Can you describe your ideal fan? Where are they spending time? Make sure you have a strong presence wherever they are. To learn more about this, read my post about Music Marketing, which I consider to be the most important post on this blog.
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While some of things you do to market your music will only involve one way interaction (you relaying a message to fans and potential fans), things will really start taking off for you when you make this interaction with fans two way. By this I mean you don’t always want to be relaying messages to them and then shutting your ears. When you update your social sites for example, as you get more followers, chances are people will often reply to something you’ve said. They want to continue the conversation you started.
The digital music distribution boom has made distribution available to all artists—not just those who get signed to labels. You don’t need to spend your entire promotion budget on it either or split your royalties if you do it yourself.
Mike King’s, “Music Marketing…,” is a great insight into the industry from someone who has actually worked in the game. He provides tips and tricks with how the industry used to and currently operates giving a leg up for the saavy artist who desires to make a living in the music world. Mr. King does not honey-coat the realities of the business because, after all, music is a business. The book takes the reader through some industry history, current operations (at the time) for marketing and supply chain distribution and insightful quotes from organizational leaders who have either grappled with or taken ownership of technology and how its transformed the business. The advent of internet sales and marketing are now in the forefront of the industry so I certainly look forward to a second edition follow-up. This is a must read for those setting their sights on making a career with music and I highly recommend it. Great read!
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RadioLoyalty is Internet-based radio that pays you to listen to its music. You can listen to different stations and/or music genres via your desktop or apps that you download to your iPhone or Android device.
Social media is a great marketing tool for musicians, however, many musicians use it incorrectly – spamming people with music video links in messages and comments in an attempt to get more followers and likes.
In the early 90’s, a journalist named Fredric Dannen extensively researched the behind-the-scenes activity of the major labels in the 70’s and 80’s. He recorded the excess, the greed, the ruthless business practices, the struggle for money and power, and the bitter rivalries between America’s biggest record labels at the height of the music industry.
This streamlined, reorganized, and updated edition features an all-new chapter (“Twenty-Five Profile-Building Ideas to Use Right Now”), which will help readers get a running start in the recording business. They’ll also find completely updated material about Internet sales and promotion techniques, the latest information available on integrated marketing and e-marketing strategies, and brand-new listings of information resources.
These things are important to know before you start implementing specific music marketing strategies, as even the most powerful promotion methods will become less effective if you don’t know when and how to use them.
Where All You Need to Know About the Music Business ends, this book begins. Music, Money, and Success is possibly the most detailed book about the flow of money through the music industry ever written. Using real examples and conversations, the Brabec twins move meticulously through every money-generating area of the music business. It’s certainly not an easy read, but what it lacks in readability, it makes up for with exceptional depth.
This website pays you for not only listening to the radio, but also for completing surveys, viewing videos, and completing online offers. While Earnably is a part of RadioLoyalty, it offers additional points for members who also complete the previously noted tasks.
Link building is the main method of improving your rankings. There are a number of link building strategies you can use to improve your websites rankings, but when it comes down to building links, it’s important to write blog posts people love and will actually want to link to.
If you want to promote your music, it isn’t just about sharing things with your fans. You also want to reach out to new audiences and convert them to fans. And music blogs are a great way to do that. Bloggers are always looking for fresh, new content, and the cool thing is, there are a ton of smaller blogs that are totally within your reach as an indie artist. Blogs also tend to have a pretty niche following. This means that if your music is run on a blog, it’s guaranteed to be seen by people who already like the genre!
In language that is simple and direct, author Tad Lathrop details promotional skills, publicity plans, royalty guidelines, and more, all supported by real-life examples. He shows how the Web and other technological developments have revolutionized not only how music is made, but how it is marketed and promoted. The old rules still apply—create a marketing plan, know your copyrights, be familiar with the laws of commerce—but there are a host of new ones as well, along with new strategies on how to give your recording the exposure it deserves.
This year, Hussle upped the ante with Mailbox Money. He released the album for free, and printed 100 copies of the album, this time with both exclusive content and his personal contact information. The new price tag? One thousand dollars each. The week his album dropped, Hussle made $60,000 from physical CD sales. This is in an industry rife with stories of artists selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of CDs, only to never see a dime of it because of recoupment fees owed to their label. Hussle has found a way to innovate in an industry stereotypically slow to innovate.
New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how songs have become so addictive. Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, he visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early ’90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today’s charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine will change the way you listen to music.
Musicians will not only be introduced to all the tools available today but will be shown how to effectively leverage them to actually make money. More important, they will develop the mindset to be aware of new advancements both online and in the real world and always stay in tune with a constantly evolving landscape.
That’s re-marketing, and it’s a great way to increase sales. Many of your website visitors were likely about to purchase some music or a T-Shirt, but left. In fact, most people don’t make a purchase the first time they visit a website.
