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Event Recap: Indie Artist Forum & TuneCore Live Nashville

Last week, TuneCore kicked off its second ever Indie Artist Forum, inviting musicians and industry professionals to meet at the Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville, TN. The goal was to hold discussions with independent music makers and songwriters, share wisdom from folks in the field, and revel in performances by talented TuneCore Artists based in the creative city.

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Folks began to line up outside the venue as early as 9:00 AM, and not long after, the Forum was underway! Eager artists and songwriters checked in, mingled and grabbed some breakfast – just in time to catch TuneCore singer-songwriter Justin Klump perform.

Justin Klump - Indie Artist Forum

As breakfast wrapped up, our noble host, the ever charismatic artist Kelley James hit the stage to introduce TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman. He connected with the crowd, sharing notes on TuneCore’s 2015 growth, and where the company is headed in 2016. Scott’s words resonated with the artists in attendance, and they were reminded that they, too, were very much part of the company.

Scott Ackerman - Indie Artist Forum

“Our ultimate goal is to be on the journey with TuneCore Artists, from that first song all the way through their career,” Ackerman explained.

Charlie Peacock - Indie Artist Forum

Next, it was time for our first music industry guest to speak, legendary Grammy award-winning producer, artist and songwriter, Charlie Peacock. Charlie urged artists to establish some level of flexibility and adaptability, even while maintaining their authenticity. As someone who has navigated the business so well himself, his advice meant a lot.

“The path you want to be on is a middle-way, you want to enjoy your successes, knowing that they won’t last long. You must reinvent and reinvent,” Charlie divulged, adding “If you’re ever in a dip, find out why you started making music in the first place. If you’re a maker, you’ve got to be making. You’re only stuck if your imagination is stuck.”

Peter Frampton - Indie Artist Forum

After geeking out over Mr. Peacock, it was time to introduce the rock star known as Peter Frampton! Frampton awed the audience with an inspirational overview of his career, stressing the importance of dedication and practice, as well as taking notes from the best to help grow your music and performance.

Check out some of our favorite Peter Frampton quotes from the Forum:

  • On guitar: “Unless I get a great sound that inspires me, I can’t play.”
  • On his biggest inspiration: “Django Reinhardt. I think I have every recording he’s ever done. You can tell when you listen to him play, that’s all passion.”
  • Advice to young artists on connecting with their audience: “I was very shy when I first went on stage. Along the way I watched all these bands and how they communicated with the audience – it’s a special power. I learned so much from Steve Marriott.”
  • On new technology in music: “Use technology – don’t let it use you.”
  • On putting your influences to work: “It’s all about stealing from the best.”

Like Strangers - Indie Artist Forum

After a two hour session with the rock idol, it was time for lunch and a performance from Nashville-based country duo Like Strangers!

Craig Wiseman - Indie Artist Forum

Hitting the stage next was a local celebrity and accomplished publisher/songwriter whose worked with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton (to name a few) – Craig Wiseman!

Craig captivated the room with his candid advice on starting and growing your music career. He shared insights on co-writing, paralleling it with dating and how it takes time to find the right co-writing partner, and the impact that can make on your career. He kept the whole room laughing and garnered several standing ovations!

“There’s no conspiracy that the record label doesn’t want you,” said Wiseman, “When it’s all said and done, it’s simple: it’s about great freaking music. If you want to get out of bed and make a song every three months, it’s not going to happen.”

“But if you want to play ball like Michael Jordan – if you’re busting your ass, and you’ve got the song, you can’t stop the phone from ringing. It’s your game to get to that level.”

Indie Artist Forum

Genevieve Thompson and Drew Simmons were summoned to the stage after Mr. Wiseman to share insights on growing a music career in 2016 and utilizing social media to build your audience. Thompson is a partner at Back 40 Entertainment – a label, publishing and management company – and Simmons is the artist manager behind Young the Giant and GM of Foundations Artist Management.

“You shouldn’t skip steps in establishing an audience before you show them your music,” Drew advised when questioned about building hard ticket sales.

John Marks - Indie Artist Forum

Our final speaking guest of the day was John Marks – taste making SiriusXM music programmer and current Head of Global Programming, Country Music at Spotify. He provided insights on the changing landscape of radio and the future of streaming. Marks challenged the audience, insisting that there has never been so much opportunity for independent musicians to be discovered and heard as there is today.

“I am calling the kettle black – I was always a radio person my entire life, but streaming is simply the wave of the future,” John regaled. “There’s a whole generation of people ages 12-34 who are growing up without a traditional radio experience.”

R.LUM.R - Indie Artist Forum

What better way to close out a day of indie music strategy discussion than with another performance?! TuneCore Artist and Nashville newcomer R.LUM.R capped off a long day by captivating his peers, our speaking guests, and the TuneCore staff with his edgy and thoughtful R&B tunes.

