While tax season is dreaded by many, it can be a particularly trying time for those making a living in the music business. In fact some artists simply don't bother paying taxes at all, which can lead to devastating consequences. Here we look at how to prepare for tax day and avoid the wrath of the IRS.
An expanded Music Modernization Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress yesterday by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), ranking member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and 28 bipartisan cosponsors. While not without critics, the bill has received widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of the nation’s antiquated music licensing laws.
While physical music sales continue to trundle downwards streaming can, for many artists, seem like the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to revenue - particularly if you can land your music on a playlist. Here we examine some of the best ways to do just that.
When it comes to being a successful musician, at least some content marketing is essential, and while much of this comes with a hefty price tag, starting a blog can be done for almost no money, and provides a lot of scope for marketing opportunities.
The music business tends to lend itself to collaborations in ways that can benefit all parties involved. In this piece, CD Baby's Chris Robley details six different types of collaboration which can help artists grow their fanbase.
Facebook is the least trusted tech company in the U.S. by a wide margin, according to a new poll by Survey Monkey and Recode. Poll respondents were asked to choose among Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Snap and Uber.
With tax season now fully upon us, artists may be feeling overwhelmed with paperwork surrounding the arduous task of filing. Here we look at a basic explanation of the most common tax forms for musicians, as well as when they'll be needed.
While many industries are structured in a way which benefits the early risers among, the music business is one of few populated largely by night owls. Here we look at why the business caters to night dwellers and why can be a scheduling challenge for all of us.
YouTube's ability to detect a song's 'sonic fingerprint' is what allows artists to make money off of these of the platform, but not all kinds of songs qualify. Here Chris Robley clarifies what audio doesn't make the cut.
While recorded music sales may facing choppy waters, the live music market remains healthy and strong, making it a preferable vein for recording artists to focus on. As with so many aspects of the music industry, having an agreement in writing can spare all parties a lot of grief. Here Jusin M. Jacobson catches us up on how these agreements work.
[UPDATED] In a fractured media landscape, marketers often encourage artists to "be" everywhere their potential fans might be. But with 973,000 logging into Facebook, 481,000 tweets and 187 million emails sent every minute, getting above the noise is harder every day.
Buying in bulk and then hoping it sells to fans can be a disastrous way for artists to conduct their merch sales, something which can be avoided by setting up pre-orders. Here we look at some real world strategies for setting up a pre-order.
As the music industry continues to shift and change, appearance and the visual component of music are becoming increasingly important, and having a graphic designer to rely on is essential for ensuring that you make a good visual impression.
A classic form of marketing, the business card continues to endure in 2018, but their ubiquity can often make it difficult to stand out from your peers. Here we look at why business cards remain relevant, and how to maximize their effectiveness.
Folk Alliance International has released their post-conference report. This year’s 30th-anniversary celebration took place in Montreal, Quebec, February 13-17, and welcomed a record 2,855 attendees from 35 countries around the world.
Our advice for independent artists looking to make it on their own in the music industry this week covered tips on surviving a tour without loosing money, how the right mindset can help you be successful in music, four amazing tech tools for creating music, and more.
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In this cycle back through important music business stories from the past few days, we revisit the very real music industry gender pay gap, how record deals are on the uptick (provided you're in hip hop) a meme gives Fleetwood Mac a hit forty-one years after the fact. and more.
Three very different veteran artists (an experimental rocker, an industrial hip hop producer, and a jazz guitarist) offer advice on how to tour on your own terms and successfully navigate the DIY circuit.
While artists have experience some frustration with YouTube's changes to its ad policy of late, a new form of advert known as TrueView for Reach could start pulling in significantly more ad revenue for artists and bands.
Multi-platinum selling songwriter, two time Grammy nominee and SESAC Songwriter of The Year, Jim Brickman has announced his inaugural Bootcamp for Songwriters, to be held the weekend of July 26 to 29, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
DistroKid has launched a clever free app to help artists boost their followers on Spotify. After all, the quest for more followers and streams on Spotify has become the holy grail of music marketing; and thanks to the music streamer's use of data, more streams leads to... more streams.
While ability and good intuition are certainly assets when it comes to finding success in the music industry, a proper mind set and commitment to putting in the necessary blood, sweat, and tears is also needed when it comes to coming out on top in today DIY-driven music business.
For unsigned bands, promoting your music can be an even greater challenge than for those with a label attached to their name. Here we break down ten principles for success which unsigned bands and artists can use as a guide to marketing their music.
Which music streaming service pays musicians and songwriters the most most per stream? As Spotify goes public, Apple Music picks up steam and YouTube prepares to launch a new paid music service, Statista dug into the latest stats to find out.
With Spotify now becoming one of the best ways to showcase new music, artists are eager for ways to get their music on the platform and quickly see results. Here we look at five different avenues for getting your music into the ears of potential fans via Spotify.
Regardless of genre of style of music, technology has advanced to the point where artists now have a greater variety of better than ever tools at their fingertips than ever before, even when on a budget. Here we explore four awesome examples.