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    Obichi - A3 Gospel

    Michael W. Smith – Here I Am to Worship: Obichi’s Medley | A3 Gospel [S01 EP18]

    Meet the delectable Obichi as she renders a medley of soul-lifting gospel numbers on this episode of A3 Gospel sessions with FreeMe TV.

    Songs performed:

    Amazing God by Obichi

    Made a Way by Travis Greene

    Here I am to Worship by Michael W. Smith

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    Music Business

    More Music Business Tips That can ‘UP’ Your Game in the Music Industry

    Merely getting by in the “music game” these days is not enough to stay relevant, to achieve true success, you have to be willing to switch it up and stay on top of your game. To this, we will be sharing a few tips that can help you stay relevant in today’s music industry from some of the greatest in the field.

    • Focus on what Works: “We are no longer subject to what was, only to what works. We can honor what came before us, but at the same time, we have to be constantly aware of how fast this new generation moves. The new does not have to be scary and it’s allotted less risky than it ever was. It just looks radically different than it ever did and we have to embrace that. Yesterday’s fans are not coming back and so we should simply stop trying to find them.” – Benji Rogers, CEO, Pledge Music
    • Pay Attention to Details: “Treat everyone that comes into contact with you with as much interest and interact with them as much as you can manage. You will be amazed at how your one extra minute of attention will compound and contribute to your future.”– Ariel Hyatt, President, Cyber PR
    • Business is not about Money: “Business is not about money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself. Making a company is a great way to improve the world while improving yourself.”
      – Derek Sivers, Founder, CD Baby
    • Your Biggest Challenges aren’t those in the Industry: “Don’t let your perception of who you think you are limit who you can become. Your biggest challenges aren’t those within the industry, they’re the walls you build in front of yourself with limiting beliefs, lack of confidence, fear of the unknown, and having the wrong priorities. Fill your days with an endless pursuit of chasing your passion, taking tiny steps each day to push you progress further, and your persistence will pay its rewards. Exceed expectations, be remarkable… and people will notice.”
      – Brian Thompson, Founder, Thorny Bleeder & The DIY Daily
    • Listen to your Customers, not critics: “Listen to your customers, not your critics. Only invest your efforts into something you enjoy, and don’t outsource anything until you fully understand the principles of that task yourself.” – Lee Parsons, CEO, Ditto Music
    • Follow your own path, not others: “Know your competition but focus on your own product and how it can be best delivered to achieve market fit. Follow your own path and not others, everyone achieves success in different ways. “. – Stan Mcleod, Co-founder, Bandwagon

    This post was originally made on www.ventureharbour.com

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    Music Sense Monday

    Music Sense Monday: More Tips and Strategies on Music & Music Business in General

    On this week’s Music Sense Monday, we would be highlighting a few more tips that would give you a chance to succeed as a musician and in today’s Music Business.

    Artist Management.

    Management is an integral part of an artists’ career that must be well considered by the artist. As an upcoming artist, there are several managerial models you could consider and one of such is self-management. Self-Management is always a valid option to consider in the formatives stages of establishing your career as a musician. A lot can be learned by taking on jobs of securing gigs, getting publicity, planning tours, dealing with personal and public issues, media and other management activities which could also be beneficial to your own career. However, be warned that it could be a daunting task to achieve (managing yourself as a musician). Hence, its advised to get a manager when the need calls for it. One of the most important roles of a manager is to secure deals, gigs, shows, and sponsorship for their clients. This is why you should choose well connected and respected managers. From your own little experience as your own manager, you should be able to choose a management team that will reflect your business ideal and represents you in any business dealings.

    Learn How to Write Your Songs (or Source for Good Songs).

    One of the most important processes of making music is getting the song (either by writing or buying). We live in a time where music is made however the way the musician feels like. These days, you find that many of the songs are very shallow in content and depth. Some have labeled their kind of music as ‘Freestyles’, that notwithstanding, it’s important to make songs with powerful lyrics that will stand out for its originality, dynamics, creativity, and message. You’d find that most of the original songs out there are either repeated ideas from other musicians, not too far an idea from an original or the songs pass no clear message. As a musician, you should challenge yourself. Take time to write or source for good music content.
    Design some good looking promotional materials.

