Wednesday, November 25

The Most Overlooked Elements In An Artists’ Digital Presence


"By having a professional, solid and thorough feel to your social media, website, and all other digital outlets, you’re going to stand out from the static. A solid product and solid digital presence is certainly going to get you more attention than the artist that’s barely putting in any effort.

So, what makes a presence “professional”? And what are the most overlooked components of a professional presence?" 

Check out this excellent new article from our friends at Tunecore, all about using using the internet and social media to build, improve, and fully utilize your online music presence and get the best results from your promotion!

http://www.tunecore.com/blog/2015/11/the-most-overlooked-elements-in-an-artists-digital-presence.html

Why Your Current Songs Probably Won’t Work For Film Or TV


"You’re a songwriter. You’ve got dozens of songs that you’ve written and recorded. Maybe you wrote them for yourself hoping to perform them one day. Maybe you wrote them to pitch to other artists. Either way, these songs have been sitting around for some time now and you want to do SOMETHING with them – ANYTHING. So you think to yourself “Maybe I can get this song placed on a film or television show.

Stop! Erase that thought now! It’s probably not going to happen. Why? Because you didn’t write the song for film/TV and you probably don’t know the rules about writing for that medium.
Yep! Sorry to say, film/TV has it’s own rules. A lot of people think that it’s just the collecting place for songs that can’t find a home anywhere else but that’s totally not the case. Many of the songs you hear on your favorite shows were written by a songwriter like myself who has studied the rules of writing for film/TV." 

Take a look at this informative article by our partners at CD Baby with some "rules" that you should follow if you want to specifcally write songs to be synced for film or TV.

http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/why-your-current-songs-probably-wont-work-for-filmtv/

Friday, November 20

How Can I Add A Youtube Video To My Profile?

It's super simple to add your Youtube video to your profile! 

Just go to you Artist Content tab and select Videos from the drop down menu. 
Then, click the "Add Video" button. In the popup form you can supply your Video Title and then the YouTube link (URL). Then just click UPDATE to save. You will see the thumbnail of the video will now appear on your page. This means the video has been successfully added to your Jango profile. If you want to feature your video in your PROMO UNIT, you can select the "feature this" option. 



**Your YouTube link can be found by going to your video on YouTube and then clicking the "Share" button. You will see a site address (URL) will be supplied which you can copy from there to paste on our form. 

Thursday, November 19

Center Stage - Bodhi Jar

We're pleased to present the winner of our recent Album Art Contest and our newest Center Stage band, Bodhi Jar

Find out the story behind the cover, where they find their inspiration, and what they've got in store for the future in this feature and interview:

"In 2013 we found each other and started down the path of creating music that was more than just a paycheck or a stepping-stone, but a true expression of the soul. We were like four pieces from four different puzzles that somehow fit together and laid the foundation of the Bodhi Jar sound."

What was the inspiration behind the album art?
We are all huge fans of Jeff Jordan’s work and were floored when he was actually interested in working with us. His art is so demanding it can completely consume you, which in a way, is what we are trying to achieve with our own art form. In the end it was less of a choice and more of a necessity.

How do you think your album art represents your music and sound?
It comes from the same realm we do. Visual arts and music have a deep relationship and that is very important to us. Jeff’s painting “Feeding Time” is just the perfect representation of what we created. At first glance it seems ordinary but the more attention you give the more you notice something very strange is going on. Strange is good.

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence.
Visceral and beautiful and groovy and jarring and progressive and funky and psychedelic and heavy and stinky.

What inspires you to make music?
We have all been musicians or surrounded by music our entire lives so it is honestly a compulsion. It is one of the few ways people can truly express themselves now. 

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
Just creating something is always the most exciting part, and the freedom to do so I suppose.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a musician?
Scheduling…because unfortunately we haven’t reached wandering bard status and still have to work outside of music to survive. 

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
“Goliath” off The Mars Volta’s album Bedlam in Goliath. That recording takes you on the craziest ride of your life. They truly tapped into some hidden power and somehow captured it.

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
Omar Rodriguez Lopez, he is barely human with the amount of music he has created that is so rich and dense. He is a mad genius.

John Frusciante is another endless well of inspiration. There are two very different sides to his music. One is the very funky and organic with Red Hot Chili Peppers and the other being his solo career, which is an always morphing and growing and is a true expression of his soul.

