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3May/11Off

uPlaya’s Home Recording Studio Contest

Win a Professional Recording Studio for Your Home or Office!

Think of all the great music you could create if you had cutting-edge, easy-to-use recording technology in the comfort of your own home. Record and edit music anytime you want without the hassle of booking an expensive studio.

Enter uPlaya's Home Recording Studio Contest and you could win all the tools you need to create a professional recording of your song.

Cost: Free
Deadline: August 31st, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

The Grand Prize: A Home Recording Studio

uPlaya's Home Recording Studio ContestiMac 21.5-inch- The Ultimate All In One
A display that turns your desk into a destination. More power than ever before. The world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. The new iMac truly is as good as it looks.

Pro Tools 9- The Next Generation of Pro Audio Production
Open yourself to the possibilities. Pro Tools 9 redefines the world’s most popular, most advanced music and audio production platform with a completely re-architected, open version of Pro Tools software, giving you what you asked for—and so much more.

uPlaya Promotion Package- Get your name in the spotlight!
The winner will be promoted on the uPlaya blog and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Also included, a customized Music Universe Talent Search Winner widget to help promote the winners music on the web.

Other Prizes

uPlaya Analysis Package
Ten finalists will each win a 15 Song Pack from uPlaya to analyze and promote their music. Finalists will get Premium features and functionality, like the ability to stream clips of their music, as well as 15 contest tickets good for any of uPlaya’s ongoing contests.

uPlaya Promotion Package
Finalists will be promoted on the uPlaya blog and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter

ENTER NOW

Studio costs can range from $50 an hour up to $3,000 an hour. In most cases, you have to get on the waiting list and only get a certain amount of time to spend on your work. That is no way to create powerful music. Don't let the expensive studio owners stifle your creativity and put you in a box - record music whenever you want in the comfort of your own home!

2May/11Off

Add the Like and Send Button to Your Website

Barely a year old, the Facebook Like button lives on more than 2.5 million websites, including more than 80% of the top 100 websites in the US. Now the Web is abuzz over the huge potential of the recently launched “Send” button, the Like button’s new “friend”.

ABOUT THE LIKE BUTTON

The Like button lets users show support for your content and share it with friends on Facebook. When a user clicks the Like button on your site, a story appears in the user’s friends News Feed with a link back to your website. If a user is signed into Facebook when he or she sees the Like button, it will be personalized for him or her and show how many of their friends also Liked the page.

Facebook Like ButtonThe Facebook Like button turned a year old one week ago and it’s explosive growth has yet to slow down. In it’s first week, 50,000 websites installed the Like button and more than 10,000 websites add the button every day. Practical Ecommerce recently wrote a blog on the 8 benefits to using Facebook Likes that any website owner should check out.

ABOUT THE SEND BUTTON

One of the newest features to Facebook, the Send button, allows users to easily send your content to their friends (much like email). By using the Send button, people will have the option to share your URL through a personal message to one or a few friends or to post it to just a Facebook group. The message will include a link to the URL specified in the send button along with a title, image and a short description of the link.

Facebook Send ButtonThe Send button drives traffic by letting users send a personalized, short message to the people who would be most interested. They don’t need to leave the web page they’re on and it requires fewer steps and clicks than any other private sharing option.

ABOUT OPEN GRAPH META TAGS

If you’re really savvy, you can add some Open Graph meta tags to your page which will help Facebook categorize your content and make relevant connections to the “Likes” and “Interests” in that user’s profile page. This means your link will show up in more places. For example, if you added the “music” tag, when someone Likes your page, your link will then show up in the “Favorite Music” section of their profile page.

HOW TO GET THE LIKE AND THE SEND BUTTON

Layout Options for Facebook Like

Facebook offers an easy-to-use formula to calculate the perfect code, you can even customize the button and layout to better match your site. Decide how the information is presented, the appropriate width, whether or not you would like to show the faces of fans who have Liked the page, if you want the button to say “Like” vs. “Recommend”, the color scheme and the font.

If you would like to have the Send button, make sure you check the box that says “Send Button”. If you would like only the Send button, you can get a stand-alone here.

Below the formula for creating your Like/Send button code, you’ll also see a formula for adding Open Graph tags to your site. Try some out to enable Facebook to make more meaningful connections between you and potential new fans.

 

26Apr/11Off

How to Enter uPlaya’s Video Contest on Facebook

Having trouble entering our video contest?

Please let us know if you are having any issues entering any of our contests - we will do whatever we can to get the issue resolved immediately.

