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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


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


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


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


Catch Singer/ Songwriter/Musician Eliza Spear + Her New Single at The MINT!

When you hear about a new musician, singer or songwriter, it’s often that the person in question is all three things: singer/songwriter/musician- because that’s the nature of the music business. Often there multi-faceted elements of music or other skills like acting or writing are part of living with parents or other family members who are […]
Tags: Videos, Twitter, Music, Featured, Style, Entertainment, Women, Lifestyle, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Art and design, Innovation, Singer, Expert, Focus


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


Amazon Adds 1 Million Reasons Not To Use Your Car Radio

Amazon is bringing Alexa voice control to the car. Announced in September, the Echo Auto is finally shipping to the more than one million drivers that pre-ordered it. To boost sales farther, the Echo Auto is on sale for $24.99, a 50% savings. Add free Spotify and TuneIn accounts and any advantage held by broadcast radio and SiriusXM virtually disappears.   ''“We had over a million [pre-order] requests,”. Amazon Alexa VP Steve Rabuchin said at CES. “Now, we’re just starting to ship....
Tags: Amazon, Music, Diy, Music Industry, Car, Radio, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Waze, Alexa, Music Business, Music Tech, Broadcast & Satellite, Musician, Bruce Houghton


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


Deutsche Bank Raises UMG Valuation 45% To $33 Billion As Sales Search Continues

Deutsche Bank has raised its valuation of Universal Music Group 45% to $33.19 billion, up from a previous  $22.86 billion. That values UMG higher than the market capitalization of its parent company Vivendi, which currently sits at $32.35 billion. "With the hype around UMG stake sale having subsided, there is now scope for valuation to surprise to the upside in 2H 2019," says Deutsche Bank says. The bank sees music streaming revenue growing to $21B by 2023 from $7B last year, reports Seek...
Tags: Music, Alibaba, Musicians, Deutsche Bank, Sirius Xm, Stock, Vivendi, Music Business, Music Tech, Major Labels, Umg, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Liberty Media, Startups & Funding, Seeking Alpha Vivendi


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


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


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


FRI. BRIEF: BuzzAngle Music 2018 Report • YouTube + Coachella Expansion • MMA Lobbying • More

1.4. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Youtube, Musicians, Coachella, MMA, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, BuzzAngle Music


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


AM BRIEF: BuzzAngle Music 2018 Report • YouTube + Coachella Expansion • MMA Lobbying • More

1.4. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Youtube, Musicians, Coachella, MMA, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, BuzzAngle Music


Advice All Music Writers Should Follow In 2019

As another year turns over, the music business has become unrecognizable from how it was almost 20 years ago, where the value of music journalists and their role in the industry has been called into question. Here we look at how music writers can best navigate this rocky new landscape moving into 2019. ________________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily The music business in 2019 would be virtually unrecognizable to the music business of 2000. In less than two decades the i...
Tags: Music, Journalism, Guest Post, Musicians, Music Business, Musician


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


Soundcloud Artist Services Team Offers 5 Tips To Jump-Start Your Music Career In 2019

Soundcloud sees the most new music uploads during this January. So since it's the time for creators to refocus on growing and building their careers, Soundcloud's artist and label services team it offering its top 5 tips to“break through the noise" and kick-start a music career in 2019.   1. Get Inspired, Get Motivated Getting out of a creative slump and back on track can feel more difficult than it is. We’ve heard from creators that motivation is one of the biggest barriers to con...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Social Media, Musicians, Streaming, Soundcloud, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Soundcloud Artist Services Team


Instagram Best Practices For Artists

Instagram: currently the fastest growing social media platform, it's one of the most important tools when it comes to making a splash on social media, and variety of new perks and features mean it's become easier than ever to connect with your fans and stoke the growth of you fanbase, provided you follow these practices. _______________________ Guest post by Tarryn Meyers of the Symphonic Blog With over a billion monthly users, Instagram has become the fastest growing social...
Tags: Music, Diy, Instagram, Marketing, Social Media, Guest Post, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Tarryn Meyers


SoundCloud Adds Live Stream-To-DJ Mixes With Serato

SoundCloud has launched the ability for DJ's to discover and live mix music from its licenced catalog through Serato’s DJ Pro 2.1 and DJ Lite 1.1 decks with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription.  By combining Pro Unlimited and Go+, users can also mix and stream millions of underground and premium tracks through Serato. How To: In the Serato DJ Lite and DJ Pro apps, log in to your SoundCloud account via the icon in the DJ library (on the lefthand side of the screen). Your playlists wi...
Tags: Music, Dj, Musicians, Streaming, Soundcloud, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Serato, D.I.Y, DJ Lite


