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How Blockchain Technology Could Make the Music Industry More Equitable

This post is about blockchain technology, which makes some people’s eyes glaze over. But trust me, once you understand the basic idea, it’s actually easy to grasp. And it’s all very exciting for indie musicians.   This post will cover how the...

How To Do Taxes as a Self-Employed Musician

Once you've decided to officially become a professional musician, you are faced with a problem that every working American has to face - you need to file a tax return. This fact alone is enough to dissuade some very talented...

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. It simply collects royalties for publishers and songwriters. What Is BMI? Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is a performing rights organization (PRO). It represents...

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...

Don’t Fall For This Songwriting Scam

Avoid getting scammed out of thousands of dollars (and hours of time) by this songwriting scam going around.

Teespring vs. Printify vs. Gooten vs. Printful vs. Teelaunch: Best Print On-Demand Merch Companies for Musicians

Which print on-demand merch company is best for musicians: Gooten, Printful, Printify, Teelaunch, or Teespring?

How To Get a Record Advance Without a Record Deal

One of the biggest reasons that artists sign with major record labels is for the upfront cash.  The advance is very attractive for artists getting a 6- or 7-figure check waved in front of their face - even if it...

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.

22 Musicians Who Made It After 30

Does age matter in music? Here are 22 musicians, including Sia, Rachel Platten, Bonnie Raitt, Louie Armstrong, who made it after the age of 30.

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How He Made $250K on his NFT Song After He Was Dropped From Sony

Our guest this week on the New Music Business is singer/songwriter Sammy Arriaga. Ari and Sammy dive deep into everything songwriting and his successful endeavors in the world of NFTs.
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