SXSW 2016: What's On The Mind of The Music Industry?

by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan

File under: Music Industry News

It's that time of the year again -- the time when musicians, filmmakers, techies, and artists from around the globe descend on Austin, Texas. Now in its 30th year, the SXSW festival spans nearly two weeks of music performances, film showings, panel discussions, conferences, and more. And, just as in year's past, there's plenty for the DIY musician to learn.

If you could see our personal calendars, they're packed full with back-to-back music business panels and talks. We're running from part of the conference center to another in our attempt to catch all we can from some of the top industry leaders and services helping to shape the new music business. This year some of the bigger themes echoing the convention hall include getting heard, publishing and licensing, marketing, building a fanbase, and of course, how to make money with music.

Here's a small sample of just some of the 2016 SXSW panel discussions. These can give you a sense of where DIY musicians and the music industry's minds are at today. It turns out to be topics that we cover here throughout the year, so if you're hungry for tips, tricks, and techniques now, The DIY Advisor has your back: click the links for related articles on all of these topics..

  • Building Your Music Business: "Do Musicians Still Need Record Labels?", "Creative Convergence: Artists as Labels", "Secrets of The Trade – Release Your Music Without a Traditional Label"

    One of the hottest topics this year is the reality that the musician is the label. You're a business. This means that on top of all the producing, engineering, and recording you do, you're also your own agent, manager, publicist, booker, publisher, accountant, attorney, and more. But, being responsible for these roles doesn't mean do it all yourself. It's all about delegation. Today there are tools, services, and experts you can use to do this work when you actually need it done. Plus, you keep all your rights.

  • Getting Your Music Heard: "How to Get Heard When No One's Heard of You", "Radio 411 - Do's & Don'ts of Getting Radio Airplay", "Making Streaming Royalties Fair(er)", "Innovation in Digital Music & Making Streaming Pay"

    With the growth of streaming, there's a greater scrutiny on what streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music pay artists. That said, if your music isn't available on these services, then you haven't put your music in all of the places that fans want to listen to it. Also, you need to be on mobile because it's where people are listening to and discovering music. If your music isn't streamable on a mobile device and your web presence isn't mobile-ready, you're being left out.

And that's just a taste of what's being discussed this 2016. There's a lot to learn, but don't worry -- we're taking a ton of notes as always and we'll be sure to share all we discover in future columns right here at The DIY Advisor.


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