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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...

This Is What You Get When You Fake Social Media Numbers

The headlines this past week read something like: LA Band Faked Social Media Numbers to Book a European Tour That No One Attended. Nearly every music outlet in existence has written about this incredibly peculiar saga. MetalSucks, in particular, has devoted wall to wall coverage...

Spotify Playlist Pitching Review of Playlist Push

For the past few years the industry has been obsessed with Spotify. And rightfully so. It has proven to be one of the most powerful tools at, wait for it, making money in the digital age. I know I know, this is totally counter-intuitive based on all the headlines you’ve read si...

How To Write an Effective Band Bio

Your bio is your story. It should reveal why people should care about you. What sets you apart? Why are you unique? And if you have a new album, what is the album’s story? +Why No One Cares About Your MusicMake sure you have three bios: a long one, a short one (1 or 2 paragraph...

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...

Squarespace vs. Bandzoogle vs. Wix vs. Weebly vs. WordPress…What’s the Best Website Builder?

Every small business needs a website. Similarly, every musician needs a website. If you're doing it right, you're operating your career like you are running a small business. Yes, Facebook is great and you should probably have a Page there. And yes, Instagram is the hottest thing...

How To Send Songs As Private Streaming Links

When you have new, unreleased songs or demos you'd like to share with your team, you need a way to send them. Sounds simple enough, however, I can't tell you how many times I get sent broken links, 'empty' Soundcloud playlists or Dropbox links that won't stream - or are, gasp, 50...

150+ Female Producers You Need To Know

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve started a (living) list of badass female producers. This was inspired by Ebonie Smith’s op-ed in Billboard which was inspired by the previous Billboard article “Where Are All The Female Producers.” Well! Some of them are right her...

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...

7 Musician Rules for Instagram / Snapchat Stories

I get it. It’s so annoying every time a new social site pops up or updates their platform and then you have to completely relearn it (or start to lean in). The DIY world was a hell of a lot simpler when there was just one social network that mattered: Myspace. But those years...
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