With streaming now the name of the game, landing you track on a high-profile Spotify playlist can do wonders for you career. Here Chris Robley walks us through how to find the contact info for and reach out to the curators of major Spotify playlists.
While it may come as surprise to some, any email newsletter you send out as a band or artist has number of legal requirements. Here we detail five such necessary elements for any above-board newsletter.
As anyone familiar with the music industry knows, 'the look' can often be huge part of not only and artist's stage presence, but also their personal brand. While musicianship and ability are certainly important, an artist's stage presence can also make or break their success.
There is an important change being rolled out concerning how YouTube will deal with content uploaded by its users which contain artist copyrighted content, including the omission of revenue-generating ads.
Instagram's spiking popularity has caused artists to flock to it as a primary promotional channel, and amassing an engaged set of Instagram followers has become an essential part of any musician's online presence. Here we look at tools for increasing the effectiveness of your Instagram marketing.
Getting your music on Spotify playlists is the new Holy Grail of music marketing. But making it happen - particularly for an indie D.I.Y. artist like Macy Todd - isn't easy. Here Ariel Hyatt and her CyberPR team share their methodology and the results.
YouTube has yet again raised the threshold that a creators and musicians must meet to make any money on the videos they post. YouTube says that the changes are designed to "prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube." But the result is that it will take musicians and creators a lot longer to make a dime on the video service.
Several startups have tried to launch crowdfunding concert services in the U.S. and failed to gain traction. But Weeshing, which has already found success in South and Central America and attracted $9 million in funding, has just entered the American market.
As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.
After spending countless hours reaching out to the bloggers, podcasters, and other powerful tastemakers in the music business, being met with deafening silence can be frustrating to say the least. Here we look at five techniques for leveraging the press in your favor.
While creating a music video may seem like enough work itself, having a finished product doesn't mean your done, and having a proper release strategy will often make or break the success of your music video. Here we look at proper way to roll out your new music video.
Musician and artists advocate David Lowery has been sharing an analysis of the streaming royalties that he receives as the principle songwriter and leader of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven since 2014. Every year they offer an important snapshot of trends that effect all artists and rightsholders.
[UPDATED] Facebook has finally created a system for musicians and rightsholders to get paid for use of their music on the social giant. But they've also set a March 12th deadline to participate directly via an exclusive deal with the Harry Fox Agency's Rumblefish division.
As consumers become increasingly bombarded with advertising, that advertising gets increasingly easier to ignore, meaning bands and artists need to seek new (or in some cases old) ways of promoting their event. Thanks to the rise of social media, word-of-mouth promotion is seeing something of a resurgence.
[UPDATED] DistroKid has added lyric delivery to its low cost digital music distribution service. The company is the first indie D.I.Y. distributor to offer the service, with iTunes and Apple Music at launch.
We are helping Michael Brandvold build a directory of Spotify playlist owners, so anyone releasing new music can reach out and present their new music. If you have a playlist and are willing to get submissions for new music to add to your playlist, just fill out the form here and we will include you in a directory of playlist owners.
When it comes to selling physical copies of your album, packaging is king, with many records having been sold based on looks alone. Here we look five artists who took packaging to the next level when preparing their music for sale.
While purchasing tickets has become significantly easier for consumers than in pre-internet days, there is still a lost opportunity when it comes to distributing your event across the web. Here we look at how sales can be boosted by promoting them via commerce sites.
As the number one streaming service in an industry where streaming is now king, Spotify has become and essential platform for artists, and for musicians looking to get their music heard on a more global scale, nothing is more important than landing your tunes on a coveted Spotify playlist.
For first Music Biz Weekly podcast episode of 2018, Micahel Brandvold is joined by Jason Grishkoff from SubmitHub.com. Jason shares with us how SubmitHub was born out of a need for managing submission to his own music blog, Indie Shuffle and discuss how artists can use it to submit their music to blogs, radio stations, record labels and now... Spotify playlists.
When determining whether or not your video content is hitting home, there are some important metrics to pay attention to beyond just the view count, such as audience retention, subscribers, and where viewers are coming from.
While recorded music has seen something of a rebound thanks to the popularity of streaming, it's not the only segment of the music industry seeing a boost, as live entertainment continues to become a bigger and bigger part of the entertainment for both artists and fans.
Late last week, Facebook confirmed that it would be downgrading posts from Pages in its News Feeds, in favor of "more genuine" posts from friends. The announcement sent Facebook stock tumbling and cost CEO Mark Zuckerberg $4 billion personally. But, in fact, the decline in traffic delivered to page publishers, like musicians, labels and brands, has already begun.
The same plan to devalue pages in the Facebook News Feed that sent musicians and music marketers scrambling did the same for investors Friday. Facebook stock fell 4.47%, closing down $8.40 at $179.37. For founder Mark Zuckerberg, that translates to a $4 billion loss in his net worth.
Facebook has announced a major overhaul of its News Feed that it says will help in “bringing people closer together.” The changes, which effectively demote pages from musicians, labels and all businesses and brands, will roll out over the coming months.
Facebook has announced a complete overhaul of what will appear in its news feed. The move is a major blow to musicians and music marketers who have spent countless hours building an audience on the social network. This 2 minute video explains the changes:
In this scroll back through the past week's music business news, we revisit Facebook's massive new licensing deal, Scott Bortchetta's new talent show "The Launch", Bonnaroo's somewhat culturally irrelevant lineup, and much, much more!
This week we gave sage council to independent DIY artists on the ten best social media management tools to use, what the dark secret behind success in the music industry really is, the prose and cons of Patreon two years into its use, and more.