A couple weeks ago I posted an article called, Top 100 Music Blogs . So what’s the difference? Well Top 100 Music Blogs focused more on the actual music and reviews. In other words they were geared more toward actual music listeners where these blogs might be something you would be interested in for staying on top of changes in the industry, learning how to market your music, and learning the names of some of the key players behind the scenes.
This list is not in order of importance, but alphabetized for easy access to search for the link to certain sites. There may be a blog or two who does both, but for the most part it’s a completely different list. Think of it as a music industry blog directory… the best of them.
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— Sarah Popejoy (@RadioCafe) February 22, 2015
Top 100 Music Industry Blogs
1. AllAccess.com -One of the largest community of radio and music industry people alike, the site was built with the purpose of keeping the two up to date. They also specialize in helping major and independent labels in their promotion and marketing efforts.
2. Andrew Dubber – Andrew has a resume most music business professionals would love to have. He teaches music industry innovation at Birmingham City University. He’s the director of Music Tech Fest, an advisor to some of the most notable musician geared sites including Bandcamp, and founded the New Music Strategies. He’s also written many books on the digital music and the industry itself.
3. Ari’s Take – Voted by L.A. Weekly as the best music blog in L.A.. His writings are centered around real life experiences as a musician. Ari said that he kept getting asked by other indie musicians how to be successful. Instead of answering them all the time he decided to create a blog and just send them to the blog. It caught on.
— Ari's Take (@ArisTake) February 24, 2015
4. ASCAP – ASCAP, or the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers publishes a really great blog about what’s going on in the industry. What’s great about blogs like this, is that it kind of gives you a backdoor view of things going on in cities like Nashville, New York, and L.A.
5. Austin Music Foundation – They don’t write often but when they do it’s really good stuff. Worth checking this site out for some tips and tricks on marketing your music and “Panel Recaps” with some great advice and words of wisdom for musicians.
6. The Bandcamp Blog – Bandcamp is the new competitor for musicians selling their music and online distribution that has kind of exploded onto the scene. They blog about more under the radar stuff from my perception, more indie.
7. Bandzoogle – Their blog includes news on the changing industry and they help musicians build powerful websites.
— Dave Cool (@dave_cool) February 24, 2015
8. Bemuso – Great site for indie musicians. I like the layout and lingo of the articles.
9. Berklee College of Music - Great information on networking and songwriting and really good for new songwriters and artists learning the ropes.
— Berklee Online (@BerkleeOnline) March 3, 2015
10. BMI.com – Just like the ASCAP website (in case you didn’t know they are both publishing companies) this is a great way to keep up with what is happening regarding music publishing on the ground floor.
11. Bob Baker: Indie Music Promotion – I keep seeing Bob’s face pop up everywhere. (He must be doing something right.) He specializes in indie music promotion. Really great stuff here.
— Bob Baker (@MrBuzzFactor) February 23, 2015
12. Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture – The awesome thing about this site, is his focus is more on engineering and production. It’s got a lot of great content too. I think even if you’re not say a “techy” that the more you can know about this stuff, the more you’ll have control over the kind of sound you achieve in the studio. It will also help you to communicate with your recording engineer.
13. Brash! – Brash not only keeps musicians informed on marketing techniques but also what’s #trending in the industry. Alexcina Brown, is the founder and writes the blog posts as well.
14. The Bulletproof Musician – Written by Dr. Noa Kageyama, who is on the faculty of both The Julliard School in NYC and the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. His blog is geared toward helping musicians on the performance aspect of being a professional musician.
15. Buzzsonic – Self proclaimed Twitter addict and Pinterest junkie, Adrian Fusiarski keeps you up to date with the international music industry. He likes to talk about music industry, social media, and technology. By the way his blog gets close to 50,000 page views a month. Pretty impressive.
16. Complete Music Update – The biggest music news provider in the UK talks about the industry, new and established artists and industry news of all genres.
17. Created Digital Music – This site is not for the digitally challenged! With knobs, gadgets, and how-tos in the electronic and tech world, this is for the music producers and engineers at heart.
18. Crowdfunding for Musicians – Written by Clyde Smith, while he doesn’t publish often, it has some good tips and resources for crowdfunding.
19. Cyber PR Music – Ariel Hyatt has a gift for teaching creative people all about PR, marketing, and social media. She is the founder of a successful PR firm, written several books, and speaks internationally. She’s spoken at 70 conferences including SXSW, CMJ, and Social Media Week New York.
