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How To Crack TikTok for Musicians (From the Major Label Experts)

Do you want to know who the most powerful gatekeeper in the music industry is right now?  No, it’s not a Spotify playlist editor. It’s not a major label A&R. It’s not even a person. It’s the TikTok algorithm.  TikTok is currently the most powerful free promotional tool that musicians have at their disposal.

How This Band Made $250K Livestreaming From Home

Robert Brown, the founder and front man of the steampunk band Abney Park remembers one week in March 2020 when every one of their upcoming concerts got canceled.  The band had been gigging for two decades, supporting the four members...

Musicians Are Being Held Hostage By Record Labels in California – The Fair Act

Did you know that there is a law on the books in California that states a company cannot bind someone to a personal services agreement for longer than 7 calendar years - unless they are a RECORDING ARTIST?! That’s right, in 1987 the slimy, slippery, soulless major record labels successfully lobbied the California legislature to add an amendment to exempt recording artists from this law meant to protect people from long-term, predatory contracts. But finally, California might have a chance to right these historic wrongs with the new Bill AB-2926 (Kalra) that has been introduced.

Spotify Says Songwriters Now Make More From Streaming Than They Did From CDs

Spotify just released their new Loud and Clear report today which profiled a lot of really interesting figures. The three most surprising things that stuck out to me from this report are: How many DIY, self-released artists are earning...

8 Money Mistakes to Avoid as a Musician

Most aspiring artists are chasing their creative dreams on a shoestring budget. Musical gear, recording costs, and promotion expenses can be incredibly expensive, which is why properly managing your money is crucial. As an independent musician who’s spent the last...

Lucifer Music: Season 5, Episode 11

What was that song from the new season of Lucifer? "High and Mighty" by Annabel Lee. It kicked in, during season 5, episode 11, when Lucifer and Chloe were at the police station talking about the body that Ella has downtown....

11 Best Music Industry Podcasts for 2024

A decade ago it was nearly impossible for independent musicians and artist managers to find free resources to help them navigate the music business and develop a healthy music career. Now, the internet is flooded with self-proclaimed “gurus,” talking heads, marketers, former managers, musicians and everyone else who knows how to post a blog or distribute a podcast. The modern music industry is anything but a straight line. It can be challenging to weed through all the nonsense to get through to the Gold.

18 Black Innovators in the Music Industry From Berry Gordy to Rihanna

The truth is: there are so many black innovators in the music industry. Black music has influenced trends, fashion, sound, culture and the list continues. Here are 18 influential black artists that dominate the music industry through their voice,...

Should Artists Boycott Spotify like Neil Young?

The news that took over the entire world this past week was how Neil Young gave Spotify an ultimatum to either remove Joe Rogan’s podcast or Young would remove his music.  Why? Young said in an open letter to his...

Do I Need to Issue 1099s as a Musician?

Hey all, hope you're staying warm out there. With the January 31st issue deadline right around the corner, let's have a quick talk about 1099's. First, what is a 1099? A 1099 is a statement of income issued to a taxpayer...

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