Getting people to a live show - particularly when it is outside of your home town - isn't easy. But indie rapper extraordinaire Kosha Dillz has some strategies that he's using to build a national fan base.
In the modern music industry, there is a certain degree of expectation when it comes to achieving success, an expectation that you will do it yourself, before labels come seeking you out. Here we look at five different tools for furthering that goal.
"(Google and other tech companies) are enriching themselves off the artistic, cultural and economic value everyone else creates," states a concerned and upset T. Bone Burnett in a scathing 5 minute video sent to the U.S. Copyright Office.
Jay Z has long been a player. In this case, we don't mean cheating on Beyonce. We are referring to his early stage investments in everything from Uber to JetSmarter. Now, he's working to formalize his activities as a VC by launching his own new fund.
Where should you be spending your precious time building an audience on social media? The obvious answer is wherever the fans are. But another major factor is which social media will deliver the biggest audience - not just now, but a year from now?
By any yardstick, Bandcamp is on a roll. Not only is it growing rapidly, as measured by both new artist and label signups and transactions, but the indie music site also experienced an exponential jump in fan growth after it made a single, simple change.
Here Peter Hollens outlines how YouTube can work as the perfect combination business school and incubator for the eager digital entrepreneur, as it allows artists to learn how to foster a community of fans while simultaneously allowing them the develop vital business skills.
On the 10th of February, Tom Petty of Heartbreaker fame was honored as MusiCares® Person of the Year, owing to both his accomplishments as an artist and for his long history of significant charity work and efforts defending artists' rights. Here we look at a transcript of his speech following the award.
In addition to its new 'Super Chat' feature, YouTube is also seeing a rise in the success live streaming video, although this has been a part of YouTube since 2011 the popularity of such content on Facebook, and the ability to monetize it means YouTube stands to gain greatly from pushing live streaming to the forefront.
Standing behind his vow to put face-value tickets in his fans’ hands, country star Eric Church has cancelled more than 25,000 secondary market ticket orders on his current tour and released them back to the public.
Landing your band a gig at a music festival can be one of the most effective ways of getting industry attention, both from fans and tastemakers. It also speaks volumes about a band's talent and commitment to finding success in the business.
The Trump administration and its new FCC boss have made clear their intentions to completely trash net neutrality protections, but the threat of backlash and the complications of rolling back such regulations means they'll likely try and and take a lazier, sneakier route towards undoing things.
The recent controversy surrounding PewDiePie has drawn further attention to some of YouTube's sordid hosting history, including numerous Neo-Nazi "Hate Rock" bands which the popular video sharing site not only hosts but also makes advertising money off of.
Although it's had a rough past decade or so, things seem to be improving for the global recorded music market, with at least five different countries showing massive gains in streaming in the year 2016, according to a recent handful of data.
[UPDATED] Sunday afternoon CDBaby.com went down during what the company says was scheduled maintenance. Almost 24 hours later, the site, an essential sales and distribution hub for tens of thousands of independent artists, was still not online.
Commentators on recent music business happenings this week weighed in on issues such as Congress's need to get serious about artist rights, why any company that buys Spotify will likely not be American, and why the Grammys were ruined by old men in suits.
Our sage counsel for independent, do-it-yourself artists and writers this week covered how you can enhance your Instagram content, how to target the people who will actually contribute to your crowdfunding campaign, how to use Spotify playlists to your advantage, and much, much more!
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at how to master the side hustle, the best way for artists and musicians to party successfully, looked at some of the greatest documentaries on musicians, and more.
This week, as we flip back through a full seven days of exciting music industry news, we revisit Songkick's trade secret sharing scandal, Sirius's victory in a pre-72 royalty case, Pandoras case for the construction of a full stack music streaming company, and more!
This week, the most popular articles from Hypebot included topics such as SoundCloud's continued need for cash, why the music industry is more innovative than you might think, Spotify's massive job expansions, and more.
In the latest development of the BMG v. Cox case, Judge Liam O'Grady is seeking to wreck the DMCA's safe harbors by insisting that Cox shell out eight million to BMG in legal fees, claiming that the use of these safe harbors as a defense was "objectively unreasonable."
Those familiar with Instagram know that an engaging composition is important to capturing fans' attention, but when it comes to standing out from the crowd, things get a little more complicated. Here we look at six key ways in which users of the platform can separate their content from the pack.
While the National Association of Broadcasters once again works to pass the Local Radio Freedom Act, something which would be harmful to recording artists everywhere, it becomes increasingly important for Congress to take real action regarding artist' performance rights.
Universal Music Publishing Group has named Rochelle Holguin to the newly-created position of Vice President of Creative Strategy. Holguin's new gig will see her with oversight of creative development and marketing for UPMG artists, songwriters and song catalog.
Regardless of who went home with an award on the night of the 2017 Grammys (Adele) it's important to consider for whom it had the best effect streaming-wise. Here we break down which artists saw the biggest post-Grammys bump.
It's clear that streaming is the present and future of music consumption. Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' was the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy this past weekend, Prince's Warner Bros. catalog was streamed almost 5 million times in two days (up 6,323% from the previous two days) after being released onto more streaming platforms, and more and more services are popping up to compete with streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.
Celebrate Success: 4 Party Ideas For Musicians And Artists - MTT - Music Think Tank
For many artists and musicians who consider themselves original, a generic party simply won't cut it, and a somewhat more off the beaten path celebration is required. Here we look at four innovative party ideas that can a musician make the kind of splash they want.