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.
This is a concept you may have heard about. It was created by Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired Magazine, in a blog post he wrote called 1,000 True Fans. It’s a math equation that makes a lot of sense for musicians, especially unsigned bands. If you are a creator, and you have direct access to your fans and no record label or publisher in your way, you can maximize the income from 1,000 true fans and still make the same living as you would having a much larger audience.
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The bible of the music industry with over 500,000 copies sold! Now in its tenth edition, This Business of Music has been revised and completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the ever-evolving music business. An entirely new chapter has been added, asking and answering the question “Are there borders in cyberspace?” The answer is yes, and this book clearly and concisely explains what they are and how to maintain them.
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.
From my perspective, music marketing is a more formal term. Practically every company has a marketing department or a marketing person, and if not, they collaborate with a marketing agency to further their business objectives.
In the new streaming dominant marketplace, track development plans are the key to a successful album cycle. So if you’re interested in seeing my track development plan, I’ve written extensively about this in another article here.
This is a classic by Dale Carnegie on how to win friends and influence people. “Why do I need to learn how to win friends?” I hear you ask – because the same processes apply to winning fans, and unless you’ve got a decent fan base who are supporting your creative work, you’re going to struggle. This is one of best books on communication skills for anyone looking to up their game.
If you are looking to get your physical CDs and vinyl marketed and promoted outside of your home territory, you have the option of licensing your master recording to a foreign record label or distributor. It’s nice to have local people promoting in the territory you are targeting. The physical market is still large in Japan, so it’s not uncommon to hear from Japanese labels seeking to license your master for the Japan market. In Europe, since several languages are spoken, it’s important to work with a partner that has staff in each important territory for rock music (Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany, and the UK). Consequently most European companies will want to handle the continent of Europe, and that’s OK. It’s better than splitting it up, because it creates lots of problems with distribution and royalty collection. Also Australia is a unique market that can be great for licensing too.
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Plus, playlists are the big players in the digital music era. Streaming platforms help recommend your music to music lovers who’ve never heard you before. And those people are your future fans who will pay for tickets to your shows, buy albums and merch, and stream your music.
Now, companies have a direct and almost instant link to people that use their products, and will pay people to help them speed up their market research. When I found out about it, I was a little skeptical, but I decided to try my hand at it anyway.
The marketing of your music should begin as soon as you’ve a good level of talent to promote. While the degree of marketing you undertake at the time will depend on what exactly you have to promote and what else you have on your plate, marketing should be an ongoing process for as long as you’re trying to become a more successful musician.
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Live performance has been the preferred way to make a living making music long before the recorded music industry ever existed. Live music is alive and well, and is managing to grow even as the rest of the music industry struggles. Performances, unlike mp3’s, can’t be duplicated. You simply have to be there to experience it. And so live performance is unlikely to go anywhere in the future. The demand is high, and the only way to fill the supply is by more and more artists performing. As long as there is music, there will be performance.
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.
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.
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Before diving into the specific revenue streams and how to make money from music online, let’s consider the process and strategy. The first 10 items cover that. If you want to skip steps, this is not the blog for you. But if you want to understand how I’ve approached sales at Century Media and Fearless Records for the past 15 years, here it is. Here are 35 tips on how to make money with music online, around the world, and many other places you may have overlooked.
This is a useful list. I would also add streaming revenue, because that’s by far my top source of recording revenue. Sure, it’s not enough for me to justify doing music full time, but what percentage of people can make a living doing their art full time?
I’ve read this several times now, and every time I read the first ten pages I get a huge burst of motivation to kick ass on social media. Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the few non-celebrities with over 1,000,000 followers on Twitter. He built his multi-million pound success from pure hustle on the social media, and this is where he shares how he does it. If nothing else, this book is a brilliant motivational kick up the ass.
BandPage started as a Facebook app to allow bands to post music to their Pages. It has evolved into a musician-fan experience haven. Artists offer “experiences” like meet and greets, soundcheck access, pre-show ping pong challenges, pre-show guitar lessons, green room hangs and anything else you can think of. These experiences have brought in additional income for bands on tour above the standard ticket/merch income.
Their bussiness model is the same with what Facebook and YouTube are doing with ads. But Tsu are sharing their earnings with us the creators. I only started pushing it recently and I’m earning $0.25 per day and my earnings and following are growing day by day.
If you do this, make sure you have your music registered with BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC so you can earn royalties. Additionally, for discovery, add your music to Shazam so the businesses customers can easily identify your song.
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.
If you want to learn more about music marketing and how to effectively start pushing your music out there, I suggest you download my free ‘Introduction To Music Marketing’ ebook. Here you’ll get all the information you need to have a good ground knowledge on what it takes to successfully market your music, so if you haven’t read it already, give it a go.
The bigger your pre-order is, the better your first week sales will be, and your project will establish a much bigger footprint. As a result of all of the preparation, awareness, and branding in the pre-order process, you will increase your sales during the life of the project.
Similar to online e-concerts, but these are privately held events. This is something that you could set up on your online store as a gift option. A fan could buy the gift of a private one-hour Skype show for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. Then, you serenade the two of them and give them a very special and unique experience that they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.
A bunch of those are the same and have been around forever, crowd-sourcing? Thats like what buskers do with their hat on the ground… You just took things that used to exist without the internet and now are calling them new ways to make money fro music when in reality its just old ways now transferred to the internet… A pro hype positive rah rah rah propaganda piece for the new age muso’s coming up in the net age…
Ocean finally broke his silence, emerging with a teasing live stream as the prelude to a full visual album (“Endless”), followed quickly by “Blonde,” deployed equally as a marketing and business strategy. “Endless” fulfilled his commitments to Def Jam and “Blonde” was an independent release. His effort channeled Beyoncé and Kanye with pop-up stores, a zine and Snapchat filters all combing to make the weekend of the release all about Frank.