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“Alright” became the unofficial anthem of a movement; the Grammys worked with Lamar to create this powerful message by giving Compton locals a voice through the lyrics, offering a tribute to his home town and insight into his inspiration.
Earning money on Skype using your musical skills is quite easy if you have an account on the site. Even so, setting up an account on the internet telephony site is simple as you only need to download the application to your computer or handheld device to start using it. You can offer virtual lessons to students from all over the world from the comfort of your home. All you need is a good working computer and reliable internet connection to start offering voice lessons to interested students of all ages.
Online undergraduate degree tuition is $59,160 for 120 credits for all majors except the guitar major. Tuition for the guitar major is $63,660. Students taking 10 courses per year can complete the degree in four years at a cost of $14,790 per year. (Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.)
It was a particularly strong year for top-tier artists, which is why labels are doubling down their focus on the global superstars. Household names thrived by running integrated approaches, leveraging all the connection points they have with fans, and operating smart publicity strategies that ensure they maintain a high level of buzz, not only during release periods but throughout the entire year. Here are my picks for the best music marketers of 2015, and what brands can learn from them.
We’ve published a huge guide about how blogging can increase your website traffic, how to convert that traffic into email subscribers, and how to turn those email subscribers into sales. Check it out.
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 […]
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. 
In 2013, Nipsey Hussle made his first attempt at an unconventional album release. The Los Angeles rapper released Crenshaw completely for free online — with a twist. He also printed 1000 CD’s of the album, filled with exclusive content and extras, which could be purchased for $100 each. Once they’d all been purchased, there would be no more sold.
Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.
For bands with a young audience, merchandise can be the lifeblood of their business.  To become great at merchandising you have to follow the same practices that any clothing or fashion brand would adhere to.  So i’ll be doing a post about this, and giving tips on merchandise mistakes to avoid.
While your account is free, TakeLessons does take a steep cut from your early lessons. When you’ve taught a student less than 6 times, you will only receive 60% of their payout. However, that percentage rises over time, and with long-term students you’ll take home 90% of your fee.
“Welcome home!” Since 1999, we’ve been leading the work-from-home revolution. Our founders designed the first virtual careers training programs for the US State Department and the Armed Forces. Thousands have found jobs and gigs at Rat Race Rebellion, changing their lives and ditching their commutes.
3. Another thing I want to talk about is websites that present themselves as work at home jobs doing data entry, taking paid surveys, and typing at home. Generally these websites are trying to sell you information on how to get involved in this type of work.
Streaming is the newest player in the game, with services like Spotify growing in double-digits each year. These companies are helping to bring billions of dollars in revenue into the industry each year, but they do so in large part by cannibalizing music sales. Why would you purchase a CD when you can get a month of Spotify, with access to millions of tracks including the CD you were about to buy, for the same cost? It’s an easy decision to make, and it’s why so many people are changing over to streaming as their main source of music. Including myself.

“A synthesis of classical marketing principles and the newest effective tools, this real-world approach to marketing your music provides indispensable step-by-step advice for success. And it works; as an artist manager, I’ve used these techniques to help propel my artist from relative obscurity to national prominence within one year. I will keep applying these valuable lessons from a seasoned pro.”
Luckily for me, I found an easy way around that about a year ago. Instead of trying to learn crazy web languages or graphic design, I started search for nontechnical ways to make money online. This led me to taking paid surveys online.
Ari Herstand is the author of How To Make It in the New Music Business, a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and the creator of the music biz advice blog, Ari’s Take. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake
It’s not enough to simply post your music video to YouTube; you need to set it up for success with a great title and description. Since YouTube doesn’t have a way of analyzing the actual contents of your video, it works off of the text.
Patreon is one of the most amazing platforms I’ve come across, because it’s like every musician’s dream! It provides a way to rake in a steady stream of monthly revenue on the basis of sharing your art and giving rewards. They’ve built the site to provide a sense of community and filled that gap between artist and fan. It’s beautiful, and I can’t rave about it enough.
With surprisingly few VR music standouts this year, Donald Glover sneaks in with this performance from his Pharos event accessed via his Pharos Earth app. How he executes on his “VR Vinyl” concept is yet to be seen.
Obviously, you could also work together on a song or album. Try recording a cover song or two together and release them on your YouTube channels or Facebook pages. The key is to drive your fans to each other. If you create a song or video, link to each other’s website and social channels.
You’ll most commonly find music marketing degree programs at the undergraduate level. Many colleges and universities offer music marketing or music industry concentrations within bachelor’s degree programs in broader fields like advertising, marketing, public relations or business. For example, you may be able to earn degrees like a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music and Entertainment Marketing or a Bachelor of Music in Music Marketing. At the graduate level, you might be interested in earning a Master of Business Administration with a music marketing concentration. Alternatively, you may be able to focus on music marketing within a Master of Science in Management or Master of Science in Marketing program.
Seems absurd, right? Well, what are you expecting not having a seller back there at all times? Obviously you must take credit. A Square or PayPal swiper is totally free. Get it. Take cards. Who carries cash anymore? I sure don’t. Yes, take Venmo. Make merch your fans want to buy – not what you think you should make. If your audience is 50+ Vinyl is a waste of money. They ain’t buying it. If your crowd is 18-35 year olds, Vinyl may be the way to go – millennials LOVE vinyl. Announce that you have merch from the stage. Put your merch display in a prominent place in the venue – best is near the door. Get creative in your merch offerings. Do it right. And you will double your live show income. Guaranteed.
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!
If you want to be effective as an artist, you need systems in place. This book breaks down the importance of habits, where they come from, and how to change them. Understanding this will help you make the most out of your waking hours.
This system is especially powerful for acapella groups and cover artists. Individuals and groups who perform well on YouTube also tend to find success on Patreon. The key to success with patronage is through the exclusives mentioned above. You’re finding ways to deliver unique and satisfying experiences to the people who are willing to support you each month. The three suggestions above all include ideas for perks you can give your supporters, and it’s also worth looking through successful Kickstarter campaigns or top Patreon artists to see what they are offering their supporters.
In episode #22 of the Music Marketing Manifesto Podcast we are going to speak with Josh Solomon of The Empty Pockets. Josh is a Music Marketing Manifesto member who used what he learned in the course to transform his band’s last album release from a “flop” into an ENORMOUS indie success story. When the band’s […]
In the early 90’s, a journalist named Fredric Dannen extensively researched the behind-the-scenes activity of the major labels in the 70’s and 80’s. He recorded the excess, the greed, the ruthless business practices, the struggle for money and power, and the bitter rivalries between America’s biggest record labels at the height of the music industry.
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).
An impressive use of data storytelling to celebrate what would be his 90th birthday. This interactive infographic displays his ongoing impact helping old fans discover something new, drawing in new listeners and driving sales/streams of legacy and new records.
HIP Video Promo, Rive Video, and Trendsetter are my favorites.  I’ve personally used all three.  They are talented hard working people, and they an get your music video out there online, closed network, and broadcast.  Furthermore this will generate more performance royalties for you, not to mention expose your music to huge audiences.
There is a one time $175 registration fee per certificate program. Students may either pay per course term (at the $1,497 per credit course cost) or pay in full to receive a 10 percent discount. The registration fee and all courses for the term you wish to begin in must be paid in full in order to begin.
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 Internet led to the rise of file sharing and devastated record sales. However, as it took away that revenue stream for many artists, it has provided a diverse array of new opportunities. If you manage your music effectively across these 8 music marketplaces, you may find you’re making more money in music than ever, and all without selling a single song. Give them a try!