Just a couple hours after R.LUM.R wrapped up his set, the Acme Feed & Seed was transformed and our first-ever TuneCore Live: Nashville was underway!

Nightly - Indie Artist Forum

Up first was the brand new Nightly! We’re always pleased to showcase our talented artists at TuneCore Live, but this was the first time we’ve had a group perform that was also playing their FIRST show! Nightly got the energy going early with their catchy indie pop sounds.

Ray Scott - Indie Artist Forum

Up next was country artist Ray Scott, who helped us keep this thing as “Nashville” as possible! Wielding a traditional country sound, Ray entertained show goers with renditions of his hits like “Drinkin’ Beer” and “Those Jeans”.

Meghan Linsey - Indie Artist Forum

Closing out the night was the charming singer songwriter Meghan Linsey. Sound familiar? You may have caught her as a contestant on this small-time TV show known as The Voice in 2015! Meghan kept the crowd going and provided the perfect soundtrack to close out an amazing Saturday of music, education, and of course, a little bit of partying.

A special thanks goes out to all of our guest speakers, performing artists, our sponsors and most importantly, the independent artists who took time out of their weekend to work on their career and join us for what turned out to be an amazing day of learning and discussion. We cannot wait to party again, and you can stay tuned for details of our next Indie Artist Forum!

Check out our photo gallery from the Indie Artist Forum and TuneCore Live Nashville:

Nashville: Indie Artist Forum & TuneCore Live Breakdown

TuneCore Indie Artist Forum

We’re less than two weeks out from our second ever Indie Artist Forum (Saturday, February 20th) at the Acme Feed & Seed, and this time we’re taking the fun to Nashville! With so many hardworking independent music makers living in one place, it only makes sense that we’d choose this city to connect with them.

There’s some exciting artists, industry professionals and performers that have been announced so far, and just like during our inaugural Indie Artist Forum in LA last September, we’ll be coupling the event with a special TuneCore Live: Nashville edition later that evening.

The good news is: you can still RSVP to the Forum! The better news is: if you cannot make the Forum, you can still come party with us at TuneCore Live afterward! Regardless, you can keep reading to learn more about the awesome guests that will be joining us next weekend.

Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton Indie Artist Forum

Yes, you read that correctly. The legendary Peter Frampton will be joining us at the Acme Feed & Seed to bestow some of his wisdom onto an ambitious crowd of indie artists, songwriters, producers, and MCs. And believe us, this dude has some wisdom: at the age of 16, he landed British pop hits fronting The Herd; from there Frampton went on to form the successful Humble Pie alongside Steve Marriott of Small Faces as an 18-year old. Concurrently, he was working as session guitarist with artists like Harry Nilsson, George Harrison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

You likely know Frampton best as a solo artist, as he’s achieved significant success since the early 70s, perhaps most notably with his hugely popular 1976 release, Frampton Comes Alive!, which sold over 17 million copies worldwide.

GRAMMY Award winner? Check. Rolling Stone cover? Check. Appearances on The Simpsons and Oprah? Check. This guy’s been places and seen things – and we’re absolutely honored that he’ll be joining us for the Indie Artist Forum.

John Marks
John Marks Indie Artist Forum

Ever wonder how some of the hottest country singles become hits? For awhile, many industry professionals would likely tell you John Marks played a key role. As the Country Music Programmer at SiriusXM, he helped push the format into the top 5 on the massive satellite radio provider. With his famed station, The Highway, Marks took chances on new music and helped propel artists into the spotlight.

More recently, John Marks joined the streaming giant known as Spotify as their Head of Global Programming, Country Music, and is on pace to make a similar if not greater impact on the lives of artists and music fans alike.

Other Guests Include…

  • R.LUM.R – Nashville newcomer and alternative R&B artist
  • Genevieve Jewell Thompson – Partner at Back 40 Entertainment, a label, publishing and management company based in Nashville.
  • Charlie Peacock – songwriter, session musician and producer who helped develop The Civil Wars
  • Craig Wiseman – publisher and songwriter who has written with/for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton & more
  • Drew Simmons – artist manager and GM of Foundations Artist Management
  • Like Strangers – country duo comprised of brothers Bob & Clint Moffatt
  • Justin Klump – hard touring, Nashville-based singer/songwriter

TuneCore Live: Nashville

As we said, whether you’re hanging out with us all day at the Forum or can’t join us until the evening, we’re continuing our Acme Feed & Seed takeover into the wee hours as we present our first ever TuneCore Live event in Nashville. Doors will be at 8, it’s free entry, 21+, and you can RSVP for that here on Facebook. Get the lowdown on the bands performing:

Ray Scott

For many, Ray needs no introduction. His first album, My Kind Of Music, was released in 2005 and the title track quickly became a Top 40 hit. Since then Ray has released three independent albums and has found success touring with songs like his hit “Those Jeans” and “Drinkin’ Beer.”

