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Show4Me Closes $12.8M Round For Music Crowdfunding, 'Fan Interaction Network'

Wefuture announced that it has closed a$12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor. The UK startup will use the funds to transition its Show4Me site from concert crowdfunding platform to a broader "music interaction network." The redesigned Show4Me will help musicians and music industry professionals manage their music business activities on a single network, grow a fan base and engage them through a "direct-interaction model".  For fans, the incentive is lower price...
Tags: Music, UK, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Startups & Funding, Diy Musicians, Show4ME. music, Karėn Chiftalaryan


If You Don’t Understand Video Monetization You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

You need help with your digital strategy if you don’t understand video monetization. That's what Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert explore on the Music Biz Weekly podcast this week. Learn how to monetize your videos on Youtube and who is eligible. More on past Music Biz Weekly podcasts here. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Video, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Michael Brandvold, Jay Gilbert, Music Biz Weekly, Podcast: Music Biz, YouTube & Video


Spotify Updates Preferred Distributor List

UPDATE: Spotify has refreshed it's official list of preferred distributors and renamed its "Other Preferred" designation. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks. In the new listing (pictured above), Spotify has renamed the"Other Preferred" category as "Recommended" and upgraded CD Baby to a "Preferred Artist Distributor."  DistroKid, which Spotify invested in ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, D.I.Y, Fuga, Advanced Features Analytics, Spotify Preferred Label Distributor


How To Take Advantage Of Memes, Memes, Memes, Memes...

As the realities of content and distribution continue to transform in the contemporary media economy, many artists and distributors have been forced to rethink their marketing strategy entirely. Here we look at memes have and could potentially be tapped as an effective marketing platform. ________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media As content and distribution rules shift in the new media ecosphere, brands – whether they're radio, TV, streaming, personalities, a...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, NFL, Chicago, Netflix, Guest Post, Sandra Bullock, North America, Wrigley, Richard Dawkins, Hyde Park, Music Business, Brian May, Variety


How To Geo-Target Your Mailchimp Emails Automatically

Email lists are an essential marketing resource for artists but keeping them in tip top organizational shape can be next to impossible. That said, segmenting your email list based on geolocation is still something you can make happen, and doing so can do wonders for your open rates. ____________________________ Guest post by Chris Robley of DIY Musician You can still send regionally targeted emails, even if you didn’t collect your fans’ city, state, or zip code information. If ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Email, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Mailchimp, Music Business, Musician, Chris Robley, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians


Spotify Cuts 2 Of 5 From Preferred Distributor List

Spotify has narrowed its official list of "Preferred" distributors from 5 to 3 and added a slightly lower "Recommended" tier. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks. Now, Spotify has cut two distributors from it's "Preferred" list. Under Artist Distributors, EmuBands has been dropped from the "Preferred" list to a new lower "Recommended" tier. Only DistroKid, whic...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, D.I.Y, Fuga, Advanced Features Analytics, Distibutor Fuga


How Music Can Maximize Your Productivity

We all listen to music for emotional enjoyment, and the psychological benefits have long been known, but in addition to impacting mood, music has also been shown to have the more tangible effect of boosting productivity. _________________________________ In this latest piece from MusicThinkTank, Adelina Benson explores music's ability to prove our concentration, speed, and productivity. "Music without lyrics has been famous for helping people concentrate on their work. Familiar ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Adelina Benson


Is Podcasting's Bubble About To Burst Or Just Catching Its Breath?

Following its explosion in popularity, podcasting has established itself as a lead player in the audio renaissance. But can this platform continue to keep growing? Low barriers to entry have led to a crowded content field, leaving some in the industry concerned about its future. ______________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Now don't get me wrong. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool believer that podcasting is a “thing,” is a platform that is steadily growing, is an ...
Tags: Music, Ces, Guest Post, Jesus, Matthew, Orlando, Music Business, Daniel, Luke, Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media, D.I.Y, Daniel J Lewis, Publishing & Songwriting, Podcast Movement, Seth Resler


Fans Want To Understand An Artist's Creative Process

What we consume as the final product of an artist's creative effort typically fails to communicate the process and often struggle that goes into it. Here we explore the value of sharing the creative process, and how it helps fans gain greater understanding of not just the music, but the artist behind it. ______________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily Recently, I came above the image at the top of this post online. The description read, “No one ever sees the process.”...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians


Music Health Alliance Saved Music Community $40M In Health Care Costs

In a recent announcement, the Nashville, TN non-profit Music Health Alliance revealed that they have successfully saved the music community more than $40 million in healthcare costs during the course of the past six years, helping over 9,700 clients. __________________________ Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance revealed that over the past six years, they’ve helped more than 9,700 music industry clients across the U.S. receive free health care advocacy and support, resulti...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Nashville, Music Business, Nashville TN, MHA, D.I.Y, Startups & Funding, Music Health Alliance Saved Music Community, Music Health Alliance, St Thomas Health, Ben Eyestone Fund


