6 Steps To Building True Music Industry Connections

By Christiana Usenza from the Sonicbids Blog. In any field, “who you know” often counts more than “what you know.” This is especially true in the music industry – an ever-shrinking pool of people that exemplifies the proverbial “small world.” Now, more than ever, it’s important to not only build your list of contacts, but also make true connections with fellow folks in the biz. A true connection vs. a contact A contact is someone you know through someone else, or is a respected person in your field who could potentially benefit you in some way. But what really matters…







5 Tips For Musicians On Maintaining Great Relationships With The Music Press

By Jamie Ludwig from the SonicBids Blog. For an independent musician, scoring coverage in a media outlet may seem like the well-earned reward in a long cycle of pitching and waiting, good fortune, or a combination of both. But with the right mindset, it’s actually just the start of a potentially long-term professional connection. Some bands hire publicists to develop and maintain their relationships with the press, but others who are in the early stages of their careers (or otherwise not ready to make that type of financial commitment) can make use of these five effective strategies to stay on…



YouTube’s Tip Jar Fan Funding Feature Goes Live In 4 Countries

YouTube is now offering creators compensation beyond a split of ad revenue. Google, which announced back in June that it was testing a YouTube tip jar, has now launched the crowd funding feature in four countries. Users in the US, Australia, Japan and Mexico can access the tip jar now, and more countries will be added in the coming months. Fan Funding is currently available via the web and YouTube Android app. If a creator has Fan Funding enabled, you may see an [ ] icon in the corner of their video. Click that icon to get started! You can…


Twitter Opens Analytics Dashboard To Your Band

It’s important to know what’s happening with all that social media activity that so often seems to be an act of faith. Twitter’s making it easier to keep up with the reach of your tweets on Twitter by opening their Tweet activity dashboard to all users. Previously available for advertisers and whoever Twitter deemed special enough to verify, Twitter’s analytics may tell you some things you didn’t know but leave you wanting more. Given how many analytics products there are and how many of those have third party solutions to the problem of surfacing and displaying the most important information,…