Indie Music Bus: One site doing more than just talking

Indie musicians are dear to me for more than one reason, and a big one is the fact my daughters earn a living writing, composing, and performing their original works. There are many websites offering to help indie musicians, and a number of those are predatory. Some sites talk a lot but do a little.

One site that stands out for doing a whole lot more than just talking is Indie Music Bus. Continue reading “Indie Music Bus: One site doing more than just talking”

Musicians, note: Is Soul’d Out lawsuit over Coachella reasonable?

The morning news brought an update on a legal case dating to 2018 regarding a contract related to Coachella policy. Originally tossed, the case is now back in play. We should ask ourselves if the overturn was a good idea.

Is Soul’d Out’s case reasonable? Continue reading “Musicians, note: Is Soul’d Out lawsuit over Coachella reasonable?”

Death and destruction fell on Nashville as Super Tuesday dawned

Downtown Nashville before 2020 tornado; picture by Rebecca Day
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) took this photo of downtown Nashville on a previous trip there.

In the small Southern town where I grew up, stories of tornadoes abounded. My grandmother’s house actually burned during a tornado, so when I heard the news this morning, I had an idea of the fear people must have felt in Nashville early this morning. Continue reading “Death and destruction fell on Nashville as Super Tuesday dawned”

DJ Booth offers free primer on business side of being a musician

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fulltime working musician or someone who does it as a hobby. If you derive income from your performances, songwriting, or other source, you will be on the hook to report that income when federal (or state, where applicable) tax time rolls around. That’s one aspect among many of doing music for pay.

If you are an aspiring musician, or know one, DJ Booth has an article that’s a virtual primer to getting started. While you might not do everything the article recommends, there are some great tips. Continue reading “DJ Booth offers free primer on business side of being a musician”

Jacksonville Film & Television forum was a must-attend for musicians

Before Jacksonville Television, Digital Media, & Music Forum 2-20-2020
Attendees filtered in ahead of start time for the inaugural Jacksonville Television, Digital Media, and Music Forum on Feb. 20. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Jacksonville’s Film and Television Office held a forum at the main library on February 20 and it was a must-attend if you’re an aspiring or working musician. The “inaugural” Television, Digital Media, & Music Forum featured a stellar lineup of panelists and hosts.

Even a musician who has already established a career learned a great deal about getting music into TV and film productions as well as streaming, capturing royalties, and the benefits of a Performance Rights Organization like BMI. Continue reading “Jacksonville Film & Television forum was a must-attend for musicians”