What to Do on Spotify for Artists Before Your First Release

Have you ever had that nightmare where you’re on stage in front of a large audience ready to perform and have completely forgotten your music? That might describe the feeling I had when I “woke up” and saw the almighty Spotify in the audience rolling its eyes in disbelief. Oh yes, I had been found […]

The Best Music Marketing Plan for 2023

Most weeks, someone sends me an email like this one: Hey Jon, I’m completely lost in the streaming/playlist/tagging/pitching/social media connecting digital age. I’m just trying to scratch out some insight, education and perspective, to figure out how in hell I might be able to reach an audience out there… because I’m an artist, and I’d […]

Ditto Review: A Detailed Look at the Music Distribution Service

Okay, to start this Ditto review, I’m going to say something that I probably shouldn’t… I’m actually a DistroKid user, myself. Not a great thing to admit off the bat in this post, right? But my bet is that, if you’re reading this, you’re probably deep into the details of determining which distributor is best […]

The 10 Best Music Business Blogs to Follow in 2022

Here’s our quick list of the 10 best music business blogs to read and follow in 2022: Water & Music Ari’s Take Damian Keyes Hypebot Ditto’s Unsigned Advice DIY Musician Bandzoogle Blog TuneCore Blog Symphonic Distribution Two Story Melody For the brief on each blog (i.e., why we picked each one), keep reading. In such […]

Releasing Singles vs. Albums: Which Approach Is Better?

singles vs albums

I get asked this a lot: “Should I put out an album? Or should I release a string of singles?” Here’s my quick take: Singles are better for building promotional momentum. Albums can be better for engaging existing fanbases. I’ll tell you right now: The single best thing you can do to increase your streaming numbers […]

DistroKid Review: Is It Legit?

Yes, DistroKid is legit. It’s a fair question, especially if you’re just looking into music distribution. But to be honest, I think it’s pretty much been answered at this point. The platform has been around for a while now, and it’s widely recognized as an industry leader (in fact other distributors have copied the DistroKid […]

What is an EP?

In the constantly evolving landscape of the music industry, artists of all levels need to always engage with their fans if they want to remain relevant, whether it’s by releasing new works or by engaging with their audience directly. The streaming platforms tend to reward musicians who release their works frequently, and today’s listeners expect […]

8 Top Music Marketing Courses in 2022

Here are eight music marketing courses that can help you take your career to the next level: 80/20 Music Business Crash Course Steps to Take to Effectively Sell Music Online Band Builder Academy INDIEPRO Music Marketing 101 Music Promotion Insiders Social Media for Music Advanced Sync Strategies for Film, TV, and Video Games A bit […]

How to Release Music in 2022: The 7 Best Tips and Strategies

Pretty much nobody knows what they’re doing when they release music for the first time. I remember when I first decided to make a short 3-song record in 2015. Here’s a rough sketch of the sequence of events: I recorded the songs. I Googled “How to put music on Spotify.” I chose CD Baby as […]

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