Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, we provided sage council to the independent, do-it-yourselfers out there on a variety of issues, including how to jumpstart your video marketing strategy, how to get the world to care about your music, how micro-influencers can help you to sell more tickets, and more!

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How To Spend Less, But Sell More Tickets

1While every artist and promotor wants sold out shows, pouring endless amounts of money into every aspect of marketing isn't usually an option for the typical musician. This piece looks at how to budget your money effectively in order get the greatest return on every marketing dollar spent.

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Getting To The Top Of The Pile When Submitting Your Music For Licensing

1With record deals no longer what they once were, and live shows and merch sales notoriously unstable, music licensing has become one of the best ways to make reliable and significant money in the music industry. That said, the competition is understandably significant. Here we look at how to get ahead of the pack.

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Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetization

Facebook-musicDIY distributor TuneCore has added a new opportunity - Facebook and Instagram monetization. Facebook recently cut licensing deals with all three majors, Merlin and others for music on all its platforms, but this is the first time we've heard of funds trickling down to DIY artists. 

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Spotify Opens Access To Official Playlist Editors To All, Guarantees Release Radar Placement

image from spartists-1.global.ssl.fastly.netSpotify has launched a new beta feature that gives artists, labels and their teams a channel to submit unreleased music directly to their editorial team for playlist consideration. The new feature also guarantees playlist placement for an artist or label selected track on the Release Radar playlist of all their followers.

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Don't Wait For U.S. Music Modernization Act: What All Artists Performing In Canada Can Do Now To Get Paid More

1With the future of the Music Modernization Act looking uncertain, and things generally not looking great for artists in the performance rights in general, Shawn Wilson offers some advice on what those artists performing in Canada can do to pull down a little more money.

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Why Americans Reward Themselves With Concerts, Events [INFOGRAPHIC]

Concert mobile phoneThe average American spends $199 a month, or about 22% of their disposable income, on non-essentials for themselves; and a large percentage of it is spent on concerts, festivals and other events. Crack the code of what motivates event goers and you sell more tickets.

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8 Free Online Resources To Create An Album Cover

Screenshot 2018-07-18 07.22.50After you've dumped blood, sweat, and tears into recording and mixing an album, there still remains the final step of creating album artwork. While this element of the process may not be one artists want to sink a lot of time or energy into, these eight online resources can help musicians pull together cover art with ease.

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3 Social Scenarios That Make An Artist Website More Important Than Ever

1While many artists may be tempted to rely solely on their social media channels to connect with fans, and forego a website entirely, this strategy can backfire in a number of ways. Here we look at why have a dedicated website can be critical to an artist's success.

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Merch Cat Adds Fan App For Direct To Fan Sales [EXCLUSIVE]

image from musicbiz.orgMusic merch management app Merch Cat has launched the Merch Cat Fan app, a direct-to-fan sales tool centered on the live show. Fans can use it to buy merch at live shows, or anytime, and artists get access to purchase data.

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Tom Sarig On The Rediscovered Power Of An Indie Label [Podcast]

2Here Tom Sarig, music industry veteran and founder of the AntiFragile Music label as well as running the Esther Creative group, discusses the power of the indie label and what it can do help artists in a way majors no longer do.

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How Micro-Influencers Help Sell More Tickets

1While traditional advertising remains an essential part of promoting a tour or show, industry influencer are much more trusted by consumers, and therefore can be a powerful promotional tool. in this piece Georgina Rutherford explains the power of the mico-influencer.

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Your Three Communities, Part 1: Your Super Fans

image from cyberprmusic.comBuilding community is the best rewarding way to build an engaged fanbase. Amanda Palmer's crowdfunding efforts earned her $2.8 million from her community of supportive fans. Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR explores the three communities that make up every fan base and how to engage each.

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CD Baby's Kevin Breuner On August's DIY Musician Conference 2018

DIY-Musician-Conference-in-Nashville-1132x670Kevin Breuner Of CD Baby joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about the 4th annual DIY Musician Conference being held August 24-26th in Nashville. CD Baby expects another standing-room only event, welcoming 1500 independent artists.

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Performance Rights Disputes: What They Are And What Causes Them?

1As old as recorded music itself, disputes over ownership have permeated the music industry for decades. Luckily the advancement of technology has made it a little easier to keep performance rights in check. In this article we explore exactly what performance rights disputes are, and where they come from.

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How To Be A Responsible Music Fan In The Streaming Era [VIDEO]

responsiblePayments to artists for streaming music do not come close to equalling income from downloads, at least in the short term. To make matters worse, the top 10% tracks account for 99% of all streams on Spotify. That means that the vast majority of tracks on the service get less than 1% of total plays. So, in the age of streaming, what can a responsible fan do to support the music they love?

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Who Owns The Publishing Rights To Your Music, And How Is The Money Split?

1As a writer of music, you may be curious where the money comes from when your composition is consumed, whether via streaming, live performance, or any other medium. Here Chris Robley breaks down exactly who owns what, and where the money goes.

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Spotify Playlists, Influencer Marketing, YouTube Placement: Case Study Of Indie Band Victors

1In this case study, the team at Burstimo worked to raise the profile of the band Victors to the next level, by hitting hard on YouTube, Spotify, industry influencers, and social media as whole. Here we explore the story of their success.

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