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Resources • Music Career • Inspiration • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared five innovative resources for bands in a band, weighed in on whether music could actually be a good career choice, looked at the ways in which intelligent artists seek inspiration, and more. Sam Bowman | 5 Innovative Resources For Bands In A Bind Ariel Hyatt | Is Music A Good Career Choice For Me/My Child? Rachelle Wilber| High Notes: How Intelligent Artists Seek Further Inspiration Kevin Gardner | Get The ...
Tags: Music, Music Think Tank, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, Kevin Gardner, Rachelle Wilber, D.I.Y, Sam Bowman


Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

A new year means new tips for the music industry's most motivated do-it-yourselfers, including tips on how to get a scholarship from Live Nation, old school marketing tactics that are still gold in 2019, how to combat post holiday grogginess, and much more! Instagram Secret Menus, New Trends Decoded Goal Setting Guide: How To Kick Off 2019 Right Notorious Q4 Release Date: Myth Or Fact? Live Nation Music Industry Scholarships Now Accepting 2019 Applicants ...
Tags: Music, Music Business, Owen Davie, D.I.Y


YouTube To Disable Automatic Posting To Twitter, Google+

YouTube is disabling the ability to automatically repost activity (uploads, liked videos, etc.) on Twitter and Google+ as of January 31st. "We’ve found that sharing these actions with a custom message (instead of through automatically generated posts) provides a better experience for the sharer and their followers on other social networks," YouTube said in an email to creators. You can continue to easily share videos to your social network: On the watch page on any device: click Sh...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Social Media, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Twitter Google, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video


Instagram Enables Reposts To Multiple Accounts

Instagram has added the ability to publish posts to multiple accounts that you control at the same time. This limited regram feature is a small concession to the artists, influencers and marketers that have been pushing the social network to enable native reposting of content. An Instagram spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that this new feature is rolling out to  all iOS users: “We are rolling out this feature to provide a better experience for people who often post to multiple account...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Marketing, Social Media, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Regram


Data Trends and The Songwriter [Songtrust Report]

The end of another year means it's time for data analysis, which is just what the good people at Songtrust have done. They've analyzed down a number of data sources from that past year to help songwriters make smarter business decisions and bring in greater profits in 2019. ________________________________ From Songtrust As 2018 came to a close, our team went back and looked at all the data we had collected over the last year looking for trends th...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Ascap, Songtrust, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Is Going Into Music A Good Career Move?

While many conscientious parents may be eager for their children to take music lessons, the prospect of a full on career in music might be met with less enthusiasm, with guardians often concerned about the income and stability of their charges. Here we look at some of the pros and cons, and whether the music business can provide a suitable career. __________________________ In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, Matt Oestreicher tackles the controversial question of whether or not a per...
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Matt Oestreicher


50% Of New Guitars Sold To Young Women

The gender has been a significant issue in the music industry for a number of years, with women often getting marginalized or in other ways receiving the short end of the stick. A positive indicator that change is finally coming however, reveals that half of the guitars sold in the US and UK are going to young women. _______________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily The gender gap in music has been a hot topic of debate for years. It seems for every one female-lead or all-...
Tags: Music, UK, US, United States, Ed Sheeran, United Kingdom, Guest Post, Rolling Stone, Taylor, Music Business, Mooney, Andy Mooney, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Retail & Vinyl, Mura Masa Tash Sultana Youngr Daniel Caesar Grimes


How To Sell Out A Show [Kosha Dillz]

Indie rapper Kosha Dillz does it all pretty much himself. There's no agent, no label and only occasional help with marketing. Despite those obstacles he's carved out a touring career thanks to his impressive hustle and some tips he shares here. _____________________________________ Guest post by Kosha Dillz To be honest I have only sold out one show in my life as a headliner. It was in a seattle and I got to say some people wanted to play with me so bad after meeting me at wa...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Usa, New York, Marketing, Social Media, Rap, Hip Hop, Paris, Musicians, St Louis, Sxsw, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Bruce Houghton


Email Service Providers For Musicians: An Overview

Given the value of email marketing for artists, being able to send mass emails to more than 100 of your fans at a time is essential. For such tasks, we enlist the help of Email Service Providers. Here we look at some of the most popular ESPs and what they can do for your marketing operation. __________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 When I wanted to send my first email newsletters to a list of only about 1200 (which seemed large at the time but is really ti...
Tags: Music, Diy, Email, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bobby Owsinski, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians


Gig Transportation: Get The Show On The Road

Whatever sort of musician or performer you are, getting your art on the road and out into the world is key to your success. Here we look at how to arrange your transportation so that you can tour affordably without inviting disaster. ______________________________ In this recent post on MusicThinkTank, Kevin Gardner offers some helpful advice on how to effectively plan the transportation element of you next tour. "Artists, especially musicians, need their signature equipment to play....
Tags: Music, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Live & Touring, Musician, Owen Davie, Kevin Gardner, D.I.Y, Gig Transport


So You’re Considering Advertising On Spotify?

