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Archives for December 2009

Give Yourself Away

A few months ago, I talked about Making an Emotional Connection Instead of a Pitch in response to a great article by Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby. Derek and I agree: it’s important to give your audience something of yourself to take home. This is the time of year when all but the Scroogiest of […]

New Music Seminar Contest and 2 for 1 Registration

For the next two weeks, you have the opportunity to purchase 2 for 1 registrations for the New Music Seminar. This low-cost one day event will give you the knowledge and the tools to step into tomorrow’s music business today. The seminar will be held in Los Angeles less than 36 hours after the Grammys […]

Francesca Battistelli Nominated for Grammy

Congratulations to singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli for her Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Performance for her hit single “Free To Be Me.” “Free To Be Me” shattered records becoming the most added song by a female artist in Christian radio history, holding the #1 slot for ten consecutive weeks and becoming the first #1 song […]

There’s No Crying in Music

One of my favorite movies is “A League of Their Own,” starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks. Most of you have probably seen this story of the All-American Girls Baseball League back during World War II. There’s a critical point in the movie for Geena Davis’ character when she decides she has had enough and […]

Rik Reese & Neon Highway Nominated for Award

Congratulations to New Brunswick artist Rik Reese & Neon Highway on being nominated for Country Album of the Year (Mama Raised a Good Boy) by Canada’s East Coast Music Association. The ECMA awards will be announced next March in Cape Breton at the East Coast Music Awards. Rik Reese gives Tom Jackson props for their […]

Dave Carroll, The Divorcees Both Nominated for Entertainer of the Year

Canada’s East Coast Music Association (ECMA) just announced its 2010 Music & Industry Award Nominations. Both performer Dave Carroll of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick-based band The Divorcees, have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year. Our congratulations to both these artists! Tom Jackson is looking forward to seeing them at the East Coast Music […]

Taylor Swift Receives 8 Grammy Nominations

More congratulations are in order for young superstar Taylor Swift! Last night, the 2010 Grammy awards nominations show revealed the 19-year-old has the possibility of winning 8 Grammys on January 31, 2010. Nominations include album of the year, and record and song of the year. Tom will be looking forward to the results of the […]

Billboard’s Guide to Winning the Lottery

Two months ago, Billboard Magazine posted an article titled “The Maximum Exposure List.” In Billboard’s words, “today the ways artists can promote their music have proliferated so rapidly that it can be hard to keep up with what’s new.” So Billboard attempted to help artists…or some artists. I’m not really sure who it was they […]