How to Enter uPlaya's Video Contests on Facebook

1.       Visit the contest page and click “Enter the Contest”. (The Best Live Performance Contest)uPlaya's Best Live Performance Contest

2.       Fill out the first page of the Entry Form.

  • Input your Artist Name, the Title of your Performance/Song/Video, the country in which you are located, your Email Address and your Date of Birth.
  • Select the box that says “I have read and agree to the Official Rules and the following Terms & Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy”
  • Click the “Continue” Button to be redirected to the second page of the Entry Form.

uPlaya's Best Live Performance Contest

3.       Fill out the second page of the Entry Form.

  • Select if you would like to upload videos to/from your YouTube account or your Facebook account
  • If you select YouTube, input your YouTube Username, your YouTube password, and title your video.
  • If your video is not already on your YouTube account, you can upload the file from your computer and it will be hosted on your Youtube account. If your video is already on your YouTube account, check this box and you can simply input the URL of the video.
  • Click the “Continue to Upload” button to be redirected to the third and final page.

uPlaya's Best Live Performance Contest

4.       Get votes and views! Publish the contest to your wall to encourage friends/fans to view and vote on your video and also make comments. You can also use it as a challenge! If you are particularly confident about your video, challenge your colleagues to enter the contest to settle once and for all who has the best live performance.

uPlaya's Best Live Performance Contest

If you need any assistance at all, please let us know!

26Apr/11Off

uPlaya’s Best Live Performance Contest

Are you known for your awe-inspiring live music performances?

 

Submit a video of you performing live to uPlaya’s

BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE CONTEST

And win featured promotions through Big Fan Base and uPlaya!

 

Deadline: Friday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Cost: FREE

SUBMIT YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO TO THE CONTEST

The winner gets …

  • Music promotions through Big Fan Base. Get featured placement and a professional music review on BigFanBase.com, including placement on their home page.
  • Analysis and Promotion Pack from uPlaya. An analysis and promotion package from uPlaya.com for 15 song uploads. Each upload includes the proven Hit Song Science analysis, digital marketing tools, contest tickets and more.
  • Featured Promotions through uPlaya. Get promoted on the uPlaya blog and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.

uPlaya's Best Live Performance Contest

More Details

The video clip must

(1)   be your original work.
(2)   feature an artist or musician performing music in a live setting .
(3)   be between 45 seconds and 5 minutes long.

Quality recording, professional music, interesting angles, and a large and lively audience are preferred. Bonus consideration will be given to artists who have the video featured in their uPlaya Press Kit.

The more professional, interesting and entertaining the live performance clip is the better.

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO NOW

 

Are you known for your awe-inspiring live music performances?

 

Submit a video of you performing live music to uPlaya’s

BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE CONTEST

And win featured promotions through Big Fan Base and uPlaya!

 

Deadline:   Friday, April 29

Cost:   FREE

 

The winner gets …

· Music promotions through Big Fan Base. Get featured placement and a professional music review on BigFanBase.com, including placement on their home page.

· Analysis and Promotion Pack from uPlaya. An analysis and promotion package from uPlaya.com for 15 song uploads. Each upload includes the proven Hit Song Science analysis, digital marketing tools, contest tickets and more.

· Featured Promotions through uPlaya. Get promoted on the uPlaya blog and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.

 

More Details

The video clip must

(1) be your original work.

(2) feature an artist or musician performing music in a live setting .

(3) be between 45 seconds and 5 minutes long.

 

Quality recording, professional music, interesting angles, and a large and lively audience are preferred. Bonus consideration will be given to artists who have the video featured in their uPlaya Press Kit.

 

The more professional, interesting and entertaining the live performance clip is the better.

 

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO NOW

21Apr/11Off

What Emerging Bands Can Learn from Small Businesses: Adding a New Member to Your Group

Bands are like small businesses in many ways, one of which being you have to have the right people if you want to be successful.

Four tips emerging bands can steal from small companies when evaluating a new band member (adapted from 4 Tips on Hiring New Team Members on ReadWriteStart.com, a professional resource for start-up companies):

"Ask questions that matter." Ask the potential new band member what value they can bring and what plans they have for the spot they’re hoping to fill. Are they energetic, but still realistic? You need someone who can not only come up with a plan, but execute. Even if it’s a casual interview, find a way to ask circumstantial questions and see how they’d react to various scenarios. Get a sense of how their mind works so you can see if it’s a good fit.

"Let them work remotely." Thanks to new technology (like Skype) you don’t have to limit your candidate pool by geography. Working remotely with an exceptional musician is much better than working in the same room with a mediocre one.

uPlaya Artist MTHDS

Band chemistry is key to creating great content - the chemistry between our recent Featured Artist, MTHDS, is evident in their music and videos

"Put them to the test." If you’re willing to take a chance, let them play a show with you. At least invite them for several jam sessions over a period of time. You could even do test runs with multiple candidates at the same time – one can play with you on Tues/Thurs, another Mon/Wed. Find out who can walk the walk. Some people can make a good first impression but can’t hack it once they’re on the spot.

