iXT, a growing Midwest-USA-based, internationally known record label, online music & merch store, artist services, and publishing company, with extensive list of FIlm/TV/Video Game Placements is seeking a motivated and talented full-time Label A&R / Distribution Manager specializing in Alternative/Rock/Metal and Electronic/EDM genres.
The ideal candidate for this position will be motivated to become an active part of the team to accelerate company growth, contribute to the continued expansion of the company and client roster, be extremely organized, and should be capable of multitasking and handling multiple deadlines simultaneously. Candidate should have 3-5+ years of experience in a related field with a portfolio of proven accomplishments and a strong work ethic.
By Mark Mulligan
I spent a couple of days last week in Barcelona for the annual Future Music Forum, which is developing into an important date on the music conference circuit. Later this week I will post some of the highlights of my opening address but first I am going to spend some time developing some of the white hot issues surrounding streaming that were raised at the conference.
In a really strong field, two speakers in particular stood out: Beggars head of strategy Simon Wheeler and PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers. Their presentations and the conference as a whole were infused with a sense that streaming is changing everything, and more quickly than most people expected. This change is manifesting itself in three big issues:
By Yannick Ilunga
This is probably old news to you: social media is a great way to build and grow a fan base. When looking for a platform to promote their music, many artists turn to the various Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
When it comes to social media promotion, it is important to have a strategy and goals in mind. There are many different ways social media can be used for promotion.
The following four are some easy-to-implement tactics that musicians can use to grow their fan base and strengthen the bond with those who love their music.
By Kim Kelly @grimkim
By now, you surely know the importance of keeping up with the Joneses online, updating all of your profiles religiously, and how to interact on social media. But as your band gets more well-known and more eyeballs turn toward you, I can’t stress enough how important it is to master the the delicate balance between being relatable, oversharing, and incriminating.
UPDATED: Even with the plethora of free and almost free music along with the zillion track libraries available to anyone willing to shell out just $5 - $10 a month, there still some people that pay for music. I’m one of those who buys to support my favorite musicians, but who else? MusicWatch with just 10 years ago. They conducted online surveys of 5,000 music buyers ages 13 and up in both 2004 and 2014. Here are their findings:
By Hugh McIntyre
Music publishing is something that many small artists don’t think about, and, to be honest, some of them don’t need to. If you’re truly just starting out in music, focusing on getting the word out and racking up a good number of listens comes before delving too deeply into the complicated world of music publishing. Having said that, publishing is a very important (if less-than-sexy) part of the industry, and, if you’re successful enough or even just performing for any real length of time, you’ll have to deal with it at some point.
Two things are important when venturing into music publishing: hiring a lawyer and understanding what’s going on. While you should be aware of who’s handling your work and what’s happening with it, you don’t have to go it alone. There are plenty of lawyers out there that can help navigate these contracts – for a fee, of course. Many deals for smaller artists can be routine and painless, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know the particulars or have help.
According to ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Performers), here are five of the most frequently signed deals.
Townsquare Media is adding to its already rich digital portfolio of pop culture and music sites with the acquisition of XXL and related properties King and Antenna from Harris Publications. The upcoming October issue of XXL will be its last in print. King was a men’s magazine and the surviving site has been dead for awhile but it will be relaunched. Antenna remains a digital-only destination for men. It will be interesting to see what Townsquare does with the new properties and the potential for getting into related events.
Last summer Townsquare Media added to its portfolio by purchasing multiple music sites from AOL and then acquiring more music sites.
Earlier this year they added Hype Machine to the mix.
Now they’re adding:
XXL - One of the leading hip hop mags, XXL went through a difficult transition to digital in the previous decade under editor-in-chief Elliot Wilson who first wrote a series of magazine editorials attacking bloggers, sometimes personally, before launching “columnists” (i.e. bloggers) on the website. He was not able to lead XXL successfully into a new era, was fired and then became a blogger himself (I kid you not)!
King - Has been on hiatus for a minute but will be relaunched.
Antenna - A men’s site.
Though XXL is ceasing publication, Townsquare says “all members of the XXL team will be joining Townsquare Media.”
In addition, there is the possibility of “special editions of the publication in the future.”
Townsquare Chief Content Officer Bill Wilson told the NY Post:
"We think XXL has strong potential in both the digital and live events market."
Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers. Information about the conference and its agenda can be found here.
In advance of the event, Billboard surveyed executives at five of the world’s top arenas, with a capacity of 15,000 or greater, as ranked by the midyear Billboard Boxscore charts. We asked them about their use of digital and social media to sell tickets, their tips to their fellow venue executives and their view of trends shaping the arena and touring business.
The Musician’s Guide to the Sales Funnel: 10 Steps to Selling Tons More Tickets, Music, and Merchandise
If you’ve been struggling to get results from your marketing efforts and continue to spend more money than your band makes, then this is a must-read.
Independent - (adj) - 1: Not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.
2: Thinking or acting for oneself.
As musicians, we tend to think we can do it all. We’re independent artists. We’ve got our music, our talent, our fans—and nothing else matters. Well, at least that’s how it works in theory.
The reality is we need help, and lots of it. I don’t care how good you are—there is simply not enough time to do everything and still be a master at your craft, which is the music itself. You need tools and you need to outsource. You need to learn how to run your band like a business, and being resistant to this fact is the fastest way to kill off whatever income—and independence—you have left.
Written by Tommy Darker
Travelling the world and chatting with fellow aspiring artists reveals astounding insights about the future of music. Here’s the deal: we think we all face different problems, but the reality reveals the opposite. I will share one of these insights, explaining what it means for the way we work as musicians and how to move in the future.
This is the 4th part. Each part is linked at the end of the post.
“The Medium Is The Message” in the Music Industry.