A Guide to Free and Affordable Music for Serious Music Artists

So, you've made a grand decision. You've decided to take all the lyrics you've been scribbling in that old spotted composition notebook and finally put some music behind them for the world to hear! But now what? You already know that you need to connect with a music producer. But maybe you do not have…

So, you've made a grand decision. You've decided to take all the lyrics you've been scribbling in that old spotted composition notebook and finally put some music behind them for the world to hear! But now what? You already know that you need to connect with a music producer. But maybe you do not have thousands of dollars to pay for a producer for tracks. You do not have that label backing yet. Maybe you are a little intimidated by the thought of asking a music producer for free music. The question is “how can you get free or affordable music within your budget from today's music producer?”

Today, there are basically two ways to connect with a producer, physically or virtually. When physically connecting with a producer – there are a few things that can pave the way to free / affordable music and a successful music career.

Artist Development. If you know, or have met a producer, ask them if they are currently seeking a music artist to develop, or need a writer to write songs / concepts to their music. Sometimes, a producer could be seeking to develop a music artist and may waive charges and fees in order to build something that has an even greater return on investment. In this case, it may help to have a demo, or be prepared to show them what you have to offer. Always present yourself as a professional music artist.

Be willing to pay. Fact of life: Producers are always more willing to cater to paying artists . Producers may automatically “tune” you out if you do not seem to have anything to offer. Money can be a starting point towards a better relationship. A willingness to pay for the producer's product can earn their respect and show that you are willing to invest in your dream. Bringing a dream to reality takes investments. There may come a time where you may catch a break, due to your hard work and customer loyalty. If the producer's fee looks too high, ask if they're willing to work out a payment plan. This shows the producer you are serious, and in turn they will be more inclined to take you seriously. (It's also a good idea to already be saving money up if you anticipate buying tracks, be prepared).

Already have a buzz. If you are sufficient enough to have a verifiable buzz when you approach a producer, they may see the value of working with you. In this instance, the exposure is good for both parties. This may be a ticket to get some free production of the strength of your reputation, a reward for the work you've already put in.

The Internet has spawned much opportunity and it's easier than ever to get the music to make your dreams as a music artist come true. One-way is to use a search engine, and type in ” free beats “. You can even tailor this search attempt and enter a specific genre, such as EDM, Rap, etc. Believe it or not, there are a plethora of virtual music producers who offer access to “free beat” catalogs online and allow artists to use their music for their own personal projects / demos. The music is usually delivered instantly. When exercising this option, be sure to understand the terms in which the producers are allowing you to use their music. Many times, in these situations, the producer is allowing you to use their music under a non-exclusive license, meaning that you are not the only one who can use the track, and although free, there may still be limitations that apply in regards to its usage.

Searching on a search engine for free beats may seem appealing, but maybe you want something more unique. Maybe you'd like to work with an online producer that offers a production style that's more polished or mainstream. You can still utilize the search engines to seek out these producers and you will likely encounter the lease / exclusive sales business structure ( music licensing ). In these cases, the producer will allow an artist the option of using or “leasing” a track (s) non-commercially for an affordable upfront fee, or exclusively owning the track (s) (for profit-use, usually with less or no limits but significantly higher producer fee). The lease option typically results in instant download access to a track. The exclusive purchase will ensure no one else may use the track, after the sale and the artist is free to use the track for commercially. Be sure to contact the producer for specific details on licensing rights though, licensing policies may vary. Many online producers also offer email subscriptions and once subscribed, you may periodically receive discounts, updates and even free music.

Some key things to remember:

• When dealing with music producers, always conduct yourself as a professional artist and understand it's a business .

• Money always helps a producer take you more seriously; A paying artist will always have a better product. Money's a motivator!

• Ask about possible payment plans. Cut larger numbers down to help you get what you want, if you really want it.

• Understand why you are paying. Producing music is a skill, as is writing lyrics; both take time and effort. Everyone who puts in the work should be paid accordingly.

• Producer practices may vary, always be willing to communicate to reduce misunderstandings. This goes both-ways.

• You may catch a break sometimes; always have your eyes open to recognize these opportunities.

