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How Royalties Work for Producers, Songwriters, Artists, Labels; Release Strategy (Ari Q&A Part 5)

This week Ari answers more of your questions! If you’d like to submit to our next round of questions, please sign up to our email list.

27 Jobs in the Music Industry other than Recording Artist

I have been constantly amazed by just how many professions there are in the New Music Business other than merely recording artist and performing musician. Here are 27 jobs in the music industry.

How to Release an Album in 2023 (Live from SXSW)

Releasing music today is vastly different from releasing music even just 5 years ago. It's no longer about release week. It's now about release year. There are extremely important steps to take before *and after* the release of each single and album to make sure you have the biggest effect.

UPSAHL on Pop Songwriting Sessions and the Economics of Touring

UPSAHL has ignited a groundswell of fan adoration and tastemaker praise by way of numerous indie alternative gems. “Can You Hear Me Now” achieved a palpable viral buzz followed by the widely praised single “Drugs,” which has been used in nearly two million TikTok videos, reaching #6 on the Viral Chart and the #1 Sound on the Trends Chart.

How To Book House Concerts With Side Door (Review)

Not only are house concerts fun to play, they can be quite lucrative. Side Door looks to bridge the gap between artist and host.

Madison McFerrin Stays “Fiercely Independent” With Her Nontraditional Team

This week on the New Music Business podcast, Ari is joined by the completely independent and incomparable neo-soul artist and producer, Madison McFerrin (recorded live at the Labelcoin x Roland House at SXSW last week).

SXSW Is Worth It (If You Know How To Work It)

I just got back from SXSW and true to SX form, I’m in need of some serious recovery.  This was my 8th year in a row at the festival (save for the two years during the pandemic that it didn’t happen) and, as always, it was a blast. An exhausting blast. But a blast no less. And it flew by too fast. 

Explaining Sync Licensing From the Agents

Established in 2002, Blue Buddha Entertainment is a boutique music licensing firm.

“Mother’s Hammer” by ANNABEL LEE is a Genre-Defying Masterpiece

On this International Women’s Day, I’d like to celebrate the achievement of the most inspiring woman I know.  The first time I saw Annabel Lee perform was at an intimate songwriter night in Los Angeles. The room was in disbelief...

Promoting Shows and Engaging Fans with Bandsintown

With 560,000 registered artists, Bandsintown is one of the largest artist services platforms in the world. 97% of the Top 500 artists in America are active on the platform.

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Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.
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