For this week’s music news digest we have focused on hand-picking a handful of inspirational reads to keep you motivated. We have also selected some updates from the pandemic world, and we’re bringing the latest news from the music streaming services. Last but not least, you can also dive into the #FixStreaming and #KeepMusicAlive campaigns that sparked some really interesting and intriguing discussions.
Here’s a well-written in-depth piece exploring the phenomenon of “New Music Friday addiction”, explaining why less might be much more when it comes to getting on playlists. The article also includes a great list of under-the-radar playlists you should be pitching to!
Check out the inspiring story of Mobile Sessions founders Christine Hufenbecher and Kenny Moran who are offering a different approach for artists to create. The pair turned an RV into a professional recording studio that can be delivered right to your doorstep.
Why does having a loyal fanbase equal a profitable and sustainable music career? How can you create a fan culture that helps you grow as an artist? This article shares some useful hands-on tips for building and cultivating a fan culture you’ll love.
Independent musicians Lilly Hiatt and Caleb Caudle share their thoughts on releasing music during the pandemic and finding new ways to promote their work. Nashville songwriter Caudle’s new album is his best selling yet, read more about his success in this Rolling Stone interview.
In this highly recommended interview, musician and artist Lillie West talks about how to take care of yourself to be more creatively healthy. She also talks about creative blocks, finding good collaborators, failures, and gaining a more positive perspective.
In this episode of the Innovating Music podcast, you can learn more about the shift in livestream viewing trends and what that means for artists and digital platforms. This episode’s guest is Fabrice Sergent, co-founder and CEO of Bandsintown.
Take part in MIDiA’s new artist survey! It’s a great opportunity to get heard and to express your hopes and concerns with the rest of the artist community. Answer questions regarding your income, where you want your career to go, how the pandemic affected your artistry and more.
A new group called Jazz Coalition is looking to help jazz musicians who rely on tour revenues over record sales due to the improvisational nature of their performances. The idea behind this new fund is to pay out-of-work musicians to produce new music while touring is not possible.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) represents 65 festivals in the UK. This week they’ve shared some staggering numbers regarding the future of the independent music sector. 98% of the members have no insurance for outbreak-related cancellations and 92% are facing shutdown without financial support.
The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW) aims to organize music workers to fight for a more just industry. The coalition mobilized more than 700 musicians who signed an open letter addressing the Congress. Artists can also voice their support by calling a hotline.
Spotify has launched a collection of useful links covering a wide range of topics such as health and wellness, financial support, tips for creative inspiration, creating online, and more to help you during these tough times.
The end is near for Google Play Music. If you’re a subscriber, you can now transfer your entire library over to YouTube Music with just a few taps. Google Play Music will be fully shut down by the end of the year, and here’s a great walkthrough to salvage your musical treasures.
Here is the latest addition to the trending lockdown-themed streaming sessions, emerging artists releasing cover versions of songs recorded in their homes. These tracks will be featured on the ‘Home Sessions’ playlist, giving developing artists a fresh way to get their voices heard.
You don’t need to fiddle with your friend’s phone and ask for their passcode every time you want to queue up a track at the next house party. Until parties are on hold, you can have fun with your quarantine mates and curate the soundtrack to your daily lives together from your own devices.
Here’s an interesting read on the Chinese video-sharing social networking giant and how it influences everything from Spotify streaming numbers to Billboard chart results. This is the first time ever that an app has had such a massive influence over the charts. How is this possible?
After #SaveOurVenues comes #KeepMusicAlive and #FixStreaming. Two new campaigns have been launched this week to fix streaming and pay musicians more. Keep Music Alive has been launched by The Musicians Union and The Ivors Academy in the UK. The campaign calls on the Government to undertake a review of streaming and to ensure that the flow of money is transparent and fair for the whole music ecosystem. The online Broken Record campaign is co-created by Tom Gray of the Mercury prize-winning band Gomez, who is also a director of the Performing Rights Society. Since the pandemic has hit everyone hard in the music industry, these initiatives are more important than ever.
Since pointing fingers is not really helpful neither for the music creatives nor for the streaming services, we were happy to see some thoughtful, in-depth articles about the complexity of this issue with concrete suggestions for how a systematic reform could be carried out.
Find out more about the new campaigns and the complicated truth about streams, facts, and stats! These articles will help you understand the complex streaming business model.