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.
And the newest of the crowdfunding bunch is Patreon. I call it Crowdfunding 2.0. Creators on Patreon ask their fans for continued financial support (patronage). Most patrons pledge $1-5 per piece of content released (music video, song, blog post, podcast, whatever) But some have pledged upwards of $1,000 PER PIECE OF CONTENT, because they can afford it and they really love the artist. Patreon launched in 2013 and is now paying out over $1 million per month to creators. This model embraces the new philosophy of asking your fans for support, not forcing them to buy. Because album sales are in a free fall, this is the next best solution for independent musicians with a highly engaged audience.
This is a crazy long list.  Don’t have too many distractions for your customers, however at least make them aware of each option sometime during your album cycle.  The 80/20 rule proves that 80% of your income will come from 20% of these revenue streams.  Therefore when asking the customer to buy or stream, the best bet is to focus on the top two or three streaming outlets, top two MP3 Outlets, Top two Physical Outlets.  Also you can use an infographic to steer your audience where you want them to purchase.
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 […]
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Backercamp can offer some additional paid promotion for your crowdfunding campaign. If you’re inexperienced in the world of crowdfunding, or need help, this may be a good option. It starts at as low as $50.
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.
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.
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.
13. Do support artists who have what you want to have by LIKING their pages, supporting their work, going to their shows, offering to double bill with them. Create opportunities. OH! and if you want people to buy your music, buy theirs.
The merch inventory and point of sale tracking platform, AtVenu has calculated that for venues 500-1,000 capacity, the average dollar per head (DPH) is $3.65. That means, if you have 100 people at your show, you should make AT LEAST $365 on merch. If you don’t, you are falling below average.
Search engine optimization on the surface seems mysteriously difficult, but at it’s core, it comes down to proper optimization of your website, and how many links are pointing to it from other, more popular websites.
This year was all about live, as VR/AR takes a backseat for now. Brands and artists were looking to take advantage of Facebook’s favorable live video algorithm and the growth of live across all platforms. Mobile and data were once again rich territories for expanding the way audiences engage with music.
Your website shouldn’t be a static thing. It should be ever adapting and changing to reflect new events in your career. Basically, you want your fans stopping by your website as often as possible. The more often they’re on your site, the more they’re exposed to your albums, merch, and tickets.
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.
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.
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
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.
I hope you learned a few things and how to make money with music online and elsewhere.  Most of all, I would love to hear your comments, questions, and additions in the comments below.  If you want to know when I post more articles like this sign up for my email list here.  
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.
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.
Giving your opinion on the latest album or single that has been released by your favorite artist can earn you money. Artists are always seeking feedback on their songs to gauge whether they will be acceptable to fans once released to the masses. In most cases, that feedback is paid for by sites that offer them online platforms to upload their music. Popular sites such as Slice the Pie and Music xray give new musicians an opportunity to get their songs listened to and reviewed and they get paid for it. As a reviewer, you also get paid for listening to the music and sending in a comprehensive assessment.
Since the publication of the first edition in 2005, The Plain And Simple Guide to Music Publishing has emerged as the premier guide to the subject. With sufficient depth to be used as a text at major college music industry programs including UCLA, NYU and Northeastern, the book also remains simple and clear enough for the lay songwriter to gain a crucial understanding of musical copyrights and licensing basics. 
Our services can be accessed à la carte and integrated into your existing marketing plan, or we can create a custom plan for your entire campaign. Whatever your needs, we are versed in all things digital!
If you want to be effective as an artist, you need systems in place. This book breaks down the importance of habits, where they come from, and how to change them. Understanding this will help you make the most out of your waking hours.
I’m tired of seeing my favorite bands break up because they can’t figure out how to make money with their music. It breaks my heart every time an incredibly talented musician quits music because they just can’t figure out how to make a living with it. Music is not something we do. It is who we are.
I think getting others involved is key throughout marketing your music, building connections with fans, bloggers and local people who enjoy your music should be a key part in the promotion process. Great post Shaun!
There’s some useful information to be had in the book, but nothing I hadn’t already found out as an active musician who tries to keep his eyes open . I highly recommend Donald Passman’s book over this one – a more detailed summary by a guy that seems to know first hand what he’s talking about.
This book is loaded with great information and ideas for the independent musician, or even his/her manager; however, it emphasizes “bands” throughout, and I would have liked to see a bit more direction toward the solo artist and, for my needs, particularly classical artists. Much of the same information provided can apply in all cases, but obviously, classical artists do have some specific hurdles to deal with and it has been very challenging to find materials directed specifically to them. Overall though, while some of the information may be common sense, much of it may not be in use by any given individual, so the many ideas are valuable, indeed. It’s like someone already did a good deal of the brainstorming so the musician or manager can simply make use of it and move on with business.
The key is that the content must be valuable and it must be exclusive. It’s not enough to put your music on Spotify, then release the same album for sale with a bonus track. It means putting significant effort into delivering something above and beyond the standard 10-track offering.
Simply click through the options, message the artists, and repeat the process as many times as you need. These recommendations can be great ways to find new musicians, especially if you’re using this method from your own page, because that means there’s some fanbase overlap and you can increase the perceived value of the event among ticket buyers.
Jay Coyle is the founder and “Music Geek” at the digital marketing firm, Music Geek Services. His company provides artist services for the music industry and has been a Topspin-certified marketer since 2009. Built upon a life-long omnivorous obsession with marketing bands and mixing in equal parts of knowledge gained from an advertising-focused Journalism degree at the University of Georgia along with his skills running a Marketing consultancy for 5 years in Atlanta, Music Geek Services was finally created in 2008 immediately after Jay left a marketing position at the EMI CMG label in Nashville.
The book wasn’t bad. It just didn’t seem to have anything in it that was really a new idea to me, and it contained a number bits that made me suspect the amount of real world experience the author has. For example, the book begins describing the record company marketing process with a (fictional) story about a blues-rock band getting big in Tampa and getting signed to a national label, who then markets their record with a full blown campaign directed at 18-50+ males and females, choosing a 12-bar ballad about an African tribe forced into slavery as the single, and producing a master run of 1,000 copies of the album for national distribution. Now, I’m just a wannabe musician playing in a crappy rock band in Austin, but if that’s the kind of marketing campaign that makes platinum records, I have a feeling I can revolutionize the industry.
The record industry is suffering from declining music sales, but things are looking up for artists. If you’re willing to take your destiny into your own hands, there’s an abundance of new ways to build a fan base and earn an income online.
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.
“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.”
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.
After reading many different books on promotion and publicity for independent musicians, I*’ve grown skeptical toward what more a new book can offer. Generally, the books I’ve read don’t offer information for the trenches. Instead, they offer a little lame commentary on the fact that you would get more publicity and promotion if you were signed to a major label, and perhaps they theorize on how an independent musician might make a little splash in the medi, but there is usually very little practical information. “Guerilla Music Marketing Hand Book…” has proven an exception to this trend, with concise chapters full of very practical tips on tweaking press kits and pitches for better effect when approaching media about promo and publicity. Highly recommended.
If you’re the type that likes to sign autographs and hang with the fans, then you can look forward to selling them upgrades with the help of these VIP ticket experience companies.  This ties in nicely with the 1,000 True Fans concept mentioned above.  Ticket upgrades are a powerful revenue source, and something the artist should always strive to retain.  Most of all don’t sell these rights.  There are some fantastic players in this space to partner with.  Here are some companies that have shown dedication to rock musicicans.
