In Episode #29 of the Music Marketing Manifesto Podcast we’re going to be talking about what it takes to get your music on to the Billboard Charts. Not so much from a numbers perspective (although we will address that as well), but instead we’re going to look at how an independent artist can take sales that […]
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.
Some of those are like Mechanical Turk, pathetic… More third world country ways to make money where that currency equates to usefulness, first world people having to resort to some of those third world rate incomes will further spin society and the economies into the toilet and further widen the gap from rich to poor gutting the middle to bleed out…
Whether you are a major, indie, or completely independent artist, the new music industry has opened up more possibilities for success than have ever existed in the past. You just have to know how to spot them.
While marketing doesn’t always have to be two way, if you don’t implement a two way dialog somewhere in your music career, you’re going to find it a lot more difficult to build up a fanbase than those musicians who do.
If you’ve ever heard me talk about music marketing then you’ve heard me mention the fact that I was once signed to Interscope Records when I landed what the trade papers called, “the largest new artist record deal in history”. While I’ve certainly mentioned that deal, I’ve never really told the story of how I […]
While this does happen, it’s extremely rare, and setting the unrealistic expectation that it will happen to you is a recipe for failure. Instead, set yourself apart from the crowd by learning all you can about different music marketing tactics, and treating your music career as a business.
As you say, one couldn’t do this full time and give up your day job, and I think you should only do this if you really love music, or you will be disappointed in the small change you get for doing this.
We have to start this list with the new queen, Adele. She disappeared, the industry stopped talking about her, but when she came back, she did it right. The album launch of “25” was executed brilliantly, and according to Nielsen Music it sold a record 3.38 million copies during its first week. Adele smashed the previous record-holder NSYNC by over a million copies. Her single “Hello” also broke the record for the most-watched video on Vevo in 24 hours, racking up 27.7 million views.
Why would RadioLoyalty pay you to listen to music? Like many radio stations, RadioLoyalty is funded by advertisements. When you listen to the music that’s played on RadioLoyalty, you also hear advertisements every few minutes. To ensure that you are in fact an active listener, RadioLoyalty has you sign in through its CAPTCHA every 3-5 minutes.
Social media can launch and fuel an artist’s career. Rather than read about marketing techniques from a musician, learn from someone who’s exclusively focused on social media. The book is easy to read, with plenty of clear, easy to understand examples.
Instagram is all about beautiful, engaging photos. If you’re releasing a new album, this is the place you’ll get great feedback on the artwork. Album artwork, band pictures, and even pictures with fans can result in high levels of engagement.
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.
But that doesn’t mean you’re forced to perform in the traditional ways. Bars and clubs aren’t the only options. The Internet has opened up new ways to perform which didn’t exist just five years ago. One route is through live video performances, either for a small, personal audience through a service like Skype, or for a large audience through platforms like Twitch. On Twitch, you can live-stream your performance, interact with your fans through chat and video, receive payments, and sell merchandise. Some artists are using connections built through the Internet to book small house shows all over the country. The crowd is small, but intimate, and fans are willing to pay more in order to actually meet and hang out with a favorite artist.
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).
John’s work has contributed to millions of albums sold and put dozens of gold and platinum plaques on his wall. He has been a guest lecturer at several schools, including UCLA. He’s been a panel moderator and panelist at music industry conventions all over the world, including: SXSW, CMJ, MUSEXPO, Worldwide Radio Summit, One Movement Festival, Music Export Finland, MUSEXPO EUROPE, and The Global Rock Summit. He has also been interviewed by various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Variety, Records & Radio, Billboard, FMQB, and MTV.
Note: If someone other than you uploads your music video to these services, you can request that it be taken down. To do this, you will need to prove that you own the rights, so make sure you copyright your music.
Paul Allen’s book is the definitive guide to artist management. It’s especially useful for those who want to become artist managers, but it’s also a solid resource for artists managing their own careers. If your career involves working with managers, you can also benefit from truly understanding what artist managers do, what their motivations are, and how to work with them effectively.
While some of things you do to market your music will only involve one way interaction (you relaying a message to fans and potential fans), things will really start taking off for you when you make this interaction with fans two way. By this I mean you don’t always want to be relaying messages to them and then shutting your ears. When you update your social sites for example, as you get more followers, chances are people will often reply to something you’ve said. They want to continue the conversation you started.
“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
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.
Hundreds of study options are available in subjects including songwriting, music production, music business, music theory, guitar, voice, arranging, harmony, ear training, electronic music production, bass, keyboard, drums, contemporary writing, and more.
If you’re anything like me, I had A LOT of trouble asking my fans for help, especially when I was just starting out as a musician. I didn’t want to have to put my tail between my legs and feel like that annoying poor artist who’s always begging for money. But I learned that asking doesn’t have to be that way. It might be a stigma that asking for money is a sign of laziness, but YOU know in your HEART that you’re a damn hard worker, and you deserve to get paid!
When I read scathing reviews of books such as the reivew of this book, by DAVID from NYC, I wonder about two things: 1) Did they read the same book I read, and 2) What hidden agenda do they have? I found that this book provides a one-stop reference manual for music enthusiasts of all levels, including record producers, recording artists, business managers, entertainment executives, Web designers, and multimedia developers. It divulges the specifics of making and marketing music, from conceiving an idea to working with a record company to designing and distributing a finished product. I love this book! And I don’t trust David of NYC. Sorry.
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
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.
Yes, I’m a professional musician, but I’ve now become a professional spreader-of-everything-I-knower because I don’t believe in competition among musicians. If you’re hardworking, passionate, driven and talented enough you will be able to sustain a healthy, long-term career — if you have the knowledge and the understanding of how it works.
CD’s and Vinyl can be a major source of income depending on your distribution. While selling CD and Vinyl at shows can be 25% of your income each night, the profit from physical music is higher than t-shirts or clothing. Furthermore, if you are unsigned or on a small independent label that doesn’t have physical distribution there is another good option. CDBaby has a partnership with Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesale provider of music, movies, and video games in the United States. In North America, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, FYE, and independent shops make up the physical marketplace.
“Your Band Is A Virus! Expanded Edition” is the bigger and better version of the best selling music marketing book “Your Band Is A Virus – Behind-the-Scenes & Viral Marketing for the Independent Musician”. At double the size of it’s predecessor, it is the ultimate music marketing book for serious independent musicians. “Your Band Is A Virus” presents an inspired approach to DIY music marketing coming from James Moore, founder of Independent Music Promotions.
Perspective is a powerful thing. Boiler Room is a big one to watch in the live content space. Check out this partnership with GoPro to view one of its signature events, from cameras attached to Action Bronson’s head and microphone. So close you can smell the beard sweat.