How Independent Record Labels Make Money in 2017
April 5, 2017
The music industry’s independent sector is expanding, as more artists turn away from the standard major label model to go independent. From hip-hop icons like Chance the Rapper and Macklemore, to up-and-coming bands, solo artists and songwriters, there’s more independent music out there ...
10 Cool Band Merch Ideas To Sell at Gigs & Online
March 29, 2017
Merch is king. In our years in the industry, we’ve seen countless tiny bands play a gig for less money than it took to fill their van with petrol. And then absolutely kill it on the merch table, taking 10 times more cash than their fee. If you do it right, merch can massively increase the avai ...
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a world leader in music industry education. We caught up with ACM’s Head of Creative Industry Development, who also happens to be the guitarist in hugely successful UK rock band Skunk Anansie, to ask if he had any advice for new bands planning their f ...
Setting Up a Home Recording Studio & When to Hire a Producer
March 7, 2017
In the first of our new blog series on DIY music production, record producer Russell Cottier offers his advice on setting up your own home recording studio on a budget, and when you should get a producer involved in recording, mixing and mastering your tracks.
As a record producer, my colleagu ...
The Stormzy Story: How DIY Grime Conquered the UK Charts
March 6, 2017
UK grime star Stormzy made history last week when his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer hit number one on the UK album charts.
Stormzy's meteoric rise shows how unsigned artists can make a massive impact on music and push the boundaries of the industry.
Here at Ditto Music, we've helped Stormzy ...
How to Write a Record Label Business Plan (Free Template)
March 2, 2017
Creating a professional, well-written business plan is the best place to start when setting up your own independent record label.
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Your business plan should set realistic goals, address any issues earl ...