29 06, 2020

Beat the Songwriting Blues: 5 ways to cure writer’s block and become a better songwriter

By |2020-07-01T09:46:27-04:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Guest Author|Tags: , , , |

There is nothing more frustrating as a songwriter than sitting down to pen your next single only to come up empty at the end of the day because inspiration never came. During the age of the independent musician, it is more important than ever to make the best use of our increasingly smaller amount of songwriting time as we wear many hats. To help beat those songwriting blues, here are five ways to overcome [...]

26 06, 2020

Covers: Copyright or Copy-wrong?

By |2020-06-28T07:08:22-04:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Guest Author|Tags: , , |

Disclaimer: This is an overview of licensing and copyrighting, for reference – not legal advice. Copyright Copyright law is a minefield and failure to play by the rules can land you in hot water. There are many myths and misconceptions about what is and isn’t allowed and the law differs considerably between the UK and US. For example, the US operates “Fair Use”, while the UK abides by “Fair Dealing”. This means that while [...]

8 06, 2020

Five Top Tips To Become A DIY PR Pro

By |2020-06-28T07:09:05-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Guest Author|Tags: , , , , |

by Laura Jenkins @LauraYourForte “Marketing is telling everyone you’re great in bed; Public Relations (PR) is getting someone else to say it.” PR is a powerful tool for anyone hoping to build their audience organically through a presence in the media (i.e. print & online publications, blogs, TV, and radio). It is often deemed more valuable than marketing seeing as anyone can buy an ad for self-promotion but convincing a journalist with a great [...]

29 07, 2019

Clickasnap is Perfect for Bands, Record Labels and Concert Photographers, here’s why

By |2019-07-29T10:42:42-04:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: DIY Music Business, Guest Author, Sponsor|Tags: , , , |

One good reason is that photo views earn money on Clickasnap! Should Indie Bands and Record Labels Add Photo Sharing Services from Clickasnap to their Online Arsenal? Images and Photos Everywhere As we all know, photos are a major part of getting your band recognised. Every blog post, Youtube video, Instagram account and band website are covered in photos taken of the band and their interests. But isn’t it time that bands started earning [...]

15 07, 2019

How to Get More Free Views on Facebook

By |2020-06-28T07:20:35-04:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Official, Tips|Tags: , , , |

I will try to help you get more free views on Facebook for 2019/2020 in this short article. You are not alone in your struggle to be heard or at least feel noticed. Getting to that is a process of understanding your following. Knowing what works and what doesn’t will certainly help a lot! Thankfully there are tools to help you find out, Facebook (Insights) and Twitter (Analytics).   I am going to help [...]

20 06, 2019

Releasing an EP, how do you do it?

By |2019-07-05T05:46:20-04:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: DIY Music Business, Exclusively for Subscribers, Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

Releasing an EP: Making music may be an art form, but releasing it into the world and doing your utmost to make it sell-able is pretty easy to define. Let's assume you're a fairly established band with a fan base of sorts, but have never released, or recorded an EP before. What's the first thing you should do? I'm betting you're thinking 'Hit the studio?'? Nope. You need to do some customer facing trials, [...]

19 06, 2019

Should you ever give your music away for free?

By |2019-07-05T05:51:38-04:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: DIY Music Business, Exclusively for Subscribers, Tips|

As a record label owner, we often have bands come to us and ask to record an EP and a single, with the aim of giving the single away for free, to encourage people to buy the EP. Our answer was always no.  In the age of the internet, anyone can make music, and put it online in any one of hundreds of places. Unfortunately, for most musicians, this has led to a race [...]

18 06, 2019

Three Key Foundations for your Future in the Music Business

By |2020-06-28T07:12:49-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business|Tags: , , |

Your Future in the Music Business. You've got your band, you've been playing together for years and you've all decided to really give it a go to hit the big time. What do you need to do to give yourself the best chance of this happening from a business perspective? The vast majority of bands that we have come across in our time are 'all about the music'. This is fine if you're happy [...]