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Adam Meyers: Solo Artist, Jaywalker Front Man, and True Indie Musician
Adam Meyers proves you can go after your love of music and end up a solo artist, in a band, and able to help charities

Adam Meyers proves you can go after your love of music and end up a solo artist, in a band, and able to help charities

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Brittney Chantele Uses Hip-Hop to Start her own MVMTs
Artist, Storyteller, and Activist, Brittney Chantele uses music to start movements (and now she's a part of our MVMT!)

Artist, Storyteller, and Activist, Brittney Chantele uses music to start movements (and now she's a part of our MVMT!)

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Buffalo Rose's new single release + Schenley Park release show tonight prove that indies get aesthetic, philosophical, and musical freedom
Listen to Buffalo Rose's new single "The Last One" live tonight at Schenley Park -- and stream their modern folk all day to get pumped for it!

Listen to Buffalo Rose's new single "The Last One" live tonight at Schenley Park -- and stream their modern folk all day to get pumped for it!

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ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND THE VICS TRULY ROCK OUT ON THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
Welcome The Vics from California, PA

Welcome The Vics from California, PA

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Wink Styling - the PGH Lash and Beauty Boutique that knows how to treat indie musicians like stars
Here's the lowdown on this amazing MIC creative that you can hire for your own makeup, styling, and beauty needs

Here's the lowdown on this amazing MIC creative that you can hire for your own makeup, styling, and beauty needs

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Why does health matter in my music career? I’ll sleep when I die! YOLO. [Product Development]
Health might be the part of the music career you're struggling with and don't even realize.

Health might be the part of the music career you're struggling with and don't even realize.

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"I don't panic anymore. ...because of the IMBM, anyone can be an independent musician now, without a label." - millaze
Millaze shares how she uses the IMBM daily to combat music career fears and woes.

Millaze shares how she uses the IMBM daily to combat music career fears and woes.

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Wale Drummer Eric Curry on how to stay in killer shape while traveling the country on tour for a living
Wale drummer Eric Curry took my cycling class because he doesn't miss a beat staying in shape while touring the country! Here's how he meets his music career and fitness goals with a tour bus life.

Wale drummer Eric Curry took my cycling class because he doesn't miss a beat staying in shape while touring the country! Here's how he meets his music career and fitness goals with a tour bus life.

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Communication with your fans makes them want to be your fans (duh.) [Level 1 - Fans]
If you communicate with your fans, they'll be your friends, and that's kinda what this is all about.

If you communicate with your fans, they'll be your friends, and that's kinda what this is all about.

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Home Runs will simplify EVERYTHING in your music career [Level 1 - Fans]
If you always go after singles and doubles in your music career, you're wasting your time, money, and energy.

If you always go after singles and doubles in your music career, you're wasting your time, money, and energy.

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Don't forget that you exist online -- this is how to get more fans from it! [Level 1 - Fans]
You and your music exist online -- here's how to use it to help your fans (as opposed to sitting there dormant, not doing much for your music career.)

You and your music exist online -- here's how to use it to help your fans (as opposed to sitting there dormant, not doing much for your music career.)

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How to get the press to pay attention to you & your music [Level 1 - Fans]
Don't be part of the noise in music-writers' inboxes - get them to WANT to write about you.

Don't be part of the noise in music-writers' inboxes - get them to WANT to write about you.

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True Fans are the answer to your music career woes (& why your friends/family might not "get it") [Level 1 - Fans]
Do your social media stats feel pointless? Are you taking what your friends/family think about your music career too seriously? Learn about "True Fans"/"Superfans" here.

Do your social media stats feel pointless? Are you taking what your friends/family think about your music career too seriously? Learn about "True Fans"/"Superfans" here.

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The IMBM Intro (Section 1)
IMBM Section 1: An Introduction to the IMBM, and how it's "Where Music Careers Begin."

IMBM Section 1: An Introduction to the IMBM, and how it's "Where Music Careers Begin."

