As Apple kicked off it’s June 30th launch of the revamped Apple Music Service (Beats music), there were many kinks and controversies along the way. The controversy was that Apple was not planning to pay artists for the 3-month trial period of the service. Many artists spoke up against not being paid for the use of their streamed songs in the 3-month trial period. Many artists threatened Apple to pull their music from the streaming service all together. Artist and activist Taylor Swift took to Tumblr in a letter stating that she was speaking on the behalf of her fellow musicians who were hesitant to speak out against the tech giant.
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Recently a friend who has the advantage of being an astute student of the music business from the outside - the advantage being that he doesn’t have to rely on the music business to make a living – threw out the trial balloon statement that what we should be looking for is the next Everly Brothers.
This article originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.
Every band has to start somewhere. Many groups playing the world’s largest stages today started in small clubs in and around their hometowns. But sometimes, it’s difficult to even get that far. When you’re at the very beginning, with no fanbase or connections whatsoever, how do you cut through the noise and get people to notice you? Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and fans you already have, but it’s becoming harder and harder to access new fans through it with so much oversaturation. Here are my tips on how a band with no fans or connections can get moving and start building a career.
According to Women’s Audio Mission, in the US, less than 5% of music producers are female.
When I started my Music Business Diploma, there were 5 girls in the class, and they all told us that it was the most women there had ever been in a single class at SAE Institute Barcelona. The rest of the courses, (Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production, Live Audio Produciton), had about 2 or 3 girls combined.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Tonic: The Music Improvisation Card Game, launched on Kickstarter this week.
Designed to teach students and seasoned players how to relax and improvise freely and naturally,
Tonic is an unconventional approach rooted in the free jazz and modern classical movements.
Tonic takes the form of a card and dice game that requires no theory or prior experience to play. Instead, each card has a prompt that challenges players to create a short piece of music on the spot according to easy-to-understand guidelines.
Do you want to perform at more prestigious venues? Do you want to perform for corporate clients or perform at more weddings? Do you want to earn more money from gigs? If you do, then these 9 steps will set you on the right track to achieve your dreams!
As an independent musician, a lot of the time you’re making music for the passion; you love what you do and it loves you. But there comes the time when you need to ask yourself “how am I going to make a living out of this?”
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Hello, we’re a working class punk band from San Francisco, CA. We’ve been through so many bass players. We’ve played several shows up and down California. I, Johnny Lawrie, have been in countless bands for the past four years in Bay Area. At one point I moved out of my place in SF, took my backpack and guitar, and I hitchhiked up and down highway 1 along the Pacific West Coast. I would play open mics all along the way, passing along my emailing list, and selling cds. I did this from June 26th-November 30th 2013. I was homeless in LA, working at McDonalds 32 hours a week in Santa Monica, and looking for musicians to form a band with. Then, in March 2014, my good friends Adam and Lyndsay took me in to live with them. I’ve had bunch of different jobs since then. I now have steady work at The Battery in downtown San Francisco. My band, and I are constantly playing shows in the Bay Area and beyond. We have so much ambition, and we always leave our hearts on the stage!
Wurrly is a free app that transforms your smartphone into an on-the-go music studio with a fully customizable recording artist experience. Wurrly enables you to choose a song you love, customize it (by key, tempo and instrumentation), then record and share quickly and easily. Wurrly recognizes that a song should never be one size fits all so we celebrate your unique individuality.
I’m conducting research for a PhD application on revenue diversification beyond recorded music among independent record labels. If you own or work for an indie label, would you take a few moments to run through the survery below? There will be a drawing for $10 amazon.com gift card when the survey concludes.
* James Bort co-owns bettyElm Records and aspires to be research faculty in an entrepreneurship departmnet.
Someone is using your song in their video, and they didn’t ask. What do you do?
You could tell them to remove it, or even report it to YouTube. It wouldn’t make you any friends, but you’d most certainly be within your rights.
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins frontman, believes that the music business model is outdated and takes advantage of artists. Corgan said, “The music business is mostly run by feckless idiots who do not subscribe to the normal tenets of capitalism which when they do, the business tends to work out well and stars tend to rise to the top, everybody benefits, but it is still a parochial business. It is run by thiefdoms way behind the times technologically.”
In our last blog about Music & Fashion, we highlighted how these two elements can come together to make a powerful force in the entertainment and fashion industries. You can take that on and allow yourself as an indie artist to be a part of that force. Today, music artists are setting the latest fashion trends. Consumers are being inspired by what today’s hottest artists are wearing on red carpets, interviews, appearances, concerts, and even on their social media during random outings. Some wardrobe choices are only meant for the stage however, fans are constantly wondering, “What are they wearing? How can I get it?” This blog can go for up & coming fashion moguls as well. You want your clothes to have more exposure in your industry, team up with a great artist to help build that brand. Gain their fans as future customers.