Sweden’s Music Sampling Startup Tracklib Raises $1.7M from Sony and WndrCo

June 4, 2019 | Music Business

Stockholm-based Tracklib, the world’s first record store with songs for sampling, raised $1.7 million to act on its ambitious plan to expand its user base and recording catalog. The round was joined by Sony Innovation Fund; WndrCo; and Jörg Mohaupt, […]

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Being the No. 1 Decision-Maker: Noname’s Independent Grind

May 13, 2019 | DIY Artists

When Chicago rapper Noname first appeared on “Lost” off Chance the Rapper’s second mixtape, Acid Rap, little did she know that she would evolve to become one of the leading figures in the independent music movement 5 years later. Asked […]

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How Much do Record Labels Spend on Marketing their Artists?

May 8, 2019 | Music Business

Whether you’re getting signed to a major record label or independent record label, breaking a new artist can be a costly business. Unless you’re an independent artist who has already established a solid fanbase and you’re partnering up with a […]

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How do Independent Artists Make Money Without a Record Label?

May 7, 2019 | DIY Artists

Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine, wrote a very influential essay back in 2008 on the notion of 1,000 true fans. “To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions […]

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Useful Marketing Resources for Independent Artists On a Budget

May 6, 2019 | Digital Marketing

Like nearly any other independent artist, it is likely that you find yourself in a tough situation in terms of budgeting. If you want to be serious about making a long-term career for yourself in music, then you need to […]

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Independent Artists: Taking the Time for Mental Health

May 6, 2019 | Mental Health

As a musician, it’s likely that you see yourself as someone expected to impress and to express. You are supposed to be iron willed and quick quitted. You should be able to give people new information and express intensive ideas […]

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Connecting Music and Mental Health: Benefits for the Mind

May 6, 2019 | Mental Health

As an independent artist, you will know yourself how easy it is to feel down in the dumps. Like your music contributes nothing to the wider world. You will often spend a lot of time wondering what you even bring […]

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A Guide to Successfully Launching Your Next Release

May 6, 2019 | Music Promotion

For any artist, the most exciting time of your career is likely to be on the build-up to a release. The hype, the marketing, seeing your face in places you never thought you would. The interviews, the build-up and all […]

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Interview With Rich Lock, Director of Design Agency Devolution Designs

May 3, 2019 | Interviews

Rich Lock is the Director of design agency, Devolution Designs, founded out of a passion for music and design. The company provides professional design services for the music and associated industries, including graphic design, website design and branding. We spoke to […]

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Global Music Community Wins the Rights to the .MUSIC Domain Extension

April 23, 2019 | Music Business

DotMusic Limited (www.music.us) announces that their global music community application for the .MUSIC registry prevailed. ICANN will award DotMusic the rights to the .MUSIC top-level domain name extension and move to contracting soon. Other applicants for .MUSIC included global companies, […]

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CD Baby & Audible Magic Team Up to Ensure Quality Partnership with Artists and Music Services

April 17, 2019 | Music Distribution

Artist service provider CD Baby is partnering with Audible Magic – the music industry’s go-to expert in digital content identification, licensing, and monetization – to increase content protection for artists and labels. As part of the partnership, CD Baby will […]

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URSA Reimagines Streaming Music for a New Artist-Centric Era

April 17, 2019 | Streaming

What would a streaming service look like, if hard-nosed but optimistic professional musicians built it? It would look like URSA, a platform that weds artist-focused engagement, commerce, and context with an intuitive, high-quality listener experience. URSA is the only streaming […]

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