If you think that starting a music career and selling albums is an easy thing to do, you are so wrong! Actually, it’s more like working on something for a long time, but get some unexpected results every time. What’s so wrong with this music business and why independent musicians are workaholics – we are going to find more and share the useful information with you, young stars!
One time or forever
Unlike in businesses related to selling goods in-demand, music activity requires not only high quality, but also the ability to meet the customer’s preferences and understanding what kind of music the audience wants. As part of the audience, you probably know that some artists appear rapidly, rise up quickly with one or two songs, shine brightly for some time, and lose all attention as quickly as it all has begun! Some independent musicians turn up their activity again and make noticeable success in this business. But for most of such artists there is no second chance. They start working again, hoping to bring the second wave of the popularity, but they don’t get even half of the success of their first boom! Continue reading
What nobody tells you about songwriting? If you are an aspiring songwriter, you might have asked yourself this question. Are there some things that you should know before you thread this career? Is this path even worth pursuing for? Well, these queries surely need elucidation. After all, it would be bad to leave amateurs clueless and blindsided.
It is a common sight that songwriters don’t get enough training to get them started. In fact, we could say that it is formal education regarding songwriting is a rare thing. You can only get it if you enroll in music schools. Of course, we have to emphasize that not all music academies will offer such course. Continue reading
As practice shows, musicians who dream of a record contract with a label are completely unaware of what these ominous 80-100-page agreements with record companies are. A cooperation agreement with a record label is a legal agreement between an artist (or a band) and a corporation (record company).
Music production and its further sale is the basis of show business industry. First of all, any record company calculates how much money it will be possible to earn on this or that musical project. Labels constantly compete for attracting new consumers, who are actually fans of bands and performers. After making a record deal with a certain artist, the company automatically expands its sales market with the help of current and future fans of this artist. For a record company, any artist is just a means of earning money by selling a music product to the fans.
If you have decided to make a record deal, you have to be aware of all pros and cons, concerning label deals. I am going to start with positive sides. Continue reading
The modern music industry is living its tough times, and we all know that. Being a musician means, dealing with various struggles every day making money as a musician. Lots of musicians prefer to work on a day job and make music for their own pleasure. Even popular bands members in various genres usually have a day or seasonal job to pay their bills between tours and studio recording sessions. Some of them, for example, work for such services as Edu Birdie and help students all over the world as writers.
But what if you don’t want to give up your dream and making money with music becomes a matter of life and death? Well, in this case, you need to learn few main ways how to make money as a musician. Of course, the first thing you may guess is selling music on physical copies. Well, the old scheme is not working these days as you may already know. And even big names in the industry don’t make those big incomes as they had even ten years ago. Continue reading
Shows aren’t the only place to sell your band merch. While it’s important to have a merch table set up at every gig you play, you need to make the most out of every avenue you have to making money for your band.
Your band website presents a huge opportunity for engaging with and selling to your fans. As a band who is serious about their music and wants to have a successful career, you need to have a professional website and a way for fans to buy merch from you.
Having the option to sell merch on your website opens up the door to driving sales in other parts of the world where you may have fans and gives you another income source, which is another step in the right direction to building a successful and profitable music career.
So with that said, in the post I’m going to cover how to get started selling merch on your band website. I’ll cover why you need a website and ways to build one, merch ideas, how to take high-quality photos of your merch, and more. Continue reading
As songwriter’s it is important to make a brand for yourself. As an artist who want to be know and recognizable. In this article Boone Shanks share how Jackson Pollack was able to create a brand for himself. Although he is a painter the concepts will work equally well with songwriters.
We live in the times of the market, and culture also functions according to its laws. Only individual projects and their authors become its products. The popular French philosopher Derrida is the same brand as Madonna, Mercedes or McDonald’s. There is no mass and elitist culture, but there is only a marked space consisting of separate brands. For examples, you do not need to go far artists who are being sold.
Three tricks that Jackson Pollock used to sell himself at a higher price Continue reading