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SXSW Music 2014

Your Data and Your LIfe

As musicians play an increasingly active role in managing their careers, they must keep track of and analyze an increasing amount of data. While countless online platforms exist to serve musicians, everything from remembering passwords to downloading sales information impacts how artists can make informed decisions about their careers. This workshop will offer true life examples and a plenty of spreadsheets to empower musicians to better manage personal and professional information.
We'll show you how to keep track of your music metadata (including why you need to know what ISRC, HFA and UPC stand for), passwords, mailing lists, release dates, video views, licenses, royalties, sales and performance income, songwriting credits, EFPTS payments, insurance and maybe even your drummer's wedding anniversary so you can spend less time in front of the computer and more time in the studio and on stage.

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  1. What kind of records do you need to keep of your recordings?
  2. What kind of personal information do you need to keep about yourself (and your bandmates)?
  3. Could you be taking business related deductions?
  4. What kind of personal information is gathered about your fans and what are some of the ethical questions of using it?
  5. Who do you need to share this data with and when should it be kept private?



Courtney Klossner, Community Manager, Patreon

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  • Event: Music
  • Format: Workshop/Clinic
  • Track: Other
  • Track 2
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