With such a vast free user base, advertising on Spotify can be tempting prospect for bands and artists looking to promote their music. In this piece we look at the different types of Spotify ads available, and how to go about successfully launching one on the platform. __________________ Guest post by Jordyn Reese, Global On-Platform Advertising Manager of The Orchard fromThe Daily Rind Spotify is based on a "freemium" model — where all users can have free, unlimited access sup...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Jordyn Reese, Daily Rind Spotify


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Ruin Your Concert • Venue Management • Best Outdoor Venues • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how not to ruin your concert, the best way to manage sales at your venue, some top outdoor concert venues for 2019, and more!   Caleb Murphy | 2 Things That Can Ruin Your Concert Rachelle Wilber | Music Show Admission: Sales Management For Your Venue Lisa Jackson| 7 Best Outdoor Music Venues Of 2019 TJ Bear | 3 Free Apps Every Independent Rapper Should Be Using In 2019 [Author: Owen Da...
Tags: Music, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, Lisa Jackson, Rachelle Wilber, D.I.Y, Caleb Murphy


Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

This week, we advised the scrappy self starters in the music industry on front of house management strategies, how to make the process of sampling music less legally fraught, some key tips for landing a job in the industry, and much, much more. Live Music, Merch Sales Management Strategies The Liberation of Music Sampling 3 Essential Music Industry Job Hunting Tips Gifnote App Maker Audiobyte, Exceeds $6M Funding Goal, Extends Round Advice All Music Writers ...
Tags: Music, Music Business, Indie Labels, Owen Davie, D.I.Y


Live Music, Merch Sales Management Strategies

While a live performance is hopefully a thrill for all those involved, both on and off stage, it's important to remember that making these events a positive experience requires careful planning around the practical logistics of admission sales and merch. ___________________________ In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, Rachelle Wilber looks at four key elements involved in making sure your next live show is a logistical success for fans, artists, and the venue. "It’s critical, and...
Tags: Music, Musicians, Live Music, Merch, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Live & Touring, Musician, Owen Davie, Rachelle Wilber, D.I.Y


3 Free Apps Every DIY Rapper Should Be Using In 2019

While there are certainly a myriad of apps out there designed to help with music creation and promotion, not all of them are as beneficial as they claim. Here we look at three which do live up the hype which every DIY rapper should be using in 2019. _________________________________ In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, TJ Bear shares three free apps which are a must for independent rappers moving into 2019. "If you’re like me (or the old me) you’re listening to beats in one app and...
Tags: Music, App, Rap, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Apps & Mobile, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Hip Hip, MusicThinkTank TJ Bear


Pop Prodigy Greyson Chance Talks Gaga, Buzzwords And Cheap Wines

In this piece from AWAL's #nofilter Q&A series, viral sensation Greyson Chance discusses how he was able to spin his fifteen minutes of fame from a sensational Lady Gaga cover into a successful career in the music industry. _______________________________ Guest post from AWAL Welcome to #nofilter, a recurring Q&A series that gives standout artists room to breathe. It’s not easy flipping 15 minutes of fame into legions of fans that give a f*ck. Eight years ago, on the back of a jaw...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Ellen, Music Business, Indie Labels, Musician, Greyson Chance, Greyson, Awal, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


10 Basic Concepts For Success In Today’s Music Business

As with so many industries, the music business has undergone a massive transformation over the past few years, meaning the rules for success have changed as well. Here we look broadly at ten basic concepts for advancing in the contemporary music business. ___________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Much has changed in the music industry over the last few years that affect an artist’s ability to be successful. Some of it is brand new and a result of the technology w...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Guest Post, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Bobby Owsinski, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Maintaining Your Sanity While The Music Biz Is On Holiday Break

While the holidays can be a festive and relaxing time for some, those particularly tuned into the music industry and its many happenings may find the annual slump far less welcome. Here we look at how and why the seasonal slowdown can actually be beneficial for even the most motivated music biz workaholics. ________________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily If you are reading this post, then there is a reasonably good chance you are feeling more than a little bored. May...
Tags: Music, Netflix, Guest Post, Music Business, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

We parsed out a variety of valuable tips this week, giving indie artists advice on how to jumpstart their careers in 2019, the ultimate guide to using Instagram Live, what we can learn from other successful indie bands, and more! Soundcloud Artist Services Team Offers 5 Tips To Jump-Start Your Music Career In 2019 Ultimate Guide To Instagram Live For Musicians The Marketing Genius Of Indie Artist Heart Attack Man and What It Can Teach Others Indie Artists, Streaming ...
Tags: Music, Music Business, Owen Davie, Mark Mulligan, D.I.Y


Tunecore Adds New Distribution Features

Tunecore has added three features to improve how new music from the diy digital distributor is ingested onto Apple Music, Spotify and other music services. The changes should also make Tunecore more compliant with increasingly stringent data requirements from Spotify and Apple Music designed to insure that artists are properly credited and paid. New Tunecore Distribution Features Apple ID Mapping - A new field to include existing Apple ID information ahead of release date, ensuring...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business, Indie Labels, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, D.I.Y, New Tunecore Distribution Features Apple



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