For some artists, asking fans for money is a bridge too far. But if they'd followed the career of Amanda Palmer, who has raised more than $2.8 million by "making art" and forging a genuine relationship with her fans, they might feel differently.
Summer is the slow season for some, but Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR believes that it is a great time to connect with fans and gain new ones. Here she looks at generating more Likes across social media and streaming sites.
Indie musician Cheryl B. Engelhardt recounts how she successfully raised $40,000 with a record funding campaign, and why its important to change the "starving musician" mentality when it comes to your email list.
A disastrous live performance is the stuff of nightmares for any gigging musician, regardless of their success, but delivering a flawless performance every time isn't always possible. Here we look at how to handle things should you find yourself crashing and burning at your next live performance.
There were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold, that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month.
As the Department of Justice begins its termination of 19 decades-old 'legacy' antitrust judgements, Chris Castle writes about questions being raised as to what the future holds for ASCAP and BMI, as the Music Modernization Act continues to move forward.
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The CEO of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, John Amato has stepped down. His departure comes amid both an investigation into his conduct and a reorganization at the media group, which also includes the Spin brand, after a merger with Valence Media earlier this year.
Twitter has stopped including accounts locked for bad behavior in follower counts. The move is part of an effort to bolster the integrity of the platform. Some accounts will see little change. But President Trump’s account lost 100,000 followers immediately and former President Barack Obama lost 400,000.
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (LON:SONG) has acquired a 75% stake in the song catalog of Terius Youngdell Nash aka The-Dream. The fund, which listed on London’s main exchange today, will pay $23.75 million USD.
With Facebook no longer the youth powerhouse it once was, Facebook owned Instagram is hoping to get these mobile-centric digital natives to spend an increased amount of time on Instagram, thanks in part to its new long-form video service.
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Music marketers Crowd Surf has added Sarah Gaupel and Emily Bowman as Marketing Account Managers in the LA office. Gaupel worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist at Fearless Record and Bowman joins from Bkstg where she was a Community Manager.
The music and video industries are often cited as prime examples of digital disruption and resurrection. But while plotting comparable paths towards access-based models, a closer look by MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan reveals some very telling differences.
In this except from a submission made to the EU's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a coalition of performers, musicians, and academics issue a plea to restructure the web as a place where creative culture can thrive.
Indie label High Time is opening offices in LA and Sydney alongside an expanded partnership with Warner/ADA which includes a 5-year global deal. The UK label, which was founded by Carl Hitchborn in 2015, is home to acts like The Hunna and Coasts, who have sold more than 130, 000 concert tickets between them.
Regardless of how big your tour may be, it's important that your manage your tour logistics carefully, or else sabotage your bands chances before it's even had a chance to get off the ground. Here we look at how you can optimize your tour logistics for maximum effectiveness.
Music publisher One77 Music has launched in New York City, with an eye for new catalog and some very deep pockets. Led by veteran music exec Jennifer Blakeman, One77 launches with a catalog of 6,000 songs, which it values at $27 million, as well as a substantial, but undisclosed capital investment.
In this piece Daniel Reifsnyder takes a journey back to 1955, when rock 'n' roll climbed to the top of the charts for the first time with the now culturally ubiquitous number "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock".
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The Spotify For Artists blog has published a decidedly anti-record label, pro-d.i.y. article that is certain to anger the streamer's record label partners. In it, Greg Puciato of the band Dillinger Escape Plan, extols the virtues of self-release after several negative experiences with record labels.
As a musician, chances are you want to get your music heard, and for it to have an emotional impact of some kind. One of this best way to make this happen is to get your music placed in TV and film. Here we look at the best way of making this happen.
CEO Daniel Ek has promised that Spotify going public would not change the culture of the company or its mission to build a more artist centered new music industry. But a study of post IPO hiring at the music streamer reveals that, for now at least, ramping up sales and software is more of a focus than programming, video and artist services.
Think of your fans as a pyramid with your most devoted and loyal fans at the top. Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss the five levels of the Fan Pyramid and how to recognize and engage fans at each level.
In this piece William Glanz reviews the current state of the Music Modernization Act, what progress it still has to make, relevant commentary being made about the bill, and more, as well as encouraging artists to advocate for copyright law by calling their senator.
Kobalt Music has hired Rian Liebenberg as Chief Technology Officer. Kobalt’s current CTO, Richard Thompson, is stepping down, but will continue to advise as Emeritus CTO. Liebenberg previously held CTO positions at Schibsted ASA and Schibsted Media Group.
Gone are the days when the only thing you had to be good at as a musician was music. Artists are now required to do their share of marketing and management, something which doesn't always come naturally. This article provides advice on how artists can craft effective emails which their fans are guaranteed to adore.
Is YouTube doing unsigned artists more harm than good? This piece looks at the financial arrangement between musicians and the popular video sharing platform, specifically exploring how it affects unsigned musicians.