Saturday 4/22 is the 10th Record Store Day, with hundreds of independent record stores celebrating a resurgence that most thought would never happen. Thanks to vinyl, survival skills and loyal fans, these stores are, for the most part, experiencing a resurgence. But that will only continue if you turn off your computer, put your phone down and go buy something.
Many artists may have conflicted feelings about cover songs, for although they can be fun to play and offer an easy way to connect with your audience, it can also be irritating when cover songs are all an audience wants, or when they get more attention than original compositions. Here we look at the best way to make cover songs work for you.
While radio may have once been the means of making or breaking a hit, the onset of the streaming age means the playlist is now the primary avenue for listener discovery. Unsurprisingly, this has given rise to a new form of payola, with companies emerging that specialize in getting artists' music on playlists...for a fee.
My journey to a life in the music business began as an intern in the A&M Records Boston office. I'll always thank Billy Gilbert and Barry Korkin for giving me a chance. But how can you snag the internship that launches your career? The Cyber PR team offers some stellar advice.
ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” Expo took place last week in Los Angeles. The national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, artists, producers, publishers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together to share their knowledge and expertise.
"Songwriting is fragile," says Garth Brooks, "(yet) it's the most important step in music." But the craft is undervalued in the digital age. The number of full-time songwriters in Nashville is down 80%, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l. In the film, "The Last Songwriter," some of Nashville's best discuss the demise of the artform.
[Op-Ed] Copyright Office legislation is moving through Congress, and the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill when they return from Easter Recess. In this op-ed, leaders from five leading advocacy organizations come together to explain why this debate is important for all creatives.
Social media is an integral part of our waking lives, and just as each platform has its own distinct attributes, each one represents an opportunity for a band or musician to draw attention to themselves and their work. That said, there are certain basic practices that apply universally across all the different platforms.
With the launch of Spotify For Artists yesterday, the streamer bundled features like analytics and profile management tools that any musicians or music marketer will find invaluable. And with the elimination of a previous 250 follower limit, made those tools available free to all artists and their teams.