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Musicians are starving to death..And it's ALL YOUR FAULT

Why a worrying trend in promoters trying to guilt-trip music fans into attending shows needs to stop, and why you're not an asshole if you'd rather watch The X-Factor.

There's no "I" in Scene

A strong music scene depends on having a number of quality bands playing at a number of quality venues, so why are some music venues stopping bands playing more gigs "for the good of the scene"?

The Almost Famous Top Ten

Want to know what's rocking the Almost Famous HQ stereo? Check out some awesome new bands, and new material, in our weekly Top Ten Spotify playlists.

Why your gig posters don't have to sing to rock

Or why new technology and social media isn't always the best strategy when it comes to promoting your gigs. After all, some times a simple poster work even better.

Friday, 27 December 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for December 27th 2013


ALMOST FAMOUS MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY ROUND-UP
We're almost at the end of another year and our thoughts are turning to making those all-important New Year's Resolutions. With that in mind then, here's part two of our two part round-up of some of the best posts we've found on New Years Resolutions for musicians.

The 9 Step New Year’s Resolution For Indie Musicians
Kelly Drumgoole breaks it down in this awesome post for Music Think Tank.

New Year’s Resolutions for Musicians From Bandzoogle & Sonicbids Part 4: Tour Tips
Not so much resolutions themselves, but great advice on how to makes your touring resolutions a reality.

Top New Year Resolutions for Musicians
A great overview on the kind of resolutions you should be making, from improving your contacts list to getting out there and gigging.

A Musician’s New Year’s Resolutions
Among the many wise resolutions on this list are not eating BBQ ribs if wearing the same clothes on stage and 'carry[ing] spare picks for my friends who are idiots.'
Who can argue with that?

Friday, 20 December 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for December 20th 2013


ALMOST FAMOUS MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY ROUND-UP
We're almost at the end of another year and our thoughts are turning to making those all-important New Year's Resolutions. With that in mind then, here's part one of our two part round-up of some of the best posts we've found on New Years Resolutions for musicians.

If you’re thinking of making a New Year Resolution this year, why not make it a musical resolution?
That's the question asked by Dawsons, one of our favourite retailers for instruments, amps and more.

10 New Year’s Resolutions a Musician Should Make
From playing one new town each month to raising money for charity, here's a great list of resolutions you could use if you're stuck for inspiration this year.

100 New Years Resolutions for the Proactive Musician
Need even more inspiration on your New Year's Resolutions? Here you go!

New Year’s Resolutions for Musicians from Bandzoogle & Sonicbids Part 1: Agreements and Budgets
Kicking off a four-part series on how to make the new year your best one yet.

40 Musicians and Their New Year's Resolutions
OK, so most of these aren't very serious at all, but let's end of a light-note, shall we?

Friday, 13 December 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for December 13th 2013


ALMOST FAMOUS MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY ROUND-UP
Five more of the most useful, insightful or purely entertaining music biz related posts you may have missed.

Saving Money While Touring
Awesome tips on how to save cash when booking flights and touring across the country

Six Essential Elements Of A Band Biography
Toby Rogers lists everything you need to know. Another must-read piece.

Band Interview Tips: How to Make the Most Out of Your Interview
We've covered how to interview bands at some long-forgotten point in the past, but what if you're a band with a journo's recorder shoved in your face? Simon Tam has the answers.

Toothbrush Technology Extends A Brand
A good idea, or cheap and crass commercialism?

I Love DIY Music – New Beginnings!
Another great video from Chris Rocket's Promote Your Music blog.

Friday, 6 December 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for December 6th 2013


Almost Famous Music Biz Weekly Round-Up: 5 must-read posts
Five more of the most useful, insightful or purely entertaining music biz related posts you may have missed.

Report: Roughly 6 Million Archived Recordings are Rotting As We Speak...
Sad news indeed...