Patreon is one of the most amazing platforms I’ve come across, because it’s like every musician’s dream! It provides a way to rake in a steady stream of monthly revenue on the basis of sharing your art and giving rewards. They’ve built the site to provide a sense of community and filled that gap between artist and fan. It’s beautiful, and I can’t rave about it enough.
Another great book by a good friend in the community. Bob Baker has been in the game of marketing music longer than most of us, and although some of his tips are the common sense types, this book has some great insights for the musician looking to do some guerrilla marketing (no, that’s got nothing to do with actual guerillas). For less than £15 this book is worth picking up and scanning for a few fresh ideas.
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…
For example, you can make the best of your merchandise by taking advantage of limited-release lines, including personal autographs and hand-written notes, and exclusive merch that’s not available to people who haven’t bought your music. In the Nielsen study I mentioned earlier, it was exclusive content that fans craved, and it’s exclusive content that could add more than $1 billion in revenue to the music industry each year.
There’s a new service called StregaTone, they are like TuneCore but instead music distribution they offer music marketing for independent artist. I tried the service myself for my band and we are very satisfied with the service, our fan base is growing every day, we are selling 100% more through iTunes and Amazon and we are getting millions of streaming of our music worldwide.
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.

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Jessica is a free-spirited indie songstress, traveler, and life-lover. She is a self-taught DIY musician and has earned her success worldwide with over 6 million views and an incredible following of over 60k engaged fans. She gratefully connects with her community on a daily basis, and doesn’t let a day go by without sharing a new video, photo or idea, to show her appreciation as a modern-day indie artist.
When it comes to building your fan base, it’s not just about the U.S.. You have millions of potential fans and music buyers  spread out around the world and they shouldn’t be neglected. But many international musicians have felt that while one thing might work in the United States, it doesn’t always work in other […]
Each year I break down the standouts in music marketing, picking the best performers based on the concept, innovation, presence in culture and execution. This year we can firmly say the divide between music promotion and brand collaborations no longer exists and record labels are building out their creative, content and influencer offerings.
Don’t skip over this. I intentionally did not title #2 as “Up your merch game” even though that is what this is BECAUSE you’re probably so over hearing how important merch is that you would just skip right past it. Listen to me. When on tour, merch is your #1 income generator. If you do it right. Artists fret over guarantees and door splits while totally ignoring the potential of merch.
Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.
Mike has written and teaches three courses for Berklee Online: Music Marketing 101; Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution; and Music Business Trends and Strategies. His book, Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail was published by Berklee Press in 2009. Mike was recognized as the Best Music Business Teacher by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) in 2011.
Before you learn specific tactics for marketing your music though, it’s important you get a good idea of what music marketing is and isn’t. There are a lot of common misconceptions about this among musicians, so have a read of the below to see some truths about what it all entails. I truly hope it gets you on the right path when it comes to how you approach the promotion of your music.
Of course, you need to get fans to actually signup for your emails before you can start using it as a music promotion tool, right? An easy option is to trade something of value for an email address. Keep in mind this doesn’t have to be a free song (in fact there are a TON of more effective ways to grow your email list)
Music distribution is necessary, but unfortunately, it can’t be equated with promotion, unless a song is featured in a playlist, is given prominent placement in an online marketplace, or the song/album ranks in a chart (iTunes Chart, etc.).
The platform Synkio can assist you in getting your work into circulation and earning some money along the way. The company was founded in 2013 and has offices in both Los Angeles and London; however, everything about their service takes place online. Their mission is to reduce the barrier between musicians and the artists, businesses, agencies and developers that need their services. Some of Synkio’s clients include big names like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Audi, Kia and Sony Pictures — but for the most part, licensing comes from Directors, Producers, and Game Designers.
Adding a mailing list signup sheet to your merch table can be a great way to collect emails from new and existing fans attending your shows. It’s especially powerful when accompanied by powerful incentives.
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With the power in the music industry shifting from the major labels and other gatekeepers to the artists, the role of a manager is more important than ever. A manager that has a detailed understanding of the new and evolving marketing, technology, legal, touring, licensing and business strategies is an invaluable member of any artists team. The Master Certificate in Artist Management provides a complete tool kit to anyone interested in success as an artist manager.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find credible, reliable information about the music business. So we set out to find the best books ever written about the music industry. The books we’ve chosen are from expert practitioners of the business; they’re filled with practical, useful insights; and they’ve stood the test of time to become music industry classics.
If it takes $15,000 to start a band, you can imagine the expenses keep rolling in as the months and years go on. Fundraising or crowdfunding has been a brilliant use of technology.  There are plenty of great options to choose from. Pledge Music, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo for example. Don’t wing it in this space because the experts in this field have discovered some great tricks to increase pre-orders. Make sure to do what the best and most successful bands have done, and get creative.  
This is something that is super new and is really ahead of the curve at this point. You may not have heard of Venmo yet, but you will. It is a verb in LA at this point “Venmo me.” Basically, Venmo is the easiest way to pay someone. It’s as easy as sending a text. Much easier than PayPal. So much easier that PayPal saw this and bought Venmo. Right now, download the app if you don’t have it so you understand what it is and how to use it.
We’ve published a huge guide about how blogging can increase your website traffic, how to convert that traffic into email subscribers, and how to turn those email subscribers into sales. Check it out.
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.

That’s right. When you’re a new independent musician, you won’t get much outside help. Ok, so you might get some help from a friend who likes your music, but other than that, don’t rely on record labels or fans to help you promote your music. Why’s that? Simple, because record labels don’t generally work with unproven musicians, and you won’t yet have a fan base at this stage.
This level of detail is made possible by the extensive experience of the authors. Todd Brabec was the executive VP of ASCAP for more than 30 years, overseeing writer and publisher payments for the performance rights organization — adding up to more than $1 billion annually. Jeff Brabec is the VP of Business Affairs for Chrysalis, which represents the catalogs of OutKast, Sheryl Crow, and David Bowie, among others.
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.
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.
I bought this book because of how affordable it was used, it might have been relevant when it was published however now all of the information published, especially with regard to social media is outdated and/or easily found for free in music marketing blogs. I hoped at least the music industry information would be helpful, but it’s only a brief synopsis. For example, it talks about press releases without providing any in depth examples or instructions on writing one. That’s just one example however. If you know nothing about the music industry I guess it might be helpful, but most of this information is already available for free on the internet.
What’s especially beneficial with Earnably is that the site pays you bonuses and increases your payout options as you advance on the site. It takes just $2 in collected earnings before you can request a payout through Paypal or a gift card.
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.
Ari Herstand is the author of How To Make It in the New Music Business, a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and the creator of the music biz advice blog, Ari’s Take. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake
Mike King’s, “Music Marketing…,” is a great insight into the industry from someone who has actually worked in the game. He provides tips and tricks with how the industry used to and currently operates giving a leg up for the saavy artist who desires to make a living in the music world. Mr. King does not honey-coat the realities of the business because, after all, music is a business. The book takes the reader through some industry history, current operations (at the time) for marketing and supply chain distribution and insightful quotes from organizational leaders who have either grappled with or taken ownership of technology and how its transformed the business. The advent of internet sales and marketing are now in the forefront of the industry so I certainly look forward to a second edition follow-up. This is a must read for those setting their sights on making a career with music and I highly recommend it. Great read!