20. The Daily Rind – Powered by The Orchard, the largest supplier of independent music in the world and top-ranking multi-channel network, this blog brings you music industry news ranging from marketing tips to editorial thought pieces — all in their signature fun, yet informative voice.
21. Digital Cowboys – Owned by Dave Kusek, this blog has a cool mini series on the music business.
22. Digital Music News – Music industry and technology news authority with daily snapshot e-mails keeping industry execs and music business enthusiasts up to date on the industry.
23. Digital Music Trends – Weekly panel-based podcast about digital music and the industry including music startups, established tech companies, and marketing projects.
24. Disc Makers Echoes – Tips on promotions and recording and mastering.
— Disc Makers (@discmakers) February 24, 2015
25. DIY Music Biz (Not to be confused with DIY Musician) -From marketing to music licensing to gear review and everything in between, this DIY blog is for the bootstrapping musician.
— Greg Savage (@diymusicbiz) February 24, 2015
26. The DIY Musician – CD Baby’s very own blogging format that gives great indie tips on music promotion and indie life.
27. Dotted Music – Their goal is to connect with artists. As artists themselves they write about the digital era of music and help your brand stand out.
— Dotted Music (@dottedmusic) February 24, 2015
28. Evolver.Fm – Follows and analyzes what is going on in the music app world and scene. It’s an evolving and growing niche that is an important part of the music industry that is continually evolving.
29. Fieldwork Blog – They help artists with social media strategies that build communities of listening audiences.
30. The Fluence Blog – Geared toward electronic music musicians, they share stories from artists who’ve risen above the pack by innovative means.
— Fluence (@fluence_app) February 26, 2015
31. Forbes Zack O’Malley – Author of the Jay Z biography Empire State of Mind, Zack O’ Malley Greenburg is a senior editor specializing in the music business.
32. FutureMusic – Future Music talks about gear reviews, the business, and technologies associated with the industry.
33. The Guardian (Music Industry) – Good quality content articles in the music industry that are written about once or twice a month. They don’t specialize in music industry, but they do have detailed articles by a variety of writers with unique perspectives and a section devoted to it.
34. GoGirlsMusic – The oldest and largest group of indie women musicians online, Go Girls Music’s mission is to empower indie women musicians focusing on the advancing of their careers.
35. Grassrootsy – Grassrooty is grassroots marketing for independent musicians.
— Grassrootsy (@grassrootsy) March 5, 2015
36. Hip Hop Think Tank – Created by King Kenyatta, Hip Hop Think Tank helps educate hip hop artist and producers on the music industry.
37. How to Run a Band – How to run a band is a podcast, blog, and vlog all rolled up into one. They help musicians out with practical advice for living their dreams.
— BamDing (@BamDing) February 25, 2015
38. Hypebot – One of the majors in music industry blogging. They also own Music Think Tank. Hypebot is more of a rolling out of what’s going on in the industry, while Music Think Tank is more of a collaborative effort between people in the industry submitting content.
— hypebot (@hypebot) February 25, 2015
39. Intern Like a Rockstar -Indtern Like a Rockstar supports regular posts from 6 media industry bloggers and guest posts with information and opportunities for getting started in the music business.
Thanks @RadioCafe for honoring InternLikeARockstar as a Top 100 Music Industry Blog. We're in really good company, wow.
— Katie Reilly (@KatieReilly06) February 25, 2015
40. Indie on the Move – They are the mom and pop shop for booking gigs and touring. They serve up advice from increasing your music sales and getting people to buy at the merch tables to getting the attention of record labels and managers.
41. Indie-Music.com - They specialize in music marketing and trends in the industry.
42. Japan Music Marketing – A very cool site for exploring the ins and outs of marketing your music in Japan, they’re definitely worth the look.
43. The Jazz Spotlight – You’ll find all aspects of jazz and the music industry including the top jazz clubs, festivals, tools, and resources in the music business.
— The Jazz Spotlight (@JazzSpotlight) March 4, 2015
44. Kings of A&R – A music industry tip sheet with up and coming artists, they are known for being the first “in the know” in the industry and the go to guys for finding out who’s the next big thing.
— Kings Of A&R (@kingsofar) February 28, 2015
45. Last Stop Booking – They’re a wonderful blog with music business news and advice.
46. The Lefsetz Letter – Written by Bob Lefsetz, he faces head on the issues that are challenging the industry the most, from downloading to pricing and protecting your songs.
