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The Music Biz Academy: Music Business 101

Music Business 101:
Making Music Your Life
At the Music Business Academy, we have two primary goals: first, we aim to teach musicians how to use the Internet to their financial advantage, whether that means using the Net to sell more CDs, ‘get the word out,’ or simply to make some extra cash. Secondly, we aim to arm musicians with all the information they need to move their music career forward in the ‘real’ world, with or without a major label record deal. Browse our huge directory of original music business articles and tips, or get help with planning strategies for effective music promotion on the Internet!

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I Get Emails…. Boy, Do I Get Emails!
Today I’m going to share with you a response I wrote to a well-intentioned guy who was clearly very passionate about getting some artists he’d found into the mainstream. He was fairly polite, and even though he had no idea how to write or talk to a music industry professional… I felt kinda sorry for him.

Streaming Royalties Suck Now, but Just Wait
Spotify et al are still relatively new companies and services. Whenever any new digital music company launches; musicians, labels etc. think they are some kind of instant savior that will make all artists and labels finally rich and famous. But how can that be?

The Importance of a YouTube Channel for Your Music Business
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. We all know that social media marketing is the way forward. But if you’re involved in music, there is really only one social network you should be using. YouTube is booming in popularity – 3 billion hours of video are watched every month – so if you’re not sharing videos, you’re missing out. Article by Djembe Drum Shop.

Hiring a Music Attorney: Some Insider Tips
If you are seeking a career in the music business, there will most likely come a time when consulting with an attorney will be helpful. As an attorney myself for over twenty years, I have observed over the years many attorneys working with their clients, and I have seen many attorney-client relationships work and not work. I want to discuss here, completely candidly, what I believe what you should know about hiring an attorney and working successfully with that attorney. Article by Bart Day.

Money for Your Music: Facts About Music Licensing
Where music meets licensing, there’s money to be made. How much money? We have all read about the multi-million-dollar deals for icon bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, but what about the money for the rest of us?  Article by The G-Man.

How to Double Your Music Business Income
Want more money from your music business? Sure… But that would involve a lot more work, right? Not really…  In fact, you probably are already doing the work; you’re just leaving money on the table. Article by David Hooper.

Making a Living From Just Your Music
Can it be done? Can it really be done? The answer is yes. I’ve been doing it. I’ve been making a living from music for the last seven years now. Living the dream. Doing music full time. Commentary by David Nevue.

See Also: The Four Fronts of Your Music Career and Internet Promotion 101.

Have an article or commentary about the music industry that will help and/or encourage independent musicians?
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“I’ve been promoting my music on the Internet since 1995. I’m now doing music full time. I didn’t need a record label to accomplish that. I did it on my own, by the grace of God, and in fact, I really don’t care if my music ever is ‘discovered’ by a major record label. What I do care about is the fans who listen to my music every day, how it touches their lives, and how it brings them joy. I get such encouragement from my fans, email from people I’ve never met from all around the world. And now I’m able to work from home, write my music, and spend more time with my wife and beautiful little boy.
That is my definition of success.” – David Nevue, author of How to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet.

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