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 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?
Music provides many benefits to your overall well-being. It can give you that extra boost in the morning to get the day started. It can relax you at the end of a long day. It can set the mood for your next party or help you get through your next breakup. But how does music impact children? Dixie Somers explains in this article how learning music as a child can be a vital part of their brain development.
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.
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.
As an artist, touring can be the heart and soul of getting your music out to the masses in the most personal way possible. But venues, like any other business, want to make a profit. So, talent buyers spend a lot of time vetting artists that will pack their venues. What are they looking for and how can you make sure you have everything you need to play at the venue you want? Brandon Waadenburg gives an in-depth look into the world of music venues and how you can come out on top when you are looking for your next gig.
Today it seems that everyone can place a song out on the internet and call it "promotion." However, because everyone has the accessibility to post anything on the internet, there are a lot of duds that miss the mark on promoting properly. It is important to remember that everything that you put on the internet is a representation of your brand as an artist. Music veteran Andy Gordon reminds us in this article to get back to the basics in promoting your music on the internet.
In the age of digital media, there is very little that we cannot do over the internet. If you are a musician, the internet will be your most valuable tool to send information out to the masses. It can also be a very cost effective and efficient way to get publicity. Email interviews can be a great opportunity for any artist, but in order for it to convey the correct message your answers have to be answered properly. With many email interviews under her belt, Brooke Segarra shares in this article the proper etiquette when conducting your next email interview.
Rap music has grown to be one of the most beloved genres of music. Over the years, rap has evolved to reach people of different nationalities and backgrounds. In recent years, rappers in Germany are selling more records than their US counterparts. What is the secret to their success and how can you build that buzz for your next album? Lukas Caminzind shares in this article tips to create buzz for your next album just like the Germans.
As an independent artist, it can be very easy to want to find as many opportunities to gain exposure. For some, getting exposure can be a challenge. For others, exposure can mean taking every opportunity to let the world know about your music. But is there a line for having too much exposure? If so, where do you draw that line. In this article Kyle Williams explains how exposure can be used to either help or hurt your career.
There is something to be said about artists that hone their craft. However, the goal of writing one song a week takes pure diligence and discipline. But what if you put in the effort to write one song per week? What would you learn about yourself as an artist? How do you think you would grow as a person. Julie Geller found out a lot about herself as an artist with this challenge and is sharing her findings in her latest article.
With 2015 just getting underway, it may be time as a musician to re-calibrate your goals for the new year. If you are a seasoned independent artist, this time in the year is great to evaluate your achievements for the past year and focus on what lies in the year ahead. For the DIY musician novice, now can be a great time to decide what aspects of your career you would like to focus on and what can be held off in the upcoming year. Ariel Hyatt shares in this article how to goal-set in the upcoming year for your music career.
Distribution in the music industry is one of the most important aspects of any musician's career. It means that you are getting your music out to the masses, which could mean more sales and ultimately more money in your pocket. As helpful distribution is for an artist, there is not a definite formula that fits everyone's needs. To find the right formula, pros like Jorge Brea can be a major help in figuring out what works to get feature placements for your distribution.
ASCAP has announced a new CEO, Elizabeth Matthews, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She has replaced John LoFrumento, who retired after 17 years as ASCAP CEO. Given her previous work at ASCAP, her pick was a unanimous choice between 12 writer and 12 publisher members. ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams says “her enthusiasm for taking on the new challenges of the digital era is unparalleled”. ASCAP currently stands as the 2nd largest US based Performing Rights Organization with over 520,000 writer and publisher members.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Nia Jones, the new community manager of Hypebot.com's sister site, MusicThinkTank.com. Nia joined us as an intern in 2014 and has proved herself an invaluable addition to the team. Immersing herself in the music industry as much as possible, Nia has helped develop strategies for musicians ranging from unknown indie artists to Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement and YG.
Independent musicians have a lot on their plate. With touring, recording and promoting artists have to handle all aspects of their career on their own. This, however, can raise some issues. Without the large team of publicists, booking agents, and managers behind them, artists normally have to make every aspect of their career appeal to those that they want to partner with. With that in mind, Simon Tam reminds us there is a fine line between promoting yourself well and over selling yourself as an artist.