CD Manufacturing – Readiness Checklist

Planning Your Album Release As the old saying goes, “Fail to plan, Plan to fail.” Unless you have a huge and dedicated fan base, the world needs to know about your upcoming album release or launch day or you may get a poor turn-out at gigs. Equally, if you're not well rehearsed then gigs might…

Planning Your Album Release

As the old saying goes, “Fail to plan, Plan to fail.” Unless you have a huge and dedicated fan base, the world needs to know about your upcoming album release or launch day or you may get a poor turn-out at gigs. Equally, if you're not well rehearsed then gigs might go down badly and damage your band's reputation. Everything needs careful planning allowing sufficient time to get activities sorted without putting band members under pressure that may be avoidable but without taking too long over it all.

The following checkpoints are not the only considerations that you'll need to make but they're definitely a good place to start:

Are your deadlines achievable?

Patience is key, but deadlines are also useful to get everyone focussed. Just make them realistic. Before making a plan you first need to have a good idea how long each step is likely to take. If you're ordering more than 1,000 CDs then you may want to consider CD Replication as a manufacturing process which can take up to 2 weeks depending on the order quantity. There is a cost saving to be made when using CD Replication as opposed to CD Duplication especially with orders above 5,000 units.

Take into account possible delays. Allowed a couple of days grace here and there might sound a bit pessimistic but if something does go slowly pear-shaped then it will not be the end of the word. Do not try and do everything last minute and rely on split second timing. You'll have breathing space then, to ensure that you can get a CD duplication sample before the main batch is produced especially if you're using a duplication company for the first time. You can put some extra time into rehearsals to make sure everyone's comfortable and stress-free.

There are certain activities that you can get out of the way while working on the CD master, such as CD artwork for the disc and CD packaging, and also the acknowledgments – you know who's been involved up to this point. Take promotional photos of the band and get gig posters designed and made up. Advertise in advance on your band website (get one designed if you do not have one!) But do not do that so early that people lose interest before the main event.

Copyrighting – Protect ownership of your work

Any original work that you produce, whether in audio, visual or written format, is automatically copymitted, but until you register that copyright, it's next to impossible to prove ownership should another party infringe your copyright. It's very simple and very important to register ownership of your work before it is released into the public domain. Visit the ipo website or copyright service website for further information and to register online.

Do not Infringe Copyright

If your master recording contains samples of another artist's work then you have to obtain permission from the copyright owner and submit proof to your CD duplication company before CD manufacturing can take place. Also, if your album includes covers of other artist's songs then you'll need to obtain permission from the copyright holder. Bear in mind that there are usually two associated copyrights for a song. The first is a copyright in the actual sound recording and the other is for the music composition and lyrics of the song. Permission can be granted via a “collecting society” from whom you can buy a license on behalf of the actual owner of the copyright.

The collecting societies that you need to contact are either PPL or PRS for Music. Take a look at their websites to obtain the license you need. If neither can supply the license you require then you may need to approach the individual copyright holder directly for permission but the PPL and PRS for Music cover most modern music.

Check out their websites, and see which of their licenses are right for you, most can be obtained online with minimal fuss and expense.

What about your CD printing design?

You may be intending to produce the CD printing design yourself prior to organizing CD duplication, or you may have a good idea what you want to see and are looking for a CD printing and packaging artwork designer.

Whiche route you choose for a design, you need to ensure that you get the correct template from the company that you choose to do the CD printing and CD duplication as there can be subtle differences with different company templates and you can prevent delays by talking to your chosen company before starting the design work. A good CD printing company will also be more than happy to advise on or approve different aspects of your artwork. You need to be sure that any photographic images you intend to use are of a high enough resolution (300 dpi minimum) and, if they are not your own images, then whatever the image may be copyrighted in which case you'll need to obtain permission from the copyright holder to use the image in question.

If your budget is tight for your project there are also a myriad of CD printing options available to bring the cost of printing right down while still resulting in an original, eye catching design that really looks the part. For instance, a 2 color screen print that allows the silver surface of the disc to show through as part of the design can be very effective and would almost halve the cost of getting a full color photographic, litho-printed CD.

Have you sourced CD packaging for your release?

Without CD packaging is something that you have sourced before, you may well be unaware of the incredible range of options available. Suddenly being presented with a large range of choices takes another good chunk of time out of your undoably, already busy schedule. Again, your CD duplication company (if you're using one) will be able to offer sound advice and take some of the hassle away from you.