In 2004, he joined LAUNCH/Yahoo! Music. As Head of Music Programming and Artist/Label Relations, he managed a team of radio and video music programmers and interfaced with record labels, artist managers, artists, and business leaders for Yahoo’s branded original content music programs. He then joined PledgeMusic as the Global Head of Business Development, negotiating and closing deals with record labels and various manufacturing, marketing, and ticketing companies. John has been developing and managing artists his whole career, served as the president of a music festival/concert series, and founded and ran his own FM talent management company.
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.
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.
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.
A Free listing at Gig Salad allows for inclusion in up to two categories with the display of three photos. Deposits from clients are accepted at this level up to $200; however, you’ll receive the lowest visibility on the site. A Pro listing includes higher visibility and listings inclusion in up to fifteen categories. You may include fifty high-resolution photos as well as audio, video and a link to your website. Deposits from clients are accepted up to $1,000, and priority phone support is also included. A Featured listing offers the highest exposure and visibility on GigSalad. You’ll be able to list in up to twenty categories, show 100 high-res photos, upload audio and video, and link to your website. Deposits are accepted up to $2,000, and priority phone support is included.
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Is the 50% fee worth it? The Music Bed promotes themselves as a premier curated source for music, so they cater to clients that are drawn to this type of exclusive service. The fact that this site is “highly curated” (their words) also means that it’s possible your work won’t be accepted, so getting listed here comes with some extra prestige. The Internet is a big place, so you might consider listing your work in both Synkio and The Music Bed to ensure that you don’t miss an opportunity. If you decide that the fee is simply too high, you are always in control of your work and can pull it from future usage on the platform. Of course, for songs that have already been licensed, you’ll still be committed to those deals.
A few years ago I interviewed Dave Kusek about his thoughts on where the music business is going. Dave has an abnormal talent for predicting the future of innovation in the music industry with great accuracy. This book is his manifesto on the future of music and the digital revolution. It’s a great read from one of the most intelligent futurists in the music business.
Music marketing degree programs help you to develop the knowledge and skills for a career in the competitive and always evolving music business. Depending on the program, you can expect to take classes that teach business fundamentals and how they are applied to the music industry. If you complete a Bachelor of Music program with a music marketing concentration, you can expect to complete courses in music history, theory and performance, as well as marketing courses. Internship opportunities are also part of many degree programs, which can help you make industry contacts and gain experience. Typical coursework in a music marketing degree program may include the following:
I love this idea! Yet another way to generate income as a musician without having to leave the confines of your cozy artist space. I use a platform called ConcertWindow, and there are a couple others to choose from like Stageit and Gigee. There are some different tools available for use in all the platforms but something to keep in mind that I’ve found effective with Concert Window and Stageit is having the option to collect tips and give ‘rewards’ to your best tippers. It’s a wonderful incentive and a great way to really connect with your audience in a concert-type setting, without having to leave the cozy confines of your living room.
You can walk in Commencement when you are nine (9) credits or less away from completing your degree requirements by the end of the spring term. Please note: Berklee Online degree students are not required to walk in Commencement in Boston.
Next year we’ll see a wave of VR music videos, and this one is a nice kickoff. GoPro collaborates in the music space again for this immersive music video for “The Hills” remix featuring Eminem that lets the viewer take a walk with Abel Tesfaye.
Yes, you can. To determine if the coursework you already completed or are considering taking is eligible to fulfill your remaining degree requirements, contact the Transfer Team at transfer@online.berklee.edu.
Well, she is the former head of marketing for MySpace France. Now she works as a music marketer and with more than ten years in the entertainment industry (television channels, radio broadcast industry and digital music industry), she knows her stuff backwards.
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Ok, great response, Anon. So apparently it is harder to make a living as a music artist today. According to that graph, the number of working musicians dropped by nearly half between 2002 and 2012. Wow.
DIY music marketing often focuses too much on simply “covering the bases”. Submitting music to outlets including journalists, press lists or a directory of music blogs is equivalent to “door to door” cold calling. Proper research, groundwork and relationship building is what makes music marketing PR effective. Independent Music Promotions focuses primarily on building countless partnerships and relationships intended to ensure high quality press for our clients.
Both Bandsintown and Songkick use various databases to find local events, but you can sign up for Bandsintown as an artist to ensure all the information about your events is correct. For Songkick, you can sign up for Tourbox.
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The platform Synkio can assist you in getting your work into circulation and earning some money along the way. The company was founded in 2013 and has offices in both Los Angeles and London; however, everything about their service takes place online. Their mission is to reduce the barrier between musicians and the artists, businesses, agencies and developers that need their services. Some of Synkio’s clients include big names like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Audi, Kia and Sony Pictures — but for the most part, licensing comes from Directors, Producers, and Game Designers.
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.
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.
A great way to add a jumpstart to your fanbase is to play with musicians who have a much larger fanbase than yours. Network with local artists in your area, or in cities you’re touring to – check out their social media followings (both in size and engagement), and reach out to new artists who you’d like to play a show with.
Music, Money and Success: The Insider’s Guide to Making Money in the Music Business tells you how the business works, what you must know to succeed, and how much money you can make in films, television, video games, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, record sales, downloads and streams, advertising, ringtones and ringbacks, interactive toys and dolls, Broadway, new media, scoring contracts and synch licenses, music publishing, foreign countries and much more.
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.
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.
If it takes $15,000 to start a band, you can imagine the expenses keep rolling in as the months and years go on. Fundraising or crowdfunding has been a brilliant use of technology.  There are plenty of great options to choose from. Pledge Music, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo for example. Don’t wing it in this space because the experts in this field have discovered some great tricks to increase pre-orders. Make sure to do what the best and most successful bands have done, and get creative.  
21. PS ALSO – if it’s right for your style, DO put yourself into the LOTTERY of the big time – record deals, the Voice, and shows like it, etc. Just realize it is a LOTTERY and a game, not a measurement of your talent, abilities, soul, musicianship or success. At most, it might be a metric of your good looks and commercial appeal. It’s a game you can play, but you can’t make the rules for it. Don’t take it too seriously, but PLAY it if you are brave and silly enough. We did! And while it lasted it was a thrilling ride on the rollercoaster of the music business. You just have to remember that you don’t own the amusement park!
This site will also pay you to listen to music submitted by new and upcoming artists. Even better, you can direct the site to provide you with music suited to your tastes through its FanMatch program.
Music marketing isn’t just about how to get new fans, but it’s also about using the right distribution channels to ensure your music is in the right places so existing fans can easily find it. While some may visit your website, most will seek out your music on download or streaming service.
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…
That’s not to say that conversational posts can’t be promotional! You just need to learn how to frame the content in interesting ways. For example, if you’re in the studio recording a new album, try sprinkling little updates on social media. Tell a story about your studio experience that day, share a photo of the mix, or post a short teaser video of a song.
It’s true that digital downloads and CD sales are likely to continue declining until they’re no longer a meaningful drive of overall industry income. Instead, streaming services like Spotify or YouTube’s new Music Key are likely to become the primary way that people listen to music.
If you want to be effective as an artist, you need systems in place. This book breaks down the importance of habits, where they come from, and how to change them. Understanding this will help you make the most out of your waking hours.
“Sometimes I felt like I was sitting in his office with Moore, and that he was, quite simply, looking outside of the window and reflecting on what he, as CEO of Independent Music Promotions, has learned over the years in a self-effaced kind of way. And the gist of it is that is you want to sell your art, you need to consider it as a business, and pursue it just as systematically as you would starting, say, a cupcake business.” – Collins Connect
“After applying many of Bob’s ideas, and without any wholesaling or distribution, I sold more than 20,000 music albums over the last five years. Using his suggestions, I increased my fan base by 35% in just one year. Pretty good for a non-performing artist who does all studio work. Bob is the master of music marketing!” -Kris Lee-Scott, Hanai Music
“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.
