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Mar. 16th, 2018

What Is Artist Development?

The concept of Artist Development began half a century ago with departments of record labels dedicated to cultivating an artist or group’s talent, and profiting from the results through a contract that has come to be known as the “360 Deal.” Modern artist development, however, is different. What used to be done by entire departments, has become the responsibility of the artist. “These kids today are not protecting a franchise. They’re trying to build one. That difference in mindset is huge.” Modern Artist Development In a guest post for Billboard, President of REN Management, Steve Rennie (who’s worked with Incubus, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Ozzy Osbourne, and

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Mar. 6th, 2018

5 Tips & Tools For Avoiding Artist Burnout 

Burnouts are creativity killers. They can make your music sound forced. To continue to develop as an artist, follow these tips. 1. Take Breaks  This should be a no-brainer but it’s something passionate professionals in every field forget—and forget often. You get so involved in a project that you forget to eat, maybe forget about your laundry that’s piling up in the corner, or even forget to keep an appointment. Don’t drop that level of dedication (it’s what will keep you pushing through the hard times when you’ll think about giving up) but learn when to step back and take a breath so you don’t completely burn out. If you’re the type to get lost in your work, try the Pomodo

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Mar. 1st, 2018

Why Touring Will Be Your Biggest Source Of Revenue

Touring is important for any artist because you are able to establish yourself within cities where current and potential fans live. When artists first start out, it can be easier to tour as an opening act for a more popular band – either because you’re not well known enough to fill a venue or you don’t have enough music to play an entire show. But if you’re smart about producing music, you’ll be headlining in no time. However, touring is also important because it is the best way to make money as an artist today. More and more people are streaming music now which means you won’t be selling a lot of records in the coming years. Selling merchandise can be successful, but in the lon


Feb. 9th, 2018

5 People You Meet in the Music Industry & How to Deal with Them

The longer you stay in the business, the more you’ll encounter specific types of people—some good, some bad. It’s important for an artist still learning the ins and outs of the music industry to be able to recognize the archetypes, and how to properly react to them. Below are 5 common types of people you’ll meet in music, how they operate, and how to avoid (or find) them. The Scammer Scammers pop up in every industry where people are desperate enough to fall for their tricks. I’ve talked before about peeping their game. The easiest way to spot a scammer is by asking yourself: Does this sound too good to be true? Scammers play on artists’ common weaknesses: wanting to be liked,



Feb. 5th, 2018

Finding The Right Recording Studio

Where you choose to record your music can be as important to your sound as the music itself. No matter how or where you start, consider a professional recording space when you’re looking to take your music to the next level. There are a lot of myths and assumptions surrounding studio’s, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for and what won’t work for you. Aspects of booking a studio session to keep in mind: Budget The first thing you need to consider when finding the right recording studio is whether or not your budget is ready for the expense. If you don’t know how much time you’ll need to record, chances are you’ll need to estimate longer-than-average session times

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Jan. 21st, 2018

5 Networking Necessities

1. Establish a relationship first Don’t jump into the situation asking for favors straightaway – chances are this won’t work out to your benefit. More than likely the person you’re asking has experienced this on a number of occasions and it’s frustrating for them. Author, journalist and producer, Raymond Arroyo believes “… effective networking is done face-to-face, building a rapport with someone by looking at them in the eye, leading to a solid connection and foundational trust.” Show genuine interest in their personal and work endeavors. Doing this will prove your intentions are sincere and in turn, create a positive starting point to build upon. Understanding the dif


Jan. 18th, 2018

Use Lyric Videos as Promotion Between Album/Track Releases

Every single band that has ever stepped foot in a studio has tried to make a music video for at least one of their songs. Nowadays that’s easier than ever for artists–as well as their fans. Thanks to YouTube, a new type of music video is as popular as the original: lyric videos. Anybody with a basic movie-making program on their laptop can smash one together in less than a day’s work. However, with a little bit more work – some well-done graphics and interesting effects – even this type of video can hype fans up for an artist’s new content. Fans are always looking for their next music high and when they know a new release is on the horizon, anything they can get their h


Jan. 18th, 2018

Starting A Record Label: Part 2

10 Things Record Label Owners Need To Know   To catch up on Part One, click here.   Consider distribution. Will you release music digitally or put out CDs too? Digital is easy. Your artists are probably doing that already. Physical distribution on the other hand is HARD to secure because distributors rarely want to work with labels seen as “high risk” due to a lack of proven sales. Make sure the business side of the label is fully established and that your artists have sizable fanbases before you approach distributors about partnerships. Doing this gives you better leverage when striking a deal (and assures you’re not giving away huge percentages of your profit). LVRN


Jan. 12th, 2018

7 Deadly Sins Of The Music Industry

There are a few things in the music industry that will kill your career faster than a Lil Pump song. Here are the 7 Deadly Sins to avoid as you build a name for yourself in the music business. 1. Being late (it’s never fashionable). This mistake can easily ruin your reputation and, unfortunately, it’s something that may pop up on you unexpectedly. This is an industry that moves at light speed and no one has time to wait for an artist who’s still trying to break into it. That’s why you have to plan for everything. And always arrive at least fifteen minutes early to meetings, sounds checks, studio time, interviews, etc. 2. Taking the easy way out. Whether we’re talking about