47. Living On Gigging -Written by Cheryl B. Engelhardt, founder of CBE Music LLC, who has launched In the Key of Success, resources for musicians and anyone developing a creative career. She’s spoken at SXSW, Millennium Music Conference, and dozens of colleges.
48. Madalyn Sklar – Founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, she has the unique ability to show her clients how to work smarter not harder. She started Orbit Web Design, which later became the Madalyn Sklar brand. She weaves technology and music together and has worked with both independent musicians and companies outside the industry. An in demand speaker at music industry conferences and discussion panels, she has spoken at SXSW, Folk Alliance, Dewey Beach, DIY Convention, Indie Connect, and NARIP, among others. She’s ranked #3 Social Media Power Influencer in Houston.
— Madalyn Sklar (@MadalynSklar) February 23, 2015
49. Mayo Music – This blog is actually a series of interviews that studies artists who have achieved success and finds out step by step how they got there.
50. MicControl – This blog teaches social media marketing to independent musicians. With over 1,000 registered members they advocate best practices in social media marketing.
51. Michael Brandvold – As a music industry consultant with ahistory of clients from Gene Simmons to Ozzy Osborne to Madonna and Britney Spears, he’s spoken on panelist events including SXSW, California Music Industry Summit, and NARM.
— Michael Brandvold (@michaelsb) February 25, 2015
52. Midemblog – Music business, direct to composers and tech posts, brands, and industry news
53. Musfomation - DIY for the new music business
54. Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog – Written by Bobby Owsinkski, his blog is published every Monday through Friday and his favorite topics are the changing industry and the effects of social media on the new music scene.
55. Music & Copyright’s Blog – As industry experts that have been in the music business for 20 years, they cover global copyright and legal issues. They also provide data and statistics not available anywhere else online.
56. Music Biz Academy – All the business aspects of the music industry from copyright basics to tax tips to shopping for a record deal, they teach the nuts and bolts of building your music business.
57. Music Biz Blogs – They are a great resource for following a bunch of blogs at once and picking and choosing the headlines you want to read.
— Flux Research (@fluxresearch) February 24, 2015
58. MusicBizCast – A weekly podcast helping artists get better at the business of music. Through stories from some of the of the most inspiring names in the industry, with tips, tricks, and lessons to help indie musicians go from struggling to successful.
— MusicBizCast (@musicbizcast) February 26, 2015
59. Music Business Association – A non-profit organization that promotes the sales of music and are committed to providing leadership, resources, and networking opportunities. They also have valuable insight into what’s trending.
— Music Biz (@MusicBizAssoc) February 26, 2015
60. Music Business and Trend Mongering – This is Berklee school of music’s blog by Mike King, director of marketing at Berklee Music. He has several online classes and teaches music marketing.
61. Music Business Blog by Jason Feinberg- The music blog includes tips as helpful advice on how to “survive the new music industry”.
62. Music Consultant – They develop new and established artist, helping them find their path.
63. MusicClout – Their artist toolbox is filled with industry contacts, articles and teaching videos.
— MusicClout (@musicclout) February 25, 2015
64. Music Globalization – One of the youngest attorneys at the time to be published by the ABA on entertainment law, this rock star attorney has worked with Grammy winners, labels, and indie musicians from 34 different countries. He works directly with indie artists at various levels in their career helping them to extend their reach globally.
65. Musicians Unleashed -Helping musicians build profitable music careers through information and stories, they interview industry professionals that share their tips and resources.
66. Music Industry Blog by Mark Mulligan – Mark writes about the journey of the industry finding it’s way through the new digital era. He has been analyzing digital music and its market for over ten years now. He strives to make it all about having a conversation, not for him to have a soap box, at least not most of the time. A music analyst for 11 years, he is now the co-founder of MIDiA Consulting.
67. Music Industry Blueprint – Written by Rick Barker, former manager of Taylor Swift, he is also a marketing consultant and public speaker living in Nashville. His philosophy is based on “getting your product in front of an audience, building relationships and putting your career into your own hands.” The past four years he’s been a consultant to Sony Music Nashville and Big Machine Records.
68. Music Industry How To – Shaun Letang out of London is author of this online resource that teaches you how to promote your music, get more fans, and earn money off your passion.
69. Music Industry News Network – News from all over the globe, and from all types of music industries. What’s nice about this website it that you can make a quick scan of headlines and get a feel for what’g going on in the industry.
