What Is Music Producer

Independent artists and other players in the music industry must have somewhere to go to, not just to gain information about the world that they belong but also to be heard. Belonging to an organization that would cater to their interests will help them keep track on the field where they belong.

Fortunately, there is Music Biz, a community site that concerns itself with the music industry in general. It is distinct from other music sites because it is not necessarily all news, gossips, reviews and promotions although it also has that composition. Rather it is typically a community site where independent artists can learn from0 insider’s opinions and analysis about certain issues and situation going on in the music business. Independent artists learn from them through their written articles presented in the editorials which are the main component of Music Biz. In the same way, independent artists can also contribute articles with the same theme. Article contribution should follow certain standards set by Music Biz so that all articles are reliable and impose certain credibility.

Aside from editorials, Music Biz does have news and feature articles. The news is basically taken as a link to the original site where the news came from. Independent artists can get the news by clicking the title and new window will open from where the news originated. The news in Music Biz is up to date and comes from different sources. Feature articles, on the other hand, are articles contributed to the members of the Music Biz. Feature articles are another interesting piece that independent artists can get from Music Biz.

Articles in Music Biz readily are seen and might be read immediately. But what’s more interesting is that independent artists and other music enthusiasts can interact within the site. The interaction might be in a form of forum or reviews. Once a member, they can participate in a forum that are categorized into five topics namely Welcome Mat or forums for beginners; The Block, forums for general discussions; Producer Central, area where producers do their interaction and exchange of ideas; Musician’s Corner, where all independent artists and other musicians had their forums; and Legal Briefs, where topics on contracts, business and law are discussed in particular. Visitors can manage which forums will capture their interest best because of the categories for the subjects. Aside from forums, independent artists, or visitors for that matter, can read reviews on certain subjects like albums, artists, movies and other related topics.

Music Biz is also an affiliate of Amazon.com by selling CDs and DVDs. Music Biz offers these items with the specified price so that visitors can readily shop on these items while in Music Biz.

Independent artists, music enthusiast and mere web surfers can get information about the music industry in Music Biz. Music Biz is not a mere social community site but is rather informative, creative, and innovative for the independent artists and musicians whoever need to make it right and well in the music industry.

Free Music Studio

Musicians, FREE YOUR MUSIC!!! This means really and figuratively. Modern copyright laws and DRM (Digital Rights Management) bind the artist more than ever. Free music means not only offering digital music free of charge and unrestricted from duplication in non-commercial forms. However, if listeners derive pleasure from the music, they should always be encouraged to donate to the artist. But of course, if the music is being used in a commercial form (remix or sync context), there should be a mechanism in place to compensate the artist BUT, these situations should be encouraged by the labels.

The Album format is dead. There was a measurement of time before the advent of the internet. However, at the current rate of innovation, time is an even more precious commodity as attention spans shorten. The past practice of one album release by an artist all 2 years is suicide for any indie. Personally, I’d advocate a 2-3 song release all 4-6 months. This puts the artist in closer contact with their fans because of its greater frequency. It reduces expenses for the artist experhymenting in a particular musical direction. If the new sound is rejected by fans, there’s not as much time and money wasted. There’s greater freedom to experhyment with new themes, sounds, styles without much significant investment. Plus more frequent releases provide a better picture of an artist’s musical growth over time. With more ala carte download services coming online, the 10-12 song album format is becoming irrelevant. Although I don’t like the bigger emphasis on “singles” the breakdown of traditional formats is a step in the right direction. However, artists should still be encouraged to put out “bodies of art” or “clusters” of material.

CDs are also dead. MP3 players, especially the IPod, are now the player of choice for the most important demographic and as such, digital music is king. Owning music is over and so should buying it be.

We are all standing on the shoulders of giants. No style, song or singer ever developed in vacuum. All music is the product of absolutely everything else before it. Things must be borrowed in order to create something new. We encourage and promote derivative works made from our releases. Whether it’s a guitar lick, a vocal hook or a remix version of a complete song, new art from old keeps the art alive. If these are done in the name of creation and development, there should be NO restriction. But, if the “adaptor” receives compensation for the new work, then the “adaptee” should, in part, be compensated for their contribution.

People, make ake money where the money is! Music fans are the lifeblood of the art. But, for too long they’ve been preyed upon as the sustainers of the music industry because the music had become “the product”. However, if you remove the music as a thing and think of it as more of a marketing device, you empower the artist and simplify the business plan. The small money is in live performance and merchandising. The BIG money is in sync licensing and strategic partnerships. Envision a record label as more of a strategic partnership between artists to create more value for themselves because of the collective catalog. In having one unified point of purchase, the catalog increases in value because of its proximity to teach other. This concept is almost like a music “co-op”.

What is even more liberating about this concept is that artists can be encourage to adopt a B2B mindset when it comes to servicing their “business” clients in the form of licensing while offering consumer music free of charge.

Here’s how this free music” scenario may turn out for one artist.

In speaking with my friend the songwriter, we discussed the success of his last album selling it off the stage at shows. Although he loves to play gigs, he has primarily done in order to connect with more new fans and sell cds to sustain his career. With that said, the numbers fell like this:

$1000 – studio time $1500 – cd replication and printing

His album has been out for 3 years and he has sold 600 copies at $10 apiece out of an original pressing of 1000 units.

So this album, so far has made a net profit of $6000 MINUS the $2500 in costs for a grand total of $3500.

I put it to him like this – if we take a modest number of internet listeners – for sake of argument we’ll say 5000. Let’s say that only 14% of those listeners chose to pay only half the suggested price for his new cd according to the SPEAK philosophy. That means that only 700 of those 5000 new listeners chose to pay $5 for music that they loved which made the artist the same $3500 he made on his last album.

But now his music has 5000 NEW FANS and a monster mailing list on which he can market his merchandise, his fan club, his tour and his future albums. Since he knows these people already dug his music, logic would dictate that he will get a greater return percentage on his next album – maybe 25% will then pay that same $5 next time around!

Also, there is something else to be noted here: since SPEAK encourages listeners to copy this music and distribute it to their friends (encourage send to a friend section – incentive) there’s even more people listening!

Here’s a further break-even scenario using the SPEAK method using this artists same timeframe:

5000 users over 3 years = 139 downloads per month 14% purchase rate each month over 3 years = $97.22 how many people need to buy this album at $5 apiece? Just 19

(According to other data, this number has been as high as $9 per release!)

Now this is all just to achieve the same monetary result. Apply your own release numbers to this scenario and discover what you can do with your album based on these modest estimates.