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How To Build A Powerful Music Fan Base With Rick Barker

If you want to talk to someone who has proven time and again how to build a strong audience base, you talk to Rick Barker. The man behind Music Industry Blueprint and the former manager of Taylor Swift is not stranger to building a passionate following. He’s also ready and willing to dish out tons …

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How To Get Solid Radio Airplay The Right Way

This blog article is also published on Dotted Music. Musicians submit music to radio on a daily basis. Many of these music submissions to radio go ignored. Here’s how to submit music to radio that really works. Secrets To Music Submissions To Radio Stations Getting radio airplay isn’t a dice roll and it’s not a …

How Radio Promotion Is Done Right With Jesse Barnett

How Radio Promotion Is Done Right With Jesse Barnett

Being a radio host, I’m plugged into different parts of this industry. I’m connected to radio stations, artists, managers, radio promoters, and listeners alike. I see things from the perspective of a radio station manager, music director, program host, and curator when it comes to music submissions. I do also see things from the perspective …

Make Your Radio Submission Count With This Strategy

Make Your Radio Submission Count With This Strategy

Radio submission is a big part of the growth of any musician. As a radio program host (and music curator), I get a LOT of music submissions and people asking for feature on The Appetizer Radio Show. It’s really a great opportunity for us as a radio program to connect with new artists across the …

Why We’re Already In The Zombie Apocalypse

Why We’re Already In The Zombie Apocalypse

You have a band and a fan base that is supportive of your music. Excellent. But you hear news and industry reports that music sales are down, that music streaming is rising and that more and more people are consuming music yet not buying it. We’re already living in the zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead …

Community Is The #1 Key To Ongoing Success

Community Is The #1 Key To Ongoing Success

When you begin something new, you’re always on the lookout for keys to make “the new” work better and grow. That’s inherent to the process of creating and building. Once you’ve been doing something for a while, you amend your processes to be more efficient and operate better. And after building something for a long …

What Happens When Your Dreams Change Shape

I’ve noticed that our dreams aren’t always permanent things. They can change. Dreams changing shape or mutating into new things is good, not something that should make you nervous. I’ve heard people say with alarm, “But I used to want to do this thing with all my heart but I don’t know if I want …

Debunking When Musicians Say They Can Grow Without Radio Airplay

Debunking When Musicians Say They Can Grow Without Radio Airplay

There’s a “music guru” out there saying that he made music that charted in the Top 5 of iTunes and sold a million albums, all without radio airplay. I hope that’s true, because it’d be terrible to promote that and it not be real. Still, I question the validity of something that rare. “What if …

Brandi Carlile Knows Where Her Audience Is

For folk and alt-country fans, Brandi Carlile isn’t a stranger but a friend who has made music more than just an entertainment source, but a comforting oasis. She may not have the name recognition of other female vocal powerhouses like Adele, Katy Perry, or Christina Aguilara but Carlile’s yodel-styled voice has more majesty than pop …