Our tips and advice for the industry's independent self-starters out there this week covered how you can use your mailing list to actually get people to your show, how to book increasingly large gigs over time, the best way to revive cold music industry contacts, and more!
This week on Hypebot, some of our most popular covered the preservation and return of Aerosmith's first touring van by 'American Pickers' Badash's edging out of BTS curtesy of Google AdWords, how Spotify runs the numbers on an artist's monthly active users, much more!
Last year's MIDiA survey of musicians was groundbreaking. Now, the music industry consultancy is back with a new edition of the survey that every musician - big or small, indie or major label - should take part in.
What you communicate in your social media posts is of course important, but almost as consequential is the time at which you post. Here we look at optimal posting times for the major social media platforms in the contemporary media environment.
While a dream of many, a life on the road brings with it countless challenges, temptations, and setbacks, which is why it's so important to have someone with you to steer the ship. Here we talk with a veteran tour manager about how to manage the slings and arrows of touring.
Getting people to actually show up at your show can be exhausting, and if you've been at the DIY artist thing for awhile, chances are you've given most attendance tactics a try, from social media blasts to old school postering. At the end of the day, however, the mailing list is the most likely to get potential concert goers off the couch and out of the house.
When just starting out on an instrument, it's inevitable that some mistakes will be made, but this is only a problem if you don't learn from these errors in order to ultimately become a more successful artist. Here we look at six common pitfalls that aspiring musicians often fall into when starting out on the instrument.
Last year, the band Filter had announced that original members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang were reuniting to record a new album, their first since the band's 1995 debut, 'Short Bus.' The reunion has now been canceled and the band is blaming PledgeMusic.
YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers can now seamlessly transition between a song and its music video. Users will now see a video button at the top of the screen as they start listening to a song, and with a tap, they can watch the music video or flip to the audio at the same point in the track.
Earlier this week, Hypebot published an important Music Biz Weekly podcast interview with Attorney Chris Castle delving into the demise of PledgeMusic and its legal ramifications for artists, vendors and the music industry. Because of the importance of this topic, we've had the full interview transcribed.
In this second part of a series on artist development and establishing an effective team, Camille Barbone delves into the role of the music producer, including how to find one, what their responsibilities are, and how to work with one.
Despite how good they may be as performers, many bands struggle with making the transition from playing tiny clubs to large rooms on sought after bills, but toiling away in obscurity can be detrimental to an artist's career, and their moral. Here we look at how to expedite the transition to bigger, fuller venues.
When it comes to the pursuit of your music career, it's guaranteed that not all your plans will come together - but having a backup plan in place when failure inevitably hits can help keep you on the track to success.
If you've entered the difficult world of music PR, you've doubtless faced the bone-chilling silence which greets most of your pitch emails. Getting a response to your carefully crafted email can largely hinges on finding just the right person to contact - here we look at some helpful tips for finding cold contact you want.
AI-powered music mastering platform LANDR has closed a $26 million Series B financing round led by Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure and state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?
Creator subscription platform Patreon has raised an additional $60 million that it says will be used "to take creator memberships to a whole new level." Patreon has more than 3 million active patrons and 100,000 creators on the platform, and has paid out more than $1 billion to date.
After pouring your sweat, tears, and of course money into an album, you're likely going to want someone to actually listen - unfortunately, there are a number of all too common blunders artists often making leading up to the release process which can limit your audience to just a handful of listeners.
“Every song on a record is trying to accomplish something,” Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys quips at the start of a new 'MasterCourse filled for Funny Or Die. “That song, in particular, was trying to get me a new pool.”
While copyright tends to get the most coverage when it comes to music industry law, trademarks and trademark rights are also incredibly consequential to any artist, band, or DJ. Here we look at the importance of choosing a unique trademark and ensuring you register it through the proper channels.
Attorney Chris Castle sits down with Micahel Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast to talk about Pledgemusic. Castle offers his insights into when the current debacle started, why it may have happened and what could happen next including bankruptcy and administration.
This week in our tips, tricks, and ideas for the indie artists out there, we offer counsel on what you need to know about independent venue week, provide a quick guide to the ins and outs of YouTube streaming, look at what it takes to become a merch pedaling pro, and much more!
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Nostalgia • Staying Healthy On Tour • Making The Industry Safer For Women • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on how music engages the brain to evoke nostalgia, what musicians can do to stay healthy on the road, how the music industry can, and should, be made safer for women, and more.
Digital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists - artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label.
With the embarrassment of riches that social media has given us, it can be difficult to decide where exactly to target your marketing efforts, and trying to cover all your bases can often lead to you covering none of them instead. Here we look at how to pick and choose which social media platforms to bring down the hammer on for maximum marketing efficacy.
A new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades.
YouTube has a vast assortment of tools which artists can utilize when looking to connect with fans. Here we explore YouTube Live, a feature which allows you to engage with viewers in real time, through a medium which is only expected to rise in popularity moving forward.
To get anywhere in the music industry, everyone needs a launching point, and internships can provide a great opportunity for industry hopefuls to get their toe in the door and begin a lengthy and promising career in the music business.