Street Artist of The Day: Lindsay Dragan

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    Written by Ryan Merkel of Culture Tease and Resident Review Guru of TNBTA®. I consider myself a rather astute listener, so this slightly embarrassing story is a little peculiar. I was listening to two tracks at the same time from the absolutely elegant guitarist and vocalist, Lindsay Dragan. It was certainly a mistake, a little journalistic multi-tasking that occurs when one is busy readying their thoughts and finding some background about who and what they are listening to. …


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Rock A Record, Rock Art for the Hip at Heart

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I am a professional writer, based in the magnificent city by the Bay; San Francisco! But, I’m an ’80′s kid in heart and soul; not as in, “I was born in the eighties”, but as in I was donning the fashions, shaving the head, coloring what hair was left, cutting fingers off perfectly decent pairs of gloves, rocking the blue eye shadow and hitting the dance hall floors with synth music, The Purple One and New Wave! Rock A Record…


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Our 1st Television Appearance!

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We Need Your Help!Last week we went to Los Angeles, where I filmed an interview for a new show called TREASURES. I chatted about busking and street performance, the process of creating our Award Winning Book and shared stories of the amazing performers from within the pages of that book. It went really well and was great fun.The ½ hour segment will be aired 3x this weekend online at Film On TV. Friday: 6:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 6:30p.m. – 7:00…


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What Is Busking?

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What is busking?  Where did it come from? How long has it been around? These are all questions that have no easy answer; if they have answers at all. In its most simple and uncontested definition, busking is performing on street corners in exchange for money.  Check out our 4 minute video, in which we attempt to scratch the surface of this unique culture, and perhaps gain a little understanding along the way. It is in no means meant to be…


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Make Money with Merch in Four Easy Steps

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When I go to a show, one of the first things I do, is visit the merch table. Next, I drag my friends over to visit the merch table and then we buy–(before the show even starts!)  I am always STUNNED when musicians, who are ‘selling their songs‘, have a substandard merch table–or worst of all: NO merch table! That being said, I thought this article about merch, could be very helpful to indie musicians and buskers alike. It doesn’t…


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TNBTA Virtual Book Tour

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We are very excited to Announce our 1st Virtual Book Tour! We will be appearing on several book blogs between April 1st & April 9th. Some interviews, some guest posts, some spotlights, all street music, all buskers, all the time! Hope you can join us for one of the dates! As always, we love a #TNBTA tweet, share, etc… AND…you can enter to win some FREE goods. Click on a post below and sign up. Here is a pic of some of the items up for grabs!


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Introduction to Licensing Music

by GREG SAVAGE Licensing music is simply the act of giving a third party the right to use your material. Three common music licenses are the blanket license, sync license and master license. Music Licensing can be quite confusing, and while there are different types of licenses, I’d like to focus on three I feel are most vital to us as composers, producers, and artists: blanket license, sync license, and master license. Terms to pay attention to throughout this post: Licensee: person/client…


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Q&A With Music Publicist Laura Goldfarb| Red Boot Publicity

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  She engages you in an earnest manner.  Her style is steady, almost practiced, punctuated with few gesticulations, an even voice and body language to match.  Tousled brown hair bound casually in a loose ponytail, eyes alive with a deep seeded and unrelenting passion. Her passion? Independent music and the musicians who create it. Her name? Laura Goldfarb, President and Music Publicist at Red Boot Publicity.


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Foreword’s 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

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REVIEW JOURNAL NARROWS THE FIELD IN ITS SEARCH FOR THE BEST INDIE BOOKS OF 2013 …And The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a FINALIST in the Performing Arts and Music Category!! The other finalists are Acoustic Stories, The Rhino Records Story and Cowboy Stuntman! Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards today. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers…


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TNBTA®: Celebrates Busking in NYC

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Written by Heather Jacks and accompanied by an eleven-track vinyl record featuring the original music of a select number of participants, this 200-page art-style coffee table book measures 12’’ x 12’’ and weighs in at a whopping 8lbs. Putting the spotlight on an age-old profession, Jacks also seeks to stem the tide of regulation intended to suffocate creative expression and take performers off the streets. Over three years ago, Heather Jacks began a project dedicated to bringing attention to the…


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