Admin Publishing Companies like SongTrust, Audiam, CD Baby Pro, and TuneCore Publishing are built for the DIY unsigned artist. These are all best in class services and completely above bar. Also they make things much easier so you can focus on writing, building a fanbase, and all the other things that take up your time. Admin publishing companies make it easier to manage your various publishing components, so you don’t have to register and keep track of dozens of accounts around the world. For instance, they will register you with your choice of PRO in the US (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) and other PRO’s around the world . While you do have an admin fee, it’s much easier than having to do that on your own.
Kickstarter has lead the way with nearly $120 million going to successful music projects. IndieGoGo is a close second and, unlike Kickstarter, allows creators to keep the money even if a project is unsuccessful (if the creator chose “flexible funding”). The most successful music crowd funding project is of course Amanda Palmer’s project which raised $1.2 million for her album. But there have been over 18,000 successful Kickstarter music projects (mostly funding albums) ranging from $1,000 to $1.2 million. Crowdfunding has been a great way for indie artists to bankroll their albums and tours without a label or investor.
I hope you learned a few things and how to make money with music online and elsewhere. Most of all, I would love to hear your comments, questions, and additions in the comments below. If you want to know when I post more articles like this sign up for my email list here.
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Like Encore, Gig Salad is a listing service for performers. They connect performers with the clients and venues that are looking for exactly what they do. They’re based in the United States and serve a similar demographic to Encore. However, their pricing is a bit higher for musicians.
In addition to putting your music video on YouTube, there are hundreds if not thousands of outlets that will play your music video. To reach them you can enlist the services of music video distribution companies. Some examples are here.
Marc Ecko shares the bruising mistakes and remarkable triumphs that reveal the truth behind his success, growing from a misfit kid airbrushing T-shirts in his parents’ garage to the bold creator of two hugely successful branded platforms—Ecko Unltd. and Complex Media. As Ecko explains, it’s not enough to simply merge your inner artist with business savvy, you must understand the anatomy of a brand, starting with its authentic spine.
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.
However, there are lots of other music platforms that don’t accept music from these services for specific licensing reasons, like Soundcloud or Dozmia. It’s important to make sure your music is on these services as well, as they often have a loyal following.
5. Do think of the Business as something you can Practice – like five-finger scales or jazz and guitar riffs. You can get better at every aspect, or collaborate with or hire an expert. Think of your business team like a band. Do get people to help and support you in things you don’t want to do.
This is a great book, but keep in mind that it’s not up-to-date anymore. The music business is rapidly changing such that the internet is more important than physical CDs. This book has a lot of great information on brick-and-mortar retail, but doesn’t focus enough on or have the most current information on online marketing.
A few years ago I interviewed Dave Kusek about his thoughts on where the music business is going. Dave has an abnormal talent for predicting the future of innovation in the music industry with great accuracy. This book is his manifesto on the future of music and the digital revolution. It’s a great read from one of the most intelligent futurists in the music business.
Mike has written and teaches three courses for Berklee Online: Music Marketing 101; Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution; and Music Business Trends and Strategies. His book, Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail was published by Berklee Press in 2009. Mike was recognized as the Best Music Business Teacher by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) in 2011.
What I often see however, are fans replying on musician’s walls, but the musicians not replying in return. Even if they’re asked a reasonable question. While the affect of this won’t be as big if you’re always gaining new fans and have a very big fanbase, when you’re still in the growing stage, replying to the majority of your fans will help you grow a lot quicker.
It means that in order to sell your sound, you’re gonna need to know all about music distribution and promoting your music once it’s out. It’ll take some creativity too—y’know, that same creativity you use to make music everyday.
This can be a delightful way to earn on the side. I sometimes find myself looking for new and interesting music to listen to whenever I want to relax. I’d definitely welcome any worthwhile opportunity to earn extra while doing something I enjoy. It’s also a good opportunity to help aspiring music artists. Thanks for sharing this post.
When musicians ask me for recommendations on books to help them advance their music career, I rarely recommend books about music promotion, as many get outdated, or just say the same old shit e.g. ‘Be active on social media’ or even more painfully ‘Build a loyal fan base’. Below are a few exceptional books that I would recommend, along with a few great books on creativity, and success that I regularly recommend to musicians.
