In this compilation of helpful tips and advice for the indy, do it yourself musicians there, we offer wisdom on ten things you can do to obtain better tour data, what you can do about declining organic reach on Facebook, how to organize your website in such a way as to attract fans, and much, much more.
This week on our sister site MusicThinkTank, we looked at how a good graphic designer can help to sell your music, how bands manage their contracts, and the best way to get booked at music festivals, plus more.
In this re-visitation of a full week of music industry news, we look back on Live Nations impressive growth streak, Virginia's legalization of ticket scalping, the most popular tracks on Spotify, and much more!
This, the most frequently perused pieces on Hypebot included a look at the incredible power of YouTube's live streaming, which artists saw the biggest Grammy's bump, how Bandcamp boosted its fan signups, and more!
In stark contrast the intellectual and economic arguments that made up most of the filings with U.S. Copyright Office over "safe harbors" and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a new one offers a simple, silent video message from top artists.
When artists set out to plan a tour, there are challenging decisions that must be made, when it comes to where fans and venues are located, what cities are worth visiting, and how a tour can best be promoted. Here we examine how to gather and harness collected fan data to construct a better tour.
The evidence that organic reach is in decline could not be more clear, meaning that preexisting social media stratagems are no longer as effective as they once were. Here we look at the best way for entrepreneurial artists to combat this decline across various social media platform.
While startup incubators and accelerators have proven to be successful tech company launchpads , their involvement music has been limited. Only Nashville's Project Music and the UK's Abbey Road have been sustained efforts. This week, the most high music incubator to date, TechStars Music, announced its inaugural class.
Gone are the days of A&R executives scouring artist's social media to determine an artists popularity. Now, these executives have in many ways fallen back on older methods of gauging whether an artist will be a label success. Here, we look at four factors they are likely to be considering.
Internet advertising companies selling keywords under suspicious circumstances is nothing new, and is a practice which landed Google in some serious hot water in the early '00s. The latest perpetrator seems to be Facebook, who has been selling actual artist names as keywords.
When Live Nation (then SFX) began the rollup of disparate and often warring independent promoters to form a concert promotion behemoth, many in the industry thought it was doomed to failure. But under the management of CEO Michael Rapino, Live Nation has proven the doubters (including myself) wrong while expanding its global reach.
Fast Company has named its Most Innovative Companies of 2017 and 10 made Music 's Most Innovative list. They include only one music streamer, one record label, one that has very little to do with music and a heavy emphasis on companies that empower musicians.
While having quality music is import, the impact the visuals have on your brand as an artists, and on connecting with fans and selling your music in general, cannot be understated. Here we look at four ways in which a good graphic designer can benefit you as an artist and help to sell your music.
In most parts of the country, state officials are working to limit ticket re-sales and scalping. Not so in Virginia, where a new bill has passed that guarantees the ability to resell concert and other event tickets.
For artists and musicians, a website should act as a home base, providing interested fans with the most direct way of accessing you possible. Here we look at the best way to organize your site in such a way that interested fans are funneled into become paying customers.
Although libraries and universities across the nation are taking the week to celebrate fair use, not everyone is so thrilled with the concept. The MPAA and the RIAA have both gone on the offensive regarding fair use, posting lengthy pieces attacking it.
Getting the attention of music blogs, DJs, and licensing agencies etc. is a tricky business, as each one requires a special approach. Here Michael Corcoran helps explain the best way to pitch your music to various different entities within the music business.
From Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music to Deezer's "Ball's Up," original content is the latest way that music streamers are working to make their services unique. After a splashy announcement more than a year ago promising to do the same, Spotify is slowly, but surely, adding more original programming.
While there may be significant frustration among music composers at low streaming rates and other challenges making money in the music industry, there is still a good deal of money to be made on the publishing sided of things. Here we breakdown five of the most common types of publishing agreements.
When an up and coming band begins to see appreciable success, they may not have the best idea as to how to manage the new income being earned off of royalties and contracts. Here are four tips for how to do so effectively.
David Bowie was the only 2X winner at last night's Brit Awards, the biggest show on the UK music calendar. As usual, the evening was filled with surprises. Here are all the nominees and 2017 Brit Award Winners:
Regardless of your position in the music industry, positive PR will always be to your benefit. Although hiring from an agency remains the best route, there are many simpler and cheaper things that can be done independently which still significantly help to give you coverage.
It's not just music, your strength in any industry is dependent on how well developed your network is. Once frowned upon, connecting with business professionals in the music is now not only expected for artists but encouraged. Here look at five different ways artists can expand their networks.
In the latest look at the ongoing saga of Flo and Eddie and Sirius XM. For a while it looked as though Flo and Eddie were set to receive quite a large bump of cash, but it seems a recent ruling from the New York Court of Appeals will make the settlement funds five million vanish into thin air.
While music download sales are clearly on the decline, don't count them out yet. According to a survey of 10,000 consumers by PayPal and SuperData, iTunes, is still the most popular music platform in the US, beating Spotify and Pandora.