<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-TMFBBP" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"> Sonicbids Blog - Music Career Advice and Gigs | infographic
Expert Music Career Advice For DIY Musicians
4 Times You Shouldn't Take the Gig
The Number One Mistake Bands Make Right After Booking a Gig
The Ultimate EQ Cheat Sheet for Every Common Instrument
15 Reality Checks Young Artists Need to Hear

This Infographic Explains Everything Songwriters Need to Know About How the Consent Decree Revision Impacts Them

Image via soundstr.com

This infographic originally appeared on Soundstr.


If you follow the news in the music industry, you might have been hearing about the consent decree lately. Even if you aren't exactly sure what it means, you may have been able to gather that the revisions made on the consent decree will greatly impact songwriters. There are some songwriters who are starting to sweat, and you may be as well.

If you're wondering what exactly the consent decree is... well, there's a lot to it. Its purpose is essentially to regulate how ASCAP and BMI operate and prevent the development of a monopoly in the industry. ASCAP and BMI are nonprofit companies, and the consent decree binds them to this agreement. However, there are other for-profit companies, SESAC and GMR, that aren't bound. 

What We're All Really Thinking About Every Genre's Song Formulas

Image via wronghands1.com

Are you a classic rocker? Or would you say that you're more of a laid-back, folksy singer-songwriter? Either way, you'll get a good laugh out of these tongue-in-cheek images that John Atkinson created, showing what we're all really thinking about the song formulas that seem to pervade every genre.

vinyl, infographic

Jun 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

How Vinyl Records Made Their Comeback [Infographic]

Image via huffingtonpost.com

If you're a musician and haven't been living under a rock for the past few years, then you probably already know that the vinyl record is once again taking the music world by storm. Considering that we live in the digital age of efficiency in which we become understandably upset when Spotify doesn't have that one obscure artist we love (or Taylor Swift), a move that actually puts us back in time to the days of not-quite-pocket-sized discs and unwieldy music players doesn't make much sense on the surface. However, it may indeed be that due to the current super-digitization of music, having something to actually hold onto has become that much more special. If you're mystified, the infographic by Liberty Games below gives an overview of why vinyl has made such a strong comeback – and how its future is looking.


May 29, 2015 11:00 AM

Berklee Online

58 Instruments That Made Rolling Stone's Top 100 Songs of All Time [Infographic]

Johnny Cash. (Image via rockprodigy.com)

This article originally appeared on Berklee Online.


With a little vocal talent, some excellent songwriting, and a whole lot of brilliant artistry (amongst many, many other things) classic hits can reach instant or even cult stardom. But without their instruments – from the reserves like guitar and vocals down to the cabasa and glockenspiel – successful songs may have missed the mark.

How Much Do Musicians Make From Spotify and YouTube? A Must-See Digital Earnings Infographic

Image via readwrite.com

A version of this article originally appeared on Hypebot.


How much do artists earn when they put their music online? A new infographic from data scientist David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful offers an answer. He looks at how much artists earn using various distributors and retailers from Bandcamp to iTunes when they sell online, and pulls data to examine what streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, and Beats pay.