While it's well known that the music industry's top earning bring in a solid chunk of change, we here take a look at how the income of this demographic (e.g. music's top 1%) compares with the income of the average employee in an alternative field.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces looking at why fame can be so destructive, the dangers of incurring crippling debt while on tour, how social media can be effectively used to increase engagement at shows, and more!
While streaming has revitalized the music industry in lots of ways, many artists continue to struggle to make ends meet, something which the launch of numerous new analytic and discovery features by streaming services could help to change.
Most DIY artists know that utilizing social media is a necessary evil when it comes to promoting their music, particularly when it comes to live shows. Here we look at some smarter ways to grow your followers, maximize engagement, and sell more tickets to your shows.
If you're an artist or in a band, going on tour is likely something you're planning to do, if you haven't already. While touring can and should be an amazing experience, it must also be taken seriously and carefully planned out in order to prevent disaster.
This week on MusicThinkTank we covered why budgeting matter so much for independent artists, the essential apps to have on your iPhone while touring, what graphics can do for marketing your music, and more.
Beyond just maps, certain apps have become invaluable for the iPhone totting artist hitting the road. Here we look at for of the most essential to have, whether you're promoting a show or just trying to communicate with your bandmates.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces on how to supercharge your music venue, the challenging decision musicians face when it comes to college, how you can effectively market your band, and more.
For many musicians, the choice of whether or not to attend college can be a difficult one. While college can provide a lot of opportunities for both networking and improving one's skills, many artists find that college is out of their financial reach, or consider unnecessary to their success in the industry.
As you get more serious about your music career, it becomes essential to start investing serious time and energy into developing and launching an effective marketing strategy. Here we look at thirteen essentials components.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Entrepreneurial Musicianship • Termination Rights • Band Photography • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at how to rethink entrepreneurial musicianship, how time is running out for artists to exercise their termination rights, four essentials every band photographer needs, and more.
Photographing bands or artists can be a fun and interesting way to hone one's photography skills, but having the right inventory, both tangible and otherwise, is essential to capturing musicians at their best and most poster-worthy. Here we break down four essentials.
Regardless of your exact role as a performer in the music industry, you're likely curious about to convert your talents into actual revenue. Here we examine how artists in the business are actually making, and how they're not.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we explored articles covering how to develop a memorable stage presence, whether or not streaming killed the radio star, whether or not you should hire security guards for your music event, and more.
As anyone familiar with the music industry knows, 'the look' can often be huge part of not only and artist's stage presence, but also their personal brand. While musicianship and ability are certainly important, an artist's stage presence can also make or break their success.
When on tour, it's important to do everything you can to get the word out. There's no such thing as too much visibility when you're on the road, and even the vehicle in which you're traveling can serve as a great medium for promoting your band.
More so than in most jobs, there's a lot that can go wrong when it comes to gigging out, whether it's a broken guitar string or a hijacked van, we here look at ten common gig issues to keep an eye out for.
While music can be fun and relaxing, actually improving your abilities as a musician requires a certain amount of work, and putting in the effort isn't always easy. Here we look at four ways to become a better musician and make sure you're getting the most out of your practice time.
Not a surprise to any working in the industry, the music business is not always the most lucrative, particularly for those musicians look to eek out a living on their own. Luckily, the lifestyle of a musician does allow for other part time work. Here we look at fifteen of the best part-time jobs for those looking to make it in the music business.
For those in the industry making and releasing music, one of the most common themes when it comes to their goals and concerns, is successfully building and growing a fanbase. Here we look at how it can be done.
As artists develop and grow throughout their careers, they will likely reach a point where it becomes time to consider hiring a booking agent. This can be an important step in taking your career to the next level, but is also not something that should be done too quickly.
This week on MusicThinkTank we looked how not experimenting with musical instruments can set you back in your music career, and a new course now available in music licensing, 2018 music film competitions.
When we think of instrumentation in bands, we typically think of the same basic lineup, genre depending. Branching out and experimenting with different instruments or different ways of playing can work creative wonders for artists, however, and prevent an act from going stale.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Educational Benefits • Soft Skills • Make Money With Industry Gear • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at how you can gain knowledge of the fundamentals of mixing, the showdown between digital and acoustic piano, how to successfully implement Google AdWords, and much, much more.
Running a music venue can be one of the most exciting jobs in the industry, providing opportunities to see fantastic shows and meet some of your favorite artists. That said, it also requires a great deal of skill and wherewith-all to do successfully.
While many artists have likely used Facebook or Instagram as a means of promoting their music, but many musicians may not bother with Google AdWords and the its massive potential for reaching a wide swath of potential consumers.
[UPDATED] While achieving success in the music industry can be a challenge no matter what, trying to do so without following any kind of formula makes building a career in the music business even harder. Here we look at the proper formula to follow in order gain traction in the industry as quickly as possible.