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"If you visited Austin’s Waterloo Records recently, you might have noticed a construction project that was unthinkable not so long ago: The 36-year-old Austin music staple was replacing 24 feet of CD racks with space for more vinyl. “After 30 years of CDs, a lot of peo...

March 14, 2018

Big news as we officially announce Wade Sutton's upcoming appearance at the 2018 Music Entrepreneur Conference at Harvard University.  The conference takes place April 7th and 8th and will include presentations from some of the music industry's brightest minds includin...

February 5, 2018

Our own Wade Sutton joins music marketing expert Michael Brandvold to talk about the use of biographies, press releases, and press kits in today's music industry.

    This is the first in a new series of articles examining the various tools music artists should be using to advance and grow their careers.  The goal is to introduce artists to these tools while explaining how they contribute to helping an artist’s career, how to us...

Are you in search of things you must do in order to enter the music industry in 2018? Do you have what it takes to succeed in the music industry? See, just because you have a knowledge about music, doesn’t mean you know about the music industry. 

Most people think the...

January 8, 2018

Ross Barber-Smith and Marcio Novelli of Bridge the Atlantic talk music in Nashville, seizing opportunities, and setting goals with musician and actor Riley Smith.

January 8, 2018

As musicians we spend nearly countless hours creating music, only to cross our fingers and hope our latest-greatest songs will magically meet the ears of new listeners.

Or we post Instagram pics with a billion hashtags all day long, because that’s what some social media...

December 18, 2017

     

     Starting this week, Facebook will begin demoting spammy or “engagement bait” posts that goad users into taking actions like sharing, tagging, liking, or commenting. Posts which prompt users to “Tag a friend who likes to nap!” seem popular because th...

Content creation platform Patreon is taking a step back from recently announced changes regarding the manner in which creators, including music artists, are paid for their work.  The changes were first announced in an e-mail sent to content creators on December 6th but...

December 12, 2017

Music marketing expert Michael Brandvold and Hypebot's Jay Gilbert talk with Ari Herstand about how artist's can find more success getting their music placed on Spotify playlists.

Note:  Rocket to the Stars' own Wade Sutton will be a guest on an upcoming episode of Musi...

December 12, 2017

"The music career of Lance Allen is a true DIY success story. He doesn’t tour. He doesn’t rely on merch sales to pay the mortgage. He isn’t a household name. And yet he’s earning a full-time living in music by balancing guitar lessons with streaming revenue. That money...

December 12, 2017

"Standing in the large and dimly-lit winter wonderland-themed Pier 36 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Pandora president and CEO Roger Lynch has a huge smile on his face. In another hour or so, chart-topping acts and 2018 Grammy nominees Post Malone and SZA will take th...

Content creation platform Patreon has announced plans to restructure the way music artists using the platform are paid.  The move means artists creating content on the platform will now keep 95% of all money pledged, up from the current figure of between 80% to 88%.  T...

December 4, 2017

"In cities across Canada, local live music venues are struggling and in some cases closing.

  

Toronto is considering a proposal to extend the hours of liquor licensing as a possible solution, but Mar Sellars argues moving concerts to earlier time slots might have a...

"The life of a Nashville songwriter is a glamorous parade of hit songs, money, No. 1 parties and awards shows ... or at least, so country music fans think. While those things can and do happen, the reality of the average songwriter's career in Music City is a much dark...

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