"Never hire out of desperation." It’s tempting to quickly accept a new member when you’re desperate and don't feel like searching anymore, but never make big promises early on. You could end up with a temporary fix, but all the time and investment you spend developing the relationships will have been wasted when they don’t work out. (And kicking someone out of the band can be painfully awkward.)

The author ends with “Find the exceptional candidate that can get the job done and are able to scale with you.” Find a bandmate who is not only the best musical fit, but an individual that will continue to grow and adapt with the band and be a lasting and genuine member.

On the flip side, are you a band member wanting to get out of a band? Learn how to get kicked out.

Add your own tips, stories and advice to the comment section below:

20Apr/11Off

Get YOUR Mobile Recording Studio

Don’t miss the chance to win your own Mobile Recording Studio!

In the Mobile Recording Studio Contest, one artist will win a brand new iPad 2, stocked with recording apps, GarageBand and StudioTracks.

It's FREE to enter and takes less than 5 minutes. Submit as many songs as you like.

EnterSeriously, what are you waiting for?! 
SUBMIT MUSIC NOW


Grammy-Winning Alt-Rock Band Records Entire Album on iPad

Check out the music video below, Revolving Doors from Gorillaz latest album, The Fall. Gorillaz recorded the entire album on the iPad, and in just 32 days while on the road for their North American Tour. On the Gorillaz blog, Damon Albarn said he “did it because there’s a lot of time you just spend staring at walls essentially.” The iPad gave him a way to create music while out of the studio. “And it was a fantastic way of doing it.”

“I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I made a completely different kind of record.” Said frontman Damon Albarn (NME). Listen to the full 14-song album here.

Gorillaz aren’t the only ones making use of this cutting edge technology – The Ultramods released an album recorded on the iPad 2 and the GarageBand app.

Mobile Recording Studio Contest Details

Cost to Enter: FREE
Deadline: April 30, 2011 at 11:59 EST
More Info

More Resources for Creating Music on the iPad:
16Apr/11Off

Build Your Fan Base With These Five Facebook Features

Allfacebook.com is one of the best resources for staying on top of, well, all things Facebook. We loved one of their recent posts, 5 Facebook Features to Jazz Up Your Marketing, so we re-purposed it for indie artists looking for inexpensive ways to build relationships with fans.

 

Five Useful Facebook Features for the DIY Musician:

1.       High Resolution Photos. According to AllFacebook, you can upload high-res photos up to 2048 pixels wide and high. Not only are images a great way to capture someone’s attention and keep them engrossed in your content, it gives you an opportunity to quickly tell a fan everything you’re about. Images should be professional but also interesting and representative of your music. You never know, if the quality of the image is high enough, a music blogger or critic may pull the image from your Facebook page for a review of your music.

Join our Group2.       Focused Groups. Create an exclusive group just for your super fans. Think of it like an old school Fan Club, but much more interactive. This can be a great way to turn a group of fans into a dedicated street team. Make the members feel special by giving them access to exclusive content. Reveal secret tracks, give away backstage passes, provide insider information on the band, release songs to the group a few days before releasing them to everyone. Once you build a strong community here, they certainly won’t mind helping out every now and then by spreading a message when you need it (like getting the word out about a new album or show).

Facebook Questions3.       Facebook Questions. Having a hard time making a decision about your music? Ask your fans. Facebook’s new “Questions” tool makes it easy for you to ask and easy for fans to answer. Good questions include where you should play your next show, what you should title your next song or album, where to film a music video, or even what you should eat for lunch. Sometimes the goal will be market research, other times the goal is simply to start a conversation.Facebook Places

4.       Places & Deals. Utilizing the Places feature is a no-brainer for musicians – encourage and reward fans for checking into your shows. You can create deals for albums, merchandise, tickets and packages of your content. A few artists (like Rihanna) have experienced some success with offering the group deals on content.

Like5.       Like Buttons. If you haven’t added Facebook’s Like button to your other sites and blog, do it now.  Generating more Likes on your Facebook page gives you more people to market your music to.

Add your favorite Facebook Features in the comment section below.

12Apr/11Off

How to Enter uPlaya’s Search for the Best uPlaya Press Kit

Follow the instructions below to potentially win a Nady Mic Filter and an Analysis and Promotion Pack from uPlaya ...

 

1. Make sure your uPlaya Press Kit looks as engaging and professional as possible.

Log into your account at uPlaya.com, select the Artist Profile tab and then the Edit Profile/UPK link to perfect your Press Kit. This includes uploading music, photos, album art, press clippings, your YouTube channel, and also an interesting biography of your music.