This year has been another turbulent one for the music industry, dominated by the battle and evolution of streaming platforms. Apple has put a lot of energy into defining its role in the modern music experience, and Google recently launched YouTube Music — quietly, but with a confidence fueled by positive consumer feedback so far.
If you don’t have a big budget, and want to go at it DIY, check out this guide on promoting your music to radio stations. If you do have the money, you can hire a radio promotion company to reach out to radio stations on your behalf. These companies have existing connections at radio stations, and can give you play reports to help with touring efforts.
Perfect, this sounds like an excellent option for someone who loves to listen to music while doing just about everything else. A little bit of extra cash for doing something you were doing anyway is always a good deal. Are these programs available worldwide, or just for residents of the USA or UK?
Mixing and mastering engineers, producers, instrumentalists, singers, and full demo production studios get hired through these sites by artists for their recordings. Live in a remote village in Tanzania and want your epic 127 track production mixed by a Grammy winning mixing engineer? Done! Well, if you can pay their rate of course. This has been a great way for freelance artists with home studios to get extra work – especially if they aren’t plugged into an active music town.
“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.”
Put a tip jar at your Merch table with a big sign, “If you liked the show, show us how much! Cash (arrow) or Venmo: @mybandname” You can even have a projector on stage and have like a real time auction with Venmo tips for a screen print or a backstage hang or a date with the drummer. Whatever. There are endless possibilities. Either way, think about how you can utilize Venmo to make more money at the show.
I hope you learned a few things and how to make money with music online and elsewhere.  Most of all, I would love to hear your comments, questions, and additions in the comments below.  If you want to know when I post more articles like this sign up for my email list here.  
And these 8 ways along with fund-raising and other ways are great tools in our toolbox and can help us in our everyday hard work. I’ve been in the business for almost 50 years now and I’ve seen it so many times…

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Make sure you have someone selling your merch from when the doors open to when they close. Oftentimes people will leave your show early because they have work the next morning, but want to buy something. If there is no one standing by the merch table at that moment they will leave. They will not grab a handful of stuff, run up to the stage holding their credit card and ask you to stop the show and swipe their card.
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
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.
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.
Before you learn specific tactics for marketing your music though, it’s important you get a good idea of what music marketing is and isn’t. There are a lot of common misconceptions about this among musicians, so have a read of the below to see some truths about what it all entails. I truly hope it gets you on the right path when it comes to how you approach the promotion of your music.
Around half of music projects get successfully funded according to Kickstarter stats, which is awesome. Even if you don’t meet your crowdfunding goal, it’s likely that you’ll receive some exposure from the campaign.
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.
In this article, we’ll be covering eight specific marketplaces where musicians can make real money in a variety of ways. Rest assured that these ideas won’t be tired old suggestions like “use Craigslist” or general advice like “just gig more.” These are technology-driven online resources, and they’re working for thousands of musicians. Now, it’s your turn.
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.
Another great book by a good friend in the community. Bob Baker has been in the game of marketing music longer than most of us, and although some of his tips are the common sense types, this book has some great insights for the musician looking to do some guerrilla marketing (no, that’s got nothing to do with actual guerillas). For less than £15 this book is worth picking up and scanning for a few fresh ideas.
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If you are a musician or music producer, this platform can give you a chance to effectively promote your music and sell other related services as well.  Some of the gigs you can sell that are related to music include song mastering, voiceovers, song writing, music software tutorials, remix songs, sound effects, production of jingles and drops among others.
What I found was that I could make decent money just by filling out online surveys for an hour or so, everyday. It was surprisingly easy since I could do them while chatting on Facebook or after my kids went to bed, so I figured I would give it a month and see how much I could earn. At the end of the month, I was so excited when my first check came in the mail for $638.28!
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.
Here’s 8 of the most overlooked ways to get paid for your music. They won’t work for everyone, but try them and you might be surprised. Being successful in music is about taking risks. And they’re simple to try, so why not!
This is a big one. As well as being aware that it’s important to market your music, it’s also important to realize the amount of time and effort that goes into this process. Most people initially think that the marketing process should start when you’re about to release your next album or single, and should end before you start working on your next project. This isn’t strictly true.
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.
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.
How Music Works is David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. 
Getting played on college or FM radio stations is a great way to expose your music to a dense population, which is great for touring. When considering radio promotion, you want to educate yourself on the arts of direct mail and cold calling.
In almost every industry, exclusives are a primary way to increase income. People absolutely love being the very first to have something; they love having content no one else has; and they especially love having personalized items from a favorite artist. This is why small performances are so valuable, and it’s the reason that physical sales can be so effective.
You don’t have to write lengthy reviews or fill out feedback forms. Just listen for 30 seconds and move on to the next sample. If you like a track, you can click “Fan.” If you want to support the band, you can leave a tip. When you get to $20 you can request payment via PayPal. For details, click here.
There’s some useful information to be had in the book, but nothing I hadn’t already found out as an active musician who tries to keep his eyes open . I highly recommend Donald Passman’s book over this one – a more detailed summary by a guy that seems to know first hand what he’s talking about.

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This book is regarded as the music industry “bible.” It’s both comprehensive and informal, meaning it covers the key components of the music industry in-depth while still being an entertaining read. This book is a must-have resource that you’ll constantly reference when questions arise.
Independent Music Promotions is a highly respected music PR and music marketing company. We have spent years building our music industry contacts, which allows us to promote our clients in the most prestigious print publications and online digital media. We represent an international roster of “musicians with depth” from a broad spectrum of musical genres. These innovative and unique musical talents deserve to be heard, and we help promote them on the world stage. Read more about Independent Music Promotions.
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.
Apart from setting up the basic details of the service you will be offering on the site, you are also allowed to attach extra services to a gig to earn extra money. To earn good money on the site requires delivery of high quality gigs and patience in building credibility through the reviews written by satisfied customers. If you have a lot of positive reviews on the gigs offered on Fiverr, you are likely to get repeat clients resulting in better pay and also be ranked as a better seller by the site.
With the Music Marketing Manifesto 4.0 launch only a few days away (Wednesday, July 26th), I’ve been receiving a LOT of emails and messages about the program. I thought I’d make a short video to answer the most common questions people seem to have, and really just lay out the whole what/when/where/why of the program… […]
Getting played on college or FM radio stations is a great way to expose your music to a dense population, which is great for touring. When considering radio promotion, you want to educate yourself on the arts of direct mail and cold calling.
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.
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.
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.
And these 8 ways along with fund-raising and other ways are great tools in our toolbox and can help us in our everyday hard work. I’ve been in the business for almost 50 years now and I’ve seen it so many times…
I think getting others involved is key throughout marketing your music, building connections with fans, bloggers and local people who enjoy your music should be a key part in the promotion process. Great post Shaun!

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.
That said, if you do want to get your music heard, marketing is a necessary part of things. The good news though, is promoting your music doesn’t have to be hard. Pretty much all of it can be learned, and it doesn’t require a degree in science or maths to put into place a solid promotion plan for your music career. As long as you’re willing to learn and put the work in where needed, after a while marketing your music should become second nature to you. Who knows, you may even start finding it fun. 🙂
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.