Zach Hill! 

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
Right now we are just trying to share what we have created with the EP and play as much as we can, but of course we are still writing new stuff everyday and it is turning out to be a very interesting story…

What is your ideal or target audience? 
Our target audience is anyone that our music can speak to. We aren’t trying to cater our music to anything really and it just comes out however it comes out. Never along the process do we stray and think what would people want to hear here, we just do what is best for the story we are trying to tell. The bottom line is making music that we can love and never want to stop playing, and if other people love it too it just helps us create more. 

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process.
Yes everything you hear comes straight from the Jar. One of us will have an idea and we just all dig in until something comes out or we drop it instead of forcing something. It is important that things come naturally to us even though some of our music doesn’t exactly sound natural.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
I like that radio airplay lets us share our music with people all over the world and gives us a chance to see what our potential fans look like and listen to. 






Wednesday, November 18

How One Fan Can Get You A Gig In A New City"

Ready to start playing shows in a new city? "There’s a bit of a catch 22. In order to book gigs at clubs and venues in that new city, you need a local fanbase and be able to sell tickets, but in order to develop a local fanbase, you need to gig there."

Check out this informative and interesting new article from our friends at CD Baby, all about making and using your fan connections and developing strategies for landing gigs in more places, to push your music to the next level!

http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/how-one-fan-can-get-you-a-gig-in-a-new-city/#

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Pitching Smaller Music Blogs

"Everyone wants to be noticed by major publications and websites. Bands have long dreamed of being on the cover of Rolling Stone, and currently many artists have hopes of being on the front page of the most heavily trafficked sites on the internet. While that kind of placement is great, unless you’re on the level of a Taylor Swift, there’s a chance it isn’t going to do as much for your career as a placement on a smaller music blog. It sounds counterintuitive, but a great way to get big is by going small." 

Learn more about why you should be pitching smaller music blogs in this great recent post by Hypebot.com




http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2015/11/7-reasons-why-you-should-be-pitching-smaller-music-blogs.html

Friday, November 13

How Do I Use Premium Targeting?

If you are looking to focus plays in specific U.S. states or in particular Countries, you can do so using Premium Targeting. Premium Targeting will also allow you to choose a specific demographic (age range, gender) of listeners you would like to reach. 

ONLY when you turn Premium Targeting ON will you begin getting played solely in the selected regions and demographics. 

Once Premium Targeting is turned ON, you will begin using 2 credits per play instead of 1 credit per play with Standard Targeting. 

*Please note that selecting Premium Targeting reduces your eligible audience size and can significantly slow down your play rate due to the reduced number of available listeners.


You can turn Premium Targeting on and off, and set your Premium Targeting settings from the Campaign Settings menu and choose Premium Targeting. 





Thursday, November 12

HOLIDAY TARGETING IS BACK! - Target Your Holiday Songs


The holidays represent a lot of things: Time with family, a break from work or school, delicious food…. some more delicious food, and of course gift giving!  But maybe not so obvious, is that the holidays also represent opportunities for musicians as the season means more free time to discover and purchase new music.  So as the holidays start to kick in, we’re giving Radio Airplay artists an early gift and promotional opportunity with the release of a brand new feature: Holiday Song Targeting!

We’ve released holiday specific targeting, allowing you to promote your songs of goodwill, faith, peace, or holiday fun directly in the most popular Jango.com holiday stations! You must have play credits on your songs to take advantage of this special feature.


Our Holiday Genre Targeting feature allows you to choose from 15 different holiday genres and a total of 27 holiday stations. The stations in parenthesis are the Jango.com holiday stations that your song will be played in. Keep in mind that you can only choose one holiday genre per song. But you can also add up to 30 artists along with your holiday genre in order to increase your holiday promotions! We encourage you to add artists, and will list the top artists in each genre at the end of this blog to help guide you in your artist target choices. Let’s get promoting!


In order to access your Holiday Targeting menu you must go to your Song-Level Targeting page which can be found under the Campaign Settings menu.




To the right of your song title, click the Holiday Targeting checkbox to open and view the 15 holiday genre stations. Make one selection of the Holiday Genre you want to target and it will automatically save.


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You then need to ensure that Song-Level Targeting is enabled. Click the holiday targeting edit.JPGbutton to the left of your song title to access the On/Off switch for this feature.  In order to enable song-level targeting, you must turn ON targeting for the individual song and make artist target selections for each song. Songs with no artist targets and/or song targeting turned OFF will be played according to your Standard Campaign Targeting.


targeting turn ON.JPG  Click the Turn On button and you’ll enable the feature.


From this same menu we encourage you to also choose specific artist targets to increase your plays per day.  Again, we will list the top artists in each genre at the end of this blog to help guide you in your artist target choices.


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Repeat this process for as many songs as you wish to promote. Remember, that your songs will only be promoted in these stations if you have play credits applied to them. Once you have this all setup your songs will begin to be promoted to listeners in our holiday genre stations as well as in our most popular holiday artists. Changes can take up to an hour to go live.

Have fun, email (support@radioairplay.com) or live chat (www.radioairplay.com/chat) with us if you have any questions - Happy Holiday promoting to all of our Radio Airplay Artists!


Here are the top artist suggestions for each of the 15 holiday genres. We recommend you choose these artists and artists that appear in the Suggested Targets section in the image above if you would like to increase your chances of being played in these stations as well as reach listeners of these artists with your holiday music.


Hanukkah/Holiday
Jay Levy, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Happy Chanukah Songs, Kenny Ellis, The Leevees, Theodore Bikel, The Barry Sisters, Masada String Trio, Alex Schub, Adam Sandler


Holiday Alt. Rock/Indie
The Beatles, The Flaming Lips, She & Him, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Relient K, Low, Weezer, Aimee Mann, Barenaked Ladies


Holiday Blues
Ray Charles, Charles Brown, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Brian Setzer, Sonny Boy Williamson, Aaron Neville, Chicago, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding


Holiday Country
Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum


Holiday Folk
James Taylor, Michele McLaughlin, Casting Crowns, Ottmar Liebert, Bebo Norman, John Fahey, Mindy Smith, Loreena McKennitt, Sixpence None the Richer, Philip Wesley


Holiday Instrumental
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chris Rice, Tim Janis, Paul Cardall, Mannheim Steamroller, Jim Brickman, Michele McLaughlin, George Winston, John Fahey, Dana Cunningham


Holiday Jazz
Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Vince Guarldi Trio, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bill Evans, Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald


Holiday Kids
Disney (Holiday), Songtime Kids, Sesame Street, Spongebob Squarepants (Holiday), Bugs Bunny & Friends, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Greatest Children's Christmas, Dr. Suess, Kidz Bop Kids, The Muppets


Holiday Latin
Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, David Benoit, Andrea Bocelli, Alex Hernandez, Los Bukis, Yomo Toro, Luis Miguel, Johnny Ray


Holiday Pop
Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Glee Cast, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, Colbie Caillat


Holiday Punk Rock
Bowling For Soup, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, MxPx, Something Corporate, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, All Time Low, Sugarcult


Holiday R&B/Soul
Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Cee Lo Green, Toni Braxton


Holiday Rock
Elton John, AC/DC, The Rock Heroes, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Eagles, The Beatles, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley


Holiday Swing & Standards
Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Charles Brown, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Glenn Miller, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis


Holiday Traditional
Harry Connick, Jr., Elvis Presley, Mannheim Steamroller, Michele McLaughlin, Josh Groban, Amy Grant, The Beach Boys, Mariah Carey,

Wednesday, November 11

2015 Album Art Contest Winners Announced!

We had so much AMAZING album art to choose from -  you didn't make it easy on us to settle on just 10 winners! 

Thanks for submitting such great work and congratulations to all the winners! 


GRAND PRIZE WINNER



Bodhi Jar





RUNNERS UP


Steve Oakley Band
Sascha Osborn
KEYMONO
Ali3ncar
Lyriqs
diluvia
STARDUST CIRCUS
The Love Compartment

Fello Transit














10 Reasons You're Not Getting More Followers, And How You Can Change The Situation


"Growing your following on social media is an important part of your social media strategy, whether you are a seasoned veteran or just starting out." 

If you’re finding that your number of followers is just not going up, take a look at this checklist posted by our friends at Music Think Tank and decide if there are any holes in your strategy.


http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/10-reasons-youre-not-getting-more-followers-and-how-you-can.html

Thursday, November 5

Center Stage - Burzinski

Burzinski is a solo musician who has been living in Paris for a while now. He has been working on music for a long time, but finally released his first real album in 2010. 

