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Artist Development for Independent Music Artists

 written by Simone J. @ Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen Staff

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         We’ve identified 10 fundamental skills/steps necessary for creating a career in the music industry as an independent artist. Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen’s Artist Development Program offers aspiring artist hands-on mentorship through the process. We provide FREE music-business consultation, and access to a network of industry professionals who provide business services; from logo, advertising, and website design; to marketing campaigns, business tax preparation, legal document drafting and so much more. Below is a step-by-step overview of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen’s Artist Development Program. 

 

1. Songwriting: The success of your music artistry relies heavily on your ability to become a great songwriter. Learn how to structure a song, enhance your wordplay and much more. Download and read Songwriting 4 Freshmen or chapter 1 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need creating a brand. Submit your application for enrollment.

 

2. Brand Development: Before selling your music to the world (cds, downloads, shirts, hats etc.) you have to create a logo. Why? So that the United States government and customers can distinguish between you and other products for sell in the marketplace. Learn how to create a logo and build your brand identity. Download and read Brand Development 4 Freshmen or chapter 2 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need creating a brand. Submit your application for enrollment.

 

3. Music Copyrights:: First-off, in order to receive royalties (money from the performance of your songs), you must claim ownership. The government only pays royalties to the person or entity who is registered as the copyright owner of the song. Learn how to copyright your music today! Download and read Copyright Law 4 Freshmen, or chapter 3 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need copyrighting your music. Submit your application for enrollment.

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4. Business Banking: When you earn royalties from your music it must be deposited into a business bank account. If you use a personal bank account the government will freeze your account and take your money. Learn how to open a business bank account! Download and read Business Banking 4 Freshmen or chapter 5 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need opening a business bank account. Submit your application for enrollment.

 

5. Business Incorporation: Before you can open a business bank account you must have a registered company. Learn how to create a music company today! Download and read Business Incorporation 4 Freshmen, or chapter 6 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need creating a music company. Submit your application for enrollment.

 

6. Business Taxes: If you don't keep track of your music-business expenses and income, you’ll be in trouble when in comes time to pay Uncle Sam. Avoid an IRS audit and don’t pay the more taxes then you have to. Learn how to identify and itemize business expenses to prepare a more accurate tax report. Download and read Business Taxes 4 Freshmen, or chapter 7 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need managing your music-business income and expenses. Submit your application for enrollment. 

 

7. Artist Management: There are several professionals that every music artist needs to consult or hire, like an account, business manager, entertainment lawyer etc. Learn how to assemble an artist management team. Download and read Artist Management 4 Freshmen, or chapter 8 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need creating a management team. Submit your application for enrollment.

 

8. Music Publishing: There are several ways an artist can earn royalties from a song - not just from stage performances and radio spins. Learn how to publish music and identify the ways to earn royalties independently. Download and read Music Publishing 4 Freshmen, or chapter 9 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need creating a publishing company and collecting royalties independently. Submit your application for enrollment.

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9. Music Distribution: The world is waiting to hear your music! Learn how to get a barcode and identify the various digital platforms that gets your music out there. Download and read Music Distribution 4 Freshmen, or chapter 10 of  Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need creating distributing your music online. Submit your application for enrollment.

 

10. Trademark Law: The moment you sell your first CD or music download, your logo instantly becomes a trademark. Learn how to protect your brand in the marketplace. Download and read Trademark Law 4 Freshmen, or chapter 4 of Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen, or join our Artist Development Program to get the hands-on help you need trademarking your logo. Submit your application for enrollment. 

 

       In summary, you can have all the talent in the world and offer the best product, but you’ll NEVER be successful as an artist or business owner if don’t learn  how to: write creatively, build a brand, copyright your creative work, trademark your logo, incorporate your business, open a business bank account, and so on. Knowledge is power. Empower yourself starting today! And if you need help, which we all do, join Hip-Hop 4 Freshmen’s Artist Development Program for the hands-on mentorship you need.

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