Finally, let’s be smart with our money.  Keep everything in house where possible, seek endorsements and sponsorships (strings, drumsticks, drumheads). Used gear.  Try to get artist discounts where possible.  Ask for it every time, even if you know it’s not offered.  Stay at people’s houses when touring.
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.
This level of detail is made possible by the extensive experience of the authors. Todd Brabec was the executive VP of ASCAP for more than 30 years, overseeing writer and publisher payments for the performance rights organization — adding up to more than $1 billion annually. Jeff Brabec is the VP of Business Affairs for Chrysalis, which represents the catalogs of OutKast, Sheryl Crow, and David Bowie, among others.
….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.
We all use social media. If you’re not on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter these days, it’s almost like you don’t exist. However, you may not be using social media to it’s full potential to promote your music.
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.
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Each year I break down the standouts in music marketing, picking the best performers based on the concept, innovation, presence in culture and execution. This year we can firmly say the divide between music promotion and brand collaborations no longer exists and record labels are building out their creative, content and influencer offerings.
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.
Vimeo has a more artistic audience than YouTube, so people who come across your video are likely to be impressed a music video with great attention to detail. This can lead to a higher number of shares if your music video is high quality.
SparkPlug is a unique platform that allows performing or hobby musicians to rent out any extra gear they have to interested parties. Listings can be created on the site for any musical item, from guitars to trombones to microphones, amps, rehearsal rooms and studios. Listings can be created on the platform for free; however, SparkPlug receives 3% of your payout.
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.
While the book gives you essential knowledge of how the business works, it doesn’t move much further than a solid overview. This is both an advantage (it’s actually enjoyable to read) and a disadvantage. But the biggest flaw of Passman’s book is that it fails to go into any real detail on music streaming, which is becoming an extremely important area of the music business.
If you didn’t reply to them however, it’d be more likely they’d become frustrated trying to talk to you, and you continually ignoring them. If then another musicians was giving them more attention, it’s very likely they’d continue following and supporting them instead.
None of this is good news for the recorded music industry as a whole. Streaming may eventually become a massive business fueled by tens of billions of consumer dollars, but we’re certainly not there yet. And when we get there, it’s not clear what proportion of those billions of dollars will be flowing into the pockets of the recorded music industry.
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…
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.
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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.
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Now onto the really great stuff – the books above are great reading if you want to learn about promoting music or the music business in general, but the most well-rounded and intelligent musicians I meet are often those who explore outside of the boundaries of the music section in their library. Here are my top five books of all time for musicians.
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 […]
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Bands tell me all the time “But our fans don’t buy merch!” Bull! If you sell it right they will buy. If you throw a few CDs in the back of a dark venue with no light, no display, no seller, OF COURSE you will sell nothing. Want to increase your merch sales? Make sure you have a BIG, BRIGHT, attractive display with lights. Make sure it looks super pro.
Since not as many people upload music videos to less-popular platforms, you have less competition, which increases your odds of getting discovered by music fans, making these less popular platforms great music marketing channels.
Patreon is one of the most amazing platforms I’ve come across, because it’s like every musician’s dream! It provides a way to rake in a steady stream of monthly revenue on the basis of sharing your art and giving rewards. They’ve built the site to provide a sense of community and filled that gap between artist and fan. It’s beautiful, and I can’t rave about it enough.
More hands make lighter work; it’s not a good idea to do everything by yourself once you know you have something that people will really take too, So get others involved once your talent level is at a good level and you know what direction you should be heading in.
Album art is extremely important for the online music world. In most cases, your music will be prominently featured with album art being the first thing people see – before ever hearing your music. If you want a chance at someone clicking the artwork to hear your song, the image better look worth clicking.
In 2004, he joined LAUNCH/Yahoo! Music. As Head of Music Programming and Artist/Label Relations, he managed a team of radio and video music programmers and interfaced with record labels, artist managers, artists, and business leaders for Yahoo’s branded original content music programs. He then joined PledgeMusic as the Global Head of Business Development, negotiating and closing deals with record labels and various manufacturing, marketing, and ticketing companies. John has been developing and managing artists his whole career, served as the president of a music festival/concert series, and founded and ran his own FM talent management company.
There is a one time $175 registration fee per certificate program. Students may either pay per course term (at the $1,497 per credit course cost) or pay in full to receive a 10 percent discount. The registration fee and all courses for the term you wish to begin in must be paid in full in order to begin.
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 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.
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.
Even though Dannen cast the music industry in a decidedly unfavorable light, his book was an unquestionable home run. It became a national bestseller, and he was even honored by the music industry itself with the Ralph J. Gleason award.
Music marketing isn’t just about how to get new fans, but it’s also about using the right distribution channels to ensure your music is in the right places so existing fans can easily find it. While some may visit your website, most will seek out your music on download or streaming service.
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.
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.
After reading many different books on promotion and publicity for independent musicians, I*’ve grown skeptical toward what more a new book can offer. Generally, the books I’ve read don’t offer information for the trenches. Instead, they offer a little lame commentary on the fact that you would get more publicity and promotion if you were signed to a major label, and perhaps they theorize on how an independent musician might make a little splash in the medi, but there is usually very little practical information. “Guerilla Music Marketing Hand Book…” has proven an exception to this trend, with concise chapters full of very practical tips on tweaking press kits and pitches for better effect when approaching media about promo and publicity. Highly recommended.
And the newest of the crowdfunding bunch is Patreon. I call it Crowdfunding 2.0. Creators on Patreon ask their fans for continued financial support (patronage). Most patrons pledge $1-5 per piece of content released (music video, song, blog post, podcast, whatever) But some have pledged upwards of $1,000 PER PIECE OF CONTENT, because they can afford it and they really love the artist. Patreon launched in 2013 and is now paying out over $1 million per month to creators. This model embraces the new philosophy of asking your fans for support, not forcing them to buy. Because album sales are in a free fall, this is the next best solution for independent musicians with a highly engaged audience.
Next year we’ll see a wave of VR music videos, and this one is a nice kickoff. GoPro collaborates in the music space again for this immersive music video for “The Hills” remix featuring Eminem that lets the viewer take a walk with Abel Tesfaye.
Musicians can create demand for their music. As they become more known and more popular, more venues and event planners are going to want to book them. They can also do something novel, something charitable, something valuable (on a large scale) to get noticed. More bloggers and media people are going to want to interview and profile them. More people are going to want to listen to their music and go to live shows because of social proof.
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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.
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This book is an extremely fun and insightful read, written by the Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. How Music Works dives into what makes music catchy, and how musicians adapt their music to different venues and mediums. A great read if you want to learn about the business but want a more “leisurely” read.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find credible, reliable information about the music business. So we set out to find the best books ever written about the music industry. The books we’ve chosen are from expert practitioners of the business; they’re filled with practical, useful insights; and they’ve stood the test of time to become music industry classics.
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!
This is something that is super new and is really ahead of the curve at this point. You may not have heard of Venmo yet, but you will. It is a verb in LA at this point “Venmo me.” Basically, Venmo is the easiest way to pay someone. It’s as easy as sending a text. Much easier than PayPal. So much easier that PayPal saw this and bought Venmo. Right now, download the app if you don’t have it so you understand what it is and how to use it.
Alliance of  Artists and Recording Companies is a non-profit that represents US based featured recording artists and sound recording copyright owners globally.  They collect and distribute royalties from hometaping/private copy royalties and rental royalties.  Furthermore the collect for the AHRA, which collects royalties generated from sales of blank CDs, personal audio devices, automobile systems, media centers, and satellite radio devices that have music recording capabilities.  Learn more here. 
