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With the future of the Music Modernization Act looking uncertain, and things generally not looking great for artists in the performance rights in general, Shawn Wilson offers some advice on what those artists performing in Canada can do to pull down a little more money. ______________________________ Guest post by Shawn... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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After you've dumped blood, sweat, and tears into recording and mixing an album, there still remains the final step of creating album artwork. While this element of the process may not be one artists want to sink a lot of time or energy into, these eight online resources can help... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at hypebot
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Music industry veteran David Lowery the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven shares important advice with up-and-coming musicians about the realities of life on the road, and making a living in the streaming economy. __________________________ By David C. Lowery of The Trichordist and the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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For artists and bands, the single page overview of your band/music that is your one-sheet can be your ticket to selling your performance. Here we look at some of the must-haves to be included in such a document. ________________________ Guest post by Garrett Gomez of Repost For those unfamiliar, a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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While many artists may be tempted to rely solely on their social media channels to connect with fans, and forego a website entirely, this strategy can backfire in a number of ways. Here we look at why have a dedicated website can be critical to an artist's success. _____________________________ Guest... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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As a DIY artist, there are a litany of financial decisions you'll undoubtedly have to make throughout your career, but one of the most important, both in terms of your success and livelihood, is what to charge when you perform. ________________________ Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo from Soundfly's Flypaper One... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Making a living as a musician has never been regarded as one of the easier careers out there, and things don't appear to be getting any better in the streaming age, as a new study reveals why it is that so many artists have it so tough. ____________________ Guest post... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Here Tom Sarig, music industry veteran and founder of the AntiFragile Music label as well as running the Esther Creative group, discusses the power of the indie label and what it can do help artists in a way majors no longer do. _________________________ Guest post by Andrew Apanov from the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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As a writer of music, you may be curious where the money comes from when your composition is consumed, whether via streaming, live performance, or any other medium. Here Chris Robley breaks down exactly who owns what, and where the money goes. ____________________________ By Chris Robley of CD Baby from... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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In this case study, the team at Burstimo worked to raise the profile of the band Victors to the next level, by hitting hard on YouTube, Spotify, industry influencers, and social media as whole. Here we explore the story of their success. ___________________________ Guest post from Burstimo “Maddy and Alex... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Fred Jacobs surveys market trends of the past several years, many of which (including the bankruptcy of Gibson) point to the dwindling popularity of that most iconic of instruments, the electric guitar. ________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies Disruption impacts virtually every business and platform –... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Now in its fifth year in the UK, Independent Venue Week is precisely what it sounds, with independent venues and participating artists joining together for a week of fantastic shows. This year, the US is joining in the fun, and we're looking at how artists can best go about getting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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In this examination of how to effectively grow your fanbase, Suzanne Paulinski explains the importance of focusing your attention on followers which you already have on social media, rather than chasing the numbers and neglecting preexisting true fans. __________________________ Guest post by Suzanne Paulinski of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note:... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Indie musician Cheryl B. Engelhardt recounts how she successfully raised $40,000 with a record funding campaign, and why its important to change the "starving musician" mentality when it comes to your email list. __________________________ By Cheryl B. Engelhardt from CD Baby's DIY Musician The first time someone (who didn’t share... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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In long rumored, but still surprising shit, a new report claims that the number of paid subscribers using Apple Music has surpassed the number of paid subscribers on Spotify in the United States. ___________________________ By Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 In what many consider a stunning revelation, it’s been reported... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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As the Department of Justice begins its termination of 19 decades-old 'legacy' antitrust judgements, Chris Castle writes about questions being raised as to what the future holds for ASCAP and BMI, as the Music Modernization Act continues to move forward. ________________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle, Esq. of Music Tech... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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In this except from a submission made to the EU's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a coalition of performers, musicians, and academics issue a plea to restructure the web as a place where creative culture can thrive. ______________________________ Guest post by Neil Turkewitz, this first appeared Medium This is an... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Regardless of how big your tour may be, it's important that your manage your tour logistics carefully, or else sabotage your bands chances before it's even had a chance to get off the ground. Here we look at how you can optimize your tour logistics for maximum effectiveness. ______________________ Guest... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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As a musician, chances are you want to get your music heard, and for it to have an emotional impact of some kind. One of this best way to make this happen is to get your music placed in TV and film. Here we look at the best way of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at hypebot
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In this piece William Glanz reviews the current state of the Music Modernization Act, what progress it still has to make, relevant commentary being made about the bill, and more, as well as encouraging artists to advocate for copyright law by calling their senator. __________________________ Guest post by William Glanz... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at hypebot
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Gone are the days when the only thing you had to be good at as a musician was music. Artists are now required to do their share of marketing and management, something which doesn't always come naturally. This article provides advice on how artists can craft effective emails which their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at hypebot
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In this op-ed, Chris Castle examines Lyor Cohen's relationship with YouTube/Google, and how he has worked to reconcile his role in their exploitative business model while claiming that he's working to help artists, as well as whether there's any merit to his claim. _____________________________ Op-ed by Chris Castle of Music... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at hypebot
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While work may be the last thing you want to think about when attending a festival as an audience member, these events provide a fantastic networking opportunity, and can be a great way to make connections while having fun doing it. __________________________ Guest post by Angela Mastagiacomo of Soundfly's Flypaper... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at hypebot
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With IGTV having only recently been debuted, the time is ripe for artists and musicians to make an impact on the platform. Here we look at what we know about the service, and how to utilize it to its full potential. _____________________ By Ryan Whitman, Manager, Interactive Marketing at The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at hypebot
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While signing to a major label is still the goal for many artists, a new set of numbers reveals that indie labels seem to be gaining strength in the new music economy, accounting for up to 14 billion streams last month. _________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at hypebot