    Your promotional materials are equally as important to your success as a musician. How well your promotional materials are could either make or mar your music career. Designing and writing promotional materials such as; bios, press releases, cover art, photos etc. could contribute to getting great offers and deals, as well as promote your career. The idea is to make your promotional materials as informative, attractive, compelling as possible. It’s also important to take time to research who to send the materials to and to ask each potential recipient what type of information they would like to have sent to them. It’s good not to overwhelm your recipient with too much information.

    Take advice only from people who have talked the talk and walked the walk.

    For every industry, there usually are do’s and don’ts to achieve success. That, however, isn’t the case in the music industry. Here, the industry practitioners are not restricted to certain do’s and don’ts. There are however best practices which come mostly from the experience of building your own career. i.e. learning from your own mistakes, interactions in and with industry practitioners, companies and organizations and other core values. One of the most valid of your interactions in the industry should be with people who have pioneered, set the pace and created trends in the industry. Be sure your contacts know what they are doing and are masters of the art in the industry. Only then will you be able to learn all you intend to learn from their bosom

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    New Music Release: Tips & Strategies

    New Music Release: Tips & Strategies

    There’s a lot more to put into releasing a song than just getting your songs on iTunes, SoundCloud, Music plus, Boomplay or Spotify. As relevant as these services are, there are a lot of things they won’t do for you or your career such as; getting streams and downloads on your new music, growing your followings and fan engagement and how your music release can help you grow your career. Here are a few tips and strategies to implement to achieve the aforementioned:

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF iTUNES PRE-SALE: On iTunes, you could run track or album pre-sale for up to a month before the day of release. One of the benefits of iTunes pre-sale is that it allows customers to download one track right away and then, download the full album on the release day. So think about what song will be most enticing. It’s definitely worth exploring.

    RELEASE RADIO SINGLES:  Even though its usage is fast fading away, Radio stations are still a good place to release and promote your music. The reach and audience radio stations offer are almost unlimited, at least within that territory. The idea here is to create sustained exposure to the song over a short period of time. There are radio promoters you could patronize to release and promote your music (bear in mind that they could be expensive).

    RELEASE BONUS TRACKS: A bonus track is a piece of music which has been included as an extra on your album or music compilation. This gives you the opportunity to feature some extra content to boost sales. Live recordings, alternate mix, unreleased tracks, acoustic versions and all other musical expressions are areas you can consider exploring. The bonus tracks will appeal to a wider audience and extend your reach.

    RELEASE MUSIC VIDEOS: It’s been observed that fans relate more with visual content than audio. You should capitalize on that bias and make music videos for your songs. Music videos get fans to relate more to your music, especially when it ‘makes sense’. YouTube, among many others, is a good platform to upload your videos. Your video might not be a high budget; you could make a lyrical video or still, use your artwork with the song playing in the background. You could also upload on Facebook or even, premiere on a reputable blog or television network. So long as there is a graphical or visual representation of your music.

    Here are just a few tips that have proven positive for many. Do you have other tips and strategies that will aid a new music release? drop in our comment section.

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    Music Business


    Today, we’ll be highlighting some tips and dishing out some basic knowledge about the music business.

    The music industry feeds on promotions: It very important to promote your songs, videos or shows, else no one will patronize, it’s as simple as that.

    The industry is large enough to accommodate everyone: There is no need to compete with anyone for fans or more, there is enough room for everyone. Make the right effort.

    You need to be certain about walking the path: You need to ask yourself; why music? The passion to sing or for good sound isn’t enough. Music and its business is a lifestyle that doesn’t stop once you are off the limelight. You’ve got to be sure of your reasons for choosing to enter into the music business.

    Seek Help and Support: The music path could be very long and lonely. You need to surround yourself with people you can find solace in and draw motivation from, especially in bad times.

    On Fame: Don’t let fame be the driving force. Most often, you work your way to the top. If fame were to be your primary motivation, you’d easily get discouraged and lose hope on your hustle. See fame as something that will come eventually, after the right hustle and effort has been put in.

    Record Deals: Don’t do music because you want to get signed. Make impact first, every other thing shall come after.

    There is no right or wrong: In the music business, there is no one way to achieve success. Keep practicing your informed beliefs, before long you’d score major wins.