If you're planning on producing the CD packaging artwork yourself, you should approach the CD duplication company for templates and image advice as with the CD printing artwork for the disc itself. Budget constants may influence your packaging choice; for instance, printed CD card wallets are a cheaper option than a standard CD jewel case with printed paper parts and are also a better option if you intend to mail out CDs for promotional purposes or transport them to gigs for the post-gig merchandise stall.

For packaging with a WOW factor you might go for a Digipack to help your album release stand out from the others on the retail outlet shelves. There are a variety of Digipack templates to use with up to 8 folding panels and they can accommodate multiple CDs or bonus content DVDs if required. They can also accommodate a printed paper booklet with up to 32 pages for album information, lyrics and acknowledgments.

If your album is headed for the shops, do not forget to make a provision for the barcode on the rear of the packaging. Your CD duplication company should be able to supply you with a bar code.

Be wary of image copyright

If you intend to use artwork other than your own photos or digital creations, make sure that you know the copyright situation with that image. Is it royalty free, does the owner require acknowledgment – if you're not sure and you can not find out for definite, do not use it or you could land yourself in hot water.

Double check your audio master

As an independent artist, the sound quality of your release is critical. Your sound is why people turn up at your gigs and wear your t-shirts so that has to come across on your audio master. You've taken the time to write and record these songs to the of your abilities so do not go cutting corners here, anywhere else – just not here.

How are the individual track volumes? Are they consistent?

  • Check the clarity and volume level of all instruments for each track and make sure that all musicians involved are satisfied
  • Make sure the EQ is balanced so that the end user can adjust according to their particular preference.
  • Check your track spacing
  • Check your fade outs
  • Get a second, third, fourth opinion if you can from fresh sets of expert ears.
  • Double check all printed materials

After thoroughly checking through for typos and grammatical errors, ask a third party to do the same – preferably someone with good spelling and grammar skills. Even if it's a word processing program, you need to 100% sure that it's all correct so as to avoid embarrassing mistakes that make you look like a chump.

When you get the final artwork design proofs from your designer or CD duplication company, double check everything's OK once more.

CD Manufacturing Checklist

  • Audio master
  • Audio and, if necessary, image copyright documentation
  • Approved CD disc and CD packaging artwork
  • ISRC codes (your CD duplication company should be able to supply these)

Full payment (most CD duplication companies will ask for full payment before going ahead with the job without they are invoicing a limited company, do not assume that you can only on album sales to pay the bill after the event)

Order quantity (the more CDs you order, the lower the unit cost will be). If you do not order enough first time round you may get a shock when you try to order a lower quantity after the main batch. Consider merchandize stall sales, promotion, online sales etc.

Obtain a bar code if your album is to be sold in a retail environment. Again, your CD duplication company should be able to sort that out for you.

What do you need for the merchandise stall?

A fair portion of your band's income might come from the merchandise stall or, if you have not given it much thought before, it could have been a new opportunity for you. Just about anything can be printed on so you might give the less obvious items some thought, although in small quantities at first to see how sales go. Consider the following:

  • T-Shirts or hoodies printed with the band logo, album release info, tour details etc.
  • DVDs of live performances by the band
  • Signed printed photos
  • Signed CDs
  • iPhone covers printed with your band logo
  • Printed mugs
  • Stickers and posters printed with band info

You will need to make sure that the printers have enough time to get your order to you, again, do not do everything last minute. Place your order and give yourself a week's grace to save your sanity.

Summary

Hopefully, we've captured the vast majority of considerations to be made on the road to a successful album release and a relaxed promotional tour. Good luck and very best wishes!

Getting Out of Your “Box”: Overcome Creative Blocks – For Music Producers

Writer’s block. Artist’s all over the world experience this at least one time in their careers, and it can be a defining moment. Some people who have taken a craft up as a hobby may realize it’s not all it’s cracked up to be once they hit that first block. Maybe they continue to fight…

Writer’s block. Artist’s all over the world experience this at least one time in their careers, and it can be a defining moment. Some people who have taken a craft up as a hobby may realize it’s not all it’s cracked up to be once they hit that first block. Maybe they continue to fight through, or try and figure out a way to beat it.

Clearing Copyright: YouTube Cover Songs

Cover songs are a fast and relatively cheap way to get your talent noticed and discovered on YouTube. But how do you make sure your video does not get suspended, or your account terminated?

