#133: Roundtable – Is Music Dead?

Is music dying?

Is music dying? Recent comments by Apple’s Eddie Cue, who spearheaded Apple’s iTunes store, suggest the music industry may be taking its last gasp: “Music is dying,” said Cue. “It hasn’t been growing. You see it in the number of artists. This past year in iTunes, it’s the smallest number of new releases we’ve had…

#132: Mike King – Music Marketing

In this episode of the DIY Musician Podcast, Kevin interviews Mike King, instructor and CMO of the Berklee Online school of music.  Mike has written and teaches four courses for Berklee Online: Online Music Marketing with Topspin; Music Marketing 101; Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution; and Music Business Trends and Strategies. He’s also author…

#131: Ari Herstand – Should You Pay to Play?

Ari Herstand is a singer/songwriter and blogger based in Los Angeles, California. Ari has played over 600 shows and writes about being an independent musician on his blog, Ari’s Take. He also regularly contributes to popular indie music news and advice sites, including our very own DIY Musician Blog. In this episode, Ari sits down with CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner to talk about the…

#130: Benji Rogers – Fan Participation and Pledge Music

Benji Rogers founded Pledge Music to help musicians and fans share in the experience of creating albums. 6 years ago when Benji started Pledge Music, there were fan-funding platforms popping up left and right, but nothing that really focused on fan participation. Benji explains that fans are given “thousands ways to buy music,” but what…

#129: Ariel Hyatt – Fans, Fears, and Funding

Kevin interviews Ariel Hyatt, digital strategist, international speaker, author, and owner of Cyber PR. Ariel shares social media tips, music career advice, and her experiences and insights with crowd funding. Ariel stresses that artists need to move past vanity metrics (likes, shares, and followers) and work on making real connections with real people. “Share, don’t…

#128: Roundtable – How Much Are Musicians Paid to Play? Part 2

Thinking about touring Canada anytime soon? Think again. Canada’s new exorbitant performance fees make it nearly impossible for non-Canadian independent acts to play there. iTunes radio is alive and may not turn out to be the Pandora killer that some assumed it would be. We asked our listeners “How much money do you pull in…

#127: Roundtable – The Pandora Problem

Pandora is one of the most popular internet radio apps available. Loved and listened to by millions, Pandora is also at the center of a heated debate about music streaming royalties. Pandora argues they are unfairly forced to pay royalties way above what terrestrial radio pays, while artist rights organizations believe artists and labels deserve…

#126: Dmitri Vietze – Selling Your Story to The Press

PR for Bands

Dmitri Vietze is 14 year PR veteran and founder of StoryAmp, a platform for connecting music providers and journalists.  In this exclusive interview, Dmitri tells how artists can approach the press, get their music heard, and the holy grail: get written about in local or national press. Dmitri emphasizes how important developing unique artist stories is for…

#125: Roundtable – How Much Are Musicians Paid to Play?

In the news: Pandora’s controversial tactics to reduce what they pay artists. Japan is poised to take the lead as world’s biggest music seller. And Amazon releases its first “Cities That Rock List” a compilation of US cities that sell the most music. In this episode we asked CD Baby musicians how much they get paid when…

#124: Brian Thompson – Get Your Music Heard

This week on the DIY Musician podcast, Brian Thompson (also known online as Thorny Bleeder) joins us to talk about online music promotion and how the music business has changed over the course of his career. Brian started his own record label (Thorny Bleeder Records) in 2006 along with Jonathan Hetherington, and Greg Bradley (founders…

#123: Roundtable – The Music Industry is About to Change

streaming music

In the news: Public performance royalties; Twitter launches Twitter Music; Google launches Google Play ALL Access; Apple is on the verge of announcing the rumored “iRadio” streaming service, and more! Plus, the podcasters talk streaming revenues, streaming services, streaming promotion, and other challenges and benefits that will affect artists in the new ‘stream-what-you-want’ music landscape….

#122: Steve Rennie – An Artist Manager’s Story

Steve Rennie is a long time industry veteran who helped the band Incubus reach multi-platinum status. Now that Incubus is on hiatus, Steve is working to help independent artists learn about the biz with his website and video series at http://www.renmanmb.com. Learn about the artist management from the inside-out and take advantage of the insights…

#121: Justin Kalifowitz – All About CD Baby Pro

Music publishing is arguably the most confusing (and important) aspect of the music business. What kinds of royalties are you owed as a songwriter? Which royalties do performing rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI collect for you? Why is it so hard for independent artists to collect some of the money they’re owed? In this…

#120: Roundtable – Are You Ready To Go Viral?

