Independent Artists Can Now Reach Music Fans On In-store Music Video Network

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INDEPENDENT ARTISTS: We are currently accepting music submissions for the in-store music video network broadcasting in over 130 teen retail stores across the United States for the month of July. Discounts available for early-bird submissions. Must be CLEAN music videos, lyric videos, or artwork videos (still image + background music).

[VIDEO] Super Fans: The Future of the Music Industry

Who are super fans? They’re the fans who want to connect on a deeper level with recording artists—and are willing to pay for it. And while records are no longer sold like they used to be, artists now have the technology to connect to their audiences directly and build their base, one super fan at time. Benji Rogers, founder of PledgeMusic, travels to SXSW to explore this topic directly with artists and industry experts.

 Dear Indie Band, Your Friends Are Not Your Fans

In this short documentary, copresented by PledgeMusic, Benji talks to Kevin Wortis, director of label services at Girlie Action Marketing; San Fermin, an up-and-coming Brooklyn-based band engaging with fans through Twitter; professors (and brothers) Jay and Chandler Coyle from Music Geek Services and Berklee College of Music; and Nicole Atkins, an established artist who found out she had more fans than she ever knew, when she turned to crowdfunding to fund her new record. It’s a brave new world for artists and fans. Find out how they’re using it to build long-lasting and career-sustaining relationships.

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Artist Josh Garrels Invests in His Future, by Utilizing ‘Free’ as a Format via NoiseTrade

(This article was written by Chandler Coyle and published on The Coyle Report on May 13th, 2015)

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You’re an independent artist and are about to release your first album in almost four years. You’ve been running a pre-order on your website, iTunes, and Bandcamp during the weeks leading up to the release. On release day, in addition to making the album available via download stores and streaming services, you decide to give free downloads of the album away via NoiseTrade. Are you crazy? No, you are Josh Garrels and your new album Home just charted on Billboard despite also being available as a free download.

Giving away a new album on the day that it’s first made available has become for me, the ultimate form of ‘release,’” explains Garrels. “I pour my sweat and blood into the work and an album often takes me years to complete, but somehow, making it available for free creates a healthier relationship between myself, the work and the listener. In short, giving away my music over the years has proven to be life-giving practice.

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SXSW 2016 Now Accepting Showcasing Artist Submissions

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We know it feels like SXSW 2015 happened just yesterday, but we’re already beginning to look towards next year. Mark your calendars: artist applications for the 2016 SXSW Music Festival will open on Monday, June 29.

Sonicbids will return as the official SXSW Music Festival application platform for 2016. Once you set up your Sonicbids Electronic Press Kit and apply for SXSW 2016, your band will have access to a vast network of promoters and booking agents which will enable you to look for gigs outside of SXSW.

The initial application fee will be $33. More information on application deadlines will be announced on a later date.

Each year, the SXSW Music Festival presents a great opportunity to network with industry pros and perform with thousands of artists from all over the world. More than 2,200 showcasing artistsperformed at SXSW this past March, with nearly 600 of those acts representing 62 countries outside of the U.S.

Please visit the Showcase FAQ page for more information about performing at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival, and visit our applications page beginning Monday, June 29 to apply.

Tei Shi photo by Samantha Burkardt

Calling All Talented Independent Pop Artists

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I am seeking a TALENTED independent POP artist who has at least 1 single planned to release this summer (it’s OK if you haven’t recorded it yet) to use as a test subject for a start-up. If you or a friend believes you’re the one, please post a link to your last 2 releases (Soundcloud or YouTube) in the comments here.

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