    Follow the 50/50 rule: 50% of your time should be put into music art and creation while the other 50% should be put into the music business. Also, 50% of your money should be invested in your art while the other 50% should be invested in the promotion.

    Targeted Audience: Its advised you target your audience, no matter how little they might be. Once you have won their hearts, you can then begin to grow the numbers. Don’t focus on haters or negativity. Stay positive!


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    IGTV: What You Need To Know


    As a way to celebrate its recent 1 billion user milestone, Instagram has launched its own video application known as “Instagram TV” or IGTV for short. This app is a platform for content creators to share their contents with their audience. Of course, it can be utilized for both personal and commercial purposes.

    Some of the unique features of the app include the ability for users to upload long-form videos (up to one hour) that don’t disappear even after 24 hours. This affords users enough time for their audience to see their content(s) as well as more room for expression and creativity. Secondly, videos are uploaded in full screen and vertical formats i.e. fit perfectly to smartphone screens. Also, the app starts playing videos the second the app is opened – just like an actual television but with the option of ‘video search’. It is worthy of note that all IGTV accounts are linked to a corresponding Instagram account meaning that all your Instagram followers can view your IGTV channel directly.

    USAGE: It could be used from your Instagram account or you could download the IGTV app. To get started with your Instagram app, ensure the Instagram app on your smartphone is updated. On the top right corner of the app, you’d see the IGTV avatar, click on it. From there, click on the ‘Settings’ symbol and create your channel. Once your channel is created, you can go back to the home page and upload your first video. To use IGTV directly from the dedicated app, first, you need to download the IGTV app from the App Store or from Google Play. Sign up to the IGTV app (if you’re already logged in to your native Instagram account it will automatically use your profile). Click on the settings gear icon in the right-hand corner, and then click “create channel”. Once you create the channel, you are in.

    MONETIZATION: Currently, ads are not showing on the app. However, possibilities for monetization shouldn’t be ruled out. Keep an eye out for potential opportunities.

    ADDED TIPS: When uploading, your video should be full screen, vertical and between 15 seconds -1-hour long. You have the capability to add a ‘Swipe Up’ call-to-action and include custom thumbnails. Your videos should be in Mp4 format and the thumbnail/image file type should be in JPG format. You can watch your videos from either your Instagram account or from the IGTV app.

    There are benefits musicians and content creators can enjoy on the IGTV app. It affords musicians/content creators the opportunity to share teaser videos, music videos, behind-the-scenes, performance footage and more. Once you select your content, you have the ability to edit the title and description and decide whether or not you’d like it to be visible on your other social platforms.


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    Brand Awareness


    With the rapid growth and diversification happening in the music business and industry, the need for ‘Branding’ and ‘Brand Awareness’ for musicians has become a necessity to grow and maintain relevance in the industry. It has been observed that artists that are particular and deliberate about their brand awareness tend to surpass and outlast those who don’t.

    A brand is an identity, personality or image attached to a product. It is the idea, image or impression the consumers have about a product, service or even, a person. Brand Awareness, on the other hand, is the extent to which the brand is recognized by potential customers. Brand awareness is important because it helps your brand stand out from competition(s), grow an audience more effectively, and generate more leads.

    As a musician, you should be aware of yourself, your message and the mode to which you intend to communicate that message -primarily through music- to the world. Many have attempted several ways to create awareness for their brands, especially through the social media. These attempts haven’t proven futile. Here are a few tips to implement in order to enhance your brand awareness:

    • Start by asking yourself some vital questions such as; what makes me unique? What do I offer? Is my offer of more value than what others offer?… As soon as you are able to answer these questions correctly and gained clarity about your brand, you proceed to present your brand to the world.
    • Ensure you are active on social media, it is a good place to market your brand and services to your consumers. Also, ensure that there is a uniformity in your message across all your social media accounts.
    • Don’t feel too comfortable with your audience reach per time, make it a point of duty to always extend your reach and grow your audience. The more and diversified your audience, the better for your brand. There are various tools on social media that are available to achieve these. It is advised that your audience shouldn’t be limited to social media. There are other campaigns that you could launch that will aid your brand awareness, outside the social media.
    • In cases of competition with other brands, find what makes yours different and better. Grow it and stick to it. Let it be that your consumers know the benefits they stand to gain when they stick with you.
    • More importantly, be true to yourself. Don’t give the wrong impressions about yourself. Also, don’t offer what you can’t follow through with. As soon as your consumers find that you aren’t able to deliver, it puts a dent in your brand.


