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Why You Should Revive Older Social Media Content

By Hugh McIntyre from the SonicBids Blog. When it comes to social media, content is king and should be thought of as a highly valuable asset. Creating content takes time and effort, and you want to get as much out of it as possible. For bands and artists, there is often a lot more content created ...

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Start Building Your Music Career by Focusing on Regional and Niche Music Publications

By Jamie Ludwig from the Sonicbids Blog. Many independent musicians dream of playing their favorite late night TV shows, landing interviews in iconic magazines, and receiving top-score record reviews on the most notorious music websites. Sure, these are great press aspirations, but obsessing over and chasing after big-name media rather than adopting a comprehensive plan across ...

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Getting Great Album Art on a DIY Budget

By Jhoni Jackson from the SonicBids Blog. If you’re not a studied designer, the thought of commissioning an album cover may be a little overwhelming (especially considering how strongly we've emphasized its importance!). Nobody freak out, though. Simply by reading this, you’ve already shown some enterprising spirit – and that’s just the kind of moxie you’ll need to realize ...

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DC Jazz Festival Announces A Search For Artistic Director

BACKGROUND After 10 years of annual, multi-day jazz programming coupled with a year round education program, the Board of the DC Jazz Festival has launched a search for a new artistic director. The Festival is recognized as a leading arts organization in the Mid-Atlantic, having garnered praise far and wide. The Artistic Director will work in ...

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Building Your Music Career While Keeping Your Day Job

By Farah Joan Fard from the SonicBids Blog. Does going to your 9-5 and then playing a gig that night ever make you feel like a Clark Kent/Superman combo? Do you feel like there's not enough time in the day for both your full-time job and your musical duties? You’re not alone. Balancing a day job ...

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One Musician Gets a Record Deal Through Tinder, Another Can Pay Her Rent Solely from Youtube

Here are two stories about musicians doing well that could be described as social media success stories. But Ryn Weaver's claim that “Tinder got me a record deal" is a bit misleading. And, while it's conceivable that Shannon Hurley could make money via activities on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, YouTube enabled her success by ...

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How to Make Your DIY Tour Stick out from the Rest

By Lee Duck from the SonicBids Blog. In my last article, we discussed ways in which you can plan and book a DIY tour that runs effectively, successfully, and within your budget. So now that you’ve packed up your gear, managed your expenses, and hit the road, what can you do to really blow your fans ...

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How to Collect Both Kinds of Music Royalties

By Ken Consor from the SonicBids Blog. As streaming has become increasingly important in today’s music market, it is imperative to understand how streams turn into publishing royalties - and of course, how to get those royalties into your wallet. Let’s divide streaming into two different types: Interactive and Non-Interactive. These are defined by the listener’s ...

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What You Need to Know About Music License Agreements Before Signing

By Alex Ploegsma from the SonicBids Blog. With synchronization becoming an increasingly important revenue stream for musicians, it’s vital that artists understand how these agreements work – and more importantly, how they can maximize their benefits. I could write for hours on all the intricacies of these contracts, but I’ve broken it down into just the ...

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Who Gets Paid from Radio Play?

By Ken Consor of Songtrust. When you hear a song on the radio, who gets paid? It’s probably not who you think. Today, we’re going to answer your questions and squash one of the most common misconceptions in the royalties/music publishing world. Let’s start with an example: Remember Britney Spears “…Baby One More Time”, the international ...


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