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Do Your Band's Social Media Stats Make a Difference for Press Coverage?

By Jhoni Jackson from the SonicBids Blog. There’s no arguing about the importance of social media in expanding and maintaining a fanbase. It's common knowledge that all of the mainstay platforms – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – are crucial tools, albeit each with its own particular uses.  What's maybe less widely understood, though, is that it's ...

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter Opens Analytics Dashboard to Your Band

It's important to know what's happening with all that social media activity that so often seems to be an act of faith. Twitter's making it easier to keep up with the reach of your tweets on Twitter by opening their Tweet activity dashboard to all users. Previously available for advertisers and whoever Twitter deemed special enough ...

CAREER

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 ...

CAREER

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 ...

CAREER

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 ...

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Indie Vinyl Subscription Clubs Are a Booming Niche

Indie subscription services of all kinds are doing quite well these days. In music we're seeing everything from Drip.FM's digital subscriptions to Turntable Kitchen's combination of meal fixings and vinyl in a box. Marc Hogan recently took a look at vinyl subscription clubs for Wondering Sound. He shows that, though some have folded, a wide range ...

CAREER

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 ...

CAREER

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 ...

OPINION

Declaration of a New Alternative: No Pop

​By Toronto music blogger/reviewer The Lonely Vagabond. In the digital age, in the age of social media, in an age where the music business model has virtually disappeared, the silos between eras and genres no longer exist. Commercial and non-commercial is the new paradigm. In a brief moment of inspiration I coined a new term, No Pop. ...

OPINION

"Fifteen years of utter bollocks": how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity

Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen. Driving down civilisation road, it takes effort to grapple with the ramifications of our choices along the way. Out of basic self-interest, we often ignore our own effects upon the world. You throw your rubbish ...


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