Basic rewards like downloads of your album are good, but don’t be afraid to get crazy with your offers. Let people donate enough for you to fly out to see them for a private show, or even fly them to your album release show. One big donation can make a huge difference in how quickly you’re able to raise the money.
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.
StageIt and Concert Window are leading the way in the online concert world. Most shows are “pay what you want” and encourage tipping. I’ve played a few StageIt shows and have averaged about $5 a head for a “pay what you want” concert (from tipping and tickets). Not bad for playing songs from my living room.
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.
Everybody I have talked to that has start using the Internet eventually asks the question: How can I make money online? And for most people, they never learn what they need to do in order to make a couple hundred to thousands of dollars online.
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This doesn’t work. Social media isn’t just about getting more Facebook likes for your band – if you want to have success in social media, it’s important to treat it as a tool for fan engagement rather than a promotional platform.
This system is especially powerful for acapella groups and cover artists. Individuals and groups who perform well on YouTube also tend to find success on Patreon. The key to success with patronage is through the exclusives mentioned above. You’re finding ways to deliver unique and satisfying experiences to the people who are willing to support you each month. The three suggestions above all include ideas for perks you can give your supporters, and it’s also worth looking through successful Kickstarter campaigns or top Patreon artists to see what they are offering their supporters.
Air Gigs is especially for Studio Musicians, Mixers, Recording Engineers, and other recording professionals. They provide a marketplace and community for professionals who are working in their own studios and wish to sync up with others. Online collaboration can help to bring new heights of creativity and success as well as an additional income stream for Session Musicians, Sound Designers and Audio Engineers.
“Moore’s delivery is straightforward, precise and builds an incredible platform for “the why” in applying the instructions he suggests. If you are a fan of Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt or Ariel Hyatt you can hear their precepts in his writing, but the content is contagiously original and you immediately understand that he’s not just echoing material he has read or heard, but has himself lived.” – Jere B
HIP Video Promo, Rive Video, and Trendsetter are my favorites. I’ve personally used all three. They are talented hard working people, and they an get your music video out there online, closed network, and broadcast. Furthermore this will generate more performance royalties for you, not to mention expose your music to huge audiences.
“Although James Moore may be perceived as my competition in the music PR business, I proudly support this music marketing book and believe it has much to offer all artists.” – Laurena Marrone, Grit PR
Like Instagram, Pinterest is all about images. Creating boards for high quality album art or band member interests can result in a large amount of organic exposure through Pinterest’s platform. Boards can even show up in Google search results.
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.
Today, physical distribution is too costly and limited in scope to be worthwhile. Digital distribution is the new standard. Digital distribution services like CD Baby, TuneCore, and Ditto Music allow any musician (independent or major) to get their music out to popular online music stores and streaming sites like iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora, Google Play, and so on.
This is something that is super new and is really ahead of the curve at this point. You may not have heard of Venmo yet, but you will. It is a verb in LA at this point “Venmo me.” Basically, Venmo is the easiest way to pay someone. It’s as easy as sending a text. Much easier than PayPal. So much easier that PayPal saw this and bought Venmo. Right now, download the app if you don’t have it so you understand what it is and how to use it.
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!
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It’s important to remember, though, that social media isn’t the end-all-be-all when it comes to promoting your music. It can easily become a huge time suck that takes you away from your music if you don’t manage your time properly (Hint: get social media time management tips here).
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Bruce Houghton is founder and president of Skyline Artists Agency, representing a diverse roster of national and international touring talent including Zoe Keating, Darlingside, The Smithereens, Poco, Roger McGuinn and many others. A sought-after industry expert, he serves on the Advisory Board of SXSW Accelerator and was a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Music Class of 2016. His top ranked sites Hypebot.com and MusicThinkTank.com cover the new music industry and how technology is changing the way that music is created, marketed, consumed and monetized.
Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.
When it comes to building your fan base, it’s not just about the U.S.. You have millions of potential fans and music buyers spread out around the world and they shouldn’t be neglected. But many international musicians have felt that while one thing might work in the United States, it doesn’t always work in other […]