Ek interview raises questions; how do you stack up as an indie musician?

Go to a workshop on making money with your music, and you will hear how valuable streaming is. Spotify is supposed to be one of the magic roads indie artists should take.

For consumers willing to pay for music, Spotify is a deal.

For artists hoping to gain exposure via Spotify, the service can be a frustration. In an interview with Spotify founder Daniel Ek, Stephen J. Dubner (Freakonomics podcast) makes some interesting points. For starters, how much money can a professional musician expect to make in a year? Continue reading “Ek interview raises questions; how do you stack up as an indie musician?”

Spotify and Ancestry sites take DNA to music level

Spotify and Ancestry.com are taking DNA to a new level—music. The Ancestry website is now offering a way for users to tap into their ancient heritage via results of their DNA.

How does it work?  Continue reading “Spotify and Ancestry sites take DNA to music level”

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.  Continue reading “Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists”

Will US music be affected by EU’s Article 13 targeting sites like YouTube?

Who doesn’t listen to music by surfing videos at YouTube? Many of us love to stroll through pages and pages of links in hopes of finding a song or artist whose message touches our minds and hearts. Of late there’s been a lot of media coverage, primarily in the European Union, about passage of Article 13. If you’re a working musician or a fan, it’d be a good idea to learn more about this because although the EU Parliament didn’t pass the copyright law, the battle isn’t over, and US media do a lousy job covering matters of importance related to government in our daily lives.  Continue reading “Will US music be affected by EU’s Article 13 targeting sites like YouTube?”

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. Continue reading “CDs still staple for country fans; streaming services took note at CMA fest”