In a contentious meeting yesterday morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to adopt new Net Neutrality rules, preserving a fair and open internet.
Good PR isn't cheap. Nor is it free. If you can't afford a legit PR campaign, then chances are you might not be ready for it... but at the same time, it's also extremely difficult to elevate yourself or your band without some good PR behind you.
As we reported yesterday, international recording industry trade body IFPI has declared that by summer Friday at 12.01 AM will be the new official date and time for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the US, UK and elsewhere.
Dispensing best practices for establishing, reaching, and growing your tribe, Seth Godin, an entrepreneur, marketer, and keynote speaker, speaks to the spirit of independent musicians and music industry professionals more than one might originally suspect.
PIZICATO is a newly launched digital donation website connecting fans with their favorite musicians, enabling them to send untaxed donations to help compensate artists by directly funding the music they love.
The rise of social media, websites, email lists, platforms for music promotion has impacted the music industry in a positive way, but with all upsides come downsides. Yannick Ilunga spoke with New York-based attorney Jo-Ná Williams to discuss best practices to protect your music on The Jazz Spotlight.
Musicians and creative cultural contributors rallied behind Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in an open letter thanking him for his unwavering commitment to strong net neutrality rules, penned prior to the Commission's vote on February 26th.
In an industry where musicians are constantly vying for any source of substantial income, CD Baby's rights management service known as CD Baby Pro forges ahead into 2015 with promise worthy of indie artist's attention.
In a world that has permanently shifted to instant news consumption, the internet is king in getting information to consumers. Cutting through a intensely saturated market is increasingly challenging, but Sam Friedman offers these tips from his post on Sonicbids Blog.
This time of year means music conference after music conference. For an indie musician, this means countless opportunities to learn and network. Singer and songwriter Elaine Romanelli shares the second installment of three on how to get the most out of music conferences with tips from our friend, publicist Ariel Hyatt.
Music conferences are in full swing this time of year. While I am sure that many of you are super excited for events like the Indie Artist Summit in Nashville this weekend, I want to bring to your attention another amazing conference coming up this week. This year's Folk Alliance International Conference brings over 3,000 attendees per year and is sure to deliver some great insights into taking your career to the next level. With conference season gearing up, Elaine Romanelli shares in the first of this 3 part series how to get the most out of music conferences from PR powerhouse Ariel Hyatt.
When it comes to your music career, it's not all about generating sales and making money. You do it for the joy, the creative satisfaction, and the positive impact your music has on people's lives. But creating revenue is important. Learn how with this excerpt from Bob Baker's The Five-Minute Music Marketer: 151 Easy Music Promotion Activities That Take 5 Minutes or Less.
When you are an independent artist, making an album is a feat in itself. All of the months of planning, writing, recording can be enough to occupy all of your energy. Now that the project is done, it is now time to market and release your album. But how do you know when is the right time to set your album out for release?
Neil Portnow, Jennifer Hudson, and Ryan Tedder joined forces on the GRAMMY stage last Sunday announcing the launch of the GRAMMY Creators Alliance. The Recording Academy established the alliance with the goal of giving singers, songwriters, and other industry professionals a place where their voice can be amplified and effectively heard. With Congress discussing taking action on issues directly tied to the music industry, an alliance among industry creators is more important than ever.
Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Blog
Everyone acknowledges that the current copyright law that we live under is outdated, but it's been really difficult getting any updates to the law passed in recent years, mostly because of special interest groups and the fact the a complete overhaul is required rather than just a few band aids.
I’ve been part of the DIY musical community for nearly 10 years, creating my own label, booking agency, PR team, being active in social media and speaking at conferences and writing blogs on how to survive and thrive as an independent musician. But lately, I have been talking with colleagues about the approach we have been advocating over the years and I have come to some new conclusions.
Michael and Carissa Alvarado of the group Us the Duo, otherwise known as Vine's first viral music sensation, first graced the internet with a #6SecondCover of John Legend's "All of Me" in 2013. An instant hit, the couple's account gained over 1 million followers in 30 days. 3.4 million additional followers later and a record deal with Republic Records in hand, the Alvarado's reminisce on what they feel in large part was an accidental start of their career.
In music, creative juices can get stifled the moment we mention the legal matters that come associated with it. As much of a drag it can be, the law can be of much benefit to your next project. In the world of hip-hop, many artists like to feature other artists on their songs to enhance the overall sound. But in the age of DIY artists doing everything on their own, many legal issues arise when proper steps aren't taken to protect all parties involved. In this article, TJ Bear shares tips and tactics to make sure that buying your next rap feature doesn't turn into a legal nightmare.
The booking agent, the journalist, and the sound guy are all names that every musician should, and likely already does, have on speed dial. It's pretty much a known fact in the music industry that networking is key. However, we also need to network outside of our industry, because quite often,we end up connecting with folks who boost our career unexpectedly. Here are five unlikely connections that you should add to your network ASAP!
Being an independent musician can often feel like you are doing things all alone. But there is solidarity for independent musicians. Music Conferences can be a very great way to meet with other artists, share tricks of the trade and learn from amazing industry veterans. If you are looking for the perfect music conference, look no further because this year's Indie Artist Summit in Nashville, TN will be an amazing experience you do not want to miss. Check out what the founder of the conference, Dave Kusek, has to say about the Indie Artist Summit.
The saying” all publicity is good publicity” is not always true. A band must be prepared to deal immediately with certain rumors and unfortunate mistakes that may unfold and tarnish its brand image. Good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster. Inspired by business consultant and USC Professor Ira Kalb, here are six tips to crisis management that can help save your brand.