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Laneway: Product Development (Section 2)
IMBM Section 2: Product Development Laneway, how to optimize your music, health, and general living of your life.

IMBM Section 2: Product Development Laneway, how to optimize your music, health, and general living of your life.

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Level 1: Fans (Section 4)
IMBM Section 4: Level 1 Fans, starting from the bottom and gaining True Fans.

IMBM Section 4: Level 1 Fans, starting from the bottom and gaining True Fans.

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Level 3: Definition of Success (Section 8)
IMBM Section 8: Level 3 "Definition of Success", live your personal definition of a successful music career and upkeep it sustainably so you can live at the top of your Pyramid!

IMBM Section 8: Level 3 "Definition of Success", live your personal definition of a successful music career and upkeep it sustainably so you can live at the top of your Pyramid!

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Level 2: Money (Section 7)
IMBM Section 7: Level 2 Money, when you stop your non-music jobs and do your music full-time with Lifestyle Branding activities.

IMBM Section 7: Level 2 Money, when you stop your non-music jobs and do your music full-time with Lifestyle Branding activities.

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Level 2: Fans (Section 6)
IMBM Section 6: Level 2 Fans, when your True Fans hit the tipping point and you move into "label-funded" activities.

IMBM Section 6: Level 2 Fans, when your True Fans hit the tipping point and you move into "label-funded" activities.

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Level 1: Money (Section 5)
IMBM Section 5: Level 1 Money, funding your music career efficiently before you can do it full-time.

IMBM Section 5: Level 1 Money, funding your music career efficiently before you can do it full-time.

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Laneway: Business Basics (Section 3)
IMBM Section 3: Business Basics Laneway, all your business necessities, none of the excess fluff you've been told to do.

IMBM Section 3: Business Basics Laneway, all your business necessities, none of the excess fluff you've been told to do.

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What is an Indie Musician? 4 details to clear your confusion
If you don't know what an "indie musician" is, well, here you go.

If you don't know what an "indie musician" is, well, here you go.

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"Publishing" isn't as intense as it sounds
"Publishing" isn't as intense as it sounds, you're probably doing it already.

"Publishing" isn't as intense as it sounds, you're probably doing it already.

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IMBM Intro: 5 Reasons You Can Have a Music Career
Need an intro to the IMBM? Here you go.

Need an intro to the IMBM? Here you go.

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MIC 2017: IMBM Drop, MVMT Begin, and a Slick Rebrand
What is MIC and what are we doing?

What is MIC and what are we doing?

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Newcomers A$ and the Downtown City waste no time as they burst onto the PGH Music Scene
A warm MIC MVMT welcome to A$ and the Downtown City as they hit the ground running

A warm MIC MVMT welcome to A$ and the Downtown City as they hit the ground running

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Repping yinzers’ pedestrian traffic fails, indie band Jaywalker leaves the world a better place with their reggae-infused rock
PGH's Jaywalker goes from high school fun to true PGH indie music scene success

PGH's Jaywalker goes from high school fun to true PGH indie music scene success

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Kellee Maize, PGH's Conscious Rapper, Premieres on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and Releases the First Snapchat Kaleidoscope Video EVER
Meet Kellee Maize, a VIP in The MIC MVMT, on her new acting role on Decker: Unsealed, the album inspired behind it, and her latest music releases!

Meet Kellee Maize, a VIP in The MIC MVMT, on her new acting role on Decker: Unsealed, the album inspired behind it, and her latest music releases!

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Pop Thief on Craiglist, Childish Gambino, and the Community behind indie musicians
We welcome Pop Thief into the MIC MVMT and hear their thoughts on our dope PGH indie music community (it's so much more than just "networking")

We welcome Pop Thief into the MIC MVMT and hear their thoughts on our dope PGH indie music community (it's so much more than just "networking")

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Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six and that one time Channing Tatum was at one of their shows (and didn't say hello)
MVMT-Welcoming Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six, who share why it's great to control your own destiny by being indie musicians

MVMT-Welcoming Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six, who share why it's great to control your own destiny by being indie musicians

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How 1 fateful Uber ride manifested the raw collective-inner-self sound of PGH indie band A Little Less Human
Welcoming PGH indie band A Little Less Human into the MIC MVMT, and sharing their story on how 1 fateful Uber ride made it all happen.

