How To Get A Branded GIPHY Channel

Want your branded GIF's on Instagram stories? First you need to apply for a Branded Channel on GIPHY. Once accepted you will be able to create branded content on GIPHY including animated images, stickers for social media, and branded logos.



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Spotify, Distrokid and Fake Streams: Why Your Song Got Removed

Hey, ya'll! I figured it was time for a quick PSA about Distrokid and what's going on about Spotify and the takedown of 1,000's of songs...

It seems like everyone's been asking "what happened", "Who's in charge here"! Don't worry... this short and sweet post should clear any bit of confusion up real quick for ya... (no promises it'll make you feel good about it all though)! 

So over the last few days (starting at the beginning of the year (2021) Spotify removed about 750,000 songs from its platform. At first many began blaming Distrokid for the takedowns, but I believe this was only because Distrokid artists may have been hit by the takedowns first (remember Spotify has a small stake in Distrokid)! But over the course of a few days, other distributors also saw the sting of takedowns occurring with their artists as well... meaning it wasn't Distrokid that ordered the takedowns... it was Spotify themselves! 


So what happened?

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How Should Artists Use Clubhouse?



What is Clubhouse?

This new application is taking the digital world by storm. It started as a way for Hollywood celebrities and other moguls to connect with each other during the pandemic, it has now begun to grow into a social media platform in itself.

Taken from the Clubhouse Website:

"Clubhouse is a new type of network based on voice. When you open the app you can see “rooms” full of people talking—all open so you can hop in and out, exploring different conversations. You enter each room as an audience member, but if you want to talk you just raise your hand, and the speakers can choose to invite you up. Or you can create a room of your own. It’s a place to meet with friends and with new people around the world—to tell stories, ask questions, debate, learn, and have impromptu conversations on thousands of different topics.

Clubhouse is voice-only, and we think a voice is a very special medium. With no camera on, you don’t have to...

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Add Lyrics To Instagram Stories

lyrics musixmatch Dec 22, 2020


Have you ever seen lyrics perfectly synced on an Instagram story? Well, this is available to independent artists too... let me show you how.



Add Lyrics to Social Media with MusixMatch

MusixMatch is an aggregator that specializes in lyrics. Though there are other ways to get lyrics onto platforms like Instagram, I prefer this one.

Adding synced lyrics will not only help strengthen your brand but will also help to teach your fans your song lyrics more effectively. It's like those old sing-alongs when you were a kid!


In the video above I will show you how to start the process of uploading your lyrics. You first need to be a verified artist on MusixMatch so they know it's really you updating your lyrics. 


Step 1: Sign up for an account on MusixMatch

Step 2: Apply for a verified artist account

Step 3: Sync your lyrics (pt 2 coming soon)  

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It's Not Just Music... It's Therapy

I know we talk a lot about finding your target audience in the Artist Collective. But it's not just about selling your songs. Your music can be a lot more than that... and it should.

It's art. It's a message. It's your creative energy in music form. And, it can also be therapy for listeners who are connecting with you and your songs.

Check out this great blog post from Karen Weeks from
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Music Is Therapy For Seniors

Artist Collective wants every musician to thrive, but we also understand that music is made for people and it stays with them for their entire lives. Never is that more evident than with seniors who can use music to get back parts of themselves they may have lost due to issues, such as cognitive decline. Here we’ll take a look at how music soothes the soul and can heal from the inside out.

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the process of utilizing music – either playing or listening to – to create a sense of...

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How to Create & Upload Your Own Spotify Canvas Videos

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2020

Spotify has finally released the Canvas feature to independent artists. This allows you to add looped videos to your songs on Spotify. This feature was only available to major artists and labels, but now just about anyone can create engaging video content to pair with the tracks.

In my video below I will walk you through how to create your own video on Final Cut Pro (you can use iMovie or any video editing app), and how to upload the video to Spotify successfully. 

Your Spotify Canvas should meet these requirements:

  • 9:16 ratio (vertical)
  • At least 720px tall
  • An MP4 or JPEG file
  • 3s to 8s long (MP4 only)



- Evan Price ( @ac_evan )

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How To Manage Your Music Career Finances (PT3): Credit Card Pitfalls for Indie Musicians

@ac_vinnie budget tere wang Nov 30, 2020

One of the most common concerns our consulting clients bring to us is debt repayment and managing their payments in the midst of growing their music business. This is most commonly caused by irresponsible Credit Card usage early in their lives and careers. Sometimes, this is unavoidable, but for those musicians just getting started, credit cards can be a usefull tool and in some cases, necessary.

In Part 3 of this blog series, "How To Manage Your Music Career Finances" we explore Credit Cards and Indie Musicians. I'll point out three important things to consider when building credit using traditional credit cards. (Much more in-depth information can be found in Tere Wang's course Using A Budget To Build a Full-Time Music Career found in the Artist Collective Membership.)

 NOTE: If you haven't already read Part 1 & Part 2 of this series, be sure to do so before reading on by clicking HERE.

#1 - Building credit is KEY if you don't want to be dependent...

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How To Manage Your Music Career Finances (PT2): Create A Business Budget

@ac_vinnie budget Nov 27, 2020

Managing your music career finances might be the least exciting part of the business journey, but it's the core element that divides a professional from an amateur. Money makes the world go 'round and it's the fuel for your music machine, too!

But just because the task seems daunting doesn't mean that it has to be hard. The team at Artist Collective has made it easy for you, with Music Business Budget Templates available for download! All you have to do is become a member of Artist Collective on

Login to your Dashboard and click 'Using a Budget to Build a Full-Time Music Career'. If you scroll down to Module 2, you'll see a LIVE Budget Walkthrough with Tere Wang and Vinnie Hines. In this video, you'll watch as a real finance coach analyzes and tracks the expenses of the typical twenty-something musician. 

This budget walkthrough identifies all expenses under the same umbrella. This means that your lifestyle expenses and business expenses are on the same...

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How To Manage Your Music Career Finances (PT1): Planning For Your Business Budget

At Artist Collective, we take in starry-eyed musicians with dreams of stardom and fame and we start the arduous process of demystifying while educating folks on the realities of the industry. One of the hardest topics to navigate without completely bumming folks out is FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT and BUDGETING.

I'm sure some of ya'll already went cross-eyed just reading those words in all caps, but bear with me, because I truly believe that grabbing your finances by the neck like Homer Simpson is going to be the turning point for your careers. It definitely was for mine, and now, in my best year of DIY music, I made about $88k. And if we're being honest, that's fucking amazing considering I didn't even get past Hollywood Week of American Idol XV!

So in this 4 Part Series, I'm going to teach ya'll some introductory lessons that I learned from co-hosting with Personal Finance Coach Tere Wang during our November 2020 Monthly Topic: Using A Budget To Build A Full-Time Music Career


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How to Get a Logo Created on Fiverr

@ac_evan Nov 04, 2020

When most think of "branding" they picture a logo. Though, I believe branding to be much more complex that just that, it is a key component.

So if you aren't a graphic designer then how can you get a logo without breaking the bank?

I have used to commissions logos for bands, companies, shows, festivals, and more.

You can choose a freelance creator from all over the world, multiple revisions, and they usually start at $5.00! In this video I will be showing you around Fiverr and give you some quick tips on what to look for when choosing the right creator for you and your project!


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