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    Music & Social Media


    The influence of social media in today’s music industry cannot be overemphasized. As we know, it has made some and marred others. It is for this purpose that we highlight a few tips on how to handle your music and social media.

    UNDERSTAND YOUR AUDIENCE: The social media isn’t just a place to flaunt your wealth or keep up appearances. It is also a place to understand and engage your listeners, fans and music lovers in general. It is your responsibility to understand your audience and satisfy their musical cravings. One vital reason for analysis is to understand the interests, demography, age and other relevant information about your fans. The information gotten should influence your music and spur you to meet the demands of your audience. There are several tools to aid this pursuit. The more you utilize these tools, the better you understand your audience.

    UPLOAD REGULARLY: Regular posts or uploads is also advised for musicians. This helps to keep your audience engaged and stay in tune with the latest, as it relates to you. It is advised that majority of your posts should be relevant to your music career. Example of such posts is your music snippets, video teasers, behind the scene clips, studio sessions etc. You could also come up with a plan on how you want to engage the social media. Also, be sure of your spellings and word compositions. Many have lost their audience because of such mistakes.

    MAKE VISUAL POSTS: Again, it is very important to make visual posts. Research has shown that many, on social media, tend to engage more with a visual post more than plaintexts. Plain texts could feel really scanty; hence, the use of visual contents. In cases where you lack visual content, you could make up for it with a few pictures or clips from favorite moments in your private life.

    PLAN FREEBEES: This is another way to engage your social media audience. Most often, music lovers feel appreciated when their favorite musician or artiste reward their loyalty. You could organize that the person with the most likes or views of a cover of your song will be rewarded. It could be monetarily, be in form of a reward. i.e. a free ticket to your next show, a timeout with you etc. Be creative about it and be sure that what you plan will keep your audience engaged. 

    ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE: Engage or, better put – interact with your fans. It’s not enough to post and post and post. It will serve you well to interact with them every now and then. You could organize ‘Question and Answer’ session. You could comment on some of their posts or still, ask them for their suggestion on matters. All these will make them feel relevant and implicatively, spur them to move with you. Also, be sure not to engage in arguments or disrespect anyone, respect their individual positions on a matter.

    Practicing these tips will put you a step closer to that fan support you have always desired. Be sure to practice these.

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    Make Music Lagos

    We’ve got great news for all lovers of good music in the city of Lagos! The Make Music Lagos organizing team lead by Showgear (a leading Nigerian retailer of audio-visual gear and musical instruments) and its organizing partners (Alien Nation, Darliza Makeovers, IPC Events, StyleVille and The Audio Age Company) have announced the event line-up for Make Music Lagos 2018. The announcement was made at a press conference in Lagos on the 4th of June 2018.

    Make Music Lagos is the Lagos edition of Make Music Day, a festival of free live music hosted in more than 120 countries all over the world to commemorate World Music Day under the guidance of the US-based Make Music Alliance.

    The 2018 edition makes it the 3 rd consecutive edition of Make Music Lagos festival that has been hosted in the city Lagos. The 1 st edition in was hosted in 2016; it consisted of 3 concerts and performances by Bez, Cobhams Asuquo, Tosin Martins, Olufunmi, Wura Samba, Johnny Drille, Pita, Wole Oni, Lagos Mainland Choir etc. The 2 nd edition was hosted in 2017 and it consisted of 3 new music initiatives (Mass Appeal, Learn to Play & Street Studio), and 12 concerts with notable performances from King Sunny Ade, Daddy Showkey, Adewale Ayuba, Omawumi, BEZ, Sound Sultan, Morayo Music and Folabi Nuel.

    The 2018 edition of Make Music Lagos promises a bumper slate of events across the month of June and it kicks off with the Mass Appeal, which is a live performance by a diverse group of instrumentalists and bands playing to the 2018 MML Theme Song composed by Alternate Sound, at the newly opened JJT (Johnson Jakande Tinubu) Park in Alausa.

    Mass Appeal is hosted in collaboration with the Lagos Parks and Recreation Agency (LASPARK).

