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Hypebot, MusicThinkTank Join The Bandsintown Family

I'm proud to share that Hypebot and MusicThinkTank have been acquired by Bandsintown. Both sites will still operate as independent publications, which I will continue to edit. What excites me most about this partnership is that its purpose is to further our mutual mission of helping artists at all levels grow and sustain a meaningful career in music. “We believe Indie and emerging artists are a transformative and vibrant component of the music industry” Fabrice Sergent, Managing P...
Tags: D.I.Y, Music Business, Music Tech, Streaming, Bruce Houghton


Key Tips For Getting Started On Your Artist Website

As you start to develop as an artist and achieve more success, it's a good idea to start thinking about your professional image. Once of the best ways to cultivate a good public face is through a website. Here we look at just how to go about that process. _________________________________ Guest post from Picket Media. This article first appeared on the TuneCore blog. Are you growing as a artist? It is a good time to cultivate a better professional image, and a well-designed website c...
Tags: D.I.Y, Marketing, Music Business, Guest Post


Setting Up A Foolproof Home Practice Space

Improving as a musician without practicing is impossible, and practicing without a space to do it in is similarly difficult. In this piece we explore how to allocate the optimal practice space with regard to temperature, humidity, and tech needs. _________________________ In this new post to MusicThinkTank, contributor Dan Matthews offers some key tips for how to set up the ideal practice space in your home. "One of the easiest things to totally skip on in setting up a practice are...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Live & Touring, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Dan Matthews, Diy Musicians, Music Rehearsal


6 Event Marketing Tips From The Facebook Live Team

As with everything else that takes place live, Facebook Live moments can be an unpredictable beast, and using the tool successfully means being prepared for mishaps and pitfalls. Here we look at six essential tips from the from the Facebook Live team. _______________________________ Guest post by Ronnie Higgins of Eventbrite You’re backstage before the show when you see your headlining band horsing around. “This is a Facebook Live moment,” you think. You whip out your iPhone, queue u...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, New Orleans, Facebook Live, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Mardi Gras, Facebook Page


5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best. ____________________ Guest post by Evan Zwisler of Soundfly's Flypaper The prevalence and quality of home recording software available today has made recording music at home so much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. But still, for those of us ju...
Tags: Music, New York, Diy, California, Macbook, Brooklyn, Guest Post, Shanghai, Musicians, Recording, Garageband, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Tracktion, Giada


Patreon Raises Some Prices, Reports 100K Creators Earn $500M Yearly

Patreon has added new tier pricing which mean higher fees for many new creators using the fan funding platform. To take advantage of the lower grandfathered rates, creators must Patreon in the next few weeks before the new rates hit in early May. 3 million fans now pay 100,000 creators more $500 million a year on Patreon, It will cross $1 billion in payouts in 2019, six years after launching.  The rate increase has been long anticipated by many who questioned if Patreon could survive a...
Tags: Music, Diy, Crowdfunding, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Jack Conte, Patreon, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Fan Funding


The Value Consistant Branding In Music

As an artist, cultivating and communicating and image to your fans is important for success, but just as important to that success is consistently maintaining said image, so that consumers know who you are and what it is that you create. ______________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Your music is your business. You might not rely on music to pay your bills, but I am willing to wager that a part of you hopes will one day provide for your needs. The fact yo...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Guest Post, Musicians, Branding, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, James Shotwell


The Art Of Spending Your Music Money (Part 2)

In part two of this five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we look at a visual framework for self-investment, and how artists can use it as a series of checks and balances when developing their business. ______________________________ Guest post from AWAL This is the second (for PT 1) of a five-part Decoded series in which we break down (1) a mental framework to help spend money in the right places and (2) ...
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, Marketing, Netflix, Guest Post, Kanye, Music Business, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, AWAL Weekly


A Formula For Viral Music Marketing [Jack Udell]

For anyone marketing in a social space, a viral hit is the holy grail, but coming up with a teachable formula which accurately quantifies and maximizes the possibility for viral success is no easy task. ___________________________ Guest post by music manager Jake Udell of Art of Manager How do you teach, quantify, and maximize the possibility for virality?  Here’s the best I’ve come up with… Degree of Virality  = The unique way(s) a artist, story, or activation is...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Viral, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Miles Evert, D.I.Y, Music Marketing, Jake Udell, Diy Musicians


