In this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of music managers and the music management companies behind them so you don't have to, so you can make an informed decision about where managers fit into your music career.
New information suggests that indie music publicists have been struggling with a media landscape that's getting smaller and smaller, making it that much harder get coverage from an ever shrinking pool. Still, as Chris Robley here suggests, as the power of the press decreases, it's one less gate keeper for musicians, who can instead invest their resources elsewhere.
Look, let’s keep it real, if you are a musician and you don’t have an online presence, you pretty much don’t exist. You need to put yourself out there if you want to make a living in the music industry. How else will people discover your work?
Michael Beinhorn produced albums have sod 45 million copies, and he is one of only a handful to have two separate recordings debut in Billboard’s Top Ten in the same week. Beinhorn joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss pre-production and much more.
A career in music can fill your life with excitement and passion, but while incredibly rewarding, life in the music business carries with it a number of inherent risks as well, including financial and personal instability and risk of addiction.
In the world of DIY and Indie music this week, we take on how to best keep fans engaged on social before a show, some compelling reasons to enter the Independent Music Awards, four essential Instagram practices for musicians in 2019, and more.
PledgeMusic, which has been plagued by months of late payments and non-payments to artists, has issued a new statement as part of an aggressive attempt to save the struggling music crowdfunding platform, which many artists, labels and marketers have come to rely on.
The rise of the online marketplace has, in many ways, made it easier for musicians to get discovered online, but playlist culture often means that even if listeners discover a single song, they may miss the bigger picture - and broader context - of your music and image as an artist.
Once your music is ready for release, the next step is to prepare a carefully crafted press release that will communicate to any reader all the key information about your music in way which is comprehensive, clear, and to the point, and which draws fans in. Here we look at how to do just that.
This week on Hypebot, some of our most popular articles covered hotly debated issue of whether physical CDs are still worth the manufacturing cost, PledgeMusic's game of fastball as others exit the platform, ways in which music videos will dramatically shift in 2019, and more!
Spotify is beta testing Canvas, a new feature which allows artists and labels to add a fullscreen, 3-8 second moving visual to tracks. It replaces cover art and will loop in the Now Playing view of the Spotify app.
Engagement (particularly when it comes to social media) has become all the buzz for not only bands and artists looking to connect with fans, but also for the venues where those musicians perform. Here we look at six techniques venues can use to draw in music lovers.
Music, copyright, and the internet have a long and sordid past together, but the internet also has been greatly beneficial to independent artists. That's something which, indie musician Stephen Blythe and Techdirt's Mike Masnick both believe could come to fiery end, should Article 13 of the EU's new copyright legislation come become law.
The Independent Music Awards will soon be given out, bringing industry attention to self-released and independent artists. Here Alexandra Kennedy outlines five reasons to enter the IMAs by February 1.
For those serious about their music career, dismissing Instagram as a casual photo sharing app can be hugely detrimental to your career. In the wake of Instagram's meteoric rise to become one of the top social media platform's, we look at four key practices for artists looking to capitalize on the service in 2019.
SoundExchange distributed $953 million in sound recording performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners in 2018, more than in any year their 15 year history. A strong fourth quarter distribution of $345 million to music creators helped put the PRO into record territory for the year.
Even in the early stages of brand development, it's a good practice for bands or solo artists to take the time to register their name, and any particular logos associated with the act, through the proper copyright channels. The process is relatively painless, and can help your brand grow, in addition to keeping you safe from counterfeit sellers.
PledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers is returning to the struggling crowdfunder as a volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board. PledgeMusic has come under fire over the last six months for widespread late payments and non-payments to artists.
Benji Rogers is returning to PledgeMusic as a "volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board" as the music crowdfunding platform continues to struggle to pay artists monies pledge to by their fans. In keeping with the sincerity and openness that has made him a popular figure in music tech, Rogers has penned an open to PledgeMusic artists and fans.
While there is a lot of nostalgia surrounding the CDs and CD buying culture, the manufacturing costs and associated complexities of creating them leave a lot of more contemporary artists wondering if, in the digital age, CDs are really worth it at all.
Copyright and publishing law is complex enough, but once remixed enter into the equation, the amount of gray area can often double. Here Chris Robley details some of the complications that exist, and what steps you should take to make sure a remixer is compensated appropriately.
[UPDATED] Sound Royalties has added a Nashville location. To oversee the expansion of the music industry specialty finance firm, Sound Royalties’ CEO and Founder Alex Heiche is now operating full time out of Nashville.
As a contemporary artist marketing your work, it's essential to focus on video across all available platforms. Here we look at three basic tricks for how you can utilize video in effectively promoting your music to fans.
Last week, Bob Lefsetz brought the plight of the many artists that have not been getting paid on time by PledgeMusic for the last 6 months to a broader audience. Now Fastball, Bob 's posters boys for PledgeMusic transgressions, report that they received a little over half of the money due them.