For artists who prefer the “do it yourself” route, James Moore has filled the Independent Music Promotions blog with dozens of original articles on how to properly market your music. You can learn how to write news releases, promote free music and contact music blogs. You also learn how to avoid pitfalls like automated services and social media numbers boosters. James reveals many of the insider tips from“Your Band Is A Virus”.
Since the publication of the first edition in 2005, The Plain And Simple Guide to Music Publishing has emerged as the premier guide to the subject. With sufficient depth to be used as a text at major college music industry programs including UCLA, NYU and Northeastern, the book also remains simple and clear enough for the lay songwriter to gain a crucial understanding of musical copyrights and licensing basics. 
To start making money reviewing music on either Slice the Pie or Music Xray, you will need to register for an account and provide basic details for it to be set up. The account will operate as your base on the site where the music you enjoy listening to can be downloaded for review. In addition, you will need high quality headphones, reliable internet and a good computer or laptop to be able to listen to the tracks well and give a detailed review. Although the pay for reviewing a track or album may not be substantial at first, you will reap the benefits in the long run as it builds up. Furthermore, the money generated on the site is also used to support musicians that need support for their career to start off on positive note.
An impressive use of data storytelling to celebrate what would be his 90th birthday. This interactive infographic displays his ongoing impact helping old fans discover something new, drawing in new listeners and driving sales/streams of legacy and new records.
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I would like to invite you all to a new social network that I have been using over tha last few weeks. What’s different? They share their advertising revenue with all of us. It is free to join, and then the more content you create, the more people are engaging with you and the more you interact with them, the more you earn. It is similar to Facebook and Twitter, but their initial thought was to provide a platform where all content creators call it, musicians, actors, bloggers, artists can use the platform to:
If it takes $15,000 to start a band, you can imagine the expenses keep rolling in as the months and years go on. Fundraising or crowdfunding has been a brilliant use of technology.  There are plenty of great options to choose from. Pledge Music, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo for example. Don’t wing it in this space because the experts in this field have discovered some great tricks to increase pre-orders. Make sure to do what the best and most successful bands have done, and get creative.  
What?  Bear with me.  Most bands have been struggling to make ends meet, so when a label offers them a $25,000 advance it seems like such a large sum of money, and the opportunity to make even more.  But if your band is already financially stable it won’t seem like such a big deal.  When the label does a Dr. Evil with the pinky and says “We’ll offer you $25,000 dollars” as an advance, you want to be in a position to negotiate a better record deal.  Maybe a joint venture.  In addition, you could cut a deal that dedicates more of those dollars to marketing, music videos, advertising, or upgrading your live show.  
Honestly, it’s all in the ask. Be vulnerable with your community. Tell them your struggles. A lot of times, fans actually DO want to support you monetarily, but they don’t know how, OR there isn’t a means to do so. By providing a tip jar page on your website, people can freely take a look, and if you’ve truly given them something of value, something that has touched their hearts deeply, they will give, and often they will be generous.
Julie understands the mindset you need to succeed because she’s worked in all sides of the business. She was a major label AND an indie DIY artist, and she now coaches creative entrepreneurs on how to increase their income, and change their overall mindset for lasting and healthy success. Julie helped me grown my own business and she is incredibly gifted at helping creative people move mountians.

Each year I break down the standouts in music marketing, picking the best performers based on the concept, innovation, presence in culture and execution. This year we can firmly say the divide between music promotion and brand collaborations no longer exists and record labels are building out their creative, content and influencer offerings.
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.
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.
That’s right. When you’re a new independent musician, you won’t get much outside help. Ok, so you might get some help from a friend who likes your music, but other than that, don’t rely on record labels or fans to help you promote your music. Why’s that? Simple, because record labels don’t generally work with unproven musicians, and you won’t yet have a fan base at this stage.
A lot of people complain about how hard it is to make a living as a music artist today. But is it any harder now than it was 20 or 40 years ago? Has there been any rigorous research on this or is it all just anecdotal evidence and speculation? I do think it is much easier to be a productive music artist today than it used to be, primarily because of the advent of digital recording and the ever-increasing opportunities for promotion on the internet. So if it really is harder to make a living as a music artist, it might just be because there are many more productive music artists to compete with.
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.
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).
In order to move things forward for yourself, you’ll need to learn to market your music, and increase your status all by yourself. Once you’ve done this and have something to show for your efforts (gigs under your belt, being covered in respected place etc), then it’ll become a lot easier to get people to help you push your music further.
BandCamp has been the most successful artist-managed music store (no labels allowed) and currently pays out over $3 million a month to independent artists. Their “name your price” model has personally allowed one of my fans to pay me $200 for my new album and another fan paid $20 for a single. BandCamp is moving to a Patreon-esque subscription service in 2015. CD Baby, Loudr and Tuneport also offer self-managed download stores that have become increasingly popular amongst the indie music community.
This year has been another turbulent one for the music industry, dominated by the battle and evolution of streaming platforms. Apple has put a lot of energy into defining its role in the modern music experience, and Google recently launched YouTube Music — quietly, but with a confidence fueled by positive consumer feedback so far.
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.
For artists who prefer the “do it yourself” route, James Moore has filled the Independent Music Promotions blog with dozens of original articles on how to properly market your music. You can learn how to write news releases, promote free music and contact music blogs. You also learn how to avoid pitfalls like automated services and social media numbers boosters. James reveals many of the insider tips from“Your Band Is A Virus”.
This year Taylor Swift assumed and defined the #squad by amassing a multi-talented tribe including Lena Dunham, Cara Delevingne and “It Girl” Kendall Jenner. Her squad was then deployed across music videos, live shows and awards shows. She drove wide use of the term in culture and girl power and still benefits from it through a sense of ownership of the tag.
Well, she is the former head of marketing for MySpace France. Now she works as a music marketer and with more than ten years in the entertainment industry (television channels, radio broadcast industry and digital music industry), she knows her stuff backwards.
If you’re the type that likes to sign autographs and hang with the fans, then you can look forward to selling them upgrades with the help of these VIP ticket experience companies.  This ties in nicely with the 1,000 True Fans concept mentioned above.  Ticket upgrades are a powerful revenue source, and something the artist should always strive to retain.  Most of all don’t sell these rights.  There are some fantastic players in this space to partner with.  Here are some companies that have shown dedication to rock musicicans.
An even more easy-mode option is to just agree to give each other shout-outs on social media. Share each other’s newest track and tell your fans how much you dig it. (Obviously work with artists whose music you actually do dig.) The power of a recommendation is one of the best marketing tools out there.
SparkPlug verifies all user identities, and musicians get the final say in approving who gets to rent their gear. If you have any extra instruments that you’re not using, why not let other musicians benefit? You can also make some extra money in the process.
We don’t want to equate music sales to buying electronics, shoes, or clothes.  The point I want to make is that the consumption of your music needs to be a polished and effortless experience.  Think about the process of buying an Apple product, or shopping on Amazon.  If those don’t appeal to you, think of your favorite brand and why you like buying from them over and over again.  Go through the process of discovering and buying your band’s brand and products.  Is it ideal?  Does your best stuff come up first?  Did you find the track you want coming up first?  What’s preventing people from discovering or buying your music and merchandise?  Is it the algorithm?  The price?  Somebody else’s content?  Optimize the discovery and conversion process for your band.
