Brent Baxter and Johnny Dwinell discuss the one simple question every artist should ask before spending a dime on anything artistically related. Excerpted from The CLIMB podcast, episode #76 about music marketing, titled: “This One Question Will Save You Thousands.” Read More.
Indie artist Megan Slankard is finding success in the new music economy through the fan-support platform of Patreon – reducing risk and rewarding trust among her steadily growing fan base. Read More.
In this post, I want to get into the most common conceptual mistake that just about all indie music artists make when thinking about a YouTube marketing strategy. Read More.
Once you have the equipment you need, the next step toward video domination is staging and recording. Part 2 of our Vlogging For Musicians series focuses on setting up for a professional result. Read More.
For music artists looking to build a brand online, videos can factor heavily into a music marketing plan. This is part one of a two-part post with advice on vlogging for musicians. Here, we take a look at the equipment you’ll need to build you video empire. Read More.
Creative, free music promotion tactics can be just as effective as your musical creativity when it comes to success as an independent musician. Read More.
Patreon offers artists with a following a path to a sustainable, recurring income through its platform, ushering in the era of crowdfunding 2.0. Read more.
For the February edition of our Disc Makers Twitter chat (#DMchat), we asked composer, singer-songwriter, and music business/branding consultant Cheryl B. Engelhardt for some crowdfunding tips for musicians. This post contains a selection of questions and answers from our discussion. Read more.
My methodical and logical ways of working at my music career don’t account for “fluke.” I quantify everything. I even have an 8-step process for writing emails. Inspiration, luck, coincidence, and fate, are all concepts I dismiss, claiming that really we have the power to create exactly what we want, with the help of a few key tools. Read more.
Not so long ago, our band wrote, recorded, and released a song called, “Star Wars (A Film Like No Other).” When we released it on March 13, 2007, we had no idea it would become one of the most popular videos at StarWars.com, be licensed by AtomFilms, wind up being played on TV, and generate a potential license deal. Read more.
We’ve been covering the topics and trends of crowdfunding for musicians for years. Here’s a collection of posts that tackle topics spanning settling on a platform, setting goals and timelines, pricing rewards, and a whole lot more. Check out these posts, and keep coming back, we’ll keep adding new content. Read more.
Setting a successful music marketing plan in motion begins with defining your vision and determining how to set and accomplish the goals designed to get you there. These videos expand on themes and ideas from Bobby Borg’s book, Music Marketing for the DIY Musician. Read more.
Whether you are trying to cover the cost of producing your next album or get a tour off the ground, crowdfunding gets your fans involved while generating the necessary dollars. Today we want to dive into setting a mix of rewards to encourage backers to pledge the most amount of money to your project. Read more.
Focusing on building your community organically is part of a balanced digital PR strategy, but when used effectively, advertising can magnify your existing PR efforts. The reasons for advertising generally fall into two categories: awareness and conversion. Read More.
If you’ve ever dabbled in the wonderful world of online music marketing, chances are you set up a musician blog at some point. After playing with the fonts and colors for seven hours (or was that just me?), you got to work eagerly bashing away at the keyboard week after week until finally that sinking feeling hits you… “Hot dang… Nobody is reading my shizzle!” Read more