Limiting your options to being only a musician is like saying you’re only going to try one instrument. The journey is the destination, and most successful musicians ended up where they are not because of their musical abilities but because of their abilities to venture into other areas of business.
Are you frustrated because all the music bloggers who loved your last record seem to care less about the new one you’re releasing? After repeated attempts to contact the writer, you can’t seem to get a response no matter how hard you try.
Here’s the cold, hard truth: Your band is not the center of the journalist’s universe. Writers are often battling fast-paced deadlines, an overflow of submissions in their inboxes, and, more often than not, a full-time job with deadlines and demands of its own.
What is the Consent Decree, and why are people talking (and so upset!) about it?
While the music industry can seem glamorous, it does have its “unsexy” parts just like any other business sector. For songwriters, one of the least discussed (yet most important topics) is music licensing. But major changes to the consent decree – the federal agreement that governs how ASCAP and BMI operate – is bringing this topic to the surface.
The truth is, these changes could be the biggest in the music industry in 75 years and greatly impact your career.
If you’ve ever thought of video game music then Super Mario or Tetris probably sprang to mind. Both are catchy theme tunes made for video games, but would people take them seriously if they were released as singles? Probably not.
BuzzAngle’s midyear report on the music industry was released last month, revealing some pleasant (& not so pleasant) surprises concerning music, the way that it’s listened to, and the revenue it generates.
- Tom Hess | Why Overcoming Your Music Career Competition Is Easy
- Rachelle Wilber | How Do Music Laws Affect Local Venues?
- Christoper Rocks | 14 Incredible Piece Of Wisdom
- Joy Ike | 10 Ways To Book More House Concerts
- Ta’Rikah Jones | How Your Distributor Can Help Increase Your Revenue
Take this very short music industry pop quiz:
True/false: To get the same opportunities you want in the music biz you must make it past massive levels of competition.
True/false: To make it in music, you need to overcome endless competition.
Both of these statements are completely false!
The music business really isn’t filled with tons of competition. Music companies are in dire need of new musicians to offer great contracts to, but have a hard time finding such musicians. You read that right.
Restaurants, bars, clubs and similar places often play recorded music or have bands or solo artists play it live to lure and keep customers. Playing this music, however, comes at a price literally and figuratively. That’s because performing rights organizations (PROs) expect licensing fees to be paid to songwriters and music publishers when their copyrighted creations are performed in public.
Yes, I finally sat down to watch this documentary. I know, I’m late.
First, the film is so damn good, I wish I would have shot it myself. I’m mad QD3 beat me to it.
Second, the film contains ninety minutes of heavy, mind piercing ammunition and large atomic bombs of knowledge that fire in rapid succession, covering everything from the internal mindsets and attitudes necessary for success to the external situations and factors that rain down failure.
In other words, if you aspire to create success as they did (and avoid the trap of failure they ran into), reading this AND watching the film is very much worth your time (as you watch, you may mistake twinkling jewels of wisdom for mundane commentary as viewers tend to do).
House concerts: everybody loves them, but most artists don’t know how to get them. They are the most-coveted type of gigs for singer/songwriters and acoustic bands. They don’t require a lot of promotional effort - which means less time behind your computer, and more time behind your instrument.
Yes, in the ecosystem of gigs, house concerts are king! So how do you book them? Here are some simple ways to make it happen!
We’re excited to announce our new video YouTube series Music Biz 101. The focus of the video series will be to create videos that can help our community of artist and record label learn about all the different subjects in the music industry. We ‘ll be covering topics from royalty collection, management, music marketing and more.
- Wallace Collins | DoJ Deals Devastating Blow To America’s Songwriters
- Paul Parreira | 5 Steps To A Successful Marketing Campaign For Labels
- Mylène Besançon | Lessons In Nonsensical Songwriting From Elvis
- Rachelle Wilber | Vintage Music In The Digital Age - Collecting Your Favorites
- Lisa Greve | Avoiding Acoustic Treatments That Don’t Work
The NMPA and other songwriter and music publisher organizations have come out strongly against the recent decision by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) which dealt a massive blow to America’s songwriters. After a two year review of the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI, career lawyers who were never elected nor confirmed to their positions, led by a lawyer who previously worked with Google, determined that songwriters should have even fewer rights, less control over their intellectual property and be treated more unfairly than they already are being treated. The DOJ ignored the voices of copyright experts, members of Congress and thousands of songwriters and delivered a huge gift to tech companies who already benefit from egregiously low rates.
With the evolution of streaming platforms, the music industry landscape is in a constant state of flux and the role of record labels has been questioned. With a heritage in producing records, it’s been hard for labels to adapt to the issues of diminishing production costs and recorded music revenues. In my opinion, the solution here lies in marketing.
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(Updated January 13, 2016)