Cover songs are a fast and relatively cheap way to get your talent noticed and discovered on YouTube. But how do you make sure your video does not get suspended, or your account terminated?

Designing a Conservatory As a Music Studio

Musicians at all levels require a dedicated space for making music. This is why most, whether professional or hobby musicians, utilize home music studios. Musicians often convert a spare bedroom, den, or basement into their studio; however, music studios are more efficient when they are specifically designed for making music. A conservatory with high ceilings…

Musicians at all levels require a dedicated space for making music. This is why most, whether professional or hobby musicians, utilize home music studios. Musicians often convert a spare bedroom, den, or basement into their studio; however, music studios are more efficient when they are specifically designed for making music. A conservatory with high ceilings and a large floor plan or a lean-to style addition can create the perfect environment for a home music studio.

Why Investing In Your Music Career Is Important

Every day, all over the world, people are investing in their career. Maybe they're investing in ads, web design, flyers, or even business cards, whatever it may be, they are still investing. Have you ever heard the expression, “It takes money to make money”? It reflects to the fact that you have to, at some…

Every day, all over the world, people are investing in their career. Maybe they're investing in ads, web design, flyers, or even business cards, whatever it may be, they are still investing. Have you ever heard the expression, “It takes money to make money”? It reflects to the fact that you have to, at some point, invest your money into something to get more money back.

What does this have to do with music? Well think about it. Lets say you're a music artist, a Rapper for example and you want to sell your hip hop album. The first thing you need is to do is find some beats for sale. This could cost you anywhere from $ 10 to $ 30 if you're looking for a lease or non exclusive license. Alright so you got a beat, now you need to write some lyrics. So you go out and buy a notebook, $ 1 – $ 5, and a pen which is around $ 0.99. Without even realizing it, you've already invested $ 11.99 into your music career, you see where I'm going with this. So now that you understand what investing means, let's go ahead and get into what you should invest in and why it is important.

1. Beats / Instrumentals: If you're a rapper, r & b singer, or music artist, it is very important that you have some professional, high quality beats for your project. It's crazy that a lot of people do not see the importance but a catchy beat can really go a long way. For example, have you ever turned on the radio and hear an artist you do not particularly care for but you like the song anyway because of the beat? Or have you ever bought a new CD and as you heard the beginning of a song you changed it because you did not like the way the beat was sounding? That's the power of a beat. It can make you stay if it sounds good or make you leave if it sounds bad. So in a way, beats are the most important thing you can possible invest in.

2. Studio Time: Having your vocals recorded by a professional can really make a difference in the quality of your music. People do not want to buy a CD and hear home studio quality, they want to hear clean clear vocals.

3. Microphone: If you would rather record yourself, then investing in a good high quality mic is very important. I myself use a Shure SM7B microphone and it works really good for a variety of different vocals, but the key is finding the best mic that works for you and your style. Most recording studios do not just have one mic, they have a bunch for different mics for different song genres and vocal tones. For example, one mic might sound great for rap, but not so good for r & b where you have to hit high notes. So investing in a good mic would be a pretty good idea if your going to be recording yourself.

4. Website: The days when record labels would go to local shows and gigs in search of talent are over. Now in days you need to have all over the internet and in their face for them to even notice you, and if you do not have your own website they will not even bother listening to your music. Plus a website is an awesome way to keep people engaged in your music. Lets say you sell a CD to someone on the street. Cool! But wait, how do they find more of your music? How do they buy your new albums down the line? If you had your own website you could write your web URL on the CD and if they liked it they could easily find more of your music! So make sure you invest in a website.

5. Ads: Facebook ads are a great way to get people to find your music or your website. They can be a little tricky but if done right you could beat your competition and get a whole lot of new fans listening to your music.

I know spending money is not easy, but if you're serious about your music career, these are some of the things you're going to need to invest in. And do not beat yourself up, sometimes the money will not start coming in till later. That's why it's called an investment. Your planting a tree that could take years to grow, but one day you'll sit under the shade of that tree. So do not give up and keep moving forward!

Why Quality Merchandise Should Be a Priority for Bands and Artists

With the current rise in piracy within the music industry, licencing deals, live performances and merchandising have become the principle means to artist revenue. With one of the biggest sources for growing bands and even some of the world’s largest artists looking to merchandise in order to make a steady income.