Bob Baker is an author, speaker, musician, and former music magazine editor dedicated to showing musicians of all kinds how to get exposure, connect with fans, sell more music, and increase their incomes. He is the author of the highly acclaimed “Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook” and the “Music Marketing 101” course at Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music. Bob’s other titles include “Guerrilla Music Marketing Online,” “Music Publicity Insider’s Guide,” “Unleash the Artist Within,” and more. Check out Bob’s free ezine, blog, podcast, video clips and articles at www.TheBuzzFactor.com and www.MusicPromotionBlog.com
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.
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While its written as more of a basics run-down of the marketing side of the industry, I feel like the content is relevant to the DIY artist in general as it demystifies some of the more convoluted aspects of how a record goes from being written to being purchased (or at least heard)
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.
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.
If you didn’t reply to them however, it’d be more likely they’d become frustrated trying to talk to you, and you continually ignoring them. If then another musicians was giving them more attention, it’s very likely they’d continue following and supporting them instead.
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.
Digital goods aren’t perceived to have a high value, because the cost of making another copy is essentially $0. That’s not true of physical products, and that’s why fans are willing to pay a lot more for these goods. This is precisely why vinyl has had such a startling comeback in recent years. Of course, merchandise is another wonderful example of a physical good which has remained strong as a source of income for artists. This is especially true in combination with…
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.
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This is one of my favourite books on the boring side of the music business (sorry music lawyers). In Music Business: The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals Ann talks through everything you need to know to keep your hands clean and be prepared when managers, record labels, sponsors, and other music companies start asking for your autograph on a dubious piece of text-heavy paper. The book is fun and has lots of hard-hitting case studies from her career as a music lawyer where well-known musicians got screwed over by lawyers, record labels and other music business professionals. If you’re looking to learn about the various types of emerging deals and contracts, this is the book.
It turns out that fans want to support artists, and they’re willing to put money on the table so long as that money reaches the artist, not a middleman. This isn’t small change, either — fans are willing to invest serious amounts of money in their favorite artists.
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?
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There’s some useful information to be had in the book, but nothing I hadn’t already found out as an active musician who tries to keep his eyes open . I highly recommend Donald Passman’s book over this one – a more detailed summary by a guy that seems to know first hand what he’s talking about.
This is a modern book for independent artists from an author who “gets it.” It’s filled with relevant, quality advice on how to market your music and grow a following. If you’re a one-person team, this book is an essential guide for establishing your career.
Can you describe your ideal fan?  Where are they spending time?  Make sure you have a strong presence wherever they are.  To learn more about this, read my post about Music Marketing, which I consider to be the most important post on this blog.
This book is loaded with great information and ideas for the independent musician, or even his/her manager; however, it emphasizes “bands” throughout, and I would have liked to see a bit more direction toward the solo artist and, for my needs, particularly classical artists. Much of the same information provided can apply in all cases, but obviously, classical artists do have some specific hurdles to deal with and it has been very challenging to find materials directed specifically to them. Overall though, while some of the information may be common sense, much of it may not be in use by any given individual, so the many ideas are valuable, indeed. It’s like someone already did a good deal of the brainstorming so the musician or manager can simply make use of it and move on with business.
In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him.
Another book used in the Music Business courses taught at Berkelee School of Music. A decent primer and probably a solid textbook for those of you taking the class. These kinds of books I think are a necessity to the aspiring musician or music industry mind. Even those of you who have been invested in the industry can learn a lot from this one. Sometimes artists can gain a lot from the basic understanding of what all those ‘behind the scenes’ people are doing.
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. 
Digital goods aren’t perceived to have a high value, because the cost of making another copy is essentially $0. That’s not true of physical products, and that’s why fans are willing to pay a lot more for these goods. This is precisely why vinyl has had such a startling comeback in recent years. Of course, merchandise is another wonderful example of a physical good which has remained strong as a source of income for artists. This is especially true in combination with…
This is a big one. As well as being aware that it’s important to market your music, it’s also important to realize the amount of time and effort that goes into this process. Most people initially think that the marketing process should start when you’re about to release your next album or single, and should end before you start working on your next project. This isn’t strictly true.
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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 […]
More hands make lighter work; it’s not a good idea to do everything by yourself once you know you have something that people will really take too, So get others involved once your talent level is at a good level and you know what direction you should be heading in.
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.
Here’s 8 of the most overlooked ways to get paid for your music. They won’t work for everyone, but try them and you might be surprised. Being successful in music is about taking risks. And they’re simple to try, so why not!
It’s true that digital downloads and CD sales are likely to continue declining until they’re no longer a meaningful drive of overall industry income. Instead, streaming services like Spotify or YouTube’s new Music Key are likely to become the primary way that people listen to music.
The book wasn’t bad. It just didn’t seem to have anything in it that was really a new idea to me, and it contained a number bits that made me suspect the amount of real world experience the author has. For example, the book begins describing the record company marketing process with a (fictional) story about a blues-rock band getting big in Tampa and getting signed to a national label, who then markets their record with a full blown campaign directed at 18-50+ males and females, choosing a 12-bar ballad about an African tribe forced into slavery as the single, and producing a master run of 1,000 copies of the album for national distribution. Now, I’m just a wannabe musician playing in a crappy rock band in Austin, but if that’s the kind of marketing campaign that makes platinum records, I have a feeling I can revolutionize the industry.
To get your website into Google and Bing more quickly, you can submit each url of your website directly to them. Before you do, make sure you give the pages of your website names that people might search for, such as “-band name- store” or “about -band name-.”

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.
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.
Many people listen to music for entertainment but there are those that go beyond the norm to analyze different aspects of a song for their pleasure. If you have the same passion for music, then you have a chance at making money as their many online opportunities available for music lovers. Majority of the jobs that are music related can be done from home as independent contractors or by setting up your own business. For those that have been trained in music, they can transfer their knowledge to others through online courses and offering services that are musically related. On the other hand, if you naturally have a good ear for music, you can listen and then review music on different sites and get paid.
We have an in-depth guide to email marketing for musicians already, but here’s a gist of what to look out for when choosing an email provider, promoting your email list, and using it to grow and engage your fanbase.
There are companies who will pay you for your opinion, or to do data entry and typing. The websites that are selling you the information deserve to be paid because they have taken the time to develop a list of companies for you to contact.
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!!!
For example, you can make the best of your merchandise by taking advantage of limited-release lines, including personal autographs and hand-written notes, and exclusive merch that’s not available to people who haven’t bought your music. In the Nielsen study I mentioned earlier, it was exclusive content that fans craved, and it’s exclusive content that could add more than $1 billion in revenue to the music industry each year.
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.
If you want more music marketing guidance, download this free ebook. You’ll get a roadmap showing exactly how different elements like social media, email, and your website come together into a music promotion machine that will help you grow your fanbase and make more money. You’ll also get 3 social media checklists with easy post ideas you can use on your own social channels.
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It turns out that fans want to pay to support their favorite artists, and are willing to do so if only they have the opportunity. A Nielsen study found that more than half of the most active music listeners would buy exclusive content from a favorite band recording a new album. But surprisingly, 1/5 of even the least active music fans, dubbed “Ambivalent Consumers”, are willing to buy exclusive content if they have the chance. The problem isn’t that fans aren’t willing to pay — it’s that the music industry isn’t giving them enough opportunity to do so, for content they actually want. Nielsen estimated that the music industry could add between $560 million and $2.6 billion in annual revenue by giving fans better access to exclusive content.
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.
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