Whether contributing backing vocals, laying down beats, or anything in between, playing the role of a musician for hire can be complicated. Here are some tips to help you make it. Read More.
The music business is constantly changing and evolving. Music conferences can offer an insider’s view on important trends, emerging technology, and who’s who in the music business. Read More.
A music supervisor’s job is to find, place, and link music with multimedia based projects that need outside music. In order to become a music supervisor you must be knowledgeable about music licensing, have a grasp on the different industries that are in need of music, and possess excellent networking skills. Read more.
You know what the secret is?” Rob “Blasko” Nicholson reveals, “The hour that you’re onstage, that’s not the important part. It’s the other 23 hours of the day. If no one can stand you because you’re a raging asshole or a drug addict or whatever for 23 hours of the day, it doesn’t matter how good you are for the hour onstage.” Read more.
Want to be involved and help build your music community? It starts with networking basics – building relationships with songwriters, musicians, and the other active people in your local music community. I tried it, and for 112 months in a row, from March 2003 through July 2012, I hosted a successful music event at my house in Nashville called the “3rd Sunday at 3:00.” Read more.
Two enterprising students just launched a music industry blog and asked 11 music industry pundits the following questions: 1. What one business skill do you think musicians/songwriters should spend the most time developing as they look to build a career for themselves? 2. What online service or tool do you think every musician should be using? Find out what they had to say. Read more.
An independent artist has to constantly put out material that is going to interest and evoke a response from your audience. So it’s not just releasing music, though certainly you can do that pretty easily – the tools are there for you to put out a song a week if you wanted to. Be it video content or blog content or tour diaries, there are plenty of avenues for you to consistently produce content that will draw your audience in and keep them engaged. Read more.
For any aspiring songwriter, the road to success is one that is often uncertain. Two challenges face those wishing to take their songwriting abilities and career to the next level. The first is how to develop and enhance your own songwriting skills. The second centers on the need to build connections to the web of publishers, film and TV music supervisors, producers, artists, and others in the business that can use your song in a commercial venue. Read more…
You are at songwriting round, open mic, showcase, music conference, music publishing workshop, record release, or other networking event. You attend the event to meet songwriters and other industry professionals, and want to be prepared and leave a great impression on the people you meet. Read more…
Crowdsourcing is a relatively recent phenomenon – a means by which creative projects are performed by networked individuals whose geographic location on the planet is entirely irrelevant. If a contributor can log onto the internet, upload a file, and participate in an online forum, he or she has met the key requirements to participate. Taking advantage of bandwidth improvements for accessing the internet, social networking platform advances, and growing acceptance of cloud computing, crowdsourcing has gained a growing body of advocates and each new project completed serves as a further proof of concept. Read more…