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.
"Many new, undiscovered bands quite rightly wonder why they remain unknown while other, equally shit bands are showered in praise and press coverage. The answer, of course, is PR."
"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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
The self-proclaimed IDMB of music lyrics, Musixmatch, has announced the addition of Thomas Hesse to its Advisory Board. Hesse is the former President of Sony Music Entertainment, and joins Nicholas Firth (Former Chairman & CEO of BMG Publishing) and Stefano Hesse (Head of Corporate Communications at Facebook) as Musixmatch advisors.
Warner Music Group reported stronger financials for the first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014. Total revenue grew 7% on a constant-currency basis. During this mornings earnings call, WMG executives reported that revenue from streaming music is now within $1 million per quarter of income from digital downloads. More stats: