Biz: Reference articles & interviews on music business topics like copyright law, performing rights organizations, fan-funding, etc.
Without a doubt Amanda Palmer is a tour du force in the music industry, constantly breaking away from industry norms while creating new and impressive ways to thrive artistically. However, what I’m finding more interesting than Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign is the launch of her LoanSpark Collective and the term she’s coined “Creative Interest.”
If you’re in a band that does a large repertoire of songs or regularly performs out in bars and local clubs, you may be interested in seeking out some higher-profile gigs as an independently contracted musician/band.
You may have heard of the reality show Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel of investors, or 'sharks.' These 'sharks' decide whether the entrepreneurs' ideas are worth their investment. Tom Callahan, manager of southern Californian rock band Cab 20, saw this as an opportunity to explore an alternative way of funding the band's music.
Sarah Saturday is an accomplished musician, web designer, and Warped Tour veteran, but most notably she's the founder of the Earn It Yourself movement. As staunch believers in the DIY ethos, we've followed the evolution of EIY and were psyched to finally catch up with Sarah to talk about the project.
Touring as a musician on a shoestring budget is hard enough, but things really get tough when you have to return home from your tour with no steady job lined up. After all, the chances of you finding a job that allows you to come and go as you please for the purpose of touring is slim.
Music placement in film, television, and advertisements has quickly become a significant revenue source for musicians and the music industry. Most importantly, it has become a new platform for A&R and allows the opportunity for relatively unknown artists to break.