Reputation is everything for a new local band that is trying to gain connections and a following. No matter how big your town is, the music scene is always a small, tightly knit community, and word travels fast.
You’re an artist! You can’t handle a 9-to-5 job. That’s a spiritual death sentence. So what are you to do? You need money to live in between your Spotify payments. So what are your options?
"SXSW didn’t protect the integrity of its brand, simple as that. And now... it’s a massive free for all that feels kinda-fun (see aforementioned bands and beer) at best and obligatory at worst."
On Wednesday afternoon the Songwriters Equity Act was reintroduced to congress with bipartisan support. The bill, if passed, would amend sections 114 and 115 of the Copyright Act to ensure fair market value is a part of the royalty equation for songwriters.
In a long awaited move that signals the globalization of the music industry, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recently announced an international alignment to release new music on a Friday.
Eventbrite has partnered with Next Big Sound and The Wild Honey Pie to conduct a nationwide search for undiscovered artists coast to coast. Two winners will stake claim to the prize of performance slots at the ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase and The Wild Honey Pie’s Beehive at Northside Music Festival.
The service industry is a special kind of challenging, particularly retail. There is no telling who or what could walk through your door. The kind folks at Dangerous Minds have spent 2002 - 2014 documenting some of the finest idiocracy to grace their record store.
"Legal streaming is something I had been awaiting for years as a music fan. It took our industry over a decade to finally release platforms that are seamless for consumer use as opposed to suing fans in the Napster era." writes Emily White. "As I’m all about things that make sense, as a fan, I couldn’t wait; championing this concept in 2010 right before it came upon U.S. shores."
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.