Trala Scores $1.3M For Violin Learning App, Another Win For Techstars' Startup Incubator

Trala has raised an oversubscribed $1.29 million seed investment round for its violin learning app. Trala is part of the Techstar Chicago startup incubator. Investors in the round include Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn; lead investor Origin Ventures and Techstars Ventures, as well as three  execs at language learning app, CEO Luis Von Ahn, VP of Business Bob Meese and CTO Severin Hacker. Trala is part of Techstars Chicago, a satellite of the successful Techstars global startup ecosyst...
Tags: Music, Diy, Startup, Linkedin, App, Musicians, Jeff Weiner, TechStars, Techstars Ventures, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Luis Von Ahn, Violin


Art Of Asking: 5 Simple Ways To Engage Fans

Communication is a two-way street, something which is just as true when it comes to the artist/fan relationship as any other. This means that, while it's important for artists to reach out to fans, they also need to be able to listen and get a sense of how fans are feeling. ________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Your core fans, or your “tribe,” as uber-marketer Seth Godin calls them, crave your communication. But communication is a two-way street, and the ...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Polls, Music Business, Seth Godin, Musician, Bobby Owsinski, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians


Sell More Merch At Gigs: 7 Techniques

Although it's a great way for artists to boost their overall revenue, selling merch at shows can often be a challenge to do. Here we look at seven ways to switch things up and move a few more shirts at your next show. By Dave Ruch from CD Baby's DIY Musician blog Do you sell stuff at your gigs? Me too. After experiencing a slump in sales over the last few years, I’ve recently changed my “pitch” a bit and added a few more items to the table, and things are looking . . . Up! ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Abc, Marketing, Music Industry, Dave, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Merch, Merchandise, North America, Huffington Post, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician


SoundCloud Names 2018 Top Tracks, Artists To Watch, More

SoundCloud has crunched the numbers and released its top artists, tracks, trends and more of 2018. For the second year, Two Friends released the top DJ setl, and “synthwave” and “phonk” were the most tagged genres. Stream the 2018 SoundCloud Top Tracks Playback playlist and 2019 Artists to Watch. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Streaming, Soundcloud, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, SoundCloud Top Tracks Playback


3 Email Strategies You Must Implement To Drive Show Attendance In 2019

While 91% of people check their email every single day, you're not the only hitting their inbox, and it can be incredibly easy for your message to be lost or condemned amid the digital clutter. Here we look at three key strategies artist must use to ensure that their email marketing is successful. _________________________ Guest post by Rachel Grate of Eventbrite A whopping 91% of people check their email every day, but that doesn’t mean using email to promote your event is a sure th...
Tags: Music, Diy, Email, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Tickets, Eventbrite, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, D.I.Y, Rachel Grate, Diy Musicians


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

This week we provided DIY independent artists with helpful tips on investing in your music career, how to keep the cost of merch down without sacrificing quality, how artists can give back to fans this holiday season, and much more! 5 Unique Ways To Invest In Your Music Career How To Keep The Cost Of Shirts Low Without Sacrificing Merch Quality 6 Way Artists Can Give Back To Fans This Holiday Season 5 Quick Psych Hacks For Improving Your Cover Art 5 Copyrig...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Music Business, Indie Labels, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Copyright. Snapchat


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Threatin • Therapy • Delicate Instruments • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors explored the curious case of the largely artificial band Threatin, how music therapy can help with addiction recovery, the best way to responsibly store delicate instruments, and more! Aaron Bethune | Threatin: Fake News, Fake Fans, Fake Reality Adam Durnham | How Music Therapy Can Help In Addiction Recovery? Rachelle Wilber | How Responsible Musicians Properly Store Delicate Musical Instruments Hunter Farris | How To...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Musical instruments, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, Rachelle Wilber, D.I.Y, Patrick McGuire, Diy Musicians, Aaron Bethune, Adam Durnham, Hunter Farris


Modern Touring: New School Tricks With Old School Hustle

Here we explore how both forward thinking entrepreneurial artists and music tech companies like Bandsintown are pushing the envelope on how they market themselves  in order to launch successful tours. _____________________ Guest post from AWAL “I don’t like the VIP section. I prefer the mosh pit.” You won’t find Fabrice Sergent backstage, or, god forbid, pressed against a venue’s back wall, arms crossed, in the mix with an industry crowd. The music-tech exec’s path to co-foundi...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Ed Sheeran, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Lil Wayne, Miller, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Bandsintown, Musician



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