An integral part of the music industry, tribute bands seem to be only growing in popularity, with countless artists playing thousands of shows a year in masterful recreations of some of music's biggest names, and while these bands' success may not be up for debate, it does beg the question, just how legal are they?
How you market your website makes all the difference heavy traffic and a digital ghost town, and just like marketing your music, requires a carefully composed strategy with a product that will leave fans coming back for more.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how professional musicians can effectively manage expenses on tour, what happens when public brands change in the music business, how to make a living as a singer, and more.
These days, a career in the music business rarely consists of just writing and performing songs, and independent artists looking to make it in the current music industry should also be working to hone their production skills, for the sake of both their and their band's success.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors explored the curious case of the largely artificial band Threatin, how music therapy can help with addiction recovery, the best way to responsibly store delicate instruments, and more!
Apple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at Morgan Stanley. Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration will expand to 14%of a growing user base of Apple's products, driving a 28% revenue growth. Apple Music is predicted to grow to 164 million users by 2023.
Nostalgia can be a powerful tool for artists to harness, particularly when it comes to marketing to adults, and while directly copying music from their childhood by be legally suspect, there are a number of other ways to use elements from their past to evoke musical nostalgia.
For a lot of artists, marketing doesn't come easily and, particularly given how deeply personal a lot of songwriting is, immediately shifting into shameless self-promotion mode can be difficult. Unfortunately, marketing is an essential yet increasingly part of being successful as a musician. Here we look at seven strategies that can make things easier.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the future of remote music collaboration, the ways in which millennials are changing the music industry, how to find the right mixing engineer for your project, and more.
Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.
While creating music videos is an important segment of an artist's music promotion, such endeavors are frequently expensive and time-consuming. In this interview Ariel Hyatt speaks with Eli Lev about how he did things a little more frugally with the help of fans.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at the source of inspiration for new music, why careful record keeping in a band is so important, which contracts studio producers should be familiar with, and more!
If you're a fortunate enough musician that you're actually seeing some revenue from your music, chances are you'll have to pay taxes, and deal with a good number of other financial issues involved with running the small business that is your band.
Studio producers and sound engineers typically require certain types of contracts in their work, so familiarizing yourself with such legal documents early can benefit you in the long run. Here we look the circumstances under which sound engineers should maintain ownership of work, vs. when a one-off fee is appropriate.
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This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the most common production mistakes made by DIY musicians, how the MMA benefits engineers and producers, what makes for great horror soundtrack, and more!
At long last the comprehensive and sweeping Music Modernization Act has been signed into law, affecting industry professionals everywhere. While the legislation was certainly surrounded by its share of controversy, we here look at some of the upsides to the act.
The spooky season is well upon us, and with scary movies dominating screens everywhere, we're taking a moment to explore what it is that makes up the unmistakeable sound of a perfect horror soundtrack.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we explore the complexities of securing your copyright in China, how to properly maintain your music venue, the most effective way to book shows, and more!
One of the most widely consumed genre's of music in the world, pop, has been home to some of the most iconic and groundbreaking performers of the 21st century. In this piece we look at eight of the most renowned pop artists to ever live.
Booking shows can be a challenge, particularly if you're not at a point in your career where you can afford a booking agent, and lining up gigs is often both a time consuming and frustrating process. As with so many things in the music industry, there's no silver bullet, but there are some practices which can help you get your foot in the venue door.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces on how local bands can seem more professional (on a budget), why simply uploading new music isn't going to bring you any fans, and what some of the seasons spookiest songs (surprisingly) are.
If you're a local band that's still a little rough around the edges, getting anyone to care about your music or show an interest outside your immediate family and friends can be difficult. That said, here are a few ways to give your band that professional sheen without breaking the bank.
Putting your music online is obviously an essential part of accruing fans, but a "build it and they will come" mentality does no one any good. Here we look at what is actually necessary to building a database of fans.
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the difference between ticket brokers and ticket resellers, how to bring happiness into your life using music, how to run a band from a project management perspective, and more.
The world of online ticket sales can seem like a murky one, and not without reason, but in reality not every transaction is as fraught with peril as it may seem. Here we break down the difference between a ticket seller and a ticket broker, the risk difference between the two.
While project management when used in the context of a band may cause some to run screaming, there's a lot to be said for the application of the rules and techniques which apply to project management being implemented in a music business context. In this piece we explore of the dos and do nots of project management and how they can be applied effectively in a music business context.
On MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared articles on effective branding for independent musicians, whether or not a career in music is a good choice, why streaming data is so important for artists, and more.
Choosing a career in music is a decision that is often looked on dubiously by some of the more pragmatically minded professional adults in the world. That said, there are a number of pros to such a pursuit as well.
While those who bemoan the streaming economy will be quick to point out the difficulty of making a living solely off of streaming, there is still tremendous value for artists in making their music available on streaming services, particularly where data gathering is concerned.