I used to be part of a free music magazine in Adelaide called BSide Magazine.
Every week was a hard slog to get everything done by the deadlines imposed on you plus getting advertising spots filled then getting the advertisers to pay…
In the AmplifyYou article Are music magazines dead?: The demise of print magazines, explained it says…
What are the other challenges that led to the demise of printed magazines? Are ads and search engine optimisation decreasing the quality of today’s music magazines? What does the future of music magazines look like for music?
We lasted 118 issues… No regrets!
Source: Are music magazines dead?: The demise of print magazines, explained – AmplifyYou
I’ve personally have gone through a re-investing in myself stage when it comes to gear and education and I can say first-hand that taking a punt on yourself and investing in YOU is the best thing you can do for your career.
The article “4 Smart Ways To Invest In Yourself As A Musician” which appeared on the Bandzoogle website states that…
… Investing in yourself as a musician is crucial for staying at the top of your game. The music industry is evolving at light-speed, and you should be continually striving to learn new skills and improve your craft in order to reach your music goals.
When it comes to learning new skills and investing in yourself, the hard work will pay off tenfold if you can stay motivated and dedicated.
I suggest that you read on to learn some smart ways you can invest in yourself as a musician, to help expand your skill set and nurture your creative spirit.
Source: 4 smart ways to invest in yourself as a musician | Bandzoogle Blog
I find it amazing the amount of emphasis that has been placed on the actions of social media users to determine the value or worth of an artist.
Whether it be called likes, shares, streams, subscribers or whatever a platform calls it, these user actions can be bought and sold, manipulated and fraudulently acquired.
Just go onto a freelancing platform like Fiverr and you’ll see a lot of people claiming to get you “10000 likes for $5” or some outrageous claim like that.
Recently streaming giant Spotify has announced that they will start disqualifying streams that appear to have been gamed. According to the Forbes website, it says of the matter…
The streaming company has posted an educational video on its Spotify for Artists YouTube channel outlining the issues, alerting acts to some of the warning signs and explaining that it has processes in place to spot, and then disqualify, streams that appear to have been manipulated.
Let’s see what happens here. I applaud Spotify for doing something about this but implementing these changes is going to be a challenge.
Source: Ex-Stream Measures: Spotify Clamps Down On ‘artificial Plays’