Even though we keep riding the social distancing waves as we slowly head into May, there’s a lot going on in the music industry. This week we bring the latest headlines revolving around the ‘C’ word, we have exciting updates from the music streaming services, and we also share some inspiring stories that will brighten up your weekend.
In 2019, the independent music sector was the fastest-growing segment of the music market. According to new data, musicians without record labels are still flourishing in the lockdown listening era. DIY seems to be the way to go, read the article to find out why.
We’re grateful for the fact that mental health doesn’t seem to be the elephant in the room anymore. Musicians being open about their struggles is now more important than ever, and this article shares some inspiring and encouraging stories straight from the source.
Due to the impacts of the pandemic, over 500 independent venues are at risk of permanent closure in the UK. The Music Venue Trust launched a crowdfunding campaign to take action and help these grassroots venues.
Dozens of musicians and artists from Louisville, Kentucky joined forces to collaborate on a charity single completely recorded remotely. All proceeds from the single will benefit the city’s COVID-19 response fund.
If you’re eligible for government funding through the CARES Act but missed out on the first round, soon you’ll have the chance to have another go at it! Billboard sums up everything you need to know about the application process.
The economic crisis is slowly creating a new wave of royalty options for musicians and songwriters who are yet to see a dime from the publishers and performance rights collection agencies. Financial companies are jumping in to help – and here’s what you need to know.
The astronomical attendance during Travis Scott’s first Astronomical concert in Fortnight set a new record for both the rapper and the popular battle royale game. 12.3 million tuned in for the premiere, and after five shows the number has climbed up to 27.7 million unique viewers.
Independent music companies association IMPALA proposed a ten-step ‘recovery roadmap’ to boost growth through music and cultural industries in Europe. The roadmap showcases financial and non-financial tools to increase liquidity.
Major concert promoters, venue managers, and show producers joined forces to request federal aid and secure the future of the live entertainment industry. The letter addressed to Congress calls for expanding the Paycheck Protection Act for mid-sized businesses.
Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine boss Scooter Braun are at it once again. The new album called ‘Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008’ was recorded when Swift was 18. According to the singer, she was not even aware of the release until her fans brought it to her attention, let alone approve it. Although it’s obviously scandalous, there is a lot to learn from this cat-mouse game when it comes to making some really bad record deals that should be avoided.
Music marketplace and streaming service Bandcamp is planning to waive its sales fee on several dates in the coming months. Make sure you do some shopping on May 1, June 3, and July 3 – the first Friday of each month.
According to Facebook’s latest announcement, the social media giant is planning to add the ability for pages to charge for access to live events. This includes concerts, performances, classes, and professional conferences. This could be a gamechanger for musicians!
Available in select countries, the new in-app donation feature allows creators to raise funds for charities such as The British Red Cross and Help Musicians. TikTok will be matching users’ donations until May 27, 2020. Instagram is working on a similar feature.
Similar to Spotify For Artists and Apple Music For Artists, Amazon Music has launched its own analytics platform for musicians. The new feature allows users to dig into stats and get to know their audience.
Here is some inspiration from Spotify for making the most out of your social media channels to reach your fans. Learn how to share your music on Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Snapchat, and more.
Citizen DJ is an open-source hip-hop project consisting of 3 million sound recordings that you can edit directly in your browser. Feel free to play around and create your own remixes of these royalty-free audio clips.
If you’re looking into learning some new skills, check out these generously extended trials of Steinberg’s most popular music software. Try Cubase, Dorico, and WaveLab Elements for 60 days free of charge.
Here are some great tips on how to put on an awesome virtual show, since that’s what we are doing these days. Some pro tricks from livestreamers on how to bring the club to the living room and how to deal with technical difficulties.
Check out the inspiring quarantine story of singer-songwriter Amanda Shires and her bandmates who decided to keep playing live music on a daily basis and pretend like they are still on tour. Intimate community building at its best!
Cyber PR put together a useful list of online tools that could possibly be helpful for independent musicians to make some cash during these tough times. Create a virtual tip jar on Instagram, ask for a contribution or sell tickets to your live streams, they are all worth a try!
The 27-year-old songwriter-producer is planning to write and record her new album ‘How I’m Feeling Now’ from scratch. The pop star is crowd-sourcing ideas and even involving her fans to create artwork, videos, and remixes.
Independent record stores are struggling to make ends meet, and while some had the opportunity to pivot to digital sales, others are not able to keep the wheels turning. Tune in to this podcast episode to find out more about the record stores’ battle for survival.
Wendy Day is an entrepreneur and author with three decades of experience in the music industry. As the founder of Rap Coalition, she helped pull numerous hip-hop out of unfair deals and educated them on the music industry. Listen to this podcast episode where she discusses the importance of having a basic understanding of the music biz.