With the current rise in piracy within the music industry, licencing deals, live performances and merchandising have become the principle means to artist revenue. With one of the biggest sources for growing bands and even some of the world’s largest artists looking to merchandise in order to make a steady income.

Secret to Staying Relevant As an Artist

We live in an age today where music is created quickly. On the internet everyday there is new music coming out, or new viral video sensation. How can you keep your artists centered on you? The secret is by creating a catchy hooks. Many people's lives have changed as a result of creating that banging…

We live in an age today where music is created quickly. On the internet everyday there is new music coming out, or new viral video sensation. How can you keep your artists centered on you? The secret is by creating a catchy hooks. Many people's lives have changed as a result of creating that banging hook, IE Trinidad James! Too many others also but you get the point. If you can create a catchy hook for all of your songs, then it will really be HARDER for you to fall out of the limelight. Look at Drake. Granted he is a complete artist with lyrics also but what created his longevity was his ability to think of banging hooks to his music.

The hook is the most important part of the music because it is the most memorable. Your bait 'People,' catch on to 'hooks.' Think about 50 Cent's major hit In Da Club. As soon as you read that statement you thought of the hook. Why? Because it was the catchiest part of the song, and 50 cent knot what he was doing. If you are able to constantly create that catchy banging hook, you will always have places, radio hits, tours, and it will be hard to miss you! You will not have a problem bringing back an audience over an over again because they love your music. 9 times out of 10 if you like the hook, you like the song. So essentially creating that catchy hook you automatically win the battle.

Think about making it to the radio. How many artists on the radio that do not have a catchy hook in their music and are currently getting spins? I count none, but if there are it can not be more than what you can count in one hand. This is because radio also understands that most music created is primarily about the hook. There is a great power in a catchy hook. Knowing this you can take it any direction you would like. If you want to make people feel great, you can create a party record, or dance record that will always stay with people. You can leave people with a message in your hooks, or something insightful and they still can be catchy. “If I Ruled the World” by Nas and Lauren Hill was a major hit, but it had a message behind it, and a defect meaning because he painted his personal picture on how he would rule the world, but when you sing it, you create yours! That is what a hook can do for you. If you can take it any direction you would like, but the most important think is to make sure it is catchy.

The Best Way To Connect With Your Fans

Being able to give a performance is crucial to an artist's success. This is because many things happened during a live show that go unnoticed. The most important factor is that you create a connection with your fans when you perform. They feel closer to you because it is literally you sharing your message to…

Being able to give a performance is crucial to an artist's success. This is because many things happened during a live show that go unnoticed. The most important factor is that you create a connection with your fans when you perform. They feel closer to you because it is literally you sharing your message to them. They were able to witness history being made with you. Performing your music is the cornerstone of showing people who you are, because you get to deliver your message the way it was intended. This is a way that can not be seen through audio or Mp3. Nothing is like the real experience, and your fans get to physically enjoy your presence.

It is important to know how to perform because if you can not, you start to lose appeal as an artist. No one likes a stiff, individual that is always uptight with no personality. So why would you want that in a show or performance? Especially one you most likely paid money to come out in see. A lot of artist today are not great performers because all they are able to do is hold the mic and rap along with their verse. Yes we came to hear the song but we also came to see a performance. There are way more that ties into it to make the most out of your experience with your fans.

On the flip side when you can perform, you gain a lot of respect, credibility and authority from your listeners. They will feel like a connection has been made with you and then open to hear more from you. They now want to be apart of your world and will follow your music and your moves more faithfully. They are the ones who will buy your CD when it comes out, will follow you on different networks, and you better believe they will have better seats this time for your show. This is all because of the experience youave them. Keep on giving them that performance they are looking for and you will always have loyal fans. Performance will always be a major factor to artists because that is how most of them get the bulk of their income. So if they are unable to perform, then there will not be many follow up shows, or fans will stop paying to come see. Make sure you are giving your fans the most out of your performances and you will have a sustainable career.

The Best in EDM Music!

