Dae Bogan Joins Music Business Panel At The 4th Annual Western Awareness Conference
Dae Bogan will be a guest panelist on the “Music Business & Networking” panel at The 4th Annual Western Awareness Conference taking place at Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 28th and Sunday, Sept. 29th.
The Western Awareness Conference remains the largest educational urban music convention on the west coast. In its first year (2010) WAC attracted just over 2500 artists, producers, DJs, executives and attendees as a one day event. This number would grow to 5,000 attendees by its third year as a one day event. This year even more artists, labels executives and entertainment lawyers have already been confirmed. Read More…
#DaeConsultations: Using Indie Music For A Dance/Fitness Instructional DVD
Up early this Monday morning conducting a small consultation via Facebook messenger for an indie artist/choreographer. I know A LOT of dancer/choreographers, so this is the 4th time I’ve received this kind of inquiry. Therefore, I’m going to share it.
Inquiry: I’ve been thinking about creating a Dance/Fitness DVD for quite sometime now, doing a little research. But my main road block is finding the right music that I can gain the permission to use. And I think it boils down to me finding the right legal document template to guide me. Read More…
Six Drinks And A Moment Of Truth: My Story…Sort Of
#SortOfTipsyMomentOfTruth: This is the thing indie artists. You hungry music makers who send me music to “bless”, music for “feedback”, music to “shop” to my contacts: I get it! I was once an aspiring recording artist as well! I’ve never told this “story,” but I was signed…3 times actually. Read More…
[VIDEO] Dizzy Wright Speaks On Being Discovered Through My Talent Search ‘Rip The Mic Tour’
In 2009, I developed and launched Shiekh Music as the music promotion, music retail and artist support arm of leading urban streetwear and apparel retail chain, Shiekh Shoes. Under this new division of the company, I developed several programs to support independent artists and their music.
Some of the programs included the Shiekh Music Artist Program (general support of select independent/unsigned artists), The Shiekh Music Stage Tour (a multi-city concert series featuring independent artists) and the Shiekh Music Mixtape (a collaboration with Power 106 personalities DJ Carisma and Yesi Ortiz).
One of the biggest programs I created and produced was a talent search called Shiekh Music’s Rip The Mic Tour presented by Reebok and sponsored by Hip Hop Weekly, Yo! Promotions and Def Jam Records.
Pandora Announces New CEO/President/Chairman…And He Doesn’t Have A Music Background
I’m writing this as I listen to my fav Ella Fitzgerald station on Pandora.
Pandora is arguably the #1 Internet radio company in the US. Every day millions of “free” streams set the mood for millions of “free” subscribers at work, in their car, or out in the public. Pandora — who has been at the forefront of a legislation proposal that could change the royalty rates it pays for the music it streams — recently announced a new executive change. Read More…
A&R 2.0 For The DIY Musician
There is something in the industry we call A&R 2.0, and that is music tech platforms that allow unsigned artists to submit music to be reviewed by music industry professionals (often, label A&Rs) for feedback, placement (cover records), and possibly a record deal. There is typically a per transaction fee for some (Music Xray and Blaze Trax) or a subscription fee for others (Audio Rokit).
There are mixed feelings in the music industry about these type of platforms, but they do exist and more and more songwriters and artists are starting to use them. Read More…
Shopping And Music Discovery: A Resource For Indie Artists To Generate Exposure For Your Music In Retail Environments
Every month thousands of indie artists publish new music and videos to the Internet hoping to break through the clutter for the chance to generate exposure that reaches new listeners and gains new fans. Every month thousands of indie artists are reminded how difficult it is to earn the kind of exposure that reaches new listeners without the support and deep pockets of a major label.
Sure, there are some successes. There are dozens of indie artists buzzing on blogs and going viral on YouTube. There are dozens of artists generating hundreds to thousands of downloads. There are dozens of artists earning new followers every day. Unfortunately, the indie rock stars represent a small fraction of the indie artist community as a whole — an exception to the rule. Read More…