This site, which is also available as an app on for your iPhone or Android device, pays you to provide feeedback on new songs via emailed surveys. Once you earn enough money, you can redeem it by purchasing Amazon gift cards.
How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.
Overall, securing a work at home job for those that love music is possible, as long as you find the right online opportunities and deliver satisfactory work. Apart from the jobs listed above, there are others that are more specific in terms of the work that needs to be done, so all you have to do is keep your eyes open and you will soon be making money from them. Some of the best ways to get musically related jobs is to sign up for job alerts on sites that usually display home based jobs and also offer information on the best way to apply for them successfully.
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One such website or you can visit is Tjobs.com. They match employers looking for workers with employees who are looking for opportunities to telecommute. This works out very well for people who have skills such as sales, customer service, website design, and other categories.
(Berklee Press). Berklee expert speaks on how to market and distribute your songs and group. Sell more music! Learn the most effective marketing strategies available to musicians, leveraging the important changes and opportunities that the digital age has brought to music marketing. This multifaceted and integrated approach will help you to develop an effective worldwide marketing strategy. Step by step, you will develop an active marketing plan and timeline tailored to your unique strengths and budget. You will learn to time your marketing campaign effectively, publicize your music to traditional print outlets and emerging online opportunities, understand the current opportunities for online, satellite, and terrestrial radio play as well as navigate various retail and distribution options, both at brick-and-mortar and online options, such as iTunes, Rhapsody, and other services.
The record industry is suffering from declining music sales, but things are looking up for artists. If you’re willing to take your destiny into your own hands, there’s an abundance of new ways to build a fan base and earn an income online.
This technique has been around for ages, but for some reason a lot of musicians aren’t putting it into action. Your fans love you. They love the music you put out, and the videos, and the photos… The list goes on! Now, imagine if you could make something unique, custom, and personalized. Something JUST for them.
You’ll most commonly find music marketing degree programs at the undergraduate level. Many colleges and universities offer music marketing or music industry concentrations within bachelor’s degree programs in broader fields like advertising, marketing, public relations or business. For example, you may be able to earn degrees like a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music and Entertainment Marketing or a Bachelor of Music in Music Marketing. At the graduate level, you might be interested in earning a Master of Business Administration with a music marketing concentration. Alternatively, you may be able to focus on music marketing within a Master of Science in Management or Master of Science in Marketing program.
Julie understands the mindset you need to succeed because she’s worked in all sides of the business. She was a major label AND an indie DIY artist, and she now coaches creative entrepreneurs on how to increase their income, and change their overall mindset for lasting and healthy success. Julie helped me grown my own business and she is incredibly gifted at helping creative people move mountians.
What makes Anything You Want such a great read for musicians is that it explains how Derek was frustrated that he couldn’t sell his music online, which is why he created a buy-it-now button on his website. When other musicians saw Derek selling his music with a buy-it-now button they asked if they too could sell their music on his website, until he finally ended building an ‘online music shop’, known today as CDbaby.com. If you don’t want to spend the £5 or so on buying this book, I strongly recommending dedicating at least an hour or so to reading some of Derek’s life lessons on his blog sivers.org – you will not regret it.
One of the great things about the Internet is that it can connect people and companies almost instantly, and companies have found out about it. Companies have found that they can receive almost instant feedback about their products, services, or ad campaigns through the Internet. This is called market research, and before it used to take companies hundreds of thousands of dollars and many months to find average and sometimes outdated data.
There are a lot more resources available for you at the New Artist Model blog. For example, if you want to self release an album, this will help you get started. If you want help with Instagram for music, this post may be very helpful.
Collectively, streaming makes up a little more than 50% of all music sales (as of January 2017). Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, and Deezer make up the majority of streams.
Music Marketing for the DIY Musician is a proactive, practical, step-by-step guide to producing a fully integrated, customized, low-budget plan of attack for artists marketing their own music. In a conversational tone, it reveals a systematic business approach employing the same tools and techniques used by innovative top companies, while always encouraging musicians to stay true to their artistic integrity.
Mike King is a course author, instructor, and the Vice President of Enrollment at Berklee College of Music and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Berklee Online. Prior to working at Berklee, Mike was the Marketing/Product Manager at Rykodisc, where he oversaw marketing efforts for label artists including Mickey Hart, Jeb Loy Nichols, Morphine, Jess Klein, Voices On The Verge, Bill Hicks, The Slip, Pork Tornado (Phish), Kelly Joe Phelps, and Frank Zappa’s estate. Mike was the Director of Marketing and Managing Editor of Herb Alpert’s online musician’s resource, ArtistsHouseMusic, for three years.
