Frances Katz

Frances Katz

Frances Katz began her career writing about MTV and Napster. Now she writes about technology, music, business and culture for a variety of publications including The Week, The Atlantic, Paste, The New York Times, Ploughshares and others. She lives in Atlanta, but you can keep up with her on Twitter.

How To Get The Most Out of Your Tidal Account

Founded by Jay-Z and a select group of music all-stars, Tidal’s dedication to new music is evident in its Tidal Rising program. Each week, Tidal’s team of curators picks what it calls the highest quality releases to be featured in its monthly playlists and promoted on the service. But even without that extra push from Tidal, you’re still reaching out to a select group of music fans and audiophiles who know good music when they hear it. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Tidal account.

Jan 17, 2019

Do You Need A Music Manger?

Whether or not you need a music manager depends on where you are and where you want to go with your music career. Digital Music News says years ago managers were the liaisons between the artists and their record labels. But today a manager’s role focuses on a variety of different things from touring, social media and financial management to developing other revenue streams including music licensing, branding, and merchandising. You may be successful tackling these tasks on your own or you may want to consider bringing someone with more expertise so you can devote more time to making music.

Dec 6, 2018

How To Get The Most Out of Your Apple Music Account

Apple Music is one of the best known of all the online platforms where most fans are likely to have an iTunes account and will head there first to check out new music. Making it easy for fans to find you and engage with you is a guaranteed way to generate more downloads and streams. After you upload your music to the service, take advantage of Apple’s tips and features to encourage more streams and downloads.

Nov 21, 2018

Uncommon Ways Your Song Can Make You Money

Professional songwriters can generate many different sources of income from their songs in the same way an author creates additional income turning a novel into a movie, TV series or graphic novel. It doesn’t matter whether your song has gathered a million plays or just a handful of listens, you can still put your compositions to work for you to generate more revenue. All it takes is a little creativity and a sense of adventure. Here are a few ways your song can also make you money:

Nov 20, 2018

Publishing vs. Distribution

Most songwriters know that having great songs and a great sound is only the first step to making music a full-time career. The next step is to assemble a team of professionals to distribute your music and make sure you collect all your royalties. Even songwriters with a distribution deal in place should understand what a publisher does and how they can help you succeed. Working with both is the best way to make sure you effectively manage the business side of your career and collect all the money you earn. Below are the major differences between what a publisher will do for you and what a distributor will do - make sure to know the difference.

Oct 24, 2018

How to Make The Most at a Music Conference

All industries, whether it’s for marketing, business, or music, have meetups and conferences for those in the industry to meet, learn, exchange ideas and network amongst themselves. For many songwriters, writing, recording and playing music can sometimes be an isolating experience. Attending festivals and conferences can give you an opportunity to meet other musicians and music industry professionals to talk about your work and their work.

Sep 6, 2018

What is a Notice of Intent?

If you are a songwriter with work that’s been commercially recorded and released, you may eventually receive or may have already received a Notice of Intent (NOI) letter stating that a third party wants to record or distribute your composition.

Aug 30, 2018

Seven Ways to Get More Streams

Beyonce might say she doesn’t care about streaming numbers, but as a beginning songwriter and musician, it’s important to utilize every avenue to earn more royalties. If you want to earn more streams - on the way to your big breakthrough - here is a brief list of ways you can boost your streams and attract more listeners.

Jul 5, 2018

The Guide to Music Streaming Platforms

Last year, streaming platforms were the music industry's biggest source of revenue, surpassing physical sales and digital downloads. While the music industry is seeing a surge for streaming, it’s still not a direct path to riches for the beginning, and even the experienced, songwriter.

Jun 12, 2018