He is inspired by some of his favorite artists and aims to create sad, slow, melancholic and dreamy soundscapes. 

Find out more about Burzinski, his music, and career plans in our latest Center Stage feature. 

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence..Alternative mellotrons for your moments of melancholy.

What inspires you to make music?
Finding new, nice and original “old fashioned” sounds coupled with traditional instruments and vocals that shape a song. New and old fashioned at the same time might sound weird, but that’s what I try to get actually.


What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
So excited to complete a song from start to finishIt definitely is a long process which is why it is so rewarding when done. Not even sure I did it myself each time so it remains quite mysterious.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a musician?

Guess the main one is to find enough time to work on music. I don’t do it for a living so I have to have a day job, like most of us. 

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
Hmm, Laughing Stock by Talk Talk… So beautiful… It’s the sound of silence, premises to what some post-rock became… also a reaction to the traditional pop format.


Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
Lou Reed (Velvet Underground), Robert Smith (The Cure), Reid brothers (The Jesus & Mary Chain). They all deeply shaped the way I react to music. A clear reference to my childhood.

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
I just self-released a 4 songs EP earlier this year, after an almost 2 years hiatus. It's called "Paralysed". Would love to finish that next album now… one day… Hopefully next year.


What is your ideal or target audience?
I always found it hard to know about it. Always surprising, and rewarding, to be liked by somebody else for a reason up to their feelings…

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process..

Yes, it all start with rough demos played with a basic acoustic guitar /vocal. I generally spend some time playing around, then hear something interesting so I record it for later use. If it still excites me, it becomes a song. Production and arrangement come later.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?

One of the few services that allow us musicians to be heard and discovered by a targeted audience.



http://www.burzinskimusic.com
http://burzinski.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, November 4

NEW! Song-Level PopScore!



What Is Popscore?
PopScore is not a chart position but a measure of how listeners interact with your songs, based on likes, dislikes and more. Starting Week 45 of 2015 individual songs will receive Song-Level PopScores. Any song that qualifies will receive an individual Daily score plus a published Weekly Score and possible Weekly Play Credit Awards.

When does a PopScore week being and end?
A PopScore Week starts on Monday 12:00am ET and ends Sunday 11:59pm ET.

How do I become eligible to receive PopScore?
Free accounts are not eligible to receive PopScore. Only bands subscribed to (any) monthly package are eligible to receive PopScore and any awarded plays associated with the PopScore(s). To subscribe to a monthly package, please make a purchase from the PLAY CREDITS>BUY CREDITS page. 

How can my song receive a Song-Level PopScore?
Once subscribed to monthly package, your individual song must have accumulated at least 100 paid plays within the PopScore week. (e.g use 100 play credits with standard targeting or 200 play credits with premium targeting).

What is a Daily PopScore?
A song will first receive a Daily PopScore. This occurs when the individual song has accumulated at least 100 Paid Plays. Once that threshold has been hit, we release a Daily PopScore to you for the song. The score is based upon any song likes and dislikes accumulated within the paid plays. Note: 100 Paid plays is the threshold to begin receiving Daily Song-Level PopScore for an individual song. The more plays you accumulate the more chances for ratings and a more stabilized PopScores.

What is a Weekly PopScore?
An individual song's Weekly PopScore will publish on Monday afternoon (or the first business day of the week). It is the overall score given to a song based upon Daily Scores from the most recently completed PopScore week and incorporating the average of all participating artists using Radio Airplay who've also earned Weekly Song-Level PopScore for the week.

What is the range of scores and how many Play Credit Rewards can I expect?
Scores range from 1-100 with 100 being the highest. We award play credits accordingly:

Score:  Play Credit Reward
100 (Top 10):  1000 play credits
90-99:  250 play credits
80-89:  100 play credits
50-79:  50 play credits

How many songs can receive Play Credit Rewards?
If your account is eligible to receive Play Credit Awards, as many songs that qualify based on the scores above, will be as many that will receive play credit awards. The more qualifying songs you have, the more Play Credit Rewards you receive!

What happened to Artist-Level PopScore?
Artist-Level PopScore is now replaced by individual Song-Level PopScores. Song-Level scores were previously a part of the super secret formula that created your overall weekly Artist-Level score. No More Mystery. If you received an Artist Level PopScore between Week 44 2015 to Week 1 2012, you can you can easily access a history of these scores from the PopScore page, under the Reports menu.

