How The Music Industry Works

The music industry has a bad reputation for cheating artists out of their earnings. Here is how an artist gets into debt to a record-label company.

If a new artist is not successful, the advance they are paid is a debt held by the record-label which may never see it fully repaid, sourced from the label’s cash or the label’s own lenders. Today’s artist needs to have a ‘digital footprint’, meaning their digital presence ought to reflect their act.

What do labels do? An explanation from “Bill Gates” online school Basically a record label functions like a movie-studio, pairing you up with the production teams they have on contract, printing your music and distributing it to the outlets that work with them.  When you sign to a label, you are now the star of a “movie that has a long list of production credits” – including directors, dancers, etc.

The unsigned route, where an artist’s strong fan base will spend money on their product.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.