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.
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.
There are also many services that offer music for business as a subscription, so reaching out to them and pitching your music might provide you with some additional exposure – especially if it leads to your song being played in huge chains with thousands of locations.
Music is very much the same way in that even after it’s been distributed, it still needs to be promoted. But it’s also different from launching a product in that you can’t create a need for music (more on that later).
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.
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.
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.
Using remarketing ads on Facebook, Google’s Display Network, or Adroll can help you generate more sales from fans who’ve visited your site, browsed around your merchandise pages, and left without making a purchase by reminding them of what they were buying as they browse other websites.
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The article describes Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign as ‘the most successful’ crowd funding project, but according to her article here http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/13/amanda-palmer-art-business-difficult-honest-decisions “while it grossed over $1.2m, it netted – when all was said and done – close to zero”. Of course profitability is not the only measure of success, and Palmer says she deliberately chose to run it as a loss-leader. But her account is interesting anyway.
I put this idea into action last year and have received a tremendous amount of support from my fans. Custom songwriting has been this new found glory because it’s a win-win situation. You get to earn money, while writing a song (which you have to do anyways), while giving a gift to someone who appreciates it more than you know. It’s an amazing feeling and has really transformed my views on songwriting, and what it means to be an artist. We are here to make a difference with our art, after all. So why not use this to your advantage and REALLY make a difference by touching the hearts of those who will value your music the most? Give it a shot. It will be great, I promise. 🙂
The New Artist Model is an online music business school for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers and songwriters. Our classes teach essential music business and marketing skills that will take you from creativity to commerce while maximizing your chances for success.
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Of course, these aren’t the only ways to promote your music offline. Don’t focus strictly on online music marketing, as working within your comfort zone will most likely slow things down for you in terms of progress. So give offline music marketing a go too.
In episode #24 of the Music Marketing Manifesto Podcast Ariel Hyatt from Cyber PR joins us to discuss the impact that a well developed brand can have on your music career. Because without a well developed brand… the marketing just isn’t going to work. In this interview Ariel lays out a few simple steps that any artist can take […]
Getting any kind of radio airplay is a great way to quickly be exposed to a large audience. Pitching radio stations will result in a lot of rejection, but when you finally get a “yes,” it’ll be worth it.
When a business launches a new product, it needs to promote that product. Even if the product itself is amazing, and it serves an audience, if no one knows about it, the business serves no one and makes no money.
The artist manager has become the center of the artist’s career more than ever as the influence of large labels has diminished. Artist managers need an intimate understanding of the music business and are tasked with supporting the artists under management, but they also need to understand how to motivate their own careers also. These are the problems Paul Allen’s book addresses, and he backs up his statements with an analysis of more than a dozen case studies, lessons, and contract examples.
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Today’s musicians face unique, technology-driven challenges to earning a living from their craft. How can you make money when recorded music sales have been replaced with free music downloading and streaming? We addressed this question in depth in a recent article. Now it’s time to explore how to use technology to your advantage and connect with a range of money-making opportunities.
If you’ve accomplished something interesting, or have a unique story, the local media may be interested. In some cases, it’s as simple as calling them and seeing if they’d be interested in an interview, but if you’re less connected, you may need to write a press release.
The process is pretty simple. When you sign up (it’s free), you tell Music Xray a bit about yourself and your musical preferences. The site’s software then sends you tracks that you might like. Listen for 30 seconds and get 10 cents, or $12 per hour. The number of tracks you get will depend on your profile and the tracks being submitted by the bands.
Fundamentally, music is promoted in much the same way anything else is – with online methods like email, social media, advertising, and with offline methods like live events (concerts and tours) and word-of-mouth.
This is a new feature just rolled out this year by YouTube (to compete with Patreon). It’s not available to all YouTube users yet (you have to apply), but it’s a great way for fans to pay artists directly through YouTube – without having to leave the site.
Ever wondered why some super talented musicians don’t get the fanbase and recognition they ‘deserve’, while other not as talented musicians get a lot more exposure and seen in all the right places? Well while there could be a number of different reasons for this, one of the most common is that successful person’s ability to handle the business side of the music industry. More specifically, they probably know how to market themselves well.
….to say that the market is flooded would be a catastrophic understatement. 10 years ago there were a million decent bands out there with one goal. To make money. Now? The bands have been replaced by artists. All of us having our own little studio and our own huge ideas……and nobody reading this should have read past the first line. Impassable. I use to like my odds terrible. These odds are unprecedented. Hit the local scene. Isolate. Forget making it big. Leave that to the ones who already have the money. Because that’s what it takes. Shine as a local legend. Fame is fame. It has its benefits on every level. And if it’s done right? Those benefits include pay.
A lot of musicians when starting out feel like if they make their music good enough, they will get noticed. That all they have to do is record a good album, make it available to people in stores (or somewhere online) and their music will start making sales and getting downloads.
An intimate gig with 600 fans to launch their new tour and album “Hardwired… To Self Destruct,” naturally live streamed around the world. Brands have learned that live streaming allows them to throw smaller events, invite loyal fans and influencers, then extended the engagement via digital channels and content.
You can license your music directly with the few global Instore Media Play companies like Mood Media, PlayNetwork, or ScreenPlay. When you go in a clothing store, elevator, or restaurant and you hear music, it is licensed by one of these companies.
Collaboration is an often overlooked aspect of music promotion. It’s a great way to get your music in front of a new group of people and grow your fanbase exponentially. You can collaborate on pretty much anything. Just make sure you collaborate with musicians whose fans would appreciate your music. Choose to work with bands in a similar genre or with similar fanbase demographics.
Believe it or not, you can earn money online by listening to and reviewing music. By signing up to the following online review sites, you can make money whenever you review a piece of music and comment on its quality. The key is to sign up with online music review sites that pay for music reviews. Here are several different online sites that will pay you to listen to and review music (Internet radio):
Mike has written for Making Music magazine, International Musician, Hypebot, and American Songwriter, and has been quoted in NPR Morning Edition, the Huffington Post, Billboard, The Boston Globe, Wired, CNN, the Boston Phoenix, The Chicago Tribune, Music Connection, and Muso. He’s also presented at MIDEM, CMJ, SXSW, NAMM, NARM, SF Music Tech, Futures of Entertainment @ MIT, and Music 2.0. Read Less
Building on the insight that fans enjoy a music video more when it is watched as a group, this execution is a music video that builds and gets bigger as multiple viewers join the screens together in the real world. It’s a great example of community building and use of mobile.
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.
Encore is a UK-based web and mobile app used to hire musicians for gigs. Gigs are typically for events, parties, weddings, or small venues, which can make this a lucrative side revenue stream. Many classical musicians have had success in landing quick gigs through Encore, and it’s completely free for musicians. For that alone, it’s worth signing up to see how the service works for you — if you’re based in the UK.
The queen of surprise executed a stunning hour-long film to introduce “Lemonade.” She employed scarcity and exclusively, driving attention to partners Tidal and HBO. Credit her and Kanye with keeping Tidal in the game.
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After a few months, I built up a reputation so that survey companies would give me even higher paying surveys, giving me even more money. Overall it has been a very smart choice that fits into my lifestyle, and hasn’t required me to learn anything advanced computer skills. If you are trying to make some extra money, give online surveys a try.
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.