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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.
For all the doom and gloom discussions within the music industry right now, hopefully these 10 avenues shed some light onto how you can diversify your income stream and make a solid living as a musician.
I really like this book. It is a required assignment for a class, but I like it anyway. It is always good to know more ways to market your band, or who you are working with. It seems to tell you a little about everything, but it isn’t really boring to read. It is usually one of the first assignments that I do for the week – to read this book.
But there’s a startling amount of opportunity out there for unsigned, indie, and major label artists alike. In addition to connecting musicians with fans all over the world for nearly no cost, the Internet has enabled dozens of new possible revenue streams. One artist who’s been particularly successful at innovating in an industry stereotypically unable to innovate is Nipsey Hussle.
How Has Music Marketing Changed in the Internet Age?: the internet has changed the way a lot of things are done in business and music. Find out what’s different now that the internet is becoming ubiquitous.
After developing a comprehensive understanding of the music industry through a music marketing program, you can enter the music industry in a variety of fields. You can apply your marketing knowledge to positions in music advertising, live music event promotion, artist management, Internet music distribution or record promotion. If you’re an aspiring musician, earning a music marketing degree can help you learn to promote yourself effectively, apply cost-effective marketing strategies, analyze music marketing plans and track industry trends.
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.
Make merchandise. Make t-shirts, stickers, posters and anything else with your logo on them. When someone wears or uses your merchandise, they’re promoting you. You want as many people to see your image as possible.
If you are an aspiring musical artist, the first step to success is to have your music heard! Luckily, there are a few easy steps to get your songs out there. If you want your music to be heard, you need a strategy to reach your desired audience.
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.
I found this quite helpful to put together an overall plan for a CD release. While things change so much in such a sort time in the music industry, this was fairly up to date on most things. The areas where it was not current was not from a lack of knowledge from the author, just from maker changes. A very good overall read regaurdles of the type of music that you are releasing.
The music industry has undergone extreme changes over the past few years, many of which have opened the doors for developing bands and artists. Gone are the days where the only option for getting fans to hear your music relied upon support from a limited number of “gatekeepers.” Music Marketing 101 provides artists, managers, and business entrepreneurs with the foundational music marketing base they’ll need to succeed and thrive in this new music business.
I’m really big on the whole, don’t promote just your music. I believe that stepping outside of your music will make other artists more inclines to share your work. They automatically become a fan when you take the time to actually engage in their work. And I’m talking outside of the vain artists who see no one but themselves, or refuse to even acknowledge that there is a world outside of themselves.
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):
Simply put, reaching out to radio stations over the phone is a massive cold calling effort. Bigger radio stations are likely owned by huge corporations that are in bed with the major labels, but there’s opportunity to be found for independent artists and labels in smaller radio stations and the college radio market, so don’t think it’s out of reach for you.
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.
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In January 2012 I was lucky enough to meet Derek at his offices in Singapore. Derek founded CDbaby and sold it for $22 million, which he then gave to a charitable trust. This book is an amazing collection of lessons about creative entrepreneurship, innovation, and life, from one of the most humble and down-to-Earth musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.
Every step is key when building your brand. We will guide you step by step while helping you build leverage. Get on VEVO, gain a REAL following, digital distribution, get verified on social media & receive national exposure. Targeted music promotion.
If you put in a good faith effort on your review, you won’t have any trouble making money with this site. Just keep in mind that Slicethepie wants quality reviews, not fluff. Payment ranges from 2-20 cents per accepted review, with the minimum payout being $10.
Beat Club is my Producer mentorship program. It’s not a video or instruction manual for success because then I’d be selling BULLSH*T! We do group live streams EVERY week, music critiques, I bring on special guest Producers, Artists, industry executives and more for YOU to ask questions and network with. Beat Club is about learning and COMMUNITY.
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.
With Air Gigs, sellers offer music production services online. Audio samples can be presented and terms listed as well as the needed materials required from buyers. With Air Gigs, musicians have the opportunity to connect with talented like minds worldwide.
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.
Wow I didn’t realize you could actually get paid to listen to music, that’s crazy! However, it sounds like you may get stuck listening to music you have no interest in. I wonder if you can at least pick out a specific genre to listen to? Personally, the amount you would get paid doesn’t seem like it would be worth it unless you could enjoy it. What do you think?
Small bars and restaurants might be some of the easier places to start, but events can pay better. In fact, the The Fuzz Band made it to a quarter-million dollars in annual revenue by focusing on corporate event gigs. Parties, small festivals and art fairs are other possible events where you might find work.
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.
12. Do keep current with what is happening with other artists you love, admire, envy or follow. The artists who you perceive as a step ahead of you can be very helpful. They are doing what you should be doing. Figure out what it is and go do similar things.
In my experience music promotion most usually has to do with a specific project, album, tour, or event and music marketing takes a more general role in defining the artists brand and growing the fanbase.
Gigs are a great place to promote your new album or song. Tell your fans that you’ll be premiering a new song (or the whole album if you want to go all out) before it’s released. Choose one local gig and turn it into an event. Maybe fans who come to that show will be able to buy the album at your merch booth before anyone else.
Create a website. You’ll need a personal website to showcase your music. Make sure it has plenty of pictures that show the image you wish to convey. Make sure your website looks professional. Your website should also have:
In this day and age of “YOU BETTER DO IT YOURSELF” for no one else can afford to do it with you; ie: the fear and parrelization set in by the new world music on the internet and what it’s done to the slow moving, almost obsolete Biz structure of the MAJOR labels, THIS BOOK is a MUST. It’s the first one I’ve read that covers everything you need to know to get your tunes out into the world by yourself if you have the drive to do so…It’s tremendously detailed in every area of the biz ….It’s my new MARKETING bible…

Ari, you left out a big one for music licensing. Song Freedom. Me and a lot of my buddies have our music on there and they are the only ones that I know of that also do that stuff with the majors. They have artists like Imagine Dragons right next to my stuff, for the same price. It’s pretty damn cool! And super nice people to work with. You should check them out and get your stuff on there.
It’s important to only ask for what you need, as too many fields can reduce the conversion rate for mailing lists. In addition to asking for the email address, consider asking for a phone number for text message marketing, and a zip code to determine a subscribers city within the U.S.
“Finally a book that covers the ABCs of music marketing in the new frontier of the recorded music industry. Mike King’s book should be required reading for every musician. It gives a concise understanding of marketing your music at any level.”
Lastly, don’t only promote your music online! I know the internet has made it easy to sit and promote your music from the comfort of your own home. That said, if you only market your music offline, you’re missing out on a load of other worthwhile opportunities!
You know what you can do, but why not let a few active local bands know? Offer to be a stand-in for any sick or absent band members. Apart from making a little cash, it might lead to something bigger, like joining a rising band or starting your own.
Writing online courses is no joke.  After many nights / weekends / early mornings, I’ve completed my newest online music business course for Berklee Online: Music Business Trends and Strategies.  I’m really happy with how the course has come out.  Tons of great content – videos, written content, case studies, and interviews with industry folks that I respect a great deal.  

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