File Under: Learning More About Music and Music Business, Getting Licensed and Generating Royalties, Making Money With Music, Releasing and Selling Your Albums, Getting Your Music Heard, Marketing Your Music, Understanding Your Legal Rights,

This year, we hit over 100 articles here at the weekly DIY Advisor column, travelled to SxSW 2016, spoke and taught at various places across the US -- including giving our Making Money With Music talk in both Chicago and Austin. But in parallel to this, we also wrote and released five articles at Electronic Musician Magazine. We often don't always get to share those articles here, but with 2016 coming to a close, we wanted to collect the ones that are free and available online for our DIY Advisor readers. These include:

  • Master Class: Get Placed, Get Paid - October 2016
    Musicians have more opportunities than ever to earn money by licensing their songs for films, TV shows, movie trailers, and commercials, and earning performance and synchronization royalty income in the process. Getting your song placed starts with understanding the people who choose music for these productions: music supervisors. Their job is to find the perfect song for the story being told and this article explains what they do and how to work with them to improve your licensing opportunities.

  • Master Class: Make Spotify Work for You - July 2016
    Spotify can be used as a promotional tool boasting 75 million users (30 million of whom are paying subscribers) and this article tells you how to use it to increase your fanbase. Many of these techniques serve as best practices for internet streaming services, so work them into your master music plan.

  • Master Class: Credits Where Credits Are Due - May 2016
    When you release music, it’s natural to focus on registering it with revenue-generating sources like Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), SoundExchange, and services like YouTube’s ContentID. But there’s another set of registrations you need to do to credit everyone who worked on your song properly. To attach proper credits to your release requires registering with public database sources and uploading your credit information. Updating this information is important for historical and cultural reasons; it can also improve your credibility and visibility in the music industry; and it provides fans with ways to learn about you and discover the other music you make. This article tells you how.

  • How To: Be a Smart Music Marketer - March 2016
    There’s a lot to do when you release your music: distribute it, promote it, get it heard, and get it sold. This article shares 10 strategies you can use to maximize revenue and sales and make the most out of how music buyers use digital sales platforms.

  • Master Class: Song Release Checklist - January 2016
    Today it’s extremely easy to release a song and get it distributed worldwide. But while distribution is no longer a mystery, musicians still often make the mistake of skipping the essential steps that music labels know they must take before they distribute music into the world. This article shares the seven steps you need to do to make sure you protect your rights and can earn royalty income.

While those are the 2016 articles, keep in mind the 2015 articles we wrote for Electronic Musician Magazine are still available too and worth checking out if you haven't already. Of course, we have even more articles planned for the magazine in 2017 since we continue to research and interview musicians around the world. Plus, we'll have a lot of great information to share with you here at the DIY Advisor as well. So check back each Wednesday!


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