Keeping Tempo With Music Biz

Given the constant evolution of the music business, it is extremely important for today’s industry professionals to stay current with the latest trends and technologies influencing the ways we work. Music Biz’s Keeping Tempo With Music Biz content series taps into the brain trust of our member & partner community to arm readers through the tips and tricks they need to succeed, and discuss the issues affecting industry professionals on a holistic level.

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August 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Approaching Product Development From a Creator Lens with Jacob Fowler of The Orchard

The music industry has seen a number of dramatic shifts in the past two decades, with each year seemingly introducing a handful of new ways to share songs, track who is listening to them, and interact with music fans. Despite these rapid changes, The Orchard has never wavered from their initial promise posed more than 20 years ago: allow members of the creative community to release music on their own terms, all the while innovating their core product offerings so they may best serve their partners.... Read More

June 16, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Managing Content Discovery During the Podcast Explosion with Gracenote

The Podcast renaissance is in full swing, with many fan favorite celebrities and hosts taking the helm of their own shows and even some interesting projects debuting from within the music industry as a way to cross-promote new music. The result of the format’s increased popularity is a boom in content that is daunting to sort through, to say the least. In our latest Keeping Tempo interview, we sat down with Greg Gentschev, Gracenote’s SVP of Product Management for Music &... Read More

July 7, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Staying Safe, Sane and Productive: A Conversation with Symphonic Distribution’s Jorge Brea

Established as a forward-thinking distribution company, Symphonic has in many ways helped give a sneak peak into a future music industry guided by an “artist-first” strategy that bolsters everything from personal brand to release schedules. This tendency to look and plan ahead for the challenges of tomorrow has helped the company respond to the challenges that 2020 have presented our entire industry with in a major way. In this Keeping Tempo interview, we discuss with Symphonic Distribution CEO Jorge Brea how the company has managed to stay productive in the time of COVID-19,... Read More

April 28, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — A Conversation on Mental Health in the Music Business with THRIV’s Dr. Chayim Newman

The global conversation behind mental health has dramatically changed over the past decade, with a greater focus than ever on elevating the voices of those in crisis and ensuring that resources are available to them. Our industry — one where artists spend most of their time sharing music that bears their hearts both on record and on stage — is acutely affected by issues of mental health, as long, stressful stretches of studio and touring time takes away from artists’... Read More

April 14, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — How Indie Records Stores Are Weathering the Storm: Interview with Schoolkids Records’ Stephen Judge

A month or so in, and the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has already made a lasting impact on not just our industry, but on the ways the international community does business as a whole. As a segment of the industry largely reliant on foot traffic, the indie record store community is working tirelessly to ensure they can keep their doors open and serve their local communities with the music they so desperately look for to help cope in times of crisis.... Read More

March 17, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — The Intricacies of Music Licensing for Podcasts with OneHouse’s Jim Griffin

Podcasts are the new norm for many, with more than half of Americans listening to a podcast in the past year and the format’s “share of ear” doubling since 2014, according to Edison Research. Because of this sharp increase in popularity, more and more industries are looking to grow their piece of the revenue pie from the format. There are unique opportunities that the format holds for our industry, as radio-style podcasts benefit from having songs or song clips inserted in episodes,... Read More

March 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Straight from the Source: A Discussion of D2C Storefronts

Despite the flurry of consumer activity around music streaming, a large number of dedicated music fans still crave and purchase physical music products as a tangible representation of their dedication to their favorite artists. However, the production and shipping spend involved with a widespread physical release does not make financial sense for all artists, particularly those in the independent scene. In this Keeping Tempo op-ed, Single Music Artist Relations Lead Joe Pillatsch discusses how direct-to-consumer (D2C) solutions help artists share their art in any and all formats of their choosing,... Read More

February 18, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Artist Brand and Its Role in Music Entrepreneurship

In today’s content-driven attention economy, a strong playlist or synch placement can help an artist’s latest single skyrocket in popularity, virtually jumpstarting successful careers overnight. This has unfortunately resulted in a new obstacle: how can modern day artists pull in more engaged, lifetime fans that will not just listen to their latest release, but truly embrace the artist in their lives? To best resonate with music consumers, it is paramount for artists and their teams to create a clear,... Read More

February 4, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Uniting Everyone from Pros to Fans: How Jaxsta’s Platform Benefits All Players in the Music Business

The music business’ rapid embrace of technology has greatly helped flatten its structure, allowing everyone from emerging artists to legacy acts and industry executives to make lasting connections and collaborate. Of course, this counts on all parties having access to the same data resources, events calendars, and directories. In this interview with Jaxsta’s co-founder and CEO Jacqui Louez Schoorl, we discuss what opportunities industry professionals may be missing out on in our newly democratized industry that the company’s Jaxsta Pro platform can assist with,... Read More

January 22, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo with Music Biz] – Podcasts: Product and Tech Revolution, an Op-Ed by Sergey Bludov of DataArt

Once relegated to the fringes of digital entertainment, podcasts are now on the minds of the entire media industry. Big money acquisitions of podcasting companies are increasingly commonplace, while a growing number of major celebrities are launching podcasts of their own. In a relatively short amount of time, this audio show format has become impossible to ignore, with the most significant media companies jumping into the mix at a rapid pace. In this op-ed piece, DataArt’s SVP of Media &... Read More