Revenue from merch can be a fantastic way to supplement your income as a performing musician, with the additional bonus of providing free advertising. Here we look at the basics of getting into the merch game, from design to sale.
When the fairness of payments to artists and labels is debated, it's important to factor in that monthly subscription prices for Spotify and other music streaming services varies from territory to territory; and that's just fine, writes Glenn Peoples.
Pitchfork today debuted a new section dedicated to of hip-hop. “Levels," the first new section to launch on Pitchfork since “The Pitch” debuted in 2013, hopes to be "the essential destination for hip-hop obsessives."
In this piece Chris Castle defends the Harry Fox Agency which has, of late, been heavily maligned as debates over the Music Modernization Act Continue to rage on. Here he looks at the facts and explores alternative solutions to simply ganging up on the HFA.
Alongside a backdrop of late payments to at least one distributor, music download store eMusic has just released a white paper spelling out an ambitious blockchain ICO. But, writes David Gerard, their plan leaves some significant questions unanswered.
Iceland Airwaves has become the first major international festival outside of the U.S. to close the gender gap. Their move is a part of the global initiative Keychange, in which 109 festivals pledged last September to further gender equality at music festivals with the goal of achieving an equal gender ratio by 2020.
Troy Carter is exiting Spotify in early September, the streamer confirmed on Monday. Statements issued by Carter and and CEO Daniel Ek point to an amicable exit after a fruitful partnership.
Sony collected a $768 million windfall from the sale of less than half of its 5.7% stake in Spotify (SPOT), according to Q2 results published Tuesday. The sale helped boost what was already a solid quarter for the company.
With the rapid pace at which the music industry is changing, the methods which worked for promoting your band as recently as a few years ago have become less and less effective. The upside to this, however, is that a number of new techniques have emerged.
TUE. BRIEF: Sony Sells Spotify Stock • Apple To Report Earnings • UMG 4Sale • Troy Carter Exits • More
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The long rumored departure of Spotify's Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter has been confirmed by the music streamer. He will exit in early September, but will continue to advise Spotify, according to multiple sources.
One of the largest and most engage market segments, millennial music fans are ripe to be marketed to. In this piece we look at four essential rules for making sure your next show or festival is packed to the gills with millennials.
iHeartRadio has added “Your Weekly Mixtape.” This "Discover Weekly" for radio fans offers registered users a personalized playlist that mixes music from favorite artists and songs, as well as, new releases and trending music "fine-tuned for each individual listener" each week.
It is no secret that data now drives who gets signed, with record labels chasing stats in search of the next streaming friendly hit. But analyst Mark Mulligan and some label execs are wondering how music can evolve when A&R is a reflection of current trends rather than as a tastemaker; and how an out of the box music can find a place with an increasingly closed loop of statistics.
Canadian musical sensation Drake has been smashing a number of streaming records lately, and a recent look at some of the financial numbers have revealed the artist has thus far pulled down over $100 million from streaming services alone.
More than a year after it offered two then unreleased tracks by Kanye West for sale, Music Mafia is still online offering hundreds of unreleased tracks, demos and unreleased music videos from major artists ranging from Usher to Iggy Azalea for sale and auction.
Dropping The Ball Instead Of The Bass: How Every Musician Can Learn From The Onstage Mishaps Of Skrillex
While not an attempt to discredit Skrillex, this article looks at how the popular dubstep DJ's use of a complicated series of time sensitive electronic devices has had a tendency to open him up to mishaps on stage, and what other artists can do to avoid such debacles.
In this article, the good people at 6/8 Music highlight Music Minds Matter, a UK based initiative which works to provide musicians with comprehensive mental health support, including advice, signposting, and professional therapeutic services.
In the way of large-scale, logistically complex freelance performance, musical entrepreneur Ari Herstand breaks down eleven key components regarding how artists who are hired for a freelance gig should conduct themselves, particularly if they don't want it to be their last.
SoundExchange distributed $208.7 million in sound recording performance royalties in Q2 2018. That's up both 17.5% over the same quarter last year and the $189.9 million paid out in the Q1 of this year. The PRO has paid out a total of $398.6 million so far in 2018.
The Mission Impossible franchise proved that it still has lots of life left as “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” debuted with $153.5M in worldwide box office revenue, according to estimates compiled by comScore.
MON. BRIEF: Concord Acquires Fania • Google Hearts Pirate Bay • Sky Ferreira Locked Out Of Soundcloud • More
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This week, we shared sage council for independent artists out there struggling on how to find the right video agency for you, five mistakes you should avoid making in your local scene at all costs, why blogging remains a powerful tool for musicians, and more.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Sell Out Shows • Record Label Job • Submitting Your Music For Licensing • More
Recently on MusicThinkTank this week, we explored how to master social media in order to sell out shows, how to land a job at a record label, the art of getting the top of the submission pile when it comes to music licensing, and more!
In this revisitation of the week's biggest industry news, we look back on the state of activism in hip-hop, YouTube's expansion of music credits, how some segments of broadcast radio are switching things up to appeal to millennials, and more.
Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.
This week, Hypebot's most popular articles looked at an alarming dip in Spotify's subscribers, how to the most out of the streaming services new pitch platform, the difference between performance and mechanical royalties, and more.
While much of the music industry's future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform.