Indies may benefit from CASE Act; most probably never heard of it

It’s happened to me and it may happen to you, regardless of the arts genre you work in. A few years ago, I did a lot of research on a piece of federal legislation. It took me hours to work my way through the obscure language, references to other bills, and other minutiae. I filed my article after a full day of work on it. A couple weeks later, I did a search, as I always do, to see if anyone else had written about the bill. Imagine my surprise when I saw my article, and photographs, copied and pasted

Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists

Spotify has big record labels in a tizzy over a policy that may help indie artists. Before this new initiative, if you wanted to get to the top of the charts by traditional means, you had three options. Now it appears indie artists will have another potentially better option, and the labels who’ve controlled the industry are not too happy about it. 

Will Facebook music licensing give indies short end of the stick?

It’s been awhile coming, but Facebook’s music licensing contracts appear to be baked. Not much is available about pop culture contracts. But according to Digital Music News, it’s likely, “If you’re an indie publisher or songwriter, you’re probably going to hate Facebook’s music publishing contract.”  

Frozen in Florida, but saved by an indie

You move to Florida, even in the northern part where I live, you pretty much take weather for granted. While it’s true we do have concerns during hurricane season, in our area we have been very lucky. Extreme weather events are rare here. Until recently, we forgot what frozen felt like. All that changed with this week’s weather. New Year’s was fun, but cold. When the temp drops into the 20s, you start to remember what real cold feels like. When your HVAC system experiences sudden death, you really start to feel that real cold. That’s what landed my husband

Brain freeze? Here are five ways to get inspired

As an independent artist, new material is what breathes life into your business. Whether you’re a visual artist, musician or writer, keeping your audience engaged by creating content is possibly the most important rule of success. Maybe it’s the chaos of day to day life that hampers your creativity, or maybe the pressure to make something beautiful is limiting your efforts. Writers’ block doesn’t just happen to writers, and most artists have encountered some form of it. As an independent musician taking care of a family and home while trying to contribute to our brand and business, I sometimes find

How we saved money when ordering promo merchandise

In the last month, we knew we had to replace merchandise because inventories were getting low. I had no idea how time-consuming this would prove to be. I had no idea how hard it would be to find a company with prices that didn’t require us to buy hundreds of pieces of an item in order to get a good wholesale price. You can only charge so much when you resell a  t-shirt, right? I learned something from Rebecca as we navigated our way through websites and catalogs. 

Indie artists in Florida may celebrate results of Yelp study

If you’ve ever looked for reviews of businesses, chances are you’ve come across Yelp, a website enabling the public to post reviews. It’s a popular site, and naturally a great deal of data can be mined from those reviews. That’s probably one reason Yelp now publishes a report titled “Yelp Economic Outlook.” Results of this year’s report may lead indie artists to celebrate if they live in the Sunshine State. 

For indie artists, the Emmy Awards herald opportunity

Did you watch the Emmy Awards? I didn’t, but I read a lot of post-show coverage, enough to learn the show billed as entertainment was extremely political. Regardless of your political leanings, the awards show indicates an abundance of opportunity in store for indie artists. Nothing illustrates my conclusion better than the symbolism of three ageing stars who appeared together on stage for the first time in many years. 

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