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6 Musician Revenue Streams You're Probably Forgetting About

pencil icon Janette Berrios

date iconAug 22, 2014 11:13:46 AM

tag icon Features, Legal & Finance

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A version of this article originally appeared on the Symphonic Distribution blog.

Being a musician in today’s music industry not only requires musical talent, but it also requires you to become a quick-thinking, creative mastermind in order to generate the most revenue from your music. There are many ways that musicians can earn money from exploiting their compositions, sound recordings, live performances, and brand. Here are six revenue streams you should be capitalizing on – other than just selling your music.

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How 'Digital Native' Music Consumers Are Different From Everyone Else [Infographic]

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconAug 22, 2014 10:30:00 AM

tag icon News, industry

As Digital Immigrants – those of us who have experienced an analog world, and are constantly adjusting to new technologies as they pop up – the biggest source of our confusion and frustration about the way music is consumed today is likely due to the fact that we don't understand the mindset of Digital Natives – people who have only ever known ubiquitous connectivity and content.

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Spotlight On: Susan Cattaneo

pencil icon Dylan Welsh

date iconAug 22, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon artist, Spotlight, susan cattaneo

Photo by Jyoti Sackett

Between her own music, the music she writes for other artists, and her teaching position at Berklee College of Music, Susan Cattaneo stays busy. The Boston-based singer/songwriter has built an impressive resume for herself as a Nashville songwriter, along with her three solo releases and tours of the US and Italy.

Her newest solo pursuit, Haunted Heart, displays a darker side of Susan’s writing. Inspired by a tragedy in her own kitchen that left her with PTSD, it is the first of her releases to feature songs written entirely for herself, rather than for other artists. Susan is an avid user of Sonicbids, and we jumped at the chance to talk to her about how she made the leap from senior television producer to musician, her new record, and what advice she has to offer other songwriters.

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A New Way to Make Money on YouTube: Fan Funding

pencil icon Mike Baldo

date iconAug 21, 2014 12:05:00 PM

tag icon Features, youtube, Promotion & Booking

What the new Fan Funding option looks like on Soul Pancake's YouTube channel (image via The Daily Rind)

This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.


YouTube has always been about putting the power in the hands of its users. Now they’re taking it a step further and letting users take the reigns on creator support with Fan Funding. This new feature allows fans to send cash to channels they love, directly through The program is already in a pilot phase with a few fan favorite channels like Soul Pancake and The Young Turks, with more channels to be rolled out in the next few months.

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Watch: How to Use EQ and Compression the Right Way

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconAug 21, 2014 11:28:00 AM

tag icon Features, Recording

Any musician who produces his or her own music knows the importance of finding that sweet spot when it comes to EQ and compression. Too much, too little, or the wrong kind altogether can totally ruin the sound of your track and make it appear amateurish.

In the video below, Sam Pura, the founder and owner of The Panda Studios, gives a great demonstration on EQ and compression basics using a guitar riff as an example.

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