Category: Selling Your Music

3 Insanely True Reasons Why You Don’t Need A Record Deal

by Bryan Hufford

A major label record deal – The dream that millions of musicians chase every day, praying for the moment when a major label exec will come and sweep them from the bottom and launch them into stardom. The sad and harsh reality is that only a small percentage (and I mean VERY small) will get signed to a major label deal.

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Not only that, but out of that small percentage, an even SMALLER percentage go on to becoming a superstar. I hate to say it, but it’s reality – a reality that many musicians just don’t understand or grasp, unfortunately. BUT – This doesn’t mean you should give up your music career. In fact, that would be foolish of you. Why? Because you can make it on your own!Continue reading 3 Insanely True Reasons Why You Don’t Need A Record Deal

Aspiring Music Talent Needs the Right Music Promotion and the Correct A&R Contacts

By Gene Schwerman

There are new and very ambitious music promotion companies available now to aspiring music talent nationally. Music talent looking for A&R contacts and music industry connections can find companies in the business of scouting music talent for Record Labels, Music Publishers and TV & Movie Music Supervisors. Music promotion daily gravitates further away from tradition creating ever closer ties to the internet and especially internet marketing!

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Many times the groups with the most music talent are discovered in due course and get the recognition they deserve in a fairly straightforward manner, other groups do not. Many need some kind of representation, preferably fairly aggressive, to help with music promotion, with the right A&R connections, if they wish to be “discovered” for their music talent.

The most successful of these music promotion companies use the internet for much of their music promotion. Taking advantage of the internet allows these companies to rapidly disseminate information about the musicians, speed communications for getting them gigs, provide samples of their work, and so on.Continue reading Aspiring Music Talent Needs the Right Music Promotion and the Correct A&R Contacts

How to Get Started As a Session-Demo Singer

It’s not easy to get gigs singing on sessions or demos. You can’t just send out a resume and expect to get an interview and a job. You need to be methodical and treat the job hunt as a business, because that’s what it is.

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Tom Gauger in a post on Singeruniverse.com has more to say:

As a singer, trying to break into the music industry, even as a session singer with no real aspiration of signing an artist deal, it can be tough – But it is doable and with real talent and drive you can make it. One of the most appealing aspects to session singers is that it does in fact take talent if you’re in it for the long haul, making it feasible to break into the market.Continue reading How to Get Started As a Session-Demo Singer

How to Promote Your CD

By: Rashi Singh

Congratulations! Your debut CD is now recorded, replicated, packaged, and ready for market. It’s an amazing feeling to see the fruit of your labor in front of you, nicely packaged as a CD that’s ready to be sold alongside the big wigs in the industry. One small problem: you don’t have the backing and capital that the big wigs do to promote your CD… and you just know your CD can be a huge success in the market.

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Promoting a CD can seem like a daunting task at first, especially if you haven’t done anything like this before. Here are a few tips and ideas on how you can get started promoting, and selling your music CD.

1. First, you should plan a launch party. Continue reading How to Promote Your CD

Use In-House Retail Sales To Boost Your Income

By Kenny Love

Now, that you are familiar and likely connected with online music sales sites, such as CD Baby, or combination online/offline retail sites, such as The Orchard, you are probably comfortable in having your music distribution and sales fairly covered.

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But, what if you could get even more music sales, and even more profitable income?

I’m speaking of consigning your product to retail stores, but, with one exception…consigning your product nationally, or even internationally.Continue reading Use In-House Retail Sales To Boost Your Income