Myspace Has Lost 50 Million Tracks From 14 Million Artists

Myspace has lost all content uploaded to the site before 2016 including more than 50 million tracks,videos and photos from 14 million artists.  Users noticed that content was missing almost a year ago. MySpace was once the most important social network in the world and served as a vital conduit of fan communications for many musicians. Over time, however, most fans moved on to Facebook and other social networks. Now, MySpace has confirmed the new data loss, blaming a faulty migrat...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Social Media, Time Inc, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Andy Baio, D.I.Y, People Entertainment Network


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Classical Music • Brand Or Mouse • Reaching Out To Fans • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared ten surprising benefits of classical music, explored the question of 'are you a brand or a mouse?,'  offered seven email marketing tips for communicating with fans, and more! Jessica Dais| 10 Surprising Benefits Of Classical Music Ghostly Beard | Are You A Brand Or A Mouse? Nora Mark  | 7 Email Marketing Tips For Musicians To Reach Out To Their Fans Allen Cranston | Music Internships: A Great Way To Gain Expe...
Tags: Music, Classical Music, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, D.I.Y, Jessica Dais, Music Internships, Nora Mark, Allen Cranston


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

This week, we offer sage council to independent bands and artists out there on a variety of issues, including how to sell merch without coming off as too 'sales-y', when the best times to post on social media are, how to have a successful SXSW, and much more! Guide To Selling Merch, Music At Shows Without Being ‘Sales-y’ Decoded: The Smart Way To Spend Your Music Money (Pt. 1) Best Times To Post On Social Media 2019 [INFOGRAPHIC] The Art Of Marketing Music ...
Tags: Music, Sxsw, Music Business, Owen Davie, Ariel Hyatt, D.I.Y


Guide To Selling Merch, Music At Shows Without Being ‘Sales-y’

Being a talented musician doesn't necessarily mean that you're also an amazing salesperson, and a lot of artists struggle with how to effectively sell their merchandise without the slimey sales-y feeling that comes from pushing merch on fans. ______________________________ Guest post by Bree Noble of Soundfly's Flypaper When it comes to selling merch and music at live shows, it’s not uncommon for musicians to feel uncomfortable and out of their element. This unsettling feeling usual...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Musicians, Merch, Merchandise, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Soundfly, Bree, D.I.Y, Bree Noble, Bree Noble of Soundfly, Women of Substance Radio


How To Pretend You're At SXSW 2019 Edition plus The Official #SXSW 2019 Playlist

SXSW 2019 is in full swing, but perhaps you blew your conference and travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or maybe the chaise lounge at your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2019. Whatever the reason, if you can't - or don't want to - participate in SXSW this year, but also don't want your hip rating to sink to the Osmond Family level, we offer strategi...
Tags: Music, Austin, Aclu, Sxsw, Music Business, Music Tech, Conventions & Awards, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Osmond Family, SXSW Spotify Playlist


CD Baby Adds Low Cost Audio, Banner Ad Placement For Indie Musicians, Labels

CD Baby's Show.co marketing platform for independent musicians and labels has added the ability to purchase and run audio ad campaigns on Spotify, iHeart and other music platforms targeting a specific city or region with customized 30-second ads. Users can also target potential fans using banner ads on selected sites, including Rolling Stone, CMT and many niche blogs, sorted by genre with campaigns starting at $50 for audio ads and $20 for banner ads. CD Baby artists get free access to S...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Cd Baby, Indie Labels, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Kevin Breuner, D.I.Y, iHeart


9 Steps To A Successful #SXSW [Ariel Hyatt]

"I launched my company at SXSW in 1996 with a dream to be a publicist and a stack of orange business cards that I had stayed up all night perfecting at Kinkos the night before I arrived in Austin," writes Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR.  "I remember seeing Joan Osborne and I also remember taking it very seriously because after all, it is a music conference. Amazing to think how much it has grown." TIP:  Remember to treat SXSW like a music conference and not a party.  It can be pretty over...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Linkedin, Austin, Conferences, Sxsw, Music Business, Conventions & Awards, Facebook Instagram, Ariel Hyatt, Fomo, Austin SXSW, Joan Osborne, South By Southwest, Kinkos, Music Conferences


