger Amanda Duncan points out that the more content you have online, the more you’re going to pop up into people’s lives. More

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Tour Journal: Cactus Tractor, Rock Stars of Springfield, Illinois

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We left Springfield yesterday feeling like rock stars. We played a lot of shows, made a lot of friends, and were recognized virtually everywhere we went. More

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