Community is often a huge part of being a successful artist, with the result that artists may often feel that they're missing if they don't have a scene with which to strongly identify, or a there simply isn't one at all. Here we look at how to build a music scene from the ground up.
This week we gave the music industry's scrappy self starters tips and advice on why they can't get their careers off the ground, essential YouTube metrics every artist needs to keep an eye on, how to diversify their music income without going insane, and much more!
While many artists prefer to record the songs they write themselves, but for others having another more known artist record a version of your song can be a lucrative opportunity. Here we look at the best way to pitch such a song to a potential 'buyer'.
In this insightful interview, Andrea Canter Matos of Castle Peak Music discusses her background in synch licensing, the sort of music she looks for when placing it in either film, television, or an ad spot, as well as some of the more common mistakes and oversights she sees from artists who send in their music hoping for placement.
Beyond just maps, certain apps have become invaluable for the iPhone totting artist hitting the road. Here we look at for of the most essential to have, whether you're promoting a show or just trying to communicate with your bandmates.
While the Music Modernization Act to revamp music copyright has its critics, most in the industry support it. Here, Sound Royalties' Alex Heiche explores the objections in detail, and finds most insufficient to dampen enthusiasm for the bipartisan legislation.
The annual National Association of Music Merchants (or NAMM) Trade Show tends to evoke a good amount of excitement among music industry gear heads, and 2018 was no exception. Here we look at nine of the most notable such releases from this year's show.
When it comes to working in the music industry, success is hardly a guarantee. Ensuring success may not seem possible, but it there are certain things which may be sabotaging your chances of advance your and your bands career.
CD Baby has launched a free DIY Musicians app to foster a community of musicians sharing questions, successes, tips and more. Registration is required, but users do not have to be a CD Baby customer to join.
For a long time official artist channels were found only on label-owned Vevo, but all that is about to change, much to the delight of Google-owned YouTube, which will now allows artists to upgrade their channels to "official" artist channels.
A unique and valued platform for both creators and consumers of music since its creation in 2007, SoundCloud has grown to become an integral part of the world of digital music. Once expected to surpass a billion dollars in value, however, the service's future has now become uncertain.
Here data journalist and music curator Emily Blake of Next Big Sound shares her thoughts and insights on finding trends in music, as well as how artists can and should use data for leveraging success.
Besides acting as a platform from which to showcase your content and allow your fans to access your brand, YouTube also has important analytics tools that offer artists important feedback on how viewers are reacting to the content they post. Here we look at six such metrics.
Instagram has come a long way since its launch in 2010, and is now established itself as one of the best platforms for artists hoping to reach their fans and build their brand. Here we look at ten statistics demonstrating Instagram's value as a marketing platform.
Gone are the days of simply leaving promotion to the labels, with artist managers now taking to the web to proactively boost their artist's presence. Here Dan Tsurif of Mercenary Management outlines how YouTube and other social media can be leveraged to maximize an artists online presence.
With such a large and engaged user base, YouTube can be an excellent platform for artists to market their material to fans in an interactive capacity. As even the most casual YouTube user may have noticed, however, the comments section on YouTube isn't often a paragon of civility.
While many involved in the music industry may feel that they have one skill to bring to the table that they hope to make a living off of, a true entrepreneur must diversify their income streams, bringing in more revenue and allowing them to survive even through tough times.
Although it surprising didn't receive any Grammy wins even after its explosive success over the past year, the popularity of Despacito has been a strong indicator of the opportunity presented by the Latin market for streaming platforms. Here we use the Spotify playlist Viva Latino to dig into the bigger picture from a numbers perspective.
Independent Venue Week will make its US debut this July 9-15 in cities across the county. The wildly popular UK edition of Independent Venue Week launched in 2014 with Colin Greenwood of Radiohead as its ambassador.
This week on the Music Business Weekly podcast, Michael Brandvold discusses the importance of an artist's biography, press releases and a press kit with Wade Sutton of the Rocket To The Stars artists services firm. You'll learn the importance of finding the right story and what should and shouldn't be part of each part of any press kit.
A recent legal win for songwriters brought the exciting news that mechanical royalties for interactive streaming will be kicking up by roughly 44% over the next five years. Here we look at five important facts artists should keep in mind regarding this increase.
Music festivals are an important meeting point between artists and their fans and can represent a major springboard in the career of aspiring musicians and bands. In recent years, the festival scene has become dominated by the major names in the market like Coachella, Tomorrowland, Rock in Rio, and Fuji Rock, to name just a few. Being booked by these can be a dream for any emerging band - but it can be hard, too, as all others know the importance of such an event in their careers. But there are many smaller events gaining a lot of attention nowadays that might be easier to get into, with potential fans that will set aside the mobile pokies guide they're reading to listen to what you have to play.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces on how to supercharge your music venue, the challenging decision musicians face when it comes to college, how you can effectively market your band, and more.
In our independent do-it-yourself department this week, we covered how to land your first video game soundtrack, how to put together a grant proposal to fund your music, what you need to do to avoid burnout as a musician, and much, much more.
When comes to getting your music to consumers, putting it on major streaming services has by this point become essential, and while the royalty payouts have been getting a lot of negative press, there are a number of other less direct benefits to have your work on major streaming services.
Music Modernization Act Sets Stage For Songwriter, Publisher Tug Of War, says Attorney Wallace Collins
All week we've been looking at the ins and outs of the Music Modernization Act; and while the legislation has near universal support from major music trade groups and tech companies, it also has some critics. One of those with concerns is music attorney Wallace Collins, who was one himself an Epic recording artist.
When on tour, college towns can represent a great opportunity for artists looking to book shows, but attracting the college demographic carries with it its own set of challenges. Here we look at how to effectively market to a college audience.
While many emerging artists have chosen to eschew labels, there are still a number of advantages to having the backing of a traditional label. Here we delve into how artists can refine their approach when it comes to trying to land a record deal.
As many are now aware, Facebook is rolling out a massive change to its newsfeed algorithm intended to favor posts from friends over public content and advertisements. Here we look at how this shift could affect you and your band page, and what you do to counteract it.