5 Tricks For Writing YouTube Descriptions To Improve Your Video Rank

Frequently neglected, YouTube's description boxes can often be an extremely valuable tool for video marketing and, with a little clever composition, can rocket your video to the top of people's searches. Here we break down how to make it happen. ____________________________ Guest post by Chloe Bennet for TuneCore YouTube video description boxes are an often-forgotten element of video marketing, but they can be very valuable. They’re like the third-string quarterback who rides the ben...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, LSI, Chloe Bennet, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, Essayroo, Boomessays, TuneCore YouTube, Alvin Jung, Catherine Maurice


11 Shows And Panels You Need To Be At For SXSW Starting Today [Kosha Dillz]

From indie rapper Kosha Dillz: "SXSW is in full swing. This is my life 11th year playing it officially out of 12 years in Austin.  There are certain shows and bands and panels I just wouldn't wanna miss. There are so many out there, I just think it is time to shed light on a few."   PS. My big showcase is tonight  so of course come say hey and say you saw me on hypebot so we can give you free pickles and seltzer, since everyone else gives free food and alcohol.   1. KO...
Tags: Music, Austin, Congo, Npr, North Carolina, Jackie, Sxsw, Music Business, Live & Touring, Conventions & Awards, Bruce Houghton, Brooklyn Vegan, Memphis Tennessee, Kosha Dillz, Stub Hub, Maggie Mae


Bandsintown Data-Driven Big Break SXSW Showcase Returns To Austin Wednesday

Concert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW on Wednesday with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street in Austin. This year's Bandsintown Big Break Showcase will feature live performances by R&B singer Adrian Jean, LA rock duo KOLARS, critically acclaimed indie-pop group illuminati hotties, R&B vocalist Herizen, Po...
Tags: Music, Austin, Portland, Sxsw, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Conventions & Awards, Bandsintown, Bruce Houghton, Fabrice, Fabrice Sergent, Kolars, Maggie Mae, D.I.Y, Herizen


5 Tricks For Writing YoutTube Descriptions To Improve Your Video Rank

Frequently neglected, YouTube's description boxes can often be an extremely valuable tool for video marketing and, with a little clever composition, can rocket your video to the top of people's searches. Here we break down how to make it happen. ____________________________ Guest post by Chloe Bennet for TuneCore YouTube video description boxes are an often-forgotten element of video marketing, but they can be very valuable. They’re like the third-string quarterback who rides the ben...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, LSI, Chloe Bennet, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, Essayroo, Boomessays, TuneCore YouTube, Alvin Jung, Catherine Maurice


Yes Theory & Seeking Discomfort: What's Your Jump?

Here Jake Udell explores the marketing/self improvement phenomenon of Yes Theory, a group of content creators focused on showing celebrities and others working to live their fullest life by stepping out of their comfort zone. _____________________________ Guest post by music manager Jake Udell from his blog, Art of Manager   The best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone. This is the motto of Yes Theory. You may have heard of them… Or maybe not....
Tags: Google, Music, La, Marketing, Guest Post, Justin Bieber, Musicians, Will Smith, Will, Music Business, Bieber, D.I.Y, Jake Udell, YouTube & Video, Yes Theory, Music Manager


7 Email Marketing Tips For Artists To Reach Out, Connect With Their Fans

While a marketing channel that many may consider to be relegated to the corporate world, email can do wonders for bands and artists when it comes to connecting with and growing their fan community, but only if done correctly! _______________________________ In this latest post to MusicThinkTank, Nora Mark outlines seven essential marketing tips for artists when crafting emails to connect with in and draw in their fans. "Before you even think about typing a letter, it’s important to...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Email Marketing, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, MusicThinkTank Nora Mark


