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5 Lessons I Learned From My Terrible Tour

| Philadelphia, PA, US | | 1 Comment

If you’re an independent artist, you have no choice but to roll with the punches. Things change. Things fall apart. Venues close down their business without telling you…and then you find out through their Facebook status update (yes, this actually happened).

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Want to Support the Arts? Start a Nonprofit!

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We artists and writers can’t afford to passively watch all the things we care about burn to the ground. Rather, we should be proactive in ensuring that the arts have a place to flourish and thrive in every town and community in the US.

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Dear Little Bobby: Tired of Being Teased

Little Bobby Tucker
| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

Nothing makes me temporarily forget about Donald Trump’s disgusting treatment of immigrants quite like a quick and amazing fuck. It does not mean that we are bad people because we stop calling our congressperson long enough to enjoy having sex with our partner.

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Dear Rich: Pancho’s Copyright Status, and Contract Questions

Rich Stim
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Beware that the Cisco Kid’s sidekick Pancho’s copyright status is not as clear. Pancho did not appear in the O Henry story and was reportedly inspired by Don Quixote’s sidekick, Pancho Sanza. His first appearance was in the 1945 film, The Cisco Kid Returns (not to be confused with the 1939 film, Return of the Cisco Kid).

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Mental Health Care Is a Human Right (and Artists Are Humans)

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Guest Blogger Katie Alice Greer: “OK Sadness means the machine in my head is working just fine and Not OK Sadness means, just like a runny nose, upset stomach, or a hacking cough, that I am currently sick. Plenty of factors both genetic and environmental mean I’ll always need to keep an eye on how things are going in my head.”

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Dear Little Bobby: My Head Is Going To Explode

Little Bobby Tucker
| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

You have probably heard it said that we “can’t fix stupid,” but I do not agree. Quality education can fix stupid. But what we cannot fix is someone who chooses to be ignorant and to stay ignorant. You can only explain the difference between socialism and fascism so many times before you are just wasting your breath.

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Dear Rich: Can We Use Ancestry and DNA Information in Book?

Rich Stim
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I’m helping two authors with a manuscript about their experiences researching their ancestors who were slaves. I am unclear about the legal rights associated with certain material including: 1) publication of information found in public records, 2) publication of information from church records, historical society records, family bibles, etc.

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Dear Rich: I Was In a Music Video But Never Paid

Rich Stim
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Congratulations on being viewed by more people than the combined population of South Dakota, Delaware and Montana. Although your numbers pale when compared to Grumpy Cat or OMG Cat, you do have something in common with those feline YouTube stars: You’re not likely to see a paycheck. Here’s why.

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Dear Little Bobby: I Wanna Write Rock ‘n’ Roll

Little Bobby Tucker
| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

You can study music theory until your right brain bleeds but that still does not mean you can write a song, or that the song will be “good.” To start writing, you need to keep playing.

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How to Talk to a Crowd: Public Speaking Tips Lessons I've learned through fumbles and fuck-ups

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

The most important detail for you to be clear about is who is in the audience. How much did they pay to get into the event? Say, for an art competition, who are the participants: adults from a local correctional facility or high school students? You’ll want to cater your talk to their perspective.

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Dear Rich: My Co-Writer Disappeared. How Do I License Our Song?

Rich Stim
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It sounds as if you and the composer—like Felice and Boudleaux Bryant—intended to combine words and music into “inseparable or interdependent parts.” That makes you and the composer joint copyright owners of the song.

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Trump, the HR Department and a New Hope for the Inexperienced

Clarke Condé
| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

Now, because of one man, there is hope for me and others like me throughout the country yearning to work jobs they have previously found themselves barred from simply because they have no experience. Who is this Chuck Yeager; this Jackie Robinson; this Harvey Milk of the inexperienced?

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