Part 2 in our series on non-commercial radio looks at KDVS in California and the model it employs as a self-described non-Top 40 station. Read More.
Part 1 of this post explores a brief history of radio deregulation, its impact on the national radio market, and the opportunity local non-commercial radio represents to indie musicians. Read More.
If you’ve got a great new release that you really believe can get some serious college radio play, but you just don’t have the budget to hire a professional radio promoter, don’t let that stop you! With a good plan and time dedicated to the task, you can be your very own radio promoter. Here are the steps to get it done: Read more…
Myxer just released a report from a recent study they conducted, showing some very encouraging news for independent artists. The overwhelming majority of their users are buying CDs, and just under half of them use the radio as their primary means of discovering new music.
Despite the rise in smartphone users, and increase in purchases of mobile entertainment content, traditional media channels (including packaged CDs, live events, radio and television) still remain a popular way for people to access new music and artists. Captured in the latest BoomBox report, Myxer today reveals some surprising user preferences as they relate to music purchases, behaviors and trends across its 35 million-member community.
School’s in session, and here are some insights into playing the college market as you begin the fall touring season. Many acts successfully use colleges as a point from which to launch their careers, while others have found it leading to a dead end. As we explore both ends of the spectrum, keep an open mind about how this market might fit into your booking plans. Read more…
No musician can afford to miss out on a potential source of income. So if you’re a songwriter, and not a member of a Performance Rights Organizations (PRO) like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, or SOCAN (Canada), you could be leaving money on the table. It’s not difficult to join one of these organizations, and as an independent, there are ways to enroll that allow you to maximize your royalties and double what you might think you’re eligible for. Read More.
Who doesn’t want to be on the radio? If you’ve gotten a solid response from live shows and have a strong local or niche following, radio airplay may be the next big milestone toward meeting your music business goals. These are a few things to consider when you’re trying to get into a radio rotation, but the biggest factors are determination and preparation. Obviously different things work for different people, but with some general guidelines you will be able to focus your efforts and hopefully achieve the desired results. Read more…
Mashable’s Barb Dybwad put together a list of ways to better explore music on Pandora:
The Pandora music streaming service is a great way to quickly tap into some internet radio stations, but it’s also a powerful tool for finding new music you might be interested in. With a little extra care and feeding, Pandora can offer up some new listening opportunities catering right to your musical tastes.
For those listeners looking for methods of adding some diversity to your regular stations, check out our tips for finding some new tunes. For even a small time investment you can spice up your stations and find more artists and tracks you might not already have known about.
What are your favorite ways to find new music?