Welcoming PGH indie band A Little Less Human into the MIC MVMT, and sharing their story on how 1 fateful Uber ride made it all happen.

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Native Alloys create the music they'd want to join themselves
Native Alloys share their tactics for being indie -- and we welcome them to the MIC MVMT!

Native Alloys share their tactics for being indie -- and we welcome them to the MIC MVMT!

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Standard Broadcast: Quintessential PGH indie rock band and founders of The Indie Rock Fest
Standard Broadcast is the mastermind-organizer behind the Indie Rock Fest -- see behind-the-scenes of how a rock band incorporates a cello and does everything on their own, indie-style.

Standard Broadcast is the mastermind-organizer behind the Indie Rock Fest -- see behind-the-scenes of how a rock band incorporates a cello and does everything on their own, indie-style.

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Singer/Songwriter Henry Bachorski keeps it real and reminds us of life's little joys
Armed with a guitar and a passion for music, Henry Bachorski reminds us what it's all about.

Armed with a guitar and a passion for music, Henry Bachorski reminds us what it's all about.

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The unapologetic indie band Bad Custer is repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit
Welcoming one of our newest The MIC MVMT members, the unapologetic indie band Bad Custer repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit

Welcoming one of our newest The MIC MVMT members, the unapologetic indie band Bad Custer repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit

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TV/Movie Composer Davin Wood on how to stop dithering and get your music out to the world (and onto things like Cartoon Network!)
MIC's client Kellee Maize took us to Hollywood, and Davin Wood's music made her Pop Star character nail the part -- here's how to be a successful indie composer like him.

MIC's client Kellee Maize took us to Hollywood, and Davin Wood's music made her Pop Star character nail the part -- here's how to be a successful indie composer like him.

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There You Are goes from jamming pre-teens to the kind of creative indies who’d wear lingerie if their show happened to be in, say, a lingerie store
See behind-the-scenes of There You Are, a PGH indie band that embraces the freedom of being indie.

See behind-the-scenes of There You Are, a PGH indie band that embraces the freedom of being indie.

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The Mixus Brothers, 2 villainous brothers in a western novel seeking revenge and serenading PGH
The Mixus Brothers, Jebbh and Red Mixus….two brothers out to avenge their slights.

The Mixus Brothers, Jebbh and Red Mixus….two brothers out to avenge their slights.

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The Red Western on food, beating Foals at basketball, and the best parts about being indie
The Red Western on food, beating Foals at basketball, and the best parts about being indie

The Red Western on food, beating Foals at basketball, and the best parts about being indie

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The Hills and the Rivers - Busking DIY Folk Extraordinaires
Welcome The Hills and the Rivers to the MIC PGH Publishing Catalogue! Catch them busking around town this summer!

Welcome The Hills and the Rivers to the MIC PGH Publishing Catalogue! Catch them busking around town this summer!

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June 2017: The IMBM Countdown is finally here.
The Countdown to the July IMBM "Blast" Begins -- since 2009 my MIC team and I have been waiting for this.

The Countdown to the July IMBM "Blast" Begins -- since 2009 my MIC team and I have been waiting for this.

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January 2017: Takeoff
The Takeoff. 2017 means the IMBM is (finally) being shared, after all these years of research.

The Takeoff. 2017 means the IMBM is (finally) being shared, after all these years of research.

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Punchline Lead Singer Steve Soboslai on how to make your life easier as an indie musician
Punchline Lead Singer Steve Soboslai is back in Pittsburgh, and gives some solid advice for indie musicians with their product development.

Punchline Lead Singer Steve Soboslai is back in Pittsburgh, and gives some solid advice for indie musicians with their product development.

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