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The GRAMMYs John Poppo

From ‘Piano Man’ to Chair of the Board

John Poppo grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and even as a very young man, he had a plan for his life. As a promising young musician, he had decided that he

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on That?

Questions from the weekend warriors

So you just finished a successful weekend, have $200 in your pocket, and away you go. The question pops into your head: Is this money taxable? I got it in cash. No one really knows

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Music Industry Jobs

Opportunities beyond performing

It takes a community of people in numerous positions to make an artist or band famous. If you want to break into the music industry, how do you go about it when you don’t have a windfall

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Business Sense

Copyright Law Primer: Part 1: What is fair use?

Previous issues of Music Insider Magazine have covered the basics of trademarks and copyrights, including the differences between these two types of intellectual property, as well as the possible penalties for committing trademark or copyright infringement. Following along these lines, …

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30 Seconds to Seal the Deal

Three types of winning pitches

One of the most important tools in your marketing kit is your 30-second pitch. By the time you finish a ride on an elevator, you should have sealed the deal. Here are three types of …

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Business Sense

Writing your Band Bio

4 ways to make you shine

Your band biography introduces you to potential labels, managers, journalists and fans — and shows your credibility. As a key component of your press kit and online presence, it should accurately represent your band. …

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Trade Dress

Product or packaging design protection

Most of you are familiar with standard trademark forms — namely, words, slogans and phrases, and logos. These typical forms of indicia help you (or any other consumer) separate different goods and services from the …

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