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Are Spotify Pre-Save Campaigns Worth It? Feature.fm vs. DistroKid vs. Show.co vs. Smarturl

You can create a way for fans to save your song to their library or playlist in advance of the release. Why do this? If Spotify notices that your song gets a ton of saves or playlists on day 1, it will trigger their algorithms and potentially pop your song into various algorithmic playlists like Discover Weekly, Radio, Your Daily Mix, Releaser Radar, Radio, etc. And the more saves a song gets, the more likely a Spotify playlist editor will add it to a playlist.

California’s Music Economy Is About To Crash

Photo: Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee California is on fire. But this economic blaze will ignite abruptly on January 1st and will affect the California music industry so drastically that it could completely burn it down. As the fifth largest economy in the world and the...

How To Copyright 10 of Your Songs For $55

Let’s just start by saying the US copyright office needs to hire better web developers.I just went through the painstaking process of their electronic filing system. Although it has been updated over the years, the website looks and functions like it was built in 2003. It is no...

What Robert Mueller’s Press Conference Teaches Us About Your Album Release

I try to listen to The Daily podcast by the New York Times every day. Mostly I’ll put it on at the gym or in the car. I’m all about multi-tasking. Who has time to do just one, singular thing anymore?! The Daily is a really good, in-depth look at the top stories of the day. Of...

Dear Indie Distributors: Stop Punishing Your Artists. It’s Not Their Fault

Because of my digital distribution comparison piece, I act as de facto customer service rep for all 16 companies I reviewed (yay me).I lovingly try to let these artists and managers know that each company has their own customer service department at their disposal. But if they do...

Why Your Song Isn’t Getting Placed in a TV Show (and How To Fix It)

It seems every artist is trying to figure out how to get their songs licensed to TV shows, film, trailers and commercials. And rightfully so, there can be a lot of money in it. But it’s not easy. And there are only so many placement opportunities. Only so many songs each TV sh...

9 Things Singer/Songwriters Need To Know About Hiring Freelance Musicians

Over the course of my 600 shows I've hired 9 drummers, 9 bassists, 7 guitarists, 5 keyboardists, 5 singers, 4 trumpet players, 2 trombonists, 2 saxophonists, 2 cellists and 3 violinists. Not to mention the various session players for recordings.I've also been hired as a trumpet p...

What’s The Point of Music Conferences Anyway?

I’m still about 300 emails behind from what I missed at SXSW. I completely forgot to turn on the vacation responder when I left. Only a couple people freaked out at my delay. When I'm at a music conference it's impossible to keep up with any work not pertaining directly to the...

How To Submit Music To Blogs, Spotify Playlists, Labels, Radio: SubmitHub Review

There’s a moment that every musician experiences when you get what you think could be the final masters back from the mastering engineer. You sit in your car with extremely close friends. And you confide in them that this is your new song off of your new album. You spent the be...

How To Negotiate With Anyone

I just left the studio last week where we finished the final tracking for my new funk project's debut record. For the past 8 months or so I have been working on this record on and off. My producer, co-front person and I tracked (mixed and mastered) one song to figure out if we we...
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Jamestown Revival’s Bassist on Shady Managers, Thousands of Shows, Playing Conan, Tracking to Tape – Nick Bearden

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast I recorded this week's podcast guest Nick Bearden live from his studio, Retro...
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TikTok and Instagram Influencers with Ultra Records Marketing Director

https://youtu.be/sjfzfu1E5gM Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast This week's guest is Bina Fronda. She's the marketing director for Ultra Records. Ultra Records has released artists...

Manager for JP Saxe, X Ambassadors, Jukebox the Ghost is Persistent

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast The episode is with Seth Kallen. He's an artist manager for JP Saxe, X Ambassadors, Jukebox The Ghost,...

This Music Company Doesn’t Care About Black Lives

#BlackOutTuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused day (started by two black female executives) encouraged everyone in the music industry to take the day off from the normal...

Huge! Musicians (and Freelancers) Can Now Get PPP Loans (with Forgiveness)

Yesterday, the SBA clarified that if you’re self-employed, a freelancer or independent contractor you can get a PPP loan with forgiveness. It was previously thought...