 

2. Copy the URL for your uPlaya Press Kit.

In the Edit Profile/UPK section, select the "Copy URL" button. This is what it should look like:

uPlaya Press Kit Contest - Copy URL of uPlaya Press Kit

 

3. Visit the Contest Page and click the "Enter Contest" button to fill out the Entry Form.

uPlaya Press Kit Contest - Contest Page

 

4. Fill out the required information in the first page of the Entry Form and select the "Continue" button.

uPlaya Press Kit Contest - Entry Form Page 1

 

5. On the second page of the Entry Form, title your uPlaya Press Kit and paste your Press Kit URL in the second form field.

To paste on a PC: right click in the box and select "Paste" from the menu that appears; OR select "Control"+"V".  To paste on a Mac: hold the "Command" button while you click inside of the box, select "Paste" from the menu that appears; OR select "Command"+"V".

uPlaya Press Kit Contest - Entry Form Page 2

 

6. Select the "Upload" button and you're done!

For more help, email us or check out the resources on this blog for help perfecting your uPlaya Press Kit.

12Apr/11Off

Announcing uPlaya’s Search for the Best Press Kit

Show Off Your uPlaya Press Kit and you could win ...

a Nady Microphone Pop Filter

to create quality, crackle-free recordings, and a

Music Analysis and Promotion Pack

to analyze and promote all the new music you create

Enter the Contest

Cost to Enter: Free

Deadline: Friday, April 15 at 11:59 EST

EDIT YOUR UPLAYA PRESS KIT and SUBMIT IT TO THE CONTEST NOW

Instructions

  1. Make sure your uPlaya Press Kit is ready by logging into your account at uPlaya.com and uploading great content.
  2. Copy the link of your uPlaya Press Kit and paste it into the contest platform here.

Win Music Gear, Analysis and Promotion from uPlaya

Prizes

The Nady Mic Pop Filter attaches to your microphone stand to protect the mic and eliminate popping sounds on your recording.

  • Pop filter for vocal microphones
  • Designed for professional vocal recording environments
  • Stops plosives and protects your mic
  • Includes boom and microphone stand clamp
  • Swivel mount for easy positioning; flexible gooseneck holder

The Winner will also receive an Analysis and Promotion Package from uPlaya for 15 of their songs. The Pack includes 15 contest tickets and access to Premium uPlaya features. The winner will get further promotion through the uPlaya Blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Judging

To be considered, your uPlaya Press Kit must have

  • At least one song uploaded and marked as Public.
  • At least one professional photo/image in your photo gallery or set as your Album Art
  • A biography for your music (no length requirement)

Extra consideration will be given to artists who

  • Display creativity in their biography
  • Showcase professional and original photos
  • Feature music videos of their music
  • Include press clippings

The more interesting information you have in your press kit, the better!

Need help adding content to your uPlaya Press Kit? Here are a few resources:

7Apr/11Off

Use Twitter as a Market Research Tool

uPlaya Blog: Use Twitter as Market Research ToolMost people consider Twitter a way to blast a message out quickly, but a smart musician knows that it can also be an invaluable market research and analysis tool. Even if you aren’t able to produce 140 character updates several times a day, Twitter is still useful as a fast and easy way to see what people are talking about, and more importantly, what they care about.

Not only is Twitter search now three times faster, there are new advanced features to help you find the conversations you want.

Use Twitter's New Advanced Search as a Market Research Tool:

  • Let’s get the obvious out of the way – Search for yourself and your music. If you don’t already have an RSS feed set up to update you whenever someone mentions your band name, you should. Also search for your album title and popular songs. By doing this, you’ll gather invaluable feedback on your music and also identify some of your biggest fans.
  • Search for bands that you look up to who may have similar fans. See what they’re talking about, see what their fans are talking about. What do they do that make fans happy?
  • Search for events going on around your community. You may find events you want to get involved in or places where you can spread the word about your music. Just type in the name of your city, community or a popular nearby landmark. You’ll also discover some of the most influential people in your community (at least on Twitter) by using the “People” filter.
uPlaya Blog: Use Twitter as Market Research Tool

Search for "Savannah, GA" under the People filter

  • Search for topics you are interested in learning more about. Want to optimize your music promotion? Search “promote music”. Not only will you find the latest Tweets and conversations on the topic, you can also use the “People” filter to find new people to follow who consistently post advice on topics you care about. Other topics that may be of interest: sell music, publish music, record music, share music

 

uPlaya Blog: Use Twitter as Market Research Tool

Search for "Promote Music" under the People Filter

  • Pay attention to the Trending Topics each time you visit Twitter. Although most of them are fleeting fads, you will get a sense of the types of things people like to talk about. Ultimately, you want people to talk about your music, and having your finger on the pulse of what’s newsworthy never hurts.

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