2 Types Of Spotify's Algorithmic Playlists, How To Land Your Music On Them

If you're trying to get your music heard on Spotify, there's no better way than to get it scooped up by some of the platform's top algorithmic playlists. Here we look at some ways you can manipulate the platform to increase your chances of this happening. ______________________________ Guest post by Randi Zimmerman from the Symphonic Blog Trying to gain some real success on Spotify? Landing your music on some of Spotify’s best algorithmic playlists will boost those chances. ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Guest Post, Streaming, Playlists, Music Business, Indie Labels, D.I.Y, Amelie Bonvalot, Randi Zimmerman, Spotify Codes These


Building Your Dream Team: Music Publicist

In this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of music publicists, and how they can help tell an artist's story within a broader cultural landscape. ___________________________ Guest post from AWAL Building Your Dream Team breaks down the fundamentals of an artist's operation through the 5Ws lens: Who, What, When, Where, Why.   It’s not easy to write your story the right way. Enter music publicists, battle-tested word warriors wi...
Tags: Music, Marketing, US, Eu, Guest Post, Music Business, Fader, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Lauren Aquilina


WMG, Dubset Partner To Offer Legal DJ Mixes

Dubset, the music marketplace and rights management database for DJs and artists, has inked a deal with Warner Music Group (WMG). Warner is the latest major label to partner with the platform whose aim it is to equip DJs with new mix and remix distribution and monetization opportunities. Sony signed on with Dubset back in August 2017. Since then Merlin, Tidal and SoundCloud have also partnered with the company. Warner’s deal with Dubset means artists using the Dubset platform are now ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Dj, Indie, Sony, Musicians, Streaming, Warner, Music Business, Music Tech, Mixes, Major Labels, Musician, Bruce Houghton, WMG


Put Your Best Tweet Forward: 2019 Edition

Twitter can be a loud and crowded section of the internet, so getting a handle on how to be heard (sometimes literally as a musician) above the din is key to marketing success on the social media platform in 2019. Here we look at the best practices, tips, and tricks for how to make it happen. _____________________________ Guest post by Victoria Morris, Interactive Marketing at The Orchard. This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind. There can be a lot of noise on Twitter, whi...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, The Orchard, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, American Twitter, Victoria Morris Interactive Marketing


11 Proven Band Merch Ideas To Create Excitement, Sales, Fan Loyalty

Although physical sales of music may have dwindled over the past few years, merchandise remains an exciting and lucrative aspect of the music industry, generating billions of dollars every year. Here we look at eleven true and tested types of merch that get fans excited, while providing artists with a nice bump in revenue. _______________________________ Guest post by Imri Merritt of Rush Order Tees Band merchandise, or “merch” for short, is a huge market. While physical copies of mu...
Tags: Google, Music, Wikipedia, Marketing, Guest Post, Philadelphia, Merch, Music Business, Napster, Art Department, University of the Arts, D.I.Y, Retail & Vinyl, Imri, Imri Merritt, Nexel Level If


Bandsintown Big Break Showcase Returns To SXSW 2019

Concert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held o Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street. This year's Bandsintown Big Break Showcase will feature live performances by R&B singer Adrian Jean, LA rock duo KOLARS, critically acclaimed indie-pop group illuminati hotties, R&B vocalist Herizen, Portland’s Reptaliens, and...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Austin, Portland, Indie, Musicians, Sxsw, Music Business, Live & Touring, Conventions & Awards, Bandsintown, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Fabrice, Fabrice Sergent


How To Pull Off A Great Looking Music Video On A Budget

Producing a music video for free simply isn't going to happen, but creating a great looking, quality product while actually sticking to budget and not leaving your band destitute is significantly more achievable. Here we look at how. ____________________________ Guest post by Gideon Waxman of Soundfly's Flypaper Making a great music video will cost you money. There’s no two ways about it. But it is possible for you to obtain a memorable, high-quality music video whilst sticking to a ...
Tags: Facebook, Video, Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Indie Labels, Musician, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, Diy Musicians


Proven Ideas To Sell More Music Merchandise [INFOGRAPHIC]

Merchandise sales is one of the top income streams for most musicians, when its done well.  The folks at RushOrderTees often remind their clients that great merch accomplishes many things. For the band, it generates revenue and serves as promotional material. For fans, it provides a piece of memorabilia they can get excited about and show off. via RushOrderTees   [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Merch, Merchandise, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians