Music Industry Tips
New Low For Music: Paying Fans To Hear Songs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010 17:49


If I offered to pay you $35 to listen to my new single, would you consider? What if, instead, I offered you the chance to win the dollar amount—in exchange for your email? Tempted to fork it up? Well, you’re not the only one. Over the last few days, the UK pop duo The Reclusive Barclay Brothers, has been running a promotional campaign that aims to incentivize fans for listening to their music.

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RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 July 2010 16:20

We recently had a fun post about Hollywood accounting, about how the movie industry makes sure even big hit movies "lose money" on paper. So how about the recording industry? Well, they're pretty famous for doing something quite similar. Reader Jay pointed out in the comments an article from The Root that goes through who gets paid what for music sales, and the basic answer is not the musician. That report suggests that for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40.

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Less Than 5 Percent Of Independent Artists Make A Living. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 July 2010 19:53

Over ninety five percent of musicians don't make enough money to live on.

A survey of over 200 musicians, DJs, producers and bands found that while record sales are down, they are making up the shortfall through merchandise and live performances. However almost a quarter (23%) actually lose money on their musical endeavours, and less than five percent of them made a living. 72 percent reported making a small profit, but not enough to live on

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30 Tips For The Typical Musician PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 July 2010 00:16

For those of us who embrace shades of mediocrity, here are some tips for becoming a typical musician:

Practice

  • Practice one hour a day. However, feel free to skip practice if there is something more interesting going on.
  • Play the same piece over and over again. Never try to deconstruct the music and figure out how and why it works.
  • Convince yourself that taking music lessons is out of the question, since all your favourite musicians were self taught.
  • Use only tabs and chord charts to learn new songs. Never try to figure it out by ear, it’s simply too frustrating.
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How to REALLY Get Your Music on Blogs: Crafting a Killer Pitch Letter PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 July 2010 21:35

Writing an excellent pitch letter is really an art form in itself. Popular music bloggers receive TONS of e-mail daily, and it’s impossible for most of them to read and respond to every single submission that they get from an artist. So how do you stand out in the crowd, and make sure that bloggers open up YOUR e-mail while scanning their inboxes?

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