I’ve put the subscription based crowd-supporting platform called Patreon at the top of the list because every single musician out there should already know about it. Not only that, but every single musician out there should already be ON it, actively.. errday!!!
The last decade has seen the record industry shrink by 64% between 1999 and 2011. The amount of money spent by the average music listener in the United States fell from $71 to $26 during that time. There have always been doomsayers predicting the end of the music industry as we know it, but it looks like this time, they’re right.
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.
It’s an especially well-documented look into the pop music business and its intimate relationships with Top 40 radio. How do songs get on the radio? How far will record labels go to get a hit? Even though Hit Men was written more than 20 years ago, the story is still highly relevant to how the music industry works today.
A crew of 250 people, a 32,000 square foot sound stage and a live Grammys broadcast with additional live experiences via Periscope, Facebook Live and Snapchat makes this live music video an impressive undertaking. Target continues to develop its music marketing by offering exclusive tracks and cover art.
“A strategic, real-world, down-in-the-street approach to selling music in today’s music marketplace, that takes advantage of the most effective contemporary tools, while remaining well grounded in the traditional marketing techniques that remain relevant. If you want your music to see the light of day, follow this indispensable step-by-step advice, clearly put forth from the industry trenches by an unusually effective and creative marketing professional.”
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David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a performance schedule with Long Jon Lev and Adrenalize. If you’d like to be notified whenever the blog is updated, click here to subscribe.
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.
Berklee faculty and seasoned professionals teach our courses. Our instructors are recognized experts in their respective fields—they’ve produced and engineered hundreds of artists and numerous award-winning projects, and several of their students have gone on to earn GRAMMY Award nominations.
Many completely independent musicians are making six figures a year getting songs placed on TV shows, commercials and films – without a label or manager. It’s possible to do. But there is a way to go about it and you have to know exactly HOW to pitch licensing companies, ad agencies, music supervisors and movie producers and exactly WHICH of your songs to pitch. Most times songs that work for TV dramas do not work for commercials.
Making money in the music industry is hard. But it is entirely possible, with the right strategies. A few years ago, I asked 12 of my favorite people to share their advice on how to monetize music. The most popular posts in that series was written by my dear friend and client Julie Flanders, band member and songwriter for October Project. Her advice was so good, that I asked Julie to decided to update the post.
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.
John Lenac has helped to drive the evolution of the technology and music landscape since his days as a musician, band manager, and local concert promoter in the late ’80s. He helped launch one of the first Alternative Rock FM stations (KTOZ, circa 1991), and grew it to become one of the highest-rated stations in the US. After programming and managing rock stations in Nashville and Kansas City, he was a Promotion Manager at TVT Records and then Rock Editor at HITS Magazine.
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The classic guide to independent music promotion (revised and updated 2013). With this manual, you’ll discover that music marketing doesn’t have to be expensive or flashy to be effective. Whether you’re promoting a fast-growing indie band, record label or solo act from your basement, the Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook gives you the tools you need to get the most out of your music career.
And that’s what this article is for. I’ll share 21 books that will help you out in your music career. Some of these are written specifically for artists and industry people, others are written for a wider audience… but the information inside them is applicable to building your artist career.
The good news however, is if you’re willing to put in the work, it’s possible to learn how to market your music. There are plenty of guides which show you how to do that on both Music Think Tank and on my site Music Industry How To.
StumbleUpon can be an amazing source of free traffic for your music videos and social media pages. Users of StumbleUpon identify what they’re interested in (including music genres), then click a big orange “Stumble” button to discover new content. This is great for musicians, because StumbleUpon users are actively seeking something new.
Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
Social media is NOT a straight-up marketing platform. It’s really a catalyst for conversation and word-of-mouth marketing. About 80% of your posts should be funny, conversational, and interesting, leaving about 20% for promotional material.
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.
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.
Try it out by setting up a paypal.me address and adding it to a new page on your site. It takes less than five minutes to set up, and could be worth so much value to your yearly income online. And hey, you might be surprised at the greatness that can come from just asking.
We have worked alongside the biggest record labels in the world. During those times we learned the strategies and techniques to develop any artist. Social media branding & optimization should be the FIRST thing any artist does. This creates clarity for your new releases which will help help drive more attention when your music marketing starts. We develop the perfect strategy for your brand.
I consulted this book for its sections on promotion and publicity, which are very helpful, but found a lot more of value. Overall, a great starting point if you want to find out about the way the business works, and all the different ways music can be sold. Very clearly written and logically presented.
“Digital Music Marketing does a terrific job keeping us well situated in the digital music marketplace. They’re always quite prepared to answer questions, discuss or suggest new marketing and promotional ideas, and most importantly, to make sure that we are getting the best possible returns for our efforts. We could not be happier.”
So let’s look at her strategy. As has been a trend this year, she backed her influence and refused to offer the album via streaming services to maximize revenue. Aside from the traditional media approach, there are two things I loved about her launch. The first is how she threw a free concert in New York two days before the album dropped and collected millions of fans’ email addresses through the entry process. The second was how she fueled the press buzz with fresh content by taking part in an Adele impersonator contest shortly after the launch.
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.
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.
James Walsh and Jason pretty much has it in a nut shell. I’ve been a national celebrity for many years and they are right on point with their words of wisdom. You can make money playing local gigs every week and even make it possible to pay the rent. If you’re looking for anything else in music other than satisfaction (and making a living at it by not becoming rich) you’re headed for problems. If just one person likes you’re music, YOU ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL! Now go out and make some music for you and your fans and enjoy life!
Learn the basics behind marketing and selling your music! Music Marketing 101 provides artists, managers, and business entrepreneurs with the foundational music marketing skill set they’ll need to succeed and thrive in the new music business.