Rumors of the DIY Podcast’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Mark Twain, on the other hand, is quite dead. In this episode of the DIY Musician Podcast, Chris, Kevin, and the Bolt investigate what a musician needs to be prepared for if he or she becomes suddenly successful online. Some artists seem to be ready…

#119 Roundtable – Are Your Fans Stealing Your Music?

Well it’s been debated all over the internet in recent weeks. An intern at NPR, Emily White, sparked a huge controversy in the music blogging world, when she admitted to not paying for all the music she owned. We’ll explore both sides of the controversy and throw our thoughts into the ring. Plus, we’ve got…

#118: Roundtable – The Big Three: Apple, Google, and Facebook

Apple, Google and Facebook are the new media giants of our time. How do these companies affect the livelihoods of independent musicians who want to sell their music online? How do recent announcements by all three companies affect the way music is bought and consumed? The podcasters investigate these topics and share tips on preparing…

#117: Paul Anthony – How to License Music for TV, Film, YouTube and Beyond

How to license your music

Over the past decade, independent artists have begun to earn significant income from traditional licensing opportunities in TV and film; but with YouTube quickly becoming the most popular online music-discovery platform, there are countless opportunities out there too, and CD Baby is helping artists get paid for it! CD Baby has partnered with music licensing…

#116 : Roundtable – Getting Paid at Gigs – What Should You Charge?

How much should you charge at gigs?

In the news: CD Baby pays you even more; YouTube adds a merch store; and artists wonder if Spottily is hurting or helping. Kevin, Chris and the Bolt discuss getting paid at gigs: Should you demand a fair price? Are artists asking too little or too much? THese questions and more are addressed in this…

#115: Kristin Thomson – How Do You Make Money From Music?

The Future of Music Coalition is conducting an online survey from Sept 6 – Oct 28, 2011 to gather crucial information about the ways that US-based musicians and composers are currently generating income from songs, recordings or performances, and how this has changed over the past five years.  Kristin Thomson joins us from the FMC to…

#114: Roundtable – Summer of Changes in Music

guitar in sunlight

We’re back! And with all sorts of news, tips and artist feedback. In the news: Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple. Wildly popular UK music streaming service, Spotify launches in the US. MySpace promises a relaunch that will compete with the likes of iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Google+ launches a music blog and more!…

#113: Roundtable – Why YouTube Pulled Your Video and Other Music Mysteries Solved

YouTube Video Removed Message

iTunes releases juicy details about iTunes Match, a service that some say “legalizes piracy” and others say “monetizes it.” Pandora’s public offering doesn’t fair well for the popular music streaming company. Facebook starts randomly changing things and Kevin (and others) get upset. The Podcaster discuss getting a Wikipedia musician page in relation to this article:…

#112: Roundtable – How to Improve Your Live Show

Lots of launches this week! MySpace Launches a Facebook App. Google finally launches its cloud music service. YouTube launches top 100 music video charts and CD Baby launches a new widget store. The podcasters discuss last weeks episode with performance coach Tom Jackson. Phone calls from our adoring fans and more! Psst! Are you tired…

#111: Tom Jackson – The Live Band Makeover

While up at the ECMA music conference in Canada, Kevin (our host) witnessed Tom Jackson’s live-performance-makeover session. Tom works with a band and helps them make improvements to their live show and the audience watches the transformation take place before their very eyes. After the session ended, Tom and Kevin sat down to talk. This…

#110: Roundtable – The Music Cloud Wars Begin!

Do you believe in music in the cloud? Well it’s coming whether the record labels like it or not. In this episode, the podcasters discuss a recent flurry of tech and music news involving all your favorite barroom buddies: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Facebook and your estranged uncle Frank. Kevin and the Bolt get philosophical while…

#109: Seth Godin – Building a Musical Tribe

Seth Godin is an author and thought leader who has written 13 books that cover topics such as leadership, digital marketing and the spreading of ideas. His book, Tribes, garnered a lot of attention among the music community. Tribes explores how innovators can focus on groups of similarly minded individuals (a tribe) and get that…