What’s new this week? While there are large sums of money going into COVID-19 funds, the live scene is forced to be on hold for what seems to be a really long time. What does this mean for the independent music industry and the music industry in general? On a positive note, independent artists are making more music than ever. And we have some great free tools to share that will inspire you to make even more. We’ve also collected some thought-provoking articles and interesting news for your reading pleasure.
Digital Mirage brought together the electronic music world for a weekend. The online festival showcased 51 artists performing over three days and raised over $300,000 for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
With a special focus on New York, New Orleans, Puerto Rico, and some marginalized communities, the Coronavirus philanthropist trio steps up to aid relief efforts with seven-figure donations. It would be even better if Jay-Z wouldn’t be issuing severe pay cuts across most of his own company, Roc Nation.
Record Store Day 2020 was supposed to be this Saturday, 18th April. The event has been delayed due to the pandemic, but the organizers are encouraging vinyl lovers to support their local record stores by purchasing a record that’s missing from their collection.
TikTok is pitching in with a series of relief funds and initiatives to support struggling individuals and businesses. In total, TikTok is pledging $375 million: $250 million in funds, $100 million in ad credits, and $25 million in ad space for public health information.
The critically acclaimed documentary explores the influence of NYC indie record store Other Music, a prominent hub of music culture for 20 years. Half of the virtual cinema release profits will benefit temporarily closed record stores and theaters.
Africa is no exception when it comes to being negatively affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Music streaming giant Apple Music launched the ‘Stream Local’ initiative to support South African artists. This means featured playlists promoting various genres, artists and new music.
A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) and RoadNation, a platform designed to bring artists and fans together on the road are launching a new program that helps independent artists to monetize their livestream performances.
UK labels and streaming services are providing additional funds for musicians in need. The project is coordinated by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), and the funding comes on top of all the individual company initiatives to help artists.
SEK 50 million has been set aside for advance payments to help songwriters, composers and music publishers. Rightsholders who received at least SEK 10,000 from STIM during 2019 can apply for an advance payment of a maximum of SEK 200,000 per applicant.
Independent concert promoters and venue operators from the US are gearing up to lobby Congress and the White House for federal support. Counting more than 450 venues as members, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) teamed up with Rev. Moose of branding and marketing firm Marauder.
Australia’s live music sector gets vital emergency support from the government. The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts pledges A$27 million in funding, targeting three specific and vulnerable fields.
Tokyo-based Qrates is a marketplace where artists can create on-demand vinyl records directly for music fans. To help you get your music out there and into your fans’ hands, they are offering 100 free records for your next project.
Social distancing seems to fuel independent musicians with inspiration when it comes to creating and releasing new music, and we couldn’t be happier to read about this! While big labels are postponing releases, the independent sector is booming with record volumes being released on digital platforms.
After the initial dip in numbers, UK streaming consumption has returned to growth – 7.1% increase compared to the prior week. Since physical distribution is threatened by the lockdown, music streaming services are driving consumption.
While dozens of festivals have been canceled, just as many have only been postponed to later this year. Experts are now warning that might not be the right approach and that large gatherings will be the last to return once things get back to normal.
The Swedish government has put a ban on all public gatherings and events with more than 50 people. But how about 40 people? Plan B, a small venue in Malmö, in the south of Sweden, decided that the show must go on.
If you’re self-isolating like the rest of us, you are probably starved for some meaningful human contact. Or at least you’re missing jamming with your mates. Here are some great free apps for sharing ideas with your friends and making music together!
Enjoy this massive pack of free premium drum samples supported by the Berklee College of Music, SAE Institute, Jean-Marie Horvat (producer of Beyonce, Timbaland, Trey Songz, Justin Timberlake) and more!
Cymatics is feeling generous and this extensive collection should keep you busy for the coming months. Access 1000’s of free samples, presets, and more for your music production. Hip-hop, ambient, dubstep, future bass, trap, house… they have it all!
The Music Ally team invites special guests to discuss current music-industry topics in their upcoming weekly panel on Zoom (BTW, have you tried the potato filter yet?). You need to register in order to participate, but it’s for free!
Global digital rights management platform Songtrust has just launched a weekly workshop webinar series on music publishing. Soak up all the knowledge to help your music career. The workshop is free but you must register to participate.
You might be familiar with SubmitHub if you’ve ever tried to submit your music to blogs, record labels, radio stations, Spotify playlist curators and YouTube or Soundcloud channels. The submission process might be intimidating, so here are some great tips to maximize results while minimizing your budget.
Here’s a great article by entertainment attorney and music industry professor Karl Fowlkes about clearing samples, deciding if it’s worth it and how to actually do it. Sampling has been somewhat of a grey area for many, so it’s time to learn some more about it!
A super interesting read about the science behind creating the right playlist with music that actually boosts your productivity. This step-by-step guide uses some tricks from music therapy, feel free to try it at home!
While DJ fees have been skyrocketing in recent years, producers are struggling to make a sustainable income from making music. What’s wrong with the current system? Would a fee-sharing model be a good solution? Here’s a great article showcasing the opinions of various actors from the scene.
Good question. Find the answer in this remarkable Pitchfork article!