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Touring Pastimes

I remember reading an article in Alternative Press a long time ago that quoted Sean P. Rogan (the previous guitarist of Big D & The Kids Table ) in which he talked about cool ways to spend time and money on tour. I can’t find any ofShow More Summary

10 Uncovered Ways to Promote Indie Music Online

Being an indie musician means waging a constant war for survival. At the times of R.E.M., it was a real nightmare to self-produce and self-promote indie music, as artists didn't have such a powerful tool as the World Wide Web. Original Post Written By Alice Koval - @alicekoval Happily, now...

Step By Step Guide To Verifying Your Official Social Media Profiles

A good start to protecting your name and brand is to authenticate and verify your social media profiles online. Some sites have to grace you with verification (Twitter, Instagram) while others you can put in a request (Facebook, Youtube). Have you verified your profile yet? Here's how. Guest Post by...

Sing it: Smule put stars in their eyes

Apps that let fans create their own versions of their favourite songs - and duet with the likes of Jessie J - have put the US company on the music map Jessie J has performed with a host of musicians in her time: Dizzee Rascal, Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Queen, David Guetta, Mary J. Show More Summary

The Great Music-Tech Migration: How The Worlds Of Music And Tech Are Bleeding Into One

Snoop Dogg brought out his latest album, Bush, the other week. But if you were keeping an eye out for it in the kinds of places album releases are usually trumpeted, you’d have been forgiven for missing it. Guest Post by Ed Rex of Jukedek.com via Medium Because Snoop didn’t...

Going Direct-To-Fan In A Streaming World [By PledgeMusic President Benji Rogers]

Apple recently made waves with the announced launch of their new Apple Music services. PledgeMusic co-founder and President Benji Rogers says it’s a seismic shift that means great things for both artists and fans. Original Post Written By Benji Rogers on Pledge Music Blog Two days ago, one of my...

How to Get 8 Million Plays on YouTube Without Selling Out - Vincent Jacob AKA Yard of Blondes

“He said, ‘Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do.’ I took that to heart. I said, ‘O.K., then that’s what I’m going to do.’ Jerry Seinfeld, recalling advice that David Letterman gave him in 1988 when he had just made a deal to do...

A Musician’s Guide To PledgeMusic: How To Run A Campaign For Your Upcoming Album

I’m now thirty days into a PledgeMusic campaign to fund my first new album in five years. The following article combines my own thoughts on building and running a (hopefully) successful campaign with excerpts from an interview with Benji Rogers, the founder and president of PledgeMusic. Guest Post by Chris...

‘Agent Carter’ Composer Christopher Lennertz On Crafting His Marvel-ous Spy Score

When it came to boarding ABC's Marvel limited series Agent Carter as composer, Christopher Lennertz already had the job before the cameras rolled. More specifically, he served as composer for the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter short that was included on the Avengers DVD. Show More Summary

Ex-Google, Facebook Programmers Launch Weav App To Change How Music Is Created And Consumed

Musicians, Fans And App Developers Needed To Test New Software Delivering music fits your location, activity and mood has been the goal of apps like Songza and playlists on every major music service. Weav takes an entirely new approach - variable tempo. __________________________ New app Weav hopes to do nothing...

Defining Good Social Media, Email Engagement Rates

Now that we’ve defined engagement, let’s dive into the analytics. What makes a good engagement rate? It can be hard to identify the benchmark to aim for, and it differs from platform to platform. Here are some numbers to let you know if you’re on the right track. Guest Post...

‘Picture Perfect’ Sketch Scores Direct Hit On Hot Topic: ‘SNL’

UPDATE, later Sunday AM: A commenter points out the similarity between this sketch and one from Canadian TV show This Hour Has 22 Minutes a couple of months ago: Judge for yourself:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgXj23LRI94. You had...Show More Summary

Connecting With Fans Through Messaging Apps

Communication is always a priority, you can never seem to have enough of it. It’s no wonder that messaging apps and services are continuing to see a growth trend. There are many to choose from, some you likely already use to stay in touch with friends and family. Let’s start...

Understanding Social Media Engagement

Navigating the many different social media platforms can be quite overwhelming. In addition to maintaining a presence on so many networks, you're also expected to understand how you to better connect with your audience. When looking at social analytics, there are a lot of numbers, but one of the most...

Comcast Launches Initiatives To (Finally) Fix Its Customer Service Woes

Remember Comcast’s customer rep from hell, who insisted that a subscriber answer a barrage of questions before being allowed to cancel the service? Or the customer who was fired when he complained about a series of billing snafus, and...Show More Summary

Why You Must Treat Music Like A Business

It’s the least sexy part of being an indie musician: making money. Mostly because when you’re still in the early stages as an artist, you’d much rather talk about the thousands of listens you’re getting on SoundCloud than the few hundred dollars hitting your bank account every so often. Guest...

Apple Responds To Nepal Earthquake With iTunes Fundraising Campaign

As it has for disasters including Typhoon Haiyan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Haiti and, Hurricane Sandy,Apple has launched a fundraising campaign in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. Apple will cover the transaction fees, meaning that 100% of the donation goes to the Red Cross. Since...

The suspense! The slaughter! What we learned from the download chart

It’s the anniversary that nobody is celebrating – the download chart’s 10th birthday. Here’s a rundown of its impact on the industry, and the way we buy and listen to music There was no party. Champagne went unpopped. Sombre talking heads were not wheeled out for a special on BBC Four. Show More Summary

YouTube Turns 10 Today [Official Stats]

Ten years ago today, YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim posted a boring 18 second clip of himself at the San Diego Zoo. And while Facebook and upstarts like Vessel are coming on strong, YouTube remains the dominant force in online video. The official stats: YouTube has more...

Bandsintown Connects Fans With Their Favorite Artists Through New RSViP Program

Bandsintown recently launched a new artist-to-fan connectivity initiative that selects 10 lucky fans at random who RSVP to upcoming shows, giving them and their friends free access to an ultimate VIP experience. Complete with a fast pass to cut through lines, an RSViP t-shirt, a concert poster, and a meet...

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