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Thursday
Nov062014

Understanding and Getting the Most out of the Artist/Manager Relationship 

It is easy to forget as a busy artist or manager the large and very important differences that make artists artists and industry industry. We work together closely every day, but to truly maximize the greatness of this partnership it’s important we all keep in mind the very real differences.

Who is an Artist? 

Artists operate from a place of creativity. Great artists find what they need to do their best work and aim to spend the majority of their time creating and sharing their art with others. This beautiful vision of a life of art does not usually have a huge monetary payoff. It is pure and peaceful and has a lot to with the genuine ability to create and share something magical so that it has positive effects on those around them. Most artists start making art because of this feeling. Sometimes they need to be in a dark place in order to extract that greatness. Sometimes they need to go away for months and turn off their phones, sometimes they don’t. Whatever they do is necessary for the benefit of the art.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Promoters Promote & Musicians Invite. 

Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remind ourselves what we want from live music. Mark Knight is the founder of Right Chord Music, a company set up to bring the discipline of brand marketing to band marketing. In this article Mark critically examines the way grassroots live music is promoted. Mark identifies the roles of the key stakeholders and suggests how they could work together more effectively in the future.

Let’s start by reminding ourselves what is important.

What musicians and managers want from live music:

  • An opportunity to grow their fanbase

  • A chance to showcase their new material

  • At atmosphere conducive to great live music; sound, lighting and staging

  • An appreciative and respective audience who want to listen to their music

  • Fair compensation for the entertainment they provide and / or opportunities to sell their music

 

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Tuesday
Nov042014

4 Tips for Creating Shareable, Watchable Video Content

These days on the internet, it’s all about content. Companies pay big bucks to people who craft everything from blogs to tweets and Facebook posts; forward-thinking brands even shell out thousands for Vine videos and fun Instagram photos. Having interesting, relevant, and most importantly, shareable content is key these days – the more you have, the more eyeballs go to your site, your social network profiles, and your brand. Content is the new advertising, and the world isn’t looking back.

Big brands and Fortune 500 companies aren’t the only ones who should play the content marketing game – anyone looking to keep an audience engaged and entertained (certainly something a band or an artist can identify with) should pay attention. Before you start spending time and money creating content, though, think about what kind you’re going to make. Are you the kind of artist that’s going to be huge on social media? Will you write blog posts? Or, will you create videos that show who you are and what you’ve got going on?

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Saturday
Nov012014

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: How To Book Your Own Gigs

Thursday
Oct302014

The Cyber PR Guide to Creating an Effective Music Marketing Plan (Part 3 of 3)

In creating an effective music marketing plan, so far we have discussed building a solid and complete online foundation and outlined strategies for a successful new release launch. Now it is time to kick back and relax for a little while before starting to write material for the next album that you’ll release a year or two down the road right…..Couldn’t be further from the truth!

To build off of all the progress you’ve been making up to this point, while you are working on that next record, you will have to keep supplying content on a consistent basis to strengthen your relationship and stay relevant with your current fans, and at the same time this content will also help to increase your fanbase.

Additional merchandise is one content idea, you can make vinyl for the last album or announce a new T-shirt design. Continue to release music videos for songs off the last album is another, for example take footage from the album release tour and edit to create an easy and fun music video to upload to your YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Oct292014

The 7 Fundamental Steps To Cover Band Success (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second of a two parter. In the first post I ran through the fundamental difference between building a fanbase and getting leads. If you’re in a cover band and want bookings for lucrative private and corporate events then you need leads and enquiries from prospects most likely to want to pay for your performance.
Check out the first post here. In this second post I’ll run through fundamentals 5 to 7…

 

5. Start thinking about what you thought were costs as an investment.

In general the quickest way to find a client is broadly speaking to put a paid ad in front of them.
Most bands won’t do it because they see it as a cost rather than an investment.
But if I told you that you could spend 50 bucks to secure a booking for 1000 bucks you’d do it all day long wouldn’t you?

 

Well you can.

 

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Monday
Oct272014

How to Book Your Own Gigs

Every musician has to start out booking their own gigs, but, as you’ve probably realized, this is a lot easier said than done. After all, there are so many musicians and bands competing for very limited performance spots. For promoters, it’s a game of risk management - they want to book bands they know will fill the room - so getting the spot as a new band can be very tricky. There are, however, some things you could be doing that can help you get those gigs!

What is a Promoter?

A promoter or venue owner is someone who buys talent. Depending on the size of the venue, they work independently or with booking agents to book bands and musicians to perform. For local clubs and venues, promoters and venue owners get a percentage of ticket sales and also make money from food and drink sales. As you can see, the business of promoters is really all about numbers - if they don’t fill the room, they don’t make money. This is where you come in. If you want to get the gig, you need to be able to prove that you can bring an audience, therefore lowering the risk for the promoter.

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Saturday
Oct252014

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Rocket Fuel – What can a new Platform add to the world of Crowd-funding?

Wednesday
Oct222014

How To Become a Digital Music Marketing Superhero

Today, I am going to tell you a story about Jim O’RecordSales. Jim’s biggest responsibility is to ensure an album’s digital marketing is optimized to earn as many online purchases as possible throughout the entire release cycle (from pre-order, to release day and beyond). He is helping to release an album that is being sold across the major digital music outlets, with the largest and most powerful being iTunes.

Jim’s standard promotional plan includes marketing the album across social channels, YouTube, on the record labels website, in a press release, setting up an AdWords campaign targeted towards English speaking countries in which this artist has passionate followings, and to work with the artist’s managers to push the promotions on the individual artist’s website, social channels and wherever else they can.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Rocket Fuel – What can a new Platform add to the world of Crowd-funding?

The concept of crowd-funding has proved one of the biggest successes of the last few years, with musicians turning to fans to finance albums, tours, merchandise and (probably) rounds of drinks for their road crew. Not only have there been thousands of bands running campaigns, but the number of platforms available for their use has multiplied too. So in such a saturated market, can any platform really bring something new to the table?

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Saturday
Oct182014

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: DIY Musician Debunked: Of Course You Don't Do It All Yourself

Wednesday
Oct152014

DIY Musician Debunked: Of Course You Don't Do It All Yourself

The Real DIY Musician The reality is that though you may call yourself a DIY musician, there is no such thing as a successful DIY musician. There are only successful musicians. Everyone who is successful has help, and every large venture is a collaborative effort. Music careers are no different. DIY Musician = musician who is knowledgeable in the basics of online marketing, music distribution, and other music industry related business skills.

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Monday
Oct132014

Score a License: What Music Supervisors are Looking For

There has been a great deal of buzz about music licensing in recent years, and with good reason! Compared to other revenue streams, licensing can have potentially big payouts for indie musicians. It’s also a pretty confusing aspect of the music industry. Just how exactly do songs get on those TV shows? The conductors behind those licenses are music supervisors.

What is a Music Supervisor?

Music supervisors oversee the music-related aspects of TV, films, and video games. They are in charge of interpreting the producer’s vision, finding the right track, and negotiating the contract with the artists. Of course, there are MILLIONS of songs out there, so finding the right one is no easy task. On top of that, licensing for use in visual mediums is a juggling act, with as many as eight separate deals depending on how many parties are involved (songwriter, recording artist, record label, publishing company, etc.) and how the song will be used.

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Saturday
Oct112014

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: The 7 Fundamental Steps To Cover Band Success (Part 1 of 2)

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