CMA Music Fest Artists: Work for attention instead of money

An article about the CMA Music Festival came across my desk, and I was glad to see approximately 300 lesser known artists had the opportunity to perform on “less publicized smaller stages.” The festival is heavily attended, with estimates in the 80,000-100,00 range. Fans pay for tickets. The article at Music LinkUp mentioned something I didn’t know. Artists don’t get paid to perform there.

Nashville blowout: Eric Church sets record despite last year’s brouhaha

Nashville star Eric Church must be on top of the world right now. Church, the come-from-behind guy who was once dropped by Rascal Flatts during a tour, set records for audience totals on May 25 at Nissan Stadium in the city famous for country and now country pop. Defying critics’ predictions, Church managed to deflect a lot of criticism leveled at him after a Rolling Stone piece featured some of the singer’s political pronouncements less than one year ago.

‘Buckshot’ film hits on the great debate in country music

At present there’s an informal debate going around many country music sites and message boards. Bro country is all the rage, and there’s no denying pop has encroached on country in a way thought impossible a decade ago. Now the film Buckshot takes on the issue, and one thing is apparent just by watching the trailer. 

CDs still staple for country fans; streaming services took note at CMA fest

A story at Billboard about a recent effort at CMA Fest in Nashville confirmed what we’d already learned. CDs are still a staple for country fans, and probably for indie fans as well. In an effort to up their share of the market, streaming services like Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart Radio took action and had a larger presence at this year’s Country Music Association event. Crunching numbers leads to some interesting insights.

Americana Music Association opens showcase submissions

Showcase submissions for AMERICANAFEST® 2018, Sept. 11-16 in Nashville, Tenn., are now open and will be accepted through Monday, March 26, 2018. Now in its 19th year as the Americana Music Association’s® annual fundraiser, the destination music festival and conference provides a community-driven platform for artists to showcase for the top Americana tastemakers and industry from around the world. There are two ways to submit for a showcase. 

CD Baby conference a definite plus for indies

The Daysie team returned from Nashville late last night and to say the CD Baby DIY Conference inspired them is an understatement. If anything, the feedback I’ve heard confirms what I’ve been writing about on this site. 

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