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Insurance Considerations

3 ways to prevent financial ruin
by Jefferson Smith, Financial Advisor at Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.

When I was 22, my mother who was only 41 at the time, suffered a fatal stroke that was completely unexpected and ruined my …

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Band Breakups

Who gets the name?
by Justin Haddock, associate, and Sheri Hunter, counsel, of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Your band might break up. It’s hardly the most optimistic forecast, but it’s one that, realistically, every musician needs to consider.

TrademarkWith that …

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Grammar Tips

5 major turnoffs
by Tamara Halbritter

“Grammar: the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit,” says the mysterious grammar man who recently wrote a craigslist.org rant and rave meant for rednecks in Allentown.

GrammarAs a musician, you may …

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Financial Planning

Insurance and investment tips for musicians
by Jefferson Smith

In my experience as a financial planner for musicians, I’ve found that many people don’t know how their car and homeowners insurance policies work. If you get into a car accident …

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Writing Primer

Words that can make or break a band
by Tamara Halbritter

Some people say a band’s success results from 60 percent image and 40 percent talent. And we all know musicians who have made a career out of 90 percent …

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Copyright Infringement and Violations

“Scream Icon” Claim Falls on Deaf Ears
by Stephen M. Stern, executive editor

What began as a statement of religious hypocrisy ended in screaming silence. Life met art when Green Day performed their song, “East Jesus Nowhere,” live against a …

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Music Licensing

Tips to get your music licensed into film, TV, advertising and games
Teri Doty, editor-in-chief, speaks with Winston Giles, founder of Music Licensing Directory

For independent artists in the music industry, music licensing can mean everything. Knowing how to approach …

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Leaving Your Mark

The benefits of trademarking your band name
by Stephen M. Stern, Esq., executive editor

Many bands set out to leave their mark, but very few actually do. Not because they lack the star power or magical riffs or lyrical connection. …

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