Whether you’re signed, independent or just getting started in the music biz, it’s important for artists to keep up to date with what’s going in the industry. There are thousands of great music blogs out there, but we’ve picked out ten that every aspiring musician should be reading.
From the latest industry news and advice on developing your music careers, to features on emerging artists from across the globe, these blogs all offer essential info for up-and-comers in the music biz. Got a favourite that isn’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments!
The 10 Best Blogs for Musicians in 2017
Hypebot posts daily content for indie musicians and record labels, including blogs about the music business, news and technology. Their posts are usually in-depth and well worth reading, but great tips can often be found in the comments section of their posts too, so remember to scroll down and you might find something interesting.
2. Music Business Worldwide
Although it’s not necessarily a blog, Music Business Worldwide offers comprehensive news, insight and analysis from across the global music industry. It’s also well worth subscribing to their newsletter if you want the very latest music industry news delivered straight to your inbox.
3. Ditto Music Blog
At Ditto Music, we’re passionate about supporting independent music however and whenever possible. Our blog is regularly updated with useful tips and advice for musicians of all levels, to help them to create sustainable music careers, focussing on marketing, promotion, technology, opportunities and much more.
4. The Unsigned Guide
The Unsigned Guide is filled with useful info and articles for up-and-coming bands and artists. The site’s free-to-read blogs are filled with lots of great tips and opportunities, but you can also subscribe to view their wide-ranging directory and access the contact details of thousands of industry bods and companies, from labels and studios, to managers, publishers and more.
Pitchfork is one of the world’s most popular independent music blogs, updated every day with reviews, features, videos and events. More of a news than an advice blog, Pitchfork is the place to go to find out the latest happenings from across the world of indie music.
6. CMU Insights
The CMU Insights blog is filled with expert articles on all facets of the music industry, offering a fantastic resource for up-and-coming musicians. If you’d like an even more in-depth understanding of music industry subjects, CMU also runs a number of seminars, conferences and masterclasses throughout the year.
7. The Music Entrepreneur
The Music Entrepreneur provides tips and advice for people looking to build a profitable, long-term career within the music industry. The site has articles for all kinds of industry professionals, including musicians, label owners and more, covering topics ranging from marketing and promotional to instrumentation and playing techniques.
8. Bob Baker’s The Buzz Factor
The Buzz Factor is a fascinating music industry blog from musician, author and ex-music mag editor Bob Baker, providing music marketing advice for musicians, songwriters and bands. Bob’s blog helps musicians learn ways to get exposure and connect with their audience and features articles, videos, courses, podcasts and more.
9. Ledger Note
Ledger Note is an excellent resource for all types of musicians, with plenty of detailed articles to get stuck into. Topics range from recording, mixing and mastering techniques, to music theory, beat production and gear reviews, helping artists of all skill levels enhance their performance and productions abilities.
While not necessarily a blog, Reddit’s We Are the Music Makers thread is filled with user-generated content and advice for musicians and performers of all genres and abilities. You can browse the thread and check out the most popular posts, or even pose your own questions and get helpful responses from expert and amateur music makers alike.
And there you have it! Our favourite resources and blogs for musicians hoping to learn more about the music industry and get tips and advice to further their career. Do you have a favourite music industry blog that isn’t mentioned above? Let us know in the comments and share this list with any friends looking for advice about the music business.