Last week, technology news site The Verge published a partial leaked copy of a 2011 contract between major label Sony and leading interactive streaming service Spotify. The contract has since been taken down at the request of the copyright owner, but the reporting, which includes details of the deal, remains.
Mary Meeker presented her 2015 Internet Trends report at the Code Conference in Cali and it’s filled with key information for artists. You can read the whole thing here but below I’ve picked out the 4 trends that will impact your music-making-self.
At the risk of sound like an ageist (and admitting that I'm no kid), I keep hoping for a changing of the guard at the top of the music business. Maybe then, real change will finally happen. With 67.6 the average age of the top execs heading the three major recorded music companies, you'd think that 'change is gonna come' soon. Then again, maybe not.
No two full-time musicians' schedules are identical. Depending on the projects they're involved in, the to-do lists will vary greatly. We spoke with Alex White, one-half of the heady garage-rock duo White Mystery. to get an idea of a typical workday, but she couldn't give us just one.
Most musicians know that songs, biographies, one-sheets, photographs, videos, press releases and interviews can all be used to help get gigs, blog reviews, radio play, endorsements, and so much more. But in what formats should these materials be submitted? Let’s review 4 possible options together with feedback from a few industry pros.
When you start making a bit more money as a band and get to the point where this is really your career, you need to start treating it like a job. Your band has become a company, and just like any other company, you need to organize yourself, deal with taxes, and protect yourself. Here is a How-To guide to set your band up as an LLC.
It seems that the car service Uber is becoming more than a taxi. It's also a way to deliver and even break new music to fans. Britney Spears released her new single "Pretty Girls" on May 3rd using Uber as the "vehicle" to get the word out.
2015 is the year Facebook video will reach parity with YouTube’s feature set and audience. The introduction of auto-playing video, changes to the platform’s algorithm to favor video, and Facebook’s strong investments in their mobile offerings are all coming together to create a powerful marketing platform.
Social media has become one of the most powerful self-promotional tools for all artists. But while many acts use social media like Facebook and Twitter to advertise new releases and upcoming shows, a few go the extra mile, upping their statuses as fan-friendly by interacting with others or posting clever content.
The Sync Project, a PureTech startup working towards scientifically measuring and harnessing music to improve health, has announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership involves joint original research, course development and an internship program.
Depending on who you talk to, the internet has either helped or hindered the music business. Some people think it's done both. Sure, sales are down and the economic paradigm continues to shift, but access to music has never been greater, vinyl sales continue to grow, and with such a low barrier to entry, it seems as if there are more new bands than ever. In spite of all of these varying factors, here are three reasons why signing a record deal may be a good idea.