Partying and music festivals in Mumbai has been looking better and better with every passing night. With new clubs, bars and pubs opening all over the city, nightlife has been thriving. The same can be said for DJs and clubs, which seem to be sprouting all over the metropolis we know as Mumbai. With bars…

Partying and music festivals in Mumbai has been looking better and better with every passing night. With new clubs, bars and pubs opening all over the city, nightlife has been thriving. The same can be said for DJs and clubs, which seem to be sprouting all over the metropolis we know as Mumbai. With bars and lounges gaining popularity among young individuals in the city, the night time scene in Mumbai has definitely stepped its game up. While the local bars and lounges are all well and good, the music concerts happening in Mumbai are unbelievable. International DJS are flocking to Aamchi Mumbai, owed to the large crowds and the atmosphere of Mumbai. Some big names who have come to Mumbai for concerts include big ticket artists like Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas, Swedish House Mafia, and many more EDM artists.

Another one of Mumbai's DJS will be seen performing soon, DJ Shiva. Known for his foot tapping Bollywood and Hollywood remixes, the DJ does not stick to the convention when it comes to his brand of music. Effortlessly fusing Hip Hop, mainstream Bollywood, lounge, electro and house music, it makes his repertoire far more versatile than most performing artists. Having worked in the music industry for over a decade, the talented DJ has risen from where he'd begin, 10 years ago. He's carved a niche for himself, with his hard work, unlenting dedication and his unbridled passion for music. He has also been awarded with a bevy of accolades for his work with music. Some of his famous remixes include Aaj Phir, fro Hate Story 2, Yaariyaan, Raghupati Raghav, from Krrish 3 and Dil Tu Hi Bata. He's already performed at more than a few high profile events, some of which include Trikaya at Pune, Flags at Pune with Perizad, IPL Nights, Party Link and many more.

Now, the talented DJ will be playing at the EDM Night in Mumbai, at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Goregaon. This will be a night beyond the same old music and dance. This will be the best electro dance music you've heard, the ambience of which will take you to the next level. If you're an electro music lover, then you're going to love Shiva! He's going to be belting out hit Bollywood remixes as well as Hollywood remixes, interspersed with his own slight twist on music that we've all heard. Add to that some good vibes, and you have a great party on your hands!

5 Things to Know About Revenue Sharing in the Music Business

The entire music industry is undergoing a massive climate change. No one can tell you how it will end up. One thing we can tell early on: Every artist will not make it out alive. Here are 5 ways Revenue Sharing will allow you to survive the apocalypse. 1. Revenue sharing will put you smack…

The entire music industry is undergoing a massive climate change. No one can tell you how it will end up. One thing we can tell early on: Every artist will not make it out alive. Here are 5 ways Revenue Sharing will allow you to survive the apocalypse.

1. Revenue sharing will put you smack dab in the middle of profit immediately of course you will not be making hundreds a day out the gate [well you actually can But we will be making that for the next article] You will be making some money. Maybe you start with just .60 cents or $ 1.00 a day profit that you receive from owning 1 ad pack. That $ 18 – $ 30 dollar monthly income may be the 1st time you have received any money ever in your music business.

2. Revenue Sharing is only part of the puzzle. When artist first learn about Revenue Sharing platforms most of them get so excited that they are finally earning money from their music; they begin to neglect other parts of their music business. As an independent artist you want to be ALWAYS growing your footprint. Not just a single part of the [foot] “print” but the entire space needs to grow in balance so your fans and supporters can easily find you.

3. Although ad packs and credit packages are NOT financial investments that they are investments in your music business tools and team. Every ad pack represents a street team member for me; a digital team member. Although this member does not drive the van and hand out flyers, it does float around the internet exposing your art to people daily. Do not be afraid to GROW your digital team as fast as possible. Each one of your computerized “street team” members can create and income between $ 18 – $ 30 dollars monthly for you on pretty much auto-pilot.

4. Revenue Sharing in the music business also adds an incentive for fans to support and promote your music. Not all fans are going to want your merchandise and swag. Although they may like you and your music, a $ 10 T-Shirt is not on everyone's list. We already know that they do not buy music. BUT everyone wants money. So what a fan can do is BUY ad packs to show support for your music and movement. Yes your fans can buy those street team members also. Oh and guess what? Your fan gets paid from that street team member just as you do.

5. Revenue Sharing is not a shortcut to music business success but it is definitely the ONLY way I know that ANY artist can become a paid artist in the next 20 minutes … All without any industry peeps, lawyers, and A & R types. You can begin dominating the music scene on these ad platforms today.

Where Every Artist is a PAID artist.

