Calfornia Bill AB 5 has now passed both houses of the Legislature and is headed to the Governor to be signed. The bill, aimed primarily at helping ride-share drivers, could also reak havoc in the indie music industry, re-classifying those who were once known as independent contractors as full employees.
In this piece, James Shotwell tackles the triple minefield of a cultivating a creativity based career, the opinions of others and when they matter, and the inevitability of death as it relates success in the music industry.
Have a reliable problem solver/organizer you can turn to can be a huge asset when you're trying to make your way as an artist in the music biz, but just because you'd like to have a helping hand, doesn't mean you're necessarily ready to make the leap of hiring a full-time manager.
While the term "music career" typically evokes the image of a center stage musician, the industry holds a much greater variety of job options outside of performance, and indeed many of them are far more lucrative, as well as more stable.
Cultivating a successful career in the music business is more difficult than many other industries, and while experience and talent are certainly helpful assets when it comes to getting an employers attention, there's one quality they're looking for in potential hires that trumps all others.
Many people are still raised with the belief that a college education is the best way to put you on a path to success in the workforce, but in an industry like the music business, experience is far more prized than a high GPA. So how does higher education fit into a field like music?
The modern music studio is about more than just the musician, and for those looking to pursue a career in the music business, much of what happens in a recording studio is as much thanks to the team of engineers behind the console as the person in front of the microphone.
While internships can be a great way to put you on the road to industry success, unpaid internships can often class out promising candidates by not offering the support necessary for them to get their foot in the door.
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.
The music industry, like so many others, is distressingly male dominated meaning that, in addition to making it harder for female artists and producers to break out, systemic issues of objectification, discrimination, and sexual assault are pervasive throughout all aspects of the business. Here we look at some ways to make the music industry a safer place for women.
In this piece, sound designer and industry veteran Cameron Gorham walks us through what it's like to work as a sound designer in the modern music industry, as well as some fun projects for creating your own unique samples.
The music business has always been a competitive one - now more than ever - but as the industry continues to rebound, there are a number of things you can do to raise your profile and help make yourself stand out, thus increasing your chances of landing a job in the field.
A recent study from the USC Annenberg's Music Coalition revealed that only two percent of producers are women, as well as only three percent of mixers and engineers. In this round table, a variety of some of the industry's top female producers discuss a plan of action for raising women's profile on the other side of the mixing board.
Sony has announced a new music format called “360 Reality Audio” that gives listeners the feeling of being immersed in sound from all directions. It is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and makes it possible for artists to create a 360-degree musical experience by mapping sound sources such as vocals, chorus, and instruments with positional information of distance and angle to suit their creative and artistic purpose.
The idea of working in the music industry holds significant appeal, but as with so much of the entertainment business, it can be difficult to know where to begin, and how to advance. Here we look at three essential elements to focus on when working earn your place in the music biz.
Global independent music distributor and artist services provider DITTO Music is looking to add a skilled Trade Marketing Manager to its U.S. team to lead the development of artists and labels with their retail partners.
By popular demand, Hypebot Music Business Job Board is back in business! For just $29, we'll post a summary of your job opening or internship on the front page of Hypebot including contact info and a link to more. We'll also give each job post some love on Facebook, LinkedIn and to our 56,000+ Twitter followers. Every opening is also archived under our Jobs tab.
Nicki Minaj is using her Beats 1 radio show to launch a new front in her campaign to blame those that she alleges prevented her new album from debuting at #1. Earlier this week Spotify was in her crosshairs. Now, she's going after super-manager Irving Azoff.
Last.fm have researched the last 16 years of music awards and festivals to find out if we are crediting female artists as much as we are listening to them. As each year comes and goes, the elephant in the room for the music industry is whether the popularity of female solo artists is mirrored in their inclusion in both; festivals and award ceremonies. Last.fm have compiled all its listening data and found a relatively narrow split between genders, but the story isn’t the same for those topping the bill and taking home the trophies.
This chart from Statista shows the decline in digital music single downloaded sales in the United States from 2004 to 2017. Last year, 553.5 million digital music singles were downloaded in the U.S., down from 743 million a year earlier.
The idea of hitting the road on your first major tour is an exciting prospect for any new band starting out, but it's important to remember that while a potential thrilling adventure, touring brings with it many hazards for your health and wellbeing. Here we look at how such problems can be dealt with before they become a major issue.
Although popular notions may suggest that holding down an additional job means you've somehow failed to 'make it' in music, this is far from the truth, and many relatively well known artists still maintain some other form of day job. Here we look five band skills that artists can also apply towards a career.
Thanks in part to an idea perpetuated by popular culture, many fledgling bands and artists enter the industry under the assumption that moving to a densely populated area is a requirement to achieving success. This is untrue, however, and doing so can sometimes be a setback.
[UPDATED] Following Eventbrite's purchase of Ticketfly from Pandora, the new owner is letting at least 25% of itd staff go as the two companies integrate into what is shaping up to be the most viable alternative to Ticketmaster for small and mid-level concert and event producers.
While going on tour can be an arduous and complex enterprise, ensuring that you have the right set of competent people on the road with will drastically improve things for the better. Here we look at four essential personnel that should present on any big touring team.
The positive impact that music can have has by this point been widely acknowledged, but less often discussed are the ways in which people can give back through music that which they have gained from it. Here we look at five music-centric organizations which are always looking for extra help.
If you're passionate about being involved in the music industry, securing an internship can often be the best way to launch a career in the field, while simultaneously getting a hands on experience of what it's like to be involved in the music industry.
I was journalism major at Boston University's School Of Communications when I got my first and only internship. Those two years spent interning at the local branch of A&M Records changed my life, and set me on a path that I'm still gladly following today. The team at Cyber PR shares how you can do the same, even without the help of a college or personal contacts. - Bruce Houghton
UPDATE: Slacker has laid off a major portion of it's staff, Hypebot has confirmed. In a statement (below), the company's CEO said that "approximately 25%" of the staff had been let go. Earlier in the day, a source familiar with the music streamer put the total layoffs at 50%.
Spotify hires about 1000 new workers each year; and CEO Daniel Ek says that he's asked how to get a job at the music streamer so often that he tasked the Human Resources Department to write a guide, "How To Get A Job At Spotify".