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How to sign up for Pandora AMP (Artist Marketing Platform)

By Chris Robley
October 24, 2014{ No Comments }

Pandora launches free analytics tools for artists

Pandora, one of the most powerful platforms for music discovery, has just launched the Artist Marketing Platform (also called Pandora AMP), providing free listener data to the 125,000+ artists whose music is played on the Internet radio service.

If your music isn’t on Pandora yet, click HERE to find out how to submit your songs for consideration. If your music IS on Pandora, enroll in AMP and get a detailed glimpse into how your music is performing, who it’s reaching, and more.

Some of the data you’ll be able to view (updated daily) includes:

* Song performance (total spins, thumbs up, etc.)

* Number of fans who’ve created a station for your music Read more »

Music Conferences: The Good, the Bad, and Mostly the Ugly

By Guest Blogger
October 23, 2014{ No Comments }

shutterstock 170072672 300x200 Music Conferences: The Good, the Bad, and Mostly the UglyWhy one indie artist thinks many small music conferences aren’t worth the price of registration

[This article was written by performing songwriter Joe Marson. It originally appeared on his blog.]

Writer’s note: This piece is mostly disparaging of the small time music conferences that I feel only exist to feed off ambitious, starving artists and dreamers; however, there are nuggets of positive things woven in.   

What is a music conference? It can be described as a one-to few-day event, usually held at a hotel or event space where people in the music industry and artists gather to listen to guest speakers during the day and to performances by showcased artists at night. Unless you are selected as a performing artist, you must pay daily to attend.

Sounds like a great networking opportunity where you might meet some folks who, if they like your stuff, could help take your music career to the next level, right? Unfortunately I have found that these conferences seem to be little more than chance for the oftentimes amateur “music industry” speakers to pedal their services* – as well as to bring some much needed business to a town or hotel during their slow season.

I have been to a good number of these conferences, usually in the form of a showcased performer. Read more »

The Art of Networking: 5 steps to making better music industry connections

By Guest Blogger
October 22, 2014{ No Comments }

shutterstock 196599026 300x300 The Art of Networking: 5 steps to making better music industry connections [This post was written by guest contributor Dave Kusek of New Artist Model.]

We’ve all heard this piece of advice time and time again – in the music industry, it’s all about who you know. However, meeting influential connections can seem a rather daunting task. Connections with major record labels or publishing companies can seem completely unreachable and it can be difficult to identify the independent players in the industry. We’re here to tell you that any connection is completely within your reach as an indie artist, and with those connections come opportunities. Here are five tips for networking in the music industry.

1. Networking on Social Media

The most accessible way to network in the music industry is with social media. Sometimes it can be much easier to reach out to people online. The first step is identifying some industry people you’d like to connect with. Don’t just pick names out of a hat – choose people who work in a field you’re interested in. As an example, if you were a jazz songwriter you’d want to connect with publishers, music supervisors, and jazz bloggers. Also, try to stick with people who work with artists at a similar career level to you or just above. Read more »

NYC busker arrested for playing music (lawfully) in a subway station

By Chris Robley
October 21, 2014{ 2 Comments }

Over the weekend, Andrew Kalleen was arrested for singing and strumming his guitar in a subway station despite the fact that the New York transit authority allows artistic performances (and the collection of tips) in such locations.

And the whole incident was caught on camera, including the moment when Kalleen cited to the police officer the section of the MTA rule that gave him grounds to stand there and keep singing.

Section 1050.6c of the MTA’s “Rules of Conduct” says:

Except as expressly permitted in this subdivision, no person shall engage in any nontransit uses upon any facility or conveyance. Nontransit uses are noncommercial activities that are not directly related to the use of a facility or conveyance for transportation. The following nontransit uses are permitted by the Authority, provided they do not impede transit activities and they are conducted in accordance with these rules: public speaking; campaigning; leafletting or distribution of written noncommercial materials; activities intended to encourage and facilitate voter registration; artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations.

So why the arrest? Read more »

How to make your music career profitable: 10 business rules for DIY artists

By Guest Blogger
October 20, 2014{ 1 Comment }

shutterstock 200574287 How to make your music career profitable: 10 business rules for DIY artistsBe SMART and treat your ART like a small business

[This article was written by guest contributor Sean Kinney, an award-winning entertainer and filmmaker. His company 1 Stooge Entertainment offers creative consulting to companies and individuals looking to take their brand to the next level.]

