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Rules For The High Road To Music Success

Rules For The High Road To Music Success

Long term planning and careful preparation goes a long way toward achieving success in music. Erin Frankenheimer, Manager, Entertainment Relations at TuneCore looks at three guideposts to help artists navigate the music industry's choppy waters. Guest post by Erin Frankenheimer Manager, Entertainment Relations at TuneCore Most independent artists know that success doesn’t happen overnight. They see that ...

The Almighty Record Deal

The Almighty Record Deal

Love it or hate it, a record deal is a big deal, and while it may only be words on a page, those words can ultimately make or break your career. Here we break down the ins and outs of what's in a record deal, and what red flags you need to be on the lookout ...

CD Baby Partners With CloudBounce For Mastering

CD Baby Partners With CloudBounce For Mastering

A new partnership with CloudBounce means that CD Baby users can now instantly master music from within their CD Baby dashboard for just $4.90 a track. The startup is an Abbey Road Red music tech incubator graduate. “A large segment of the indie artist community is drastically changing how they release music. There is definitely a ...

Set Realistic Goals, Expectations [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Set Realistic Goals, Expectations [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

This week on the Music Biz Weekly podcast Jay Gilbert and Michael Brandvold discuss why you need to set realistic expectations and goals for any project you are working on. It's your very first release, thinking that Rolling Stone will review is not realistic. You can't sell out a show in your home town, touring Europe ...

Building Passionate Clusters Of Fans: Niche Is Music's New Mainstream says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan

Building Passionate Clusters Of Fans: Niche Is Music's New Mainstream says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan

In an increasingly fragmented music landscape where algorithms and streaming emphasize songs over albums and artists, success- even on a global scale- is found in the niches, says top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. “Fandom is fragmenting," says Mulligan, “but it may be the best thing that has ever happened to it." By Mark ...

5 Things To Keep In Mind For Your Next Photo Shoot

5 Things To Keep In Mind For Your Next Photo Shoot

As an artist, having solid promo photos is key, so when prepping for you next photo shoot, it's important not only to make sure you look good, but also also that these five key logistics are fully kept in mind before that shutter starts clicking. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of TuneCore When you set up ...

Unique Music Merchandise Ideas

Unique Music Merchandise Ideas

Just like any small business, a band needs to turn a profit. Merch can be an excellent way to bring in additional revenue while also being the perfect avenue through which to expand a personal or artistic brand. Guest post by Randi Zimmerman of the Symphonic Blog Being in a band has its perks, for sure. ...

Guide To Promoting Your Unreleased Music [Video]

Guide To Promoting Your Unreleased Music [Video]

Music promo is harder than it was in the good ol' days, and easy to use services like Soundcloud have become crowded and easily dismissed by industry gatekeepers. In this video, James Shotwell addresses these drawbacks and details some low-cost alternatives artists should consider. Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix A smart marketing campaign may ...

The Quickest Way To Improve Your Music PR

The Quickest Way To Improve Your Music PR

Email has established itself as the frontrunner when it comes to music PR, but the more people figure this out, the more crowded inboxes are getting, making it that much more critical that you up your email marketing game. Here we look at some some of the fastest ways you can improve what you're sending out. ...

Why Every Musician Needs A SoundCloud Account

Why Every Musician Needs A SoundCloud Account

While fewer mainstream consumers use it and artists generally don't pull in as much revenue as from other streamers, Soundcloud is still an essential tool for every musician. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 SoundCloud is the streaming service that gets no love. It’s not a big draw for music consumers, and many artists feel ...