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You Can Get Your Song In LA Weekly (If You Pay $300)

So this is what music journalism has come to?  I was recently hit up in my Instagram DMs from “Anastasia” whose bio reads: “Influencer Marketer ~GOOGLE NEWS PUBLISHER~ If you want to publish yourself on high rated Google news approved sites...

How To Claim Your Artist Profile & Make The Most of [Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Pandora] “For Artists”

If you’ve had music on Spotify for more than a few years, you remember the days of muddling through the mystery-laden world of Rovi, asking gatekeepers and submitting tickets into a blackhole in an attempt to just get your...

Few Points About BMI Music Royalties for Songwriters and Publishers

If you’re a songwriter or publisher with BMI, or you’re thinking of joining BMI, this post is for you. Just for clarity, BMI is actually not a publisher. It simply collects royalties for publishers and songwriters.

How to Create an EPK (with Examples)

Some people call this a “one sheet” because all of the necessary information is on, well, one sheet. An EPK can be formatted a few different ways. These days, most people are either making it as a single (hidden)...

Musicians Tax Guide: 11 Common Mistakes Musicians Make on their Taxes

In 2009, after working in music and venue marketing for 10 years, I started answering the phones at a busy tax prep firm in Chicago. It was supposed to be a temporary gig, but before long, my musician friends...

Songtradr Review: Everything You Need to Know

If you are reading this, you probably already know about "sync licensing." If you don't, then head over to this amazing podcast with Vo Williams: "Hip Hop Artist with over 1,000 TV, Film and Video Game placements." Listening to the podcast...

How Important are Spotify Followers?

Whether it's Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube; growing followers is fundamental in becoming a successful artist. But what about Spotify followers specifically? The first thing we pay attention to when it comes to Spotify is our Monthly Listeners. And yes, don’t...

How to Rise Through the Spotify Charts

Is it realistic to think you can climb up the Spotify Charts? It’s definitely possible. But should you even care? Do the Spotify Charts actually matter? Are Spotify Charts Really That Important? As of February 2021, Spotify revealed they had 345...

Has TV Gotten Too Good for Live Music’s Resurgence?

The other night I found myself on a front porch in Highland Park for show #42 of quirk-rock band More Fatter's backyard concert tour.  While major festivals and traditional tours are getting cancelled left and right, these guys managed to...

YouTube Content ID is a Scam

YouTube and the major labels and publishers are in cahoots. YouTube knows its Content ID claiming system is far from perfect, but it’s the best we got.

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