There’s money to be made in music, but the hustle will run you ragged if you’re not also pursuing it for something of more value than money.
To what end are you hustling for? If you’re not being creatively satisfied, having fun, or working with people you enjoy, there are easier ways to earn a living.
I couldn’t agree more… There needs to be more to the hustle of a music career than just making money.
From my own personal experience, being burnt out through music is not a very pleasant experience.
Source: Why, when, and how to build a team for your music career – Blog | Splice
In addition to all the heartache last year wrought, the list of notable musicians and producers who died in 2021 is extensive, with a host of innovators, groundbreakers, and icons joining their departed brethren at the eternal post-gig party.
Grieving… It never gets any easier.
Source: Musicians Who Died In 2021 | Disc Makers Blog
Now is the perfect time to revamp that EPK and get it up to par so that as soon as you begin seeking new press placements, booking your next tour, or reaching out to festivals, you have everything you need to stand out.
So, what should every EPK have?
Source: 6 EPK Must-Haves | ReverbNation Blog
Brian Hazard from Color Theory has been one of those quiet achievers just getting on with the job of putting out music.
I read his blogs and view his YouTube videos whenever they come across my radar and I’m impressed with his methodical consistency and overall quality of his releases.
He has now documented his secret to his methodical consistency, his music release checklist.
He states in his article that…
I’ve been releasing a new track every 4-6 weeks for some time now, and I daresay I’ve got it down to a science.
He certainly has and I for one am so glad I have an insight (through this article) into his step by step approach to releasing his music. This is well worth a read.
Source: My Single Release Checklist — Passive Promotion
Are the world’s biggest music markets headed towards an era where streaming growth plateaus, in the same way it has in the ‘early adopter’ Scandinavian territories?
The latest data, at least on a volume basis, suggests so.
It will be interesting to see what happens with streaming goes in the next 12 months but I think that the concept of “live streaming” gigs instead of live music in venues will rise but that’s for another article 🙂
Source: The brakes have been slammed on audio streaming’s growth in the UK. Is the US next? – Music Business Worldwide
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and New Years break. It’s now time to get back into the swing of things for 2022.
This time of year has traditionally been the time of year to get out your butchers paper and plan out the year ahead. A big part of this planning is the (re)setting of goals to achieve for the year.
This Cyber PR article Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals really gets to the nitty-gritty of how to best set goals and to achieve them by outlining the steps needed.
The article explains that…
Goal-setting is an important factor in achieving desired results. Without goals in mind, you will be working aimlessly and without a determined future in mind. Most people set goals at the beginning of the year, but you can set them at any time!
Personally, I found this article a great reminder of the importance of goal setting and the best ways to achieve them.
Source: Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals – Cyber PR Music
… here are 22 things the music business really needs to stop doing or to fix before the calendar flips over into 2023.
A great list here, right on the money.
Read it, absorb it and do it (if you have the power to make change).
Source:Catch ’22: A Complete* List Of Absolutely Everything The Music Business Needs To Fix Or Get Rid Of In 2022 (*Almost) – Music Business Worldwide
I tend to do my work in silence but from time to time I put on some music in the background and I find that my focus is a lot clearer and distractions become less… Distracting.
My preference is more ambient music, music that doesn’t get in the way of my concentration but when it comes to a preference in music to study or work to, it’s different strokes for different folks.
In the recent post on the Last Minute Musicians Blog titled “How Different Types Of Music Affect Student Learning,” it states that…
You’re probably aware that music can influence your attitude, activity level, and drive if you’ve ever turned up the music to liven up your Saturday home cleaning. But do you know how music impacts us from a scientific perspective? And did you know that studying while playing music has multiple advantages?
After reading this blog post I certainly became familiar with the different impacts and advantages.
Source: How Different Types of Music Affect Student Learning – Last Minute Musicians Blog
Adele continues to break records, with her just-released fourth album 30 earning the highest selling first week for any album in Australia since 2017.
Her first album since 2015’s 25, 30 debuted atop the ARIA Albums Chart with lead single ‘Easy On Me’ simultaneously topping the ARIA Singles Chart.
Nine other songs from 30 also debuted in the singles chart, with ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Can I Get It’ both cracking the Top 10.
WOW! Is there anything that Adele can’t do? I guess that’s the power of a great song, minimal production and a voice that needs no autotune to cut it.
Source: Adele lands highest selling first week album in Australia since 2017
The new COVID-19 “Omicron” variant has the potential to put the spanner in the plans to open everything up in Australia. The fears have been summed up by this article: States on target to open up live music despite Omicron
Has the Australian live sector’s confidence of a mini-boom heading into summer been thwarted by the emergence of the new Omicron strain?
It’s still early days but for now, but most states remain on target to open music venues, nightclubs and music festivals to the “new normal”.
Source: States on target to open up live music despite Omicron concerns