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How to Make Spotify Work For You!

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Spotify is an amazing tool for independent artists IF you are using it properly and taking advantage of the tools the platform gives you to maximize your exposure.

There are 3 KEYS TO MAKING SPOTIFY WORK FOR YOU:

  1. Set up your Spotify For Artists Page: https://artists.spotify.com/
  2. Treat Spotify like any other social media platform
  3. Submit your music through the Spotify For Artists portal to Spotify controlled and curated playlists.

Once you have all of these bases covered, then and only then should you reach out to curators of other playlists. Listen to this week's episode to find out how to properly find and reach out to the most influential Spotify playlist curators.

 

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Grammy Winning Producer & Hit Songwriter Joe West

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Meet the Grammy-winning producer and songwriter behind hits for Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Jimmy Wayne and many more as Joe West stops by for a visit on The Steve Freeman Podcast. 

We have a lengthy discussion about the state of the music industry, the future of songwriting, Joes Apprentice Academy for aspiring studio engineers, our love of filmmaking and the new documentary that Joe has written, produced and directed called Limb-itless: Adventure Songwriting. The documentary focuses on Joe meeting Gabe Adams and tells the story of them heading off into the canyons of Utah to find friendship and a song then fly back to Music City to turn their creation into a record, all while the true story is subliminally unfolding… With enough perseverance, passion and heart any goal is achievable!

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Is Songwriting Still A Profession?

 

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Is Songwriting Still A Profession? The music business has changed a lot over the years, but none of the changes have affected anyone more than the songwriters. As someone who has made an amazing living writing songs for the last 15 years, I had to address the elephant in the room. Yes, songwriting is still a viable profession, however, there are new rules to apply to your career in order to give yourself the opportunity to succeed as a songwriter. 

There used to be a great marriage between songwriters and artists, labels and publishers. Writers wrote the songs and artists sang them. This marriage was very profitable for many years, but like many marriages, the honeymoon is over, as is the union.

With sales declining, labels are now turning their artists into songwriters to capitalize on lost sales revenue that comes from physical and digital sales. The 360 deal is in full effect. When an artist signs a 360 deal, they are...

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How To Start A Podcast

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Fact, Podcasting is popular and getting so by the day. What was thought of as a niche way of communication has now become mainstream. 

CBS News recently did a poll and survey on the growth of podcasting. Their findings show that the audio platform is on the rise, especially with younger adults.

"Most Americans now listen to podcasts, and the percentage who do has risen considerably over just the past year. According to a new CBS News poll, two-thirds of Americans listen to podcasts at least once in a while, including 23% who do so a few times a week. 

By comparison, a year ago, a majority of Americans said they never listened to podcasts.

Podcast listening has increased in all age categories, but it has increased the most among younger adults. Now, 29% of Americans between the ages of 18-34 listen to podcasts at least a few times a week (up from 16% in December 2017).  A year ago, 47% of adults between 18 and 34 said they never listened to...

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