Fiance on Band Self-Management

August 7, 2008

Fiance

As an indie band, should you bring on a band manager to handle your business affairs, or does it make more sense to handle things like promotion, bookings, and recording by yourselves? I talked to Colorado-based FiancĂ© about their decision to self-manage their band’s business, and whether or not it’s really important to have skills beyond making music to be a successful independent band. Read more

Fan-Sponsored Music: Two Perspectives

July 9, 2008

Fan-Sponsored Music - Credit: Martin Boulanger (Sxc.hu)

Fan-sponsored music sounds like a great concept, doesn’t it? Thanks to sites like SellaBand and SliceThePie, fans have the opportunity to invest in a band or solo artist, financing the artist’s album (for a cut of the profits – they can even buy and sell their “shares” in a sort of stock market environment). The artist doesn’t have to give up rights to their work or deal with a label calling the shots. Sound like heaven?

I’m not knocking fan-sponsored music. I think it’s a fascinating evolution in the music industry, and imagine the concept’s going to continue to grow rather than disappear in the foreseeable future. But is a fan-sponsored album right for you? Read more