Tips to License & Release Holiday Cover Songs

With the holidays fast approaching and holiday tunes playing all around, it’s a time of year where artists can add their own twists on classic holiday hits. While it may seem simple to record and release your own version of “Let It Snow”, there are a few specifics to keep in mind prior to distributing a cover song. Stem wants to make sure you follow all appropriate guidelines. Read on to learn the nuances of covering a holiday song.

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Five Ways to Revive Your Music Discography

Planning for new releases is typically the focus of most artists and their teams. However, there’s great value in celebrating an artist’s existing catalog, too. To help jump-start promoting previous releases, we’ve compiled five tips to help revive your music catalog. These tricks aim at increasing album streams, using your discography as evergreen music promotion and reaching your fans throughout their music discovery.

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2018’s Guide to Market Your Music with YouTube

YouTube is not only a valuable platform for musicians to host their music but for marketing it as well. In this post, we’ll guide you through how to grow your YouTube channel as well as use it as content with other marketing efforts to nurture your current audience and reach new fans.

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Four Reasons to Get Verified on Spotify (And How to Do It)

As an artist, Spotify verification opens the door to additional features and profile control. Read on to learn more about how to get verified on Spotify after you’ve distributed your music through a service like Stem. Having a blue check mark next to your artist name is an important milestone for artists on social media and on the streaming platforms. This provides an added level of notoriety and legitimacy for artists when fans search for their profiles to stream their music.

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How to Grow Your Video Visibility with YouTube SEO

YouTube is the second largest search network after its parent company, Google. As an artist, it’s more valuable now than ever to have a presence on YouTube and showcase your music. In this post, we’ll guide you through the process of increasing your video’s visibility through YouTube SEO.

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GRAMMYs: How To Become A Voting Member & Make Your Voice Heard

It’s that time of year when everyone in music starts looking ahead to next year's GRAMMY Awards. Want to have a say in the awards this coming year? In this post you’ll learn how to become a voting member, key dates you should keep in mind, and how to cast your vote.

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Performing Rights Organization: What It Is & Why Artists Should Use One

A PRO collects public performance royalties and helps songwriters and publishers get paid whenever their music is used in a public setting. This means when a song is played on the radio, at a restaurant, in a commercial or performed live in concert, anyone involved in the songwriting process gets paid public performance royalties.

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SEO for Musicians: 2018’s 4 Step Guide To Market Your Music

SEO (short for Search Engine Optimization) is a type of marketing focused on increasing the quantity (and quality) of your website traffic through Organic Search results. In 2018, having a digital presence for your music is more important than ever. You have a website, you have social media, you have streaming platforms, and you can use all of them to your advantage for the most visibility. Here's how.

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