70. Music Machinery – This guy’s blog really is built for the music listener, but he has some really cool analytics and data that could help you in your marketing. Especially an article on the percentage of when people skip a song at 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds and before the song ends.
71. Music Marketing Manifesto – “Advanced strategies, secrets, tactics, and tips for selling your music online.” You know that an artists is somehow involved when there is an obvious use of alliteration in the slogan and name! Great stuff.
73. Music Row – I used to buy this magazine when I was in Nashville. It was really great about sharing marketing ideas on how stars went from being a nobody to the hot topic and sharing who were the key players on the row. Recently they seem to share more “music news” probably to reach a wider audience, but there are still some great gems in there.
74. The Music Spring – They have an online panel discussion weekly that takes place live on a Google Hangout that is recorded every week. It’s hosted by Lee Safar and talks about the new way of thinking in the new music industry.
75. Music Think Tank – Music Think Tank is a blog where you can join in on the discussion. It’s a great place to put in a guest post or promote your band.
— Music Think Tank (@musicthinktank) February 24, 2015
76. Musician Wages – This blog has great tips for musicians earning a living at their craft.
77. Music Week – They were in the business of writing article before there were blogs 50 years ago. They deliver news, data, analysis, and opinion.
78. Music X-Ray – Their blog is on the business side of things, while their main site is all about giving exposure to new up and coming artists.
— Music Xray (@MusicXray) February 25, 2015
79. NAMM - The National Association of Music Merchants’s site has an online press room with a wealth of knowledge on what’s happening around the globe.
80. Nashville Songwriters Association International – NSAI is extremely active in the music scene in Nashville. They also go to bat for songwriters rights and have great information in their news feed.
81. New Artist Model - An online music business school for indies, this blog has articles that teach practical advice for indie musicians.
82. Next Big Sound – Next Big Sound measures daily what people listen to and their buying decisions through out the world, sharing it on their site.
83. Nekst – Based in Nashville, a blog with the mission of focusing on songwriters and publishers and how technology is affecting the landscape.
— NEKST.biz (@nekstbiz) March 11, 2015
84. OneRPM - Tumblr blog with great advice for indies, like most recently an article on YouTube optimization.
— ONErpm (@ONErpm) February 27, 2015
85. Passive Promotion – Unique music promotion and mixing tips
86. Praverb – The blog for the “Do It Yourself Recording Artist”. They have useful information compiled for up and coming artists. The blog started out about his music, but soon as Praverb puts it, he discovered that “other people are heroes as well.”
87. Prescription PR – Advice in the music industry.
88. RapRehab – Their goal is to help artists turn their music into self-sustaining streams of revenue. When your knowledge increases, your value increases.
89. Renegade Producer – They specialize in information to help you improve your music and the business aspect of it.
90. ReverbNationBlog – Most musicians are aware of ReverbNation, but they also have a really great blog as well designed for indie musicians.
91. Seeds of Music – A weekly interview-based web show that helps musicians sell their music and grow their fan base while staying true to their music.
92. Signed Record Label - They have some great posts here that I think you’ll find very useful, from Facebook pages to studio time to music in Japanese video games.
93. Sivers.org – The guy who built CD Baby with great information and advice. I highly recommend his blog. He talks a lot about self development and also gives away a wonderful pdf called “How to Call Attention to Your Music.”
94. SongSplits Blog – Based in New York City, they help songwriters get their money instead of it being delayed or forfeited because of their inability to prove ownership of the song.
95. SonicBids – The EPK site has been around for years, while their blogs gives insight to indie musicians.
— Sonicbids (@Sonicbids) March 18, 2015
96. Synchblog – They give both licensing and synch advice.
— Synchtank (@Synchtank) February 25, 2015
97. Taxi – Helping songwriters and artists keep 100% of their money from record, publishing, film, and TV licensing deals.
98. The Tennessean – The Tennessean is Nashville’s newspaper, but what makes this local paper unique is that a big percentage of its readership are in the music industry. That means they talk about it, a lot.
99. The Trichordist – Their tag line says “Artists for an ethical and sustainable internet”
100. Unsigned Band Promotion – Continually looking for new ways for artist to get noticed, they share their techniques to independent bands.
Above is a list of the top 100 music industry blogs on the internet today. They are in alphabetical order instead of order of importance. Each site has it’s own unique gift to the industry, whether it be in marketing, news, or how-to guides.
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