How much artists actually earn from streaming has been a popular topic of debate in the music industry for some time. Here, we look at a slightly different perspective on basic income forecasting, and exactly how the economics of streaming affect artists.
Once you've poured the necessary blood, sweat, and tears into your event required to ensure your attendees will have a good time, how do you guarantee anyone will actually show up? Here we look at five key ways in which you can boost your next event to encourage maximum turnout.
PledgeMusic's official Winding Up petition is now public and it shares little new information, including which assets are still available to be sold to pay off the failed crowd funders substantial debt to artists, labels and other creditors.
Friday is the last day to cast your vote using the SXSW PanelPicker to help choose which panels should be presented at SXSW 2020. Check out all the great panels and consider giving our own SMART TOURING: GUIDE BOOKING + MARKETING WITH DATA a thumbs up.
In this second part of a breakdown on how to improve your odds for success when producing tracks for licensing, we look at what you need in order to ensure you have your organizational ducks in a row with respect to your digital audio workstation, your paperwork, and your network.
While consumers often focus on an artist's ability to perform and their technical expertise, there is significant evidence suggesting that having a unique, authentic creative voice is in fact more important than ability.
Established as one of the biggest online distributors in the game, CD Baby has consistently provided a number of online features, including the option for artists to host their website through a company called HostBaby. No more, however, with the parent company recently announcing their plan to transfer all artist site accounts to Bandzoogle.
As with most social media platforms, bands and musicians operating on Instagram often struggle with getting their posts to stand out on amidst a crowded field, even as the platform's nuances become increasingly inscrutable. Here, we offer a helping hand in growing your follower base on the platform, and getting your content seen by more people.
With technology advancements running rampant in the industry, it has become incredibly easy for any artist with a laptop to create and release their own music. In this piece, we look at three major ways in which songwriters are edging in on territory traditional held by producers.
How To Add Lyrics To Instagram Stories [Have You Read Hypebot's Most Popular Post So Far This Year?]
Move over Spotify and Apple Music, Hypebot's most-read post of 2019 is about Instagram. Written by our friend Kevin Cornell, TuneCore Editor Content & Blog, Adding Lyrics To Your Instagram Stories offers practical how-to advice for a fairly new feature on one of social media's fasting growing platforms, Instagram.
For most artists starting out, touring represents a dream come true, and the idea of life on the road carries with it a colossally romanticized appeal. The reality, however, is that the touring lifestyle can be incredibly hard, challenging both your physical and mental health. Here we look at some important guide posts for taking care of yourself next time you load up the van.
10 Reasons Its Smart For Musicians To Go To A Big Festival, Even If They're Not Performing [Kosha Dillz]
As someone in the music game who usually goes on a mission to be on the list, I started something a few years back that has me fiscally supporting the (big or small) festival in hopes of playing it one day. I truly believe I am a good festival act, and for all festivals that I did this for, I was eventually booked to play. (my theory proved right)
Pandora is expanding its Independent Artist Submissions tool to make it easier to submit music for consideration. Unlike Spotify, Apple Music and even Pandora's own Premium streaming service, not all artists are chosen by its internal Music Genome Project for inclusion on the basic free Pandora ad-supported service.
As music streaming increasingly edges out traditional physical sales, pushing them further and further to the margins, artists are becoming increasingly reliant on merch sales - once a supplementary revenue stream - as a main source of income.
The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is the principle that, for many things, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. By applying this rule to social media and content marketing you can avoid fan burnout.
In this fourth segment of a four part series, we explore how to audit your event marketing in order to identify what's working and what isn't, and then double down on the aspects of your ticket selling strategy that are yielding results while jettisoning the tactics that aren't.
Spotify Co.Lab events are a coveted ticket for any artist actively involved in their own career growth; not just for the networking opportunities, but also for the real world, expert delivered knowledge. Now, Spotify is sharing portions of the later with all artists in a Co.Lab video series.
Hard though it may be to believe, technology has now developed to a point where you can create a professional song for literally no money. Here, we break down the process of creating a piece of music, from idea to distribution, without spending a dime.
While artists may love using instagram, the fact is that a lot of them aren't utilizing all of the platform's features as they should, and may not be getting the most out of Instagram that they can particularly when it comes to gaming the algorithm in your favor. Here we look at some advanced tips for taking your Instagram to the next level.
While most artists would benefit from embarking on a tour, the financial, an inability to be away from home, or any other number of factors can make touring an impossibility for some. Luckily, there are other ways to promote your act in the music business.
Pretty much every kind of social media capital is available for sale these days, and followers are no exception. Surprisingly, however, the very people whom you would think didn't need to purchase fake fans have, for one reason or another, accrued vast swathes of these artificial followers.
Musician, teacher, author and industry provocateur Martin Atkins has partnered with Millikin University for his most audacious project yet - Tour:Smart Bus Edition which embeds real live students on a real live rock tour.
This week Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss why you should release your video to both YouTube and Facebook on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast One of the most common questions that these two music marketers get asked is… 'I have a new music video. Should I release it to both YouTube and Facebook?.'
Chance the Rapper has become the first independent SoundCloud Premier creator to hit a billion streams. The Chicago native’s upload of his "#10Day" mixtape 8 years ago introduced his music to the world.
The idea of constructing a marketing plan can seem intimidating at first, particularly when it comes to the expense involved, but in reality a solid and effective marketing plan can be more about goals and careful planning than total dollars spent. Here we look at the five steps to putting together a solid music marketing plan.
In our tips and advice section this week, we offer independent, DIY artists advice on how to promote themselves on social media when they have zero followers, why touring has become more important than ever for up and coming musicians, some of the best techniques for boosting merch sales, and much, much more!