10 Questions Artists Should Ask Themselves at the Beginning of Their Careers (To Increase their Chances of Success)
Sari Delmar writes an excellent piece for Music Think Tank with ten crucial questions musicians (and indeed, anybody working in creative fields) should ask themselves. Definitely worth a read.

The Best Time To Send Your Newsletter
Is essentially 'in the morning' though this great post from Bobby Owsinski gives us a breakdown of how people interact with their e-mail throughout the day.

When to Release Your Album - Month by Month
Whilst we've just had a breakdown of when to send your music newsletter, here's an equally-as-compelling study from David Roberts on the best time to launch your new material.

How To Get Your Music Video Viewed 1,000 Times In One Day
Singer-songwriter Cheryl B. Engelhardt chares the one sure-fire way she found through much trial and error.

Friday, 29 November 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for November 29th 2013


Almost Famous Music: Weekly Round-up of top music biz stories and advice
Five more of the most useful, insightful or purely entertaining music biz related posts you may have missed.

Jimmy Iovine: "There's an Ocean of Music Out There, and Absolutely No Curation for It..."
Some times, we just like Digital Music News posts for the debates (ie: raging arguments) taking place in the comments. This would be one of those times.

Sharing on Facebook Worth Nearly Three Time More Than Tweets for Social Commerce – New Report Finds
Michael Brandvold looks at why Facebook shares are more valuable to those trying to generate revenue through their music.

Why No One Wants to Pay for YouTube Channels
You can still get away with putting ads on your Youtube videos, but woe betide the man who charges a premium subscription f or his Youtube channel.

Wait! Don’t post that music video on YouTube without a sync license!
Sticking with the Youtube theme...We've briefly looked at Youtube's sync license in the past, but if you missed that then the Disc Makers blog has an excellent overview of what it is and why you need one.

Music Industry Email Etiquette 101 – For/from people who give a damn.
About 99% of musicians get the simple task of sending a polite e-mail horribly wrong; here's how to be the 1% who gets it right.

Friday, 22 November 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for November 22nd 2013


ALMOST FAMOUS MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY ROUND-UP
Five more of the most useful, insightful or purely entertaining music biz related posts you may have missed.

Making Money With Music Licensing – Part 3: Who’s Buying and How to Connect
The final part of Keith Hatschek's great series on how to generate revenue through licensing your music looks in greater detail at finding the people who you need to get your tunes before the right ears.

When Kickstarter Doesn't Work
Or how not to run a crowdfunding campaign (or why you shouldn't be Bjork)

Crowd Funding: Also A Method For Proving Marketability To Investors
More on Kickstarter comes from TimGeigner on TechDirt,who looks at even more reasons why crowdfunding is a good idea.

The Average Person Can Only Name Between 10 and 20 Artists...
Congratulations, you're probably above average.

Everybody's Got a Price Tag. Including Indie Labels...
Somewhere, Ted Dibiase is filing suit for copyright on his catchphrase.

Friday, 15 November 2013

MUSIC BIZ ROUND-UP: Five Must-Read posts for November 15th 2013

ALMOST FAMOUS MUSIC BIZ WEEKLY ROUND-UP
Five more of the most useful, insightful or purely entertaining music biz related posts you may have missed.

Making Money With Music Licensing – Part 2: Creating Value and Income
We posted part one of Keith Hatschek's great guide to generating an income through music licensing last week, now we follow it up with this compelling second instalment which, again, we very much advise you read if you're serious about making a living with your music.

The Power of Personal - When Traditional Marketing Still Counts
Jem Bahaijoub of ImaginePR brings us some awesome music advice on why simply using digital marketing tools won't always be enough.

Rules for Running a Contest on a Facebook Page and Facebook Apps You Can Use to Run a Contest
 Michael Brandvold has everything you need to know before you rush off to launch your own Facebook contest with your fans.

The New Contract Rider
Basically concert promoters are now contractually obliged not to promote gigs to the wrong target market.

The Following Music Organizations Will be Dead or Dying In 5-10 Years...
And finally, we end on a somewhat down note, especially if you're one of the organizations mentioned here.