Why Right Now Is The Best Time To Launch A Music Career

While it’s been a tumultuous past decade for the music industry, and things are showing no sign of calming down, all the chaos has created a tremendous amount of opportunity for artists across the music business spectrum. ____________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix The music industry is an… Continue Reading

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The Upside To Releasing Your Music On Cassette

As with so many trends, how we consume music can seem as cyclical as anything else, as most recently evidenced by the resurgence of cassette tapes. Much like vinyl, this seemingly antiquated format has been making something of comeback of late, and there are a few good reasons why. ___________________________… Continue Reading

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Why Streaming Royalties Will Always Stay Too Low To Make A Living Off Of [Video]

Disc Maker’s Tony van Veen details why he believes that streaming services will never pay independent artists enough in royalties for them to make a comfortable living in the way that physical CD sales once did. ____________________________________ Guest post by Tony van Veen of Disc Makers I’m afraid I have… Continue Reading

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The Value Of Merch For Today’s Working Artist With Joey Stucky [INTERVIEW]

Here award-winning musician, personality, and engineer Joey Stuckey discusses the success of his music and the important role merch plays in branding his act and drawing in valuable revenue. _____________________________ Guest post from Disc Makers Blog Being blind hasn’t stopped Joey Stuckey from living a life of intention, joy, and… Continue Reading

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5 Tips For Improving The Look Of Your Artist Shop

Selling your merch direct to fans has become an established best practice among independent artists. It affords a number of advantages, allowing you to keep more revenue and fan data. Here we look at some ways in which you can spruce up your virtual shop and boost your sales as… Continue Reading

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50 Year After Abbey Road: Two Worlds Of Music Listening

With the Beatle’s Abbey Road near the top of the charts 50 years after release, MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan explores how older, physical-focused music fans remain the quickest route to high-value, large-scale revenue, as well as, much and how little has changed in the music industry. __________________________ By Mark Mulligan… Continue Reading

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The Currency Of Deceased Rock Stars

In the wake of the passing of both Eddie Money and The Cars’ Ric Ocasek, Fred Jacobs here reflects on the lasting value of Classic Rock, and how music from the 60s and 70s continues to accrue cultural relevancy even as the number of actual artists from the era dwindles…. Continue Reading

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What Exactly Is An EP?

The awkward middle child between the reliable LP and the flashy single, the EP is often overlooked and misunderstood, particularly as the digital age reshapes our music consumption habits. Here we give the EP some much deserved attention, looking at the format’s history and how EPs are used by artists… Continue Reading

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How To Pull In More Money At Your Merch Table

In addition to acting as an important representation of your band, the merch table is also an important source of income for any touring artist, so maximizing your earning potential there is key. Here we look at ten ideas for increasing your take. ___________________________ Guest post by Randy Chertkow and… Continue Reading

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$45 Tool CD Gives Indie Record Stores Unexpected Boost

A funny thing happened last week with the new Tool album" says Coalition Independent Music Stores (CIMS) executive director Michael Bunnell, "indie retail had an old-school moment." "Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday (it was my store’s first midnight sale in 10 years)," continues Bunnel. "When we returned… Continue Reading

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