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ASCAP VS BMI - Distrokid Is Not Enough to Collect Your Performance Royalties

If you’re hoping to make millions by just streaming your music on sources like Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play, we’ve got some bad news: you won’t. Yes, it’s the blunt truth, but only because we want you to know the many other sources of revenue out there that can pay...

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How to Book a Tour - The Comprehensive Guide to Booking Your Own DIY Tour as an Indie Artist

This article was adapted from the original written by Josiah Garrett. Visit the original article.

Here at the Indie Music Academy, we believe that there is a revolution happening in our midst: There has never been a more affordable time to record high-quality music at...

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How Does Music Licensing Work?

One of the biggest revenue streams for artists is music licensing. Music licensing can be a confusing, intimidating journey and most artists don't find success in this area of the biz without a little guidance. But we’re here to clarify any questions and misconceptions you might have...

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Everything You Need to Know About Streaming on Spotify

Spotify has had a love-hate relationship with the music industry ever since its inception. While it’s a convenient, inspiring music-streaming service for its customers, the artist side of it can feel intimidating. We’re here to help get you started, and to prove that Spotify is not...

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Top 10 Coolest Jobs in the Music Industry

It's not just about the voice talent or the talented fingers on an instrument when it comes to making your mark on the music industry. Some of the coolest parts of the trade aren't behind the mic or up on stage. They're behind the scenes, in the studio, or shaking hands with a big name over a...

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10 Must-Know Record Labels in the Industry

While we’re big fans of the independent record label, we know that the big three labels - Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group - loom large over the industry and have brought tremendous history to the industry as a whole. Under those Big Three are many labels you know...

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Songwriter Split Sheet

One of the greatest skills that can artist can have is the ability to write and record their own songs, as well as collaborate with other fellow artists. But when there’s a lot of chefs in the kitchen cooking up a new song, it’s important to have a contract that spells out what each...

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Pros and Cons of Indie Record Labels You Need to Know

When it comes to choosing the right music label for your career, it can be comparable to choosing a business partner. You want someone who can be by your side artistically, financially, and personally. While big record labels may boast these qualities, it’s a given that all three of these...

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4 Music Industry Jobs That You Didn’t Know Earn Royalties

You don’t need to be an incredibly talented singer to make it in the music industry. Okay, we know that sounds strange, but it’s true. There are so many other facets and positions in the industry that can make some serious coin, all without having to step in front of the microphone...

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What Is a 360 Deal?

There’s a running joke that your favorite artists are probably poor behind the scenes, and a lot of this humor often stems from the reality of their poor contract agreements. The 360 deal is one of the most common, and most misunderstood, contracts in the industry. Many hate it on sight,...

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"How to Grow a Music Fanbase
…Even If Nobody’s Ever Heard of You"

  • Video 1: How to Use Spotify and Social Media to Blow up Your Fanbase and the Secret to Earning Their Trust After They Discover You
  • Video 2: My Exact Revenue Streams and Why Income Diversification Lets Me Do More with My Music Career
  • Video 3: Establishing Your Artist Brand and How to Create a Lasting Impact with Your Music