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Artists United = Together

Posted in Artists United - Luke Music, Music Industry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by Kim Nicolaou

Makin’ Money in the Music Industry is EASY! Coming ‘Together’ to cash in on it, is the hardest part. Why do we always need a Tragedy to ‘get together’? Let’s Come Together now. There are more Unsigned Artists on the planet than signed. There are more Facebook accounts of  Unsigned Artists, not to mention MySpace, reverbnation and a 100 others that such Artists go and register ” in the hope that… some label will notice”.  Take a look at Why? Because we have, and can provide the tools that can show you the road to earning ‘something’ as opposed to ‘nothing’.

Recently I was directed to a band that had 22K (thousand) plays. Their music (most tracks) were DOWNLOADABLE for FREE and the ones that just played, well, anyone could have digitally ripped them off! So, where is the money? Show me the money!

There are Indie Labels and Management in their thousands (let’s take 5K each as an example). If we presume each management and Indie label have 5 Artists each, that’s 50K Artists. So 5k (indie) + 5k (man)=10K Industry Pro’s. 10K  Industry Pro’s with 50K Artists and If each Artist had an Album (about 10 tracks), it comes to 500,000!

That is a lotta music that can generate interest and money for THE ARTIST as well as…. At the moment, like I said in a previous blog, the situation on the net is like being one of the 12 Tribes of Israel, lost and scattered all over.

I-tunes, is a winner here. But most of i-tunes sales are the Top names in the Industry. Who will find the Unknown amongst all the known popular Artists? I’m saying, let’s have our own big mother warehouse where Joe Public will know that we are all in the same place. Let’s not be too proud with our Unknown material and charge what the Pro’s charge. Let us create our own Unsigned Artists, Artists United Music Industry.

Who will control the money? That’s easy. The ‘come together‘ is the difficult part.

So, to sum up, read the Royalty paragraph and see how much money you are NOT EARNING!

The UK performing and mechanical rights society (PRS for Music) has an on-demand streaming rate of £0.00085 per track – meaning that a track played a million times in the UK earns £850 in royalty payments. Whereas GEMA (the German collecting society) have a standard royalty rate of €0.1278 (£0.11) – so, the same track streamed a million times in Germany brings in £110,000 in royalty payments – or, straight to the point, about 130 times more than in the UK.

We can offer Publishing within joining Register for FREE and use our many Social Networks to promote yourselves. To be on the Pro level, you will need the software. Any questions, just Ask!

By the way, this is not an overnight success deal, but it’s possible to start seeing money within 6 months. If I can get Independent and indie Labels with a few Management companies for sure this will take off within a month. Joe Public likes a ‘win win’ situation. If you think of it logically it can work for all parties concerned.

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Like I said, only in ‘Coming Together’.

From Demo to Platinum Sales Part 1

Posted in Artists United - Luke Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2011 by Kim Nicolaou

Step 1 What’s a Demo

A demo can be in the form (MP3, CD, DVD, film or vinyl) as long as it demonstrates your talent. The demo will enable the listener (a manager, publisher or record company executive) to make an informed decision as to whether they want to become involved in you musical career.As mentioned in a previous Blog I said that Company Executives (A&R) are now very rare. Bottom line is that a Demo is essential unless you get spotted at some Karaoke or you invite an A&R at your next gig (if he/she turns up).

Before doing a demo you should consider if you are REALLY ready to approach companies, demonstrate a good local following (discounting your friends and family) & do you get lots of hits on your website?

If you feel you got the above sorted then your Demo should be on a CD or MP3. Don’t go & spend a Fortune on it. Talk to someone who knows & save Money & time. Put you strongest song first – remember these people get thousands of demos so you need to grab their attention from the beginning. Common sense that the recording must be GREAT (quality wise) & that you ensure your tracks are self-explanatory – you won’t be able to sit there and give a commentary when the demo is being listened to.

Remember the Beatles, Rolling Stones & even Deep Purple had their fair share of being turned down. Thanks to the open minded visionary George Martin that we have the Beatles. Also bear in mind success doesn’t come overnight; David Bowie took 6 years to get in the charts from his 1st release ‘Space Odyssey”.

Here is a Sample of a Demo given to me by a VERY DIFFICULT band to record & what happened after I Produced it. This track made it to the 18th position in Sweden. PART 2 of MAKING it in the Music Biz in a FEW DAYS. Any questions, get in touch;-)

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