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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...

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

"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...

November 4, 2017

As the recording industry continues to battle against the steady decline of physical album sales, and now steady decline in digital album sales, it can be difficult as an independent musician to determine the best path to take for long-term growth and success.

Ultimatel...

Bridge the Atlantic talks to Rocket to the Stars' own Wade Sutton about everything from live performance to the writing process to the relationship between music artists and the media.

I'm in a continuous dialogue with writers and artists literally across the world in the importance of "building teams" in their approach to music. Too many feel that the industry, publisher, producers, labels, agents, managers, etc. will come in and set everything righ...

Trying to carve out a career in music? Firstly, where do you apply to find a job as a musician? What sorts of activities should you be doing now to prepare yourself for a career in music? It turns out that your skill alone typically will not lead to success. Landing th...

October 17, 2017

Over the past few posts, I’ve covered how to decide if you’re ready to record an album, tips for writing songs, and how to handle the pre-production of your recording. Today I want to talk about one of the most popular ways to fund production for your album - crowdfund...

October 17, 2017

Whether you’re completely new to songwriting or have been making music for years, working in a space that’s conducive for creativity is essential if you’re taking your craft seriously. But musicians often have a bad reputation for not taking care of themselves, and som...

This is the person that Beyonce trusts to manage, direct, and coordinate her backing band on tour.  The band is called Suga Mama, and it’s part of a massive roadshow that plays the biggest arenas in front of tens of thousands of people every night.

But that’s just one g...

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