Where can I see my PopScores? 
Song-Level PopScores are available from Dashboard page under the Home menu.



This Week: Displays the total number of songs that currently have a Daily Song-Level PopScore.

If Pending* displays this means that no individual song has yet to reach at least 100 paid plays in the current PopScore week. Once any of one song receives 100 paid plays, your PopScore will activate, and Your Account section here will update with this information.

Last Week: Displays the total number of songs that received a Weekly PopScore as well as the total number of Play Credits Rewards received for the most recently complete PopScore week.

Your PopScores can now also be viewed from the new PopScore page located under the Reports menu. From this new page you can utilize the drop-down menu on the right to choose:

a) Daily PopScores
b) All Songs
c) Artist Level (archived)
d) Individual Song Title




Daily PopScores view displays any individual song that currently has received a Daily PopScore for the current week


All Songs view displays weekly a history of finalized Song-Level PopScores and total Play Credit Rewards received. Using the drop-down to the left you will be able to choose any PopScore week starting from Week 45 2015. Note that the image below shows week 44 only for example purposes.



Artist Level (archived) view will display a yearly history of any Artist Level PopScores and Play Credit Rewards received. Using the drop-down to the left you will be able to choose a year based upon when your first Artist Level PopScore record was.



Individual Song Title view will display a yearly history of all Song-Level PopScores and total Play Credit Rewards received for the individual song. Song-Level history begins at Week 45 2015.

What can Song-Level PopScore do for me?
Now that you are able to see the individual weekly performance of any individual song it's time to find your #1 Hit! We hope you choose to gain as many song insights as possible. Experiment week to week with different songs or different artist targets. There are endless possibilities for an artist to utilize this new system in order to better understand how their listeners are receiving and rating each of their uploaded compositions. Furthermore, you now have an opportunity to receive
Play Credits Awards for any qualifying song! More play credits = More exposure on internet radio!

Features to keep in mind:

Song-Level Targeting: Create different sets of targets for each song! Unique sets of artist targets per song can work in your favor to maximize positive ratings and increase Song-Level. PopScore You can access and utilize this feature, from the Campaign Settings menu choose the Song-Level Targeting page. Click here to read more about the feature here: http://radioairplayblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-feature-song-level-targeting.html

Premium Targeting: Premium Targeting allows you to target specific groups of people. By targeting your plays to people in certain states or countries, age groups or gender, you make sure that your songs are only played to people that correspond to your selected targets. If you know what target audience you perform well with, Premium Targeting may help you achieve a higher PopScore. Premium Targeting is available under your Campaign Settings menu.

Overall Presentation and Music: This can be anything from high quality mastering of your tracks to a great press shot or album cover. When we ask listeners to rate your music we tell them not only your band name but we also show your default picture. Being visually interesting and sounding great always helps. Your music is obviously of great importance. Some of us Radio Airplay support members in bands in our spare time, so we certainly know that writing music is hard and writing music that people respond to is even harder!

You know this, music is an art not a science, and while there is some science at work within the Radio Airplay PopScore a lot of it has to do with subjective tastes of the millions of listeners on Jango.com. So how do you write a #1 Hit? Perhaps by never giving up.

NEW CONTEST!


Be a part of our latest contest by submitting your best album art/cover in the 2015 Radio Airplay Album Art Contest!


All details and including submission instructions can be found here http://radioairplayblog.blogspot.com/p/do-you-have-awesome-album-cover-with.html


7 DIY Tips For Making That First Music Sale


"Your music is being distributed independently. You want to get it heard and sold. Now what?"

Check out this great new article from our friends at Tunecore with excellent and helpful information and instructions for getting your music out there, pushing your overall promotion, and hopefully increasing your music sales!

http://www.tunecore.com/blog/2015/11/7-diy-tips-for-making-that-first-music-sale.html

The Best Advice For Today’s Music Industry Was Written 80 Years Ago


Dale Carnegie did all right for himself. So why not take a page out of his book and listen to his sound advice.You'll find is still as relevant today as it was 80 years ago. 

Learn more from this great post by our friends at DIY Musician.

http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/the-best-advice-for-todays-music-industry-was-written-80-years-ago/#