Written by Mitch Santell
Producer / Co-founder
The music industry I find is getting very complicated. More and more artists are coming to me and wanting to know to make money at selling their music.
My views on the music business in 2017 are I believe the opposite of everyone else. Keep reading and I'll explain.
First, you are going to have to decide where your passion is. Is it songwriting, live performing?
Within Reggae Music, a top shelf band we love here at BigReggaeMix is Rebelution. This incredible band is always playing live.
Look at their website: http://rebelutionmusic.com/
Second, are you an individual artist or a band? (Each of these has a different set of opportunities and challenges).
Being in a band is like being married and you are going to have to decide as an artist if you are going solo or with a group.
One of our favorite solo artists here at Big Reggae Mix is Hirie. We play her all the time.
Check out her site at hiriemusic.com
Third, where will you focus your streams of income? (This includes Music Publishing, Mechanical Royalties, Live Performance and Streaming).
The streaming side is more complicated too, check out this article on Medium explaining the new levels of compensation for Pandora artists: http://bit.ly/2oW01qN
The music industry in 2017 is just if not more challenging than it was in 2007, the big difference is that in 2007, we were dealing with the music "download economy." Now, what do we address? The music streaming economy.
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