In our current society we are constantly glued to our tech devices and continuously downloading massive amounts of data through both our personal computers and mobile devices. In fact, over 488 million people use Facebook over a one month span with numbers growing everyday. With evidence like this it is no wonder that it is so important for artists to “put themselves out there”. Gone are the days of searching the Yellow Pages for a phone number, or buying a map to plot a course for vacation. These tasks and more are easily and efficiently carried out over the internet.
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Digital marketing has only been in its current form for the last decade. Despite the application of digital marketing within various industries, the majority of initiatives and campaigns have focused on the idea of direct-to-consumer (or within music as direct-to-fan). The focus lies solely on cutting out the middleman and reaching consumers directly.
The current conventions of digital marketing within the music industry focus on basic direct-to-consumer tenets but these ideas are now beginning to become obsolete. With the rise of hardware-focused technology such as the smartphone, the relationship between an artist and fan is facilitated through their devices.
The new way to reach fans will be direct-to-device.
- Jason Kane | Digital vs. Vinyl: Where It Makes A Difference
- Corey Crossfield | Apps Are The Future Of Music
- Mackenzie Carlin | Legal Landmine: Playing Music At Your Business
Music offers the perfect audio backdrop for any store or business waiting room, either relaxing anxious customers or injecting energy into the lifeless. The right type of music can set the stage for the ideal purchasing attitude. However, music in the business world can be a bit of a legal landmine, with many seemingly innocent companies finding themselves guilty of stealing licensed tracks. Keep the following in mind as you navigate the complicated world of business and music
The vinyl-or-digital debate rages on and audiophiles of all stripes have strong opinions on one side or the other. Saying anything almost feels like a reopening of old wounds. Technically speaking, sound engineers record modern music in digital, so most would say that digital playback sounds exactly like they engineered it. Since the early 1990s at the latest, oversampling of the digital stream has driven the difference between an engineered, digital recording and digital playback far beyond the range of human hearing.
Applications (more affectionately referred to as apps) are the future of the music industry. Notable failures within the last few months, such as Jay-z’s Samsung fiasco, are just a few in a world of apps that are helping to change the music landscape. By taking into account the changing technological landscape, the industry can take note and this time around embrace technology instead of trying to pummel it.
- Jason Giroux | Being A Music Industry Professional
- Shaun Letang | How To Succeed In The Music Industry On Your Terms
- Mackenzie Carlin | 5 Vital Features for Your Band Website
Disclaimer: First of all, let me make this clear. I’m not trying to say that making it in the music industry is easy, or that everyone who reads this will become a chart success. The aim of this guide is to help you define what success means for you personally, and look at what you’re willing to do to reach your goals. I’ll also touch briefly on creating a business plan to achieving your goals and more.
Hopefully the information in this guide will give you a clearer path, and increase the likeliness that you’ll get where you want in the music industry. Again though, nothing is guaranteed, and it’ll essentially be down to your drive, your level of talent, your marketing and business knowledge, the amount if time and effort you put in and the like.
Your band is rocking up a storm in local venues, and you want to make an attempt at going big. Sure, you're on social networks and music-centric sites such as SoundCloud and Bandcamp, but if you're neglecting your actual band website, you're neglecting key marketing opportunities that only a personal site offers. While some bands rely on MySpace, which hosts more than 14 million extensive musician profiles, a personal website gives you far more control over your image, SEO, traffic, and merchandising. Band websites are as unique as the bands they represent, but some elements are tried and true for a reason.
There is no doubt about it, music is fun- and it should be. For many, however, music is work. For these people music pays the bills, supports their livelihood, and puts food on their table. For these individuals who work in the music industry whether it be as performers, technicians, music teachers, managers, journalists, or marketers maintaining a level of professionalism is essential.
Written by Tommy Darker.
Most artists feel helpless today. This is how I comprehend their crawling around the digital music world. Laws and the status quo have changed radically, the audience’s behaviour and preferences as well. And we cannot change their newly ingrained views. It would be pointless. In my opinion, the digital world has ‘change’ imprinted in its DNA.
Written by Lukas Camenzind
Have you ever had one of those Aha-moments when you finally “get it”? Here are 12 of my favorite quotes that each have the potential to change the way you think about promoting your music:
“Stop promoting, start entertaining.” — Matt Colon (Manager of Steve Aoki)
“If it’s not a hit, switch.” — Derek Sivers (Founder of CD Baby)
For most musicians, this is something that most know they should do but feel uncomfortable with or don’t know how to approach. However, it’s something that can open the doors to better shows, a record label, a new sponsor, or even more fans. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years about networking:
1. The Value You Bring to Others: Many networking events can feel like a shark tank, with people fighting to get business cards out and meeting the right people. It can often be inherently selfish, people seeing who can help them get what they want. However, networking is about building partnerships, so you can often stand out by finding ways to deliver value to other people, whether that is simply connecting other contacts to one another or helping someone solve their problem. That’s far more effective than finding ways to show off or impress others.
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(Updated November 2, 2013)