Finding a job can be tough, and doing so in the music business is no exception. Here we examine seven different online resources which job seekers can use to find gainful employment within the music industry.
As a creative artist, it's unlikely you want to sink excessive amounts of time into social media marketing, meaning efficiency becomes key. This article covers how artists can diversify a single piece of content for application across a variety of platforms, thereby saving time and maximizing fan engagement.
Chatbots - "a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet" - are all the rage in tech circles. Mark Zuckerberg says they'll transform Facebook, and an 8 month old startup has used one to sell $1 million in vinyl records.
While many artists may forget or simply not bother adding tags to their music, tags are incredibly useful as far as making your music discoverable not only to fans, but also anyone else in the industry searching for music like yours. Here we look at some pointers for maximizing the effectiveness of your search terms.
In case you haven't heard, Snapchat is taking off for the mainstream public. It is a great way to make personal contact and to receive instant feedback from your fans. This means that it’s prime time for musicians to start building their Snapchat following and learn how to use it to benefit their music careers. Assuming you already have a Snapchat account, here are 10 tips to get the proverbial ball rolling.
YouTube is undeniably a hugely important resource for artists when it comes to gaining exposure and engaging with fans, but rigging the service so that it actually brings in revenue is an entirely different matter.
Spotify has smartly decided that products that are good for artists and fans are also good for Spotify. Now, joining the Spotify team that built Fan Insights analytics and Concerts show recommendations, is the newly acquired crew from CrowdAlbum.
Prince famously controlled of every aspect of his music and career. But his legacy may be left to warring relatives and the courts. That's the almost inevitable result of news that broke yesterday: Prince left no will.
Apple delivered a rare weak earnings report on Tuesday, sending its stock down 8%. But amidst the disappointment, was some very positive news on the music front. Apple Music has added 2 million paying subscribers in the last 2 months.
Few musicians or labels are fans of music piracy. But with Taylor Swift's decision to keep her music anticipated album '1989' off streaming music services, UMG, her label's distributor, became particularly concerned and hatched a plan to fight it.
Teaser videos can be a popular way for artists and bands to promote their new material, but when it comes to the length of these previews, there are several different schools of thought on how much is enough to get the point across without inciting viewer fatigue.
While many call themselves musicians, the level of seriousness with which they treat their craft varies greatly. Here we look at five different factors which help to distinguish career musicians from those who simply pursue music as a hobby.
Although the second track, "Hold Up," from Beyonce's latest albumLemonademay at first seem to be brazenly ripping off preexisting tracks, closer inspection reveals that she seems to be taking all the proper legal and moral precautions.
In the 4 day period April 21-24, following Prince's untimely passing, he sold 654,861 albums and had track sales of more than 3 million, according to new stats from Buzz Angle Music. 230K of those albums and 1M songs in the U.S. on April 21st alone. More impressive Prince sales stats:
In this interview, the people at Songspace sat down with Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae to discuss his take on the value of data standards and transparency in streaming, and his excitement at blockchain tech's potential.
Increasingly, tech startups are looking to growth hacking to grow their business quickly and make it more sustainable. Here, Bas Grasmayer looks at how this model can be applied to artists and labels; and outlines techniques that can be used to achieve success.
Actions and events often have unintended consequences, and music exclusives and windowing are proving to have their share of both; as proven by consumer behavior since Prince's untimely death and Beyoncé's surprise Saturday release.
Here long-time industry entrepreneur Kevin Arnold writes about how the direction of his company, OpenAura, marks a shift in the music industry, with revenue being earned from artist's images, something has traditionally been free, instead of from their music.
The Very Best of Prince is the #1 album in the U.S. this week (April 15 - 21, 2016) with over 121,000 album project units, according to BuzzAngle Music. The number is particularly impressive since almost all of the sales came on a single day, the day of his death and the last day of the sales week.
Years ago, Prince negotiated with Warner Brothers to regain control of his catalog of music. While among the first to do so, many artists from 1978 onward have the option to renegotiate their contracts, thanks to the Copyright Revision Act. Here, music industry attorney Wallace Collins revisits Prince's cutting edge stance and its aftermath.
This article examines the unfair stigma which an artist can often receive as a result of the demographic of their fan base, and argues that young and enthusiastic listeners can be both profitable and longer lasting than many fans.