A History of Independent Labels In America
Nothing changes more than the record industry. While the music industry has sustained a large portion of its previous business dealings, it has morphed and transformed in many ways over the past few decades. Moreover, the music industry is permeated with more independent labels and new bands than ever before in history. The digital media revolution has changed the name of the game when it comes to hearing, discovering and downloading new music. Therefore, we have to observe (more…)
September 2, 2013
Start A Label With Friends And People You Trust
A lot of famous independent labels started with very little money and a man with a plan. In other words, labels that have become successful today started in a very different light. Additionally, a label needs proper distribution, marketing and time to develop its core aesthetic. Looking at how independent labels emerged from the 1990s like Matador, Sub Pop and Rough Trade, one can see the evolutionary process of the independent music scene. (more…)
August 18, 2013
The ABCs of The Independent Record Label Business
There is a big difference between indie labels and major record labels. In fact, most people have come to associate indie labels with underground or non-mainstream music. Although this title is a little misleading, it also contains a grain of truth. For instance, most of what you hear at major labels is already established mainstream music. To be sure, this includes all the rock, jazz, pop and hip hop that comes out on a major label is already (more…)
August 4, 2013
Create A Circle Around You of People You Love
There are a number of things to keep in mind when starting a record label. First, a record label is a business. You can dress it anyway you would like, but it is a taxable enterprise at the end of the day. Second, therefore, you should understand the ropes before you launch into this business endeavor. Third, working at an existing record label or record store will provide you with industry insight. Fourth, you need to get distribution, marketing and manufacturing in (more…)
July 22, 2013
The Main Differences Between The Two
In the 21st century, a major label means something entirely different than it did in the ’60s,’70s and ’80s. In fact, there is an even greater divide between major and independent labels today. On the on hand, independent labels usually cater to lesser known bands and groups that do not sell thousands of albums. However, major labels usually handpick bands that they know can sell a lot of albums as well as return the initial investment on the band. This (more…)
June 19, 2011
Hip-hop is a very popular genre of music and some people love it so much that they want to start their own label. Fortunately, with hard work owning one’s own record label is a very attainable goal. The first step in starting one’s own record label is to come up with a plan. This plan should detail the company’s slogan and some of the things that one hopes to achieve with his or her record label. The next step is to fill out all of the necessary paperwork. Most states require that a person have a (more…)
May 26, 2011
Here are some quick tips on how to start a Rock and Roll label for recording and promotion of music. An online recording label is the simplest and cheapest way to do this today, so this will be the format being discussed here for the reader. Digital labels exist online and are similar to the old style mail order business .
First choose what kind of business you want to form. This can be a sole proprietorship, partnership, or a corporation.Is this new to you? Catch up here This may change later, but choose which is best for your needs now.
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May 20, 2011
Entreprenuers that desire to start a record label should take the time to develop a business plan. It’s easy to get distracted with the glitz and glamous, but the real focus should be on business. The plan allows a future record executive to carefully build the business on a solid foundation.
Part of this foundation is the artists that will be signed to the label. This much more important for a startup label than one that is already established. The first groups of artists essentially represent what the label is all about. Consumers will know if (more…)