    The Learn to Play events, a music instruments teaching initiative, runs from the 19th to 21st of June at Lagos State Education District 1, Agege and on World Music Day (Thursday 21st June) at Ikeja City Mall and Domino’s Pizza locations in Yaba and Lekki (Admiralty 2) from noon to 2 pm.

    The Learn to DJ events, a teaching initiative that gives aspiring DJs the opportunity to learn from DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Nana, DJ Magnum and other leading DJs, takes place on World Music Day (Thursday 21st June) at Ikeja City Mall from 2pm to 5pm and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) from 2 pm to 4 pm.

    The Street Studio, a freestyle music production initiative, takes place on World Music Day (Thursday 21 st June) at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) from noon to 2 pm and Domino’s Pizza locations in Yaba and Lekki (Admiralty 2) from 2 pm to 4 pm. Hosting the Street Studio events this year are the following leading Nigerian producers: VC Perez, Fliptyce, Olaitan Dada and PSykes.

    A total of fourteen (14) concerts will also be hosted on World Music Day (Thursday 21st June) the MML team in collaboration with its venue partners: Bogobiri, Freedom Park, Hard Rock Café, Ikeja City Mall, MUSON Centre, University of Lagos (UNILAG), and Domino’s Pizza/Cold Stone locations in FESTAC, Oko Oba, Ogudu, Ikorodu, Surulere, Victoria Island (Ajose Adeogun), Ajah and Lekki Phase One (Admiralty).

    The Lagos Shutdown which is the finale event for the 2018 celebrations comes up on Sunday the 24th of June at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island from 4 pm to 10 pm. Confirmed for the Lagos Shutdown are the following artists: from Waje, Johnny Drille, Praiz and Vector. More confirmations from A-list artists are expected in the days leading up to the event. The Lagos Shutdown is hosted in collaboration with the MML venue partner, Lagos Parks and Recreation Agency (LASPARK).

    Adeola Akinyemi, Showgear COO and the MML Organizing Team Chair, had this to say, “It is with great joy that we roll out the activities for Make Music Lagos 2018. The support this year from the government and public shows our collective commitment to music as an art and a great contributor to the development of our city, Lagos. We encourage every Lagosian to be part of the celebrations.”

    Media partners announced so far for Make Music Lagos 2018 are African Movie Channel, Bella Naija, Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) and The Guardian. The 2018 edition of Make Music Lagos is endorsed by the Lagos State Government.

    For a comprehensive list of performers, venues, events and other MML news/info, please stay connected via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MakeMusicLagos, and visit the MML website at www.makemusiclagos.org.ng.

    And as it is the global practice of Make Music Day, ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. Meaning that you do not pay to attend or perform at any of the events. It is open to all without any strings attached. However, all performers and attendees at select events need to preregister.

    Make Music Lagos is made possible by the generous support and cash donations from the Organizing, Venue, Media, Technical and Sponsoring Partners. To become a partner: [email protected] | 0903 774 8852 / 0903 774 8860.

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    Music Blogs


    Here are a few tips on getting your music on blogs:


    When emailing your music to blogs, make sure you have the correct email address. Also, ensure all the necessary mail properties are intact, in order to avoid your message is sent to the mail spam or is outrightly blocked.

    Cover Art

    The Cover Art of your music is very important to Music blogs. Not every and any cover art is upload able. There are certain guidelines and requirements that must be met. For more on the cover art guidelines, Click Here…


    When sending your content, it is advised to send the streaming links of your song instead of sending the mp3 format. This will aid the monetization of your music. Click here to monetize your content…

    Press Release

    This is an official statement of what you are sending. i.e music, video, advert e.t.c. It’s an avenue to give a description of what the music or anything you are sending.  Ensure your press release is as brief and straight to the point as it can be.

    Be ahead of the Schedule

    It is also very vital to contact the blogs way before the scheduled date of your musical event. Sending your publications few hours to the event will imply a lack of organization from your end and as such, many blogs, especially the blue chips, could disregard your entries.

    Also, ensure you send follow up emails to the blogs, notifying the blogs of the number of days, weeks leading up to the event. However, it is important to stress that you shouldn’t be a PEST to the blogs. It is fine to communicate your interests and expectation but not to a point when it gets over bearing for the blog. Make sure you know the blog and develop a healthy relationship with them. It makes your work with them easier.