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    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.




    Music Biz Tips On How to Talk, Perform and Protect
    By Bob Baker

    Here are three brief excerpts from the new Music Marketing
    Crash Course:
    From Derek Sivers, president of CD Baby:

    Think Like a Person or Poet, Not a Musician

    When describing your music, PLEASE don't be a musician. Don't say, "The wonderful harmonies and arrangements on this release are sure to delight! Not to mention the tight rhythm section and insightful lyrics!"

    Real people don't think like that.

    Think what one teenager down at the mall would say to another when describing what they love about your CD. "Dude - it's like if Korn hadn't wimped out. It's like Busta Rhymes went metal, but they're from Mars or somethin'. It's slammin'. And you gotta see that picture on the inside cover!"

    Think what an office-worker who wasn't much a music expert would say to a friend about your music. "It's cute! They have this song that has a little 'hoop-hoop!' at the beginning, with that baby voice. It's kinda funky! And he's got this sexy bedroom voice. Funny video."

    Real people often compare an artist to other famous artists. Real people talk about the overall "vibe" or sound of something. Real people DON'T talk about "insightful lyrics" and "wonderful harmonies" and "tight musicianship." That's musician-speak.

    Play your music for some non-musicians, and ask them what they'd say to a friend about it. Learn to describe your music in ways that actually *reach* people's emotions and imagination, and your music itself will be that much more likely to reach and touch people.


    From Christine Lavin, singer/songwriter/guitarist:

    Performance Tips

    Livingston Taylor says: My job is to make people feel better. Woody Guthrie says: My job is to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. I think my job is to entertain audiences by making them think, making them feel, making them laugh, and if possible, teaching them something they didn't already know. Figure out what your goal is as a performer, then use your performance to work toward that goal during the course of the evening.

    For me, there are three kinds of performers: Liza Minelli (love me, love me, love me), Suzanne Vega (I'll let you watch me), Bruce Springsteen (I'm one of you). Which one are you?

    Tom Paxton's rule -- come right out, don't touch mikes, just start singing. That means having everything set up ahead of time.

    As Megon McDonough says: There's room for everybody who's good. We are not competing for one record deal, or one concert date. If you are successful, it doesn't mean your competitor must fail. People don't have just one CD on their shelf. They have hundreds. They can have all of ours.


    From Danica Mathes, an entertainment and intellectual property attorney:

    Music Copyright Basics

    Poor Man's Copyright. The practice of mailing a copy of one's own work to one's self is sometimes called a "poor man's copyright." There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration. This practice is used primarily to establish when the work was created via the postmark on the unopened envelope.

    Who Can Claim Copyright. The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright.

    Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form, such as a book, manuscript, sheet music, film, videotape, cassette tape, or CD. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.

    The Music Marketing Crash Course features Bob's most popular special reports along with many rare and exclusive articles, tip sheets and spoken word audio clips. Plus contributions from 17 of today's top music biz experts. A total of 65 PDF files and 12 MP3 files on one CD-ROM.

    Visit http://www.MusicMarketingCrashCourse.com/ for complete details.


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