Some examples of Government Sponsored programs are below. You must be a citizen of the country in order to qualify. Most governments offer grants and assistance to fund the arts, some better than others. It’s disappointing that music is such a powerful cultural source, but only allot less than 10% of their cultural budgets to musicians. The United States is in jeopardy of losing their organization completely, so it’s important for musicians to speak up about this issue now. I went to the website where I was hoping to point you in order to apply for a grant, and this is what it says right now (here). It seems rather dire. I found an email address to the director if you want to voice your support for the program and get active. Ann Meier Baker email@example.com
If you’re a Songwriter or Recording Artist, music licensing allows for your musical creations to be used in movies, TV productions, apps, computer games, YouTube videos, radio productions, advertising and other media. With more and more people becoming “online Filmmakers” and requiring soundtracks for their work, these services can connect artists and musicians for mutually beneficial relationships.
In 2013, Nipsey Hussle made his first attempt at an unconventional album release. The Los Angeles rapper released Crenshaw completely for free online — with a twist. He also printed 1000 CD’s of the album, filled with exclusive content and extras, which could be purchased for $100 each. Once they’d all been purchased, there would be no more sold.
With everything moving more and more towards digital, it’s easy to forget about the value of that person-to-person interaction. After all, these days you can create great quality music, release it, distribute it, promote it, and even play live without ever leaving your room.
Although Skype is designed for speech, it can still be used to teach music effectively and include instruments as well. You only need to find a quiet room and minimize interruptions during the teaching sessions to use Skype as an online teaching tool. As a voice coach, you will have to set a timetable with students on the best times for the lessons and the fees you will be charging for your services. If you want to make more money giving voice lessons, consider having group lessons so that you can teach more students within the same time period. Payments for the sessions can be done before or after the sessions through trusted sites such as PayPal.
Digital goods aren’t perceived to have a high value, because the cost of making another copy is essentially $0. That’s not true of physical products, and that’s why fans are willing to pay a lot more for these goods. This is precisely why vinyl has had such a startling comeback in recent years. Of course, merchandise is another wonderful example of a physical good which has remained strong as a source of income for artists. This is especially true in combination with…
This book is loaded with great information and ideas for the independent musician, or even his/her manager; however, it emphasizes “bands” throughout, and I would have liked to see a bit more direction toward the solo artist and, for my needs, particularly classical artists. Much of the same information provided can apply in all cases, but obviously, classical artists do have some specific hurdles to deal with and it has been very challenging to find materials directed specifically to them. Overall though, while some of the information may be common sense, much of it may not be in use by any given individual, so the many ideas are valuable, indeed. It’s like someone already did a good deal of the brainstorming so the musician or manager can simply make use of it and move on with business.
Music marketing is our passion and our lifeblood at Independent Music Promotions. Our CEO James Moore wrote the bestselling music marketing handbook “Your Band Is A Virus” based on his years of experience working as an independent music promoter. To him, marketing is an extension of the art itself, and this gives the process great meaning. He believes that there should be just as much creativity and passion put into the marketing of music.
While its written as more of a basics run-down of the marketing side of the industry, I feel like the content is relevant to the DIY artist in general as it demystifies some of the more convoluted aspects of how a record goes from being written to being purchased (or at least heard)
This course starts with the basics – an overview of key music marketing principles, terms, and practices which together form the foundation for all music marketing plans. From there, students will dig into the key areas of opportunities for musicians, including merchandising, publicity, radio promotion (online and traditional), retail & distribution (online and traditional), advertising, and touring. Students will learn what companies and partners to work with to reach their core fans, how to communicate with them, and the ways to leverage the changes and new opportunities that the internet offers to marketers. The information in this course can form the basis for a full marketing campaign, or be immediately implemented into a new marketing and promotion campaign. This course looks at the opportunities available at both traditional terrestrial marketing opportunities, as well as online opportunities. By the end of the course you will have an active marketing plan and timeline tailored to your own unique strengths and budget.
Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is a non-profit that represents US based featured recording artists and sound recording copyright owners globally. They collect and distribute royalties from hometaping/private copy royalties and rental royalties. Furthermore the collect for the AHRA, which collects royalties generated from sales of blank CDs, personal audio devices, automobile systems, media centers, and satellite radio devices that have music recording capabilities. Learn more here.
This is a big one. As well as being aware that it’s important to market your music, it’s also important to realize the amount of time and effort that goes into this process. Most people initially think that the marketing process should start when you’re about to release your next album or single, and should end before you start working on your next project. This isn’t strictly true.
And the newest of the crowdfunding bunch is Patreon. I call it Crowdfunding 2.0. Creators on Patreon ask their fans for continued financial support (patronage). Most patrons pledge $1-5 per piece of content released (music video, song, blog post, podcast, whatever) But some have pledged upwards of $1,000 PER PIECE OF CONTENT, because they can afford it and they really love the artist. Patreon launched in 2013 and is now paying out over $1 million per month to creators. This model embraces the new philosophy of asking your fans for support, not forcing them to buy. Because album sales are in a free fall, this is the next best solution for independent musicians with a highly engaged audience.
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