Last year, vinyl unit sales totaled 9.2 million, a 6.1 million increase in 2013. With 2015's vinyl sales up 37% in the first three months of the year, and the growing popularity of Record Store Day (which is tomorrow - go buy something) it looks as though digital music is going to have to work a little harder to kill off the legend that is vinyl records.
Everyone knows the music business is tough, and with so much conflicting career advice out there, it's enough to make your head spin! There are, of course, the time-tested words of wisdom that apply no matter which path you embark on, but here are three surprising music career tips that you didn't know you needed.
As an independent band, it's important to get on the road and play in places that aren't your hometown. Even if you aren't ready to tour yet, it's a good idea to start branching out and doing weekend runs in nearby towns, so you can start building a regional base that will make touring easier in the future.
Negative reaction to the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA), which many view as discriminatory against gays, continues to grow, with Wilco and others cancelling concerts there. But a group of established Indiana based record labels and music companies have are calling for different approach.
Just about anyone who has music available is using the song-for-email strategy. If you’re not on board, basically you trade music in exchange for an email address. It’s a great way to grow your list, and by now we all know that email is one of the best ways to stay in touch with your fans and push out news and offers.
Musicraiser, an online community where musicians engage directly with their fans to offer them exclusive rewards in return for helping fund their activities and projects is expanding their reach.