Most people hear terms like “the Film business” or “the Music business,” and they only focus on the first part. To be successful in business, any business, you need to be business savvy. If you want to be a working artist, you need to be as smart as any business person in a meeting, or at least smart enough to hire the smartest person in the room.

If you started any other type of business without an accountant or an attorney to guide you, you would be looked at as crazy; however, in the world of art, you are looked at as crazy if you start with them. This is a big disconnect, and you should approach your artistic career from a more logical point of view. Many great artists have lost it all on bad business decisions. The most successful artists have their most successful ventures after they have worked out the business of their art, and put everything in place before their next opportunity. Unfortunately, most starting or “indie” artists try to make a push with only their art, and the business part can be a crushing blow, causing them to feel burned out. Read more »

How to use Facebook Events to get more people to your shows

By Chris Robley
October 16, 2014{ No Comments }

facebook event guide large How to use Facebook Events to get more people to your showsFourteen tips to help you create an effective Facebook Event

Musicians have been debating the efficacy of Facebook as a promotional tool for years now. One aspect of the popular social platform that definitely IS still useful for bands, though, is the Facebook Events function. Since Facebook pages are public, you can use Facebook Events to announce shows, get people excited about your band, and encourage fans to share your music with their friends.

But in order to see results, you’ve got to do it right. That’s why we’ve put together the FREE guide “Creating Effective Facebook Events.”

Inside, you will learn about:

* Why you should create events from your band page, NOT your profile

* The importance of an event photo

* How to reach the most Facebook users with your event Read more »

A Guide to Getting Gigs (Part 2 of 3): How to Look for Gigs

By Guest Blogger
October 15, 2014{ No Comments }

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[This article was written by guest contributor 

This is the second of a three-part article (in case you haven’t yet, check out the first part What to Do Before Looking for Gigs).

As discussed in the first part, before you start looking for gigs you should:

* have your music available in a digital format

* have an active online presence (with a website, email list and social media)

* build a fanbase and connect with other people in music

* think about what you want to achieve with your shows and your “touring preferences

Once you have done all this, it is time to start looking for gigs. Now you have to decide whether you want to carry out the actual gig search yourself or you want to outsource it to a booking agent.

This article focuses on the first option: getting gigs as a Do-It-Yourself musician.

How to Look for Gigs Offline

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Save 30% when you upgrade to CD Baby Standard or Pro

By CD Baby
October 14, 2014{ No Comments }

Upgrade 1 Save 30% when you upgrade to CD Baby Standard or Pro

Act now and pay a little for an upgrade that’ll do a lot for your music.

Selling and sharing your music with CD Baby Free is a great way to get your work out there, but what’s your move when it’s time to take things to the next level? Simple: bump your music up to a standard or Pro CD Baby distribution package and sell your tracks and albums all over the world!

Between now and October 22nd, use the following coupon codes to claim your discount when you upgrade to CD Baby Standard or Pro:

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You’re NEVER too old to make it in music

By Chris Robley
October 14, 2014{ 14 Comments }

shutterstock 103648034 Youre NEVER too old to make it in musicWhy your age doesn’t have to hold you back in the independent music world

Youth has always been a component of popular music culture: Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles, Madonna, Britney Spears, One Direction, Lorde — they all got their start well before the big THREE-O. And some of them were still in their teens!

But if youth is a prerequisite for success in the pop music business, well we’ve gotten used to plenty of exceptions to that rule throughout the years.

Celebrated songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, and Mary Gauthier didn’t really break through until their 30′s or 40′s. Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Sharon Jones, Peaches, Thelonius Monk… the list goes on and on. Plenty of artists didn’t find their true voice, or record their best songs, or start to build a loyal following until the September of their years, to quote Ol’ Blue Eyes.

And these days, with the powers of home recording, web marketing, affordable video production, and global music distribution at your fingertips, you have just as much a chance to make money from your music at age 55 as you would at age 15. Read more »

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This songwriter used his iPhone’s Autocomplete to write lyrics

By Chris Robley
October 14, 2014{ No Comments }

Jonathan Mann wrote 2000 songs in 2000 days. Talk about prolific. After writing that many songs, though, Jonathan was probably tired of having to do all the creative heavy lifting.

Enter the iPhone: portable telephone, TV, web browser, GPS, recording device, and now… lyrical collaborator. Check out the video for Jonathan Mann’s “iOS Autocomplete Song” above.

The song is clearly supposed to be fun and funny, but it does have the occasional deep accident of meaning too. This method of lyric writing isn’t too far from the cut-up technique occasionally used by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Thom Yorke, and others. Read more »