Music has changed in some remarkable ways over the past couple of years. Playlists are giving massive amounts of exposure to previously unknown artists of every age and experience level and analytic information provided by streaming platforms can now tell musicians detailed information about just who is listening to their music and how they discovered it.
But the biggest change in music we’re seeing is the breakdown of the album format. In 2016, researchers found that listeners were beginning to listen to music more on playlists than they were through traditional albums. This represents an Earth-shattering change for the music industry, and we’re nowhere near the point of being able to comprehend what it all means. But something that’s easy to see in the short term is that press and radio outlets appear to be slow to adjust to music’s new reality.
Performing on stage is something that makes musicians vulnerable no matter what kind of music they make. For many musicians, emotions run high during live performances because there’s so much at stake. When things go well during shows and the connection between listeners and fans is strong, emotions help to fuel the energy in the room and the show is better for it. But when things go bad during a show, the negative emotions, perceptions, and attitudes of performers can get out of hand and ruin a show. Here’s how to keep your negativity from ruining a performance:
Music can be restorative, empowering, therapeutic; these are indisputable, time-tested truths. As a musician, you’ve got the power to bring those benefits to anyone who’ll listen — and you can amplify those effects through charitable organizations.
Whether it’s volunteering your skills, teaching kids, leading a workshop, or donating funds raised through special shows, your contribution — big or small — could make a huge impact. We’ve rounded up five music-centric organizations that welcome help year-round; read on to learn more about their efforts and how you can give back through music.
In a world full of spammers and unapologetic super-promoters, cutting through the clutter with sincere, genuine, and thoughtful music feedback will greatly increase your odds of building valuable relationships with other artists. Ask yourself: Would you rather have someone give you thoughtful insight with actual proof that they listened to your work, or just a two-word comment and an emoji?
If you want to really learn how to provide strong feedback online that can develop into authentic relationships, try putting the following tips into action.
Our Artist Development incubator CONNECT has been working with some great Artists in the past few months, and so we asked them to start keeping us all up to date on their findings and goings-on. Here is the first dispatch from Curation Manager, Schuyler Rooth.