34 Years On The Road: The Economics Of Mid Tier Touring

Music industry veteran David Lowery the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven shares important advice with up-and-coming musicians about the realities of life on the road, and making a living in the streaming economy. __________________________ By David C. Lowery of The Trichordist and the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven…

Major Labels Demand More Slots On Spotify Playlists

All three major labels are unhappy with the number of song placement they receive on key Spotify playlists and demanding preferential treatment, according to a new report. The displeasure with Spotify is directed at two very different kinds of Spotify playlists, that together drive manyt listening hours, according to the…

Finding The Balance Between Creativity And Business

As a musician in today’s industry, you often have to wear multiple hats. Of course you play the role of the creative – writing, experimenting, playing, practicing, and creating are part of your core being, coming to you almost as easily as breathing. But there’s another hat – the business…

Essential Artist One-Sheet Checklist

For artists and bands, the single page overview of your band/music that is your one-sheet can be your ticket to selling your performance. Here we look at some of the must-haves to be included in such a document. ________________________ Guest post by Garrett Gomez of Repost For those unfamiliar, a…

Spotify Taps Palestinian Musician Suhel Nafar To Develop Arab Music, Culture Hub

In what sadly may be a first, Spotify has hired an actual working musician to help program the streamer and develop an Arab music and culture hub. Despite concerns about a complex political and cultural landscape, infrastructure investments by wealthy nations like the UAE and Dubai are making the market…

3 Social Scenarios That Make An Artist Website More Important Than Ever

While many artists may be tempted to rely solely on their social media channels to connect with fans, and forego a website entirely, this strategy can backfire in a number of ways. Here we look at why have a dedicated website can be critical to an artist’s success. _____________________________ Guest…

Full List Of MTV VMA Nominees 2018, Fan Voting Open Now: Cardi B and The Carters Lead Nominees

MTV’s 2018 Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Starting today through Aug. 10, fans can vote for their favorite artists across eight categories. Cardi B leads with 10 nominations including Video, Song and…

Study Reveals Challenges Facing All Musicians

Making a living as a musician has never been regarded as one of the easier careers out there, and things don’t appear to be getting any better in the streaming age, as a new study reveals why it is that so many artists have it so tough. ____________________ Guest post…

As Apple Music ‘Passes’ Spotify, Remember That Apple’s Strength Is Also Its Weakness

The typical headline goes something like this: Apple Music Passes Spotify In The US. Along with ignoring that Spotify still leads in the US when factoring in its tens of millions of ad-supported users, these stories also ignore that Apple’s lead is likely temporary and that there is almost no…

How Micro-Influencers Help Sell More Tickets

While traditional advertising remains an essential part of promoting a tour or show, industry influencer are much more trusted by consumers, and therefore can be a powerful promotional tool. in this piece Georgina Rutherford explains the power of the mico-influencer. ______________________________ By Georgina Rutherford from the Eventbrite blog. Georginai the…

Your Three Communities, Part 1: Your Super Fans

Building community is the best rewarding way to build an engaged fanbase. Amanda Palmer’s crowdfunding efforts earned her $2.8 million from her community of supportive fans. Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR explores the three communities that make up every fan base and how to engage each. _____________________________________ By Ariel Hyatt of…