Revenue Sharing in the Music Business Is the Solution for Independent Artists

Are not you tired of making songs that do not go anywhere past the kitchen stove. Are not you tired of not making any money from all your musical gifts. I believe this is what every artists that wants to be a paid artist needs to know about Revenue Sharing advertising platforms. Revenue Sharing allows…

Are not you tired of making songs that do not go anywhere past the kitchen stove. Are not you tired of not making any money from all your musical gifts. I believe this is what every artists that wants to be a paid artist needs to know about Revenue Sharing advertising platforms. Revenue Sharing allows any artists to easily take their music and expose it to hundreds of thousands of people that want to hear it.

Do you remember that absolutely “BANGER” of a song that you made last year? You sat down for days and tweaked it until you just knew it was DEFINITELY going to “move the crowd” That one song made you feel that all your years of hard work and sacrifice had finally paid off. You were “on the next level”.

A year later you have made dozens of songs that are even better than that one. If you are anything like I was you have hard drives, CD's, and memory sticks full of amazing, priceless, art.

Years ago I decided to take all my little gems and put together the most bad ass album ever imagined by man. This project was going to change lives. My struggles, my triumphs, my highs, and my lows. I wrapped my precious music inside a great big bow.

I ordered 5,000 physical CD's, and put my big fat package on every download site that I could find. Long story short. 15 songs, with 15 videos, and professional artwork … blah, blah, blah … Return on my investment -1572. I did not make any money at all. I met some very good people, in the process though.

Fast forward to the present with lessons learned and wisdom gained. Today I separate the music from the business. I now base my business income on advertising revenue and use my music and art as the advertisement. What happens in this scenario is I make money from simply advertising my music. Not from people buying my music.

This is easily accomplished through revenue sharing ad platforms. These ad platforms are websites that only show advertisement. Yes people watch advertisements for many different reasons, but that is for a later discussion. For now you need to know this.

There are online advertising platforms that share company revenues with other advertisers. You can be an advertiser. You can advertise your music on these platforms and make more money advertising your music than you would if you were actually selling it.

Revenue Sharing in the Music Business for the Hard-Headed

If you are not angry about not making any money for all the hard work you put into your music business then you are wasting your time. Every A & R, manager, and artist bought to be accused of themselves for not recognizing the opportunities available today. Connect the dots. I still can not believe…

If you are not angry about not making any money for all the hard work you put into your music business then you are wasting your time. Every A & R, manager, and artist bought to be accused of themselves for not recognizing the opportunities available today. Connect the dots.

I still can not believe it when I read about the music industry and all its woes. Amazing it is almost as if the entire music business community is living in a vacuum or a time capsule. Maybe it is me. Maybe I am missing something relevant. Maybe there is some part of the problem I am not seeing. Maybe I am somehow under-estimating the size of it all.

No I am not Russell Simmons, Jay Z, or 50 … hell I'm not even Ray J. But from the outside looking in, everyone in the industry just copies each other in terms of how they run their music business.

Let me explain what I mean to you. Every artist wants to “Blow-up”. Every A & R is looking for the next big thing. Every manager wants to break that group. Everyone of these people require exposure and money to be successful. For the most part everyone of these people is struggling to reach their goals of exposure and money. Even people that have access to exposure suffer when trying to promote their art. Tyrese and Brandy are singing in the subways to get people to engage and buy.

All of the music industry folk are struggling because they are not paying attention. Today there are revenue sharing ad platforms that are starving for content, can provide you with millions of views, and will also share revenues with you.

Any artist can go right now sign-up on the ad platform and begin revenue sharing with the advertising company. These ad platforms only show advertisement. You will use your music as your advertisement. When you revenue share with the company you receive profits from your advertising.

If you are an A & R, revenue sharing ad platforms are a perfect testing bed for developing your acts brand without worrying about making money. First you start testing all your branding on the ad platform, and see exactly what types of creatives get the most attention and engagement. While you are testing you will be making money revenue sharing on the platform. when you know which materials “work” best then you can use your profits from revenue sharing to buy paid advertising on the more mainstream advertising outlets. This makes advertising free. Your advertising expense will be Zero. Think about what I just said.

For managers your asset is leadership and vision. I just explained how revenue sharing can help both artists and A & R's. Now what can you do with information. What opportunity can you see for yourself? Can you become successful by making every act and group you manage successful? I define successful as getting exposure and making money.

Catch me next episode. I will talk more about exposure and money. Revenue Sharing in the Music Business.