Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.
Chris Robley of CD Baby highlights the five things every artist must include on their Facebook page that are so frequently neglected. When it comes to your Facebook page, a first impression is likely the only impression you'll be able to make.
In this second in a multi-part series exploring some of the less well known publishing agreements in the music industry, Justin Jacobson delves into the nitty gritty of sub-publishing agreement and what its implications are for an artist.
As negotiations between the EU Council, EU Commission, and EU Parliament have progressed regarding the EU Copyright directive, something which they all passed different versions of, the directive overall (and Article 13 in particular) has devolved into a mess no one, it seems, wants.
Now that it's December, the holiday season is in full swing. For artists, this means a huge marketing opportunity, whether you're performing, recording, or simply marketing holiday merch, we here look at five key tips for capitalizing on holiday music fever.
In a followup to his recent piece regarding user-centric royalties and the idea of an "ethical pool" solution to streaming royalty allocations, Chris Castle here raises the question of whether artists' departure from major streaming services would cause fans to follow suit and ditch them as well.
If you're an independent songwriter, you're your own publicist on your compositions, meaning it can be worth setting up your own personal publishing entity to affiliate with your PRO. Here we look at what exactly a PPE is, and whether setting one up is the right decision for you.
While not having the backing of a major label has its downsides, many artists wear their indie status as a badge of honor, and music distributor Record Union wants to take things a step further by getting streaming services to tag songs and playlists as 'independent' in much the same way as certain songs or playlists are tagged 'explicit'.
LyricFind has pulled together the data to determine the Top 20 Lyric Searches of 2018, and Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" tops the list. Swift also grabbed the #18 spot with "Ready For It."
Every aspect of the music industry has been touched by its transition to digital distribution, and record deals and recording contracts are no exception. Here music attorney Mark Quails breaks down some of the most import questions about contracts for current day musicians.
Here Dana Feldman looks at how Los Angeles-based company Create Music Group has been able able to impact the online streaming economy in artists' favor by tracking down $60 million dollars in unclaimed streaming revenue.
Business Of Indie: Indie Revenue Grows • A2IM Sets Indie Week • Insomniac Adds Label Services • More
In this edition of The Business Of Indie, a new MIDiA and WIN report shows strong growth in the indie sector, A2iM sets dates for Indie Week, and Insomniac expands its label services division and much more.
In this piece the people at Single Music why artists should more often bundle content, both physical and digital, and how marketing combinations of merchandise enables them to better connect with fans.
After recently making waves by allowing its users to link back to their Instagram stories, SoundCloud is mixing things up once again by integrating Dubset into their platform, allowing tracks to be scanned and then collecting and distributing royalties to the appropriate rightsholders.
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.
Johan Svanberg of indie distributor Record Union looks at the need for music streaming services to become more diverse and egalitarian; not only where gender and ethnicity are concerned, but also in terms of creation and ownership. The answer, he believes, is to make streaming platforms a more hospitable and profitable environment for independent artists and labels.
Making a career in the music industry is no easy task, (just getting people to listen to your music in the first place is hard enough), but developing a sustainable career is even harder. That said, it is doable with the right strategy.
Entering the recording studio can be fun and exciting. But it also involves investing blood, sweat and tears, as well as, of course, money. So it's a good idea to make sure you're ready before committing all that time and money.
As an artist striving for success, you're doubtless putting in countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears, but even working as hard as you do, it's easy to make career derailing mistakes. Here we look at five of the most common ones.
The rise of the streaming age has brought with it an unsurprising uptick in artists attempting to game social media and streaming platforms in a less-than-honest approach to finding success in the music business. The "band" Threatin's faked fanbase and resulting failed tour has become perhaps the most extreme instances of this tactic.
If you want your career in music to be a success, you're going to need to invest in it, but this doesn't necessarily mean financially. There are a number of other ways to put yourself out there which will increase your liklihood of making new connections, engaging with your audience, and building a larger following. Here we look at five such unique opportunities.
On today's edition of The Business Of Indie, Eric Ethridge joins Ole’s Red Dot record label. Kobalt adds music publishing clients Jonathan Sherwood and Boy Named Banjo, Stella's Music Club launches a record label and more.
While we like to think artwork doesn't define an album, it is an opportunity to create something which compliments the themes and emotions expressed on the album and, best of all, compels a potential listener to purchase it. Here we look at five psychology hacks for upping your album art game.
The season of giving is here, and while the holiday season may mean fans buying more music and merch for each other, it can also be a great opportunity for artists to give back to their most devoted listeners.
Radio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service.
Following the 2016's landmark "Blurred Lines" case, the music business has seen an uptick in the number of copyright infringement cases it's been hit with. Still, the industry is no stranger to legal squabbles. Here we look at five iconic music copyright cases which every songwriter should know about.
Technological developments in cloud storage capacity and improved connectivity in combination with a need for creative interaction between artists and engineers has led to the development of a variety of collaborative music apps. Here we look at seven such tool allowing musicians around the world to work together.
Business Of Indie: Mumford Goes #1 • Iggy Azalea's Indie EMPIRE • Trippie Redd Tops • A2IM Parties • More
This latest edition of The Business Of Indie celebrate's Glassnote's latest #1 with Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea's move to independent with help from EMPIRE, Trippe Redd's rise to the top of the hip hop album chart, A2IM's holiday parties and much more.