Ray is the only independent artist in the GAC Hall of Fame and his style of traditional country music has also earned him a strong following in Europe. “Drinkin’ Beer” was the #1 Song of 2014 on the United Kingdom’s Hot Disc chart.”

Meghan Linsey

At age 14, Meghan started playing shows with her own band and a short year later she was opening for acts such as Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton at events around Louisiana and Texas.

In 2015, Meghan takes her new musical journey to a national level as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. ‘I’ve always been a risk taker, and as an artist, I want to continue to challenge myself and push the boundaries. I’m looking forward to The Voice as an opportunity to grow and to reach an even broader fan base!'”

Nightly

A brand new indie pop band based in Nashville, we’re excited that they chose TuneCore Live to be their FIRST live performance! For more info on this up and coming band, check out their website and sign up for email updates. Trust us, this is gonna be sweet!


One more time folks – you can RSVP for the Indie Artist Forum here, and hit up the Facebook page to RSVP for TuneCore Live. Hope to see you out in Nashville!

 

Announced: TuneCore Indie Artist Forum in Nashville, TN – 2/20/16

You’re invited, TuneCore Artists:

When we launched our first-ever Indie Artist Forum back in September of 2015, we knew we wanted to provide an experience that would leave a lasting impression on those creators that attended. If you were to ask any of them now, we’re willing to bet we succeeded!

Now we’re bringing the action to the musical hotbed of Nashville, TN on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at ACME Feed & Seed. Like our inaugural event, this Indie Artist Forum will include  educational roundtable discussions, keynote speakers that live and breathe the music industry everyday, showcases that’ll include your talented TuneCore peers, and much more. TuneCore wants to show you that we’re committed to bringing our artist community together for straightforward, tactical discussions about the daily reality of being an artist in today’s music industry landscape.

Connecting with fellow indie artists goes beyond booking shows and interacting within your local scene. It’s about more than having a floor or couch to crash on when you’re out of town on tour. It’s about sharing ideas, struggles, opportunities, motivation and inspiration. Because nobody picks up an instrument, microphone or pen thinking, “This is gonna be a breeze!”

TuneCore Indie Artist Forum
TuneCore Indie Artist Forum

At no costs to artists.

Since TuneCore is determined to present an opportunity to artists of all career levels and genres that gives them something truly valuable to walk away with, we’re presenting the Indie Artist Forum free of charge. We request that you only RSVP for the Indie Artist Forum if you’re definitely going to be in the Nashville area on February 20th. That way, we can do our best to give everyone a fair chance to attend, while reaching a diverse group of TuneCore Artists.

“How can I RSVP?”

Visit this site to RSVP to the TuneCore Indie Artist Forum. Those that RSVP will be admitted to the Forum on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you’re RSVP is confirmed, you’ll begin to receive pertinent announcements and information about the event via email.

Check out Scenes from September’s Forum:

Event Recap: TuneCore Indie Artist Forum & TuneCore Live at Bardot

By Alex Horowitz & Kevin Cornell

On September 19th and 20th, 2015, artists from all walks of life gathered at the legendary SIR Studios in Hollywood, California for the first ever Indie Artist Forum presented by TuneCore.

Hosted by the ever charismatic singer-songwriter Kelley James, The Indie Artist Forum was an opportunity for independent musicians to come together and discuss the day-to-day realities of making a living as an artist in an ever changing music landscape.

Along with TuneCore’s live event series, TuneCore Live, the Forum is another step for us towards taking a more active part in supporting, engaging in, and shining a light on the independent artist community.

For those that couldn’t make it, (and those that could, but want to re-live the good times) here’s a quick recap of what went down.

Live Performances

Indie Artist Forum attendees were treated to intimate live performances by some of the most exciting names in independent music, including Dylan Chambers, Terra Naomi, David Garza, Jesse Boykins III and Caitlin Eadie.

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Q&A’s

As much fun as we all had being entertained by our fellow artists, at the end of the day, the Forum was all about learning how to better navigate a career as an independent musician.  From star pop Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.54.08 PMmusician and songwriter Bonnie McKee, to former head of Twitter Music Bob Moczydlowsky, to legendary producer, manager, and British Invasion rocker Peter Asher (who received a standing ovation after his keynote speech), Forum attendees were given the rare opportunity to learn from and ask questions of some of the top minds in every facet of the music business.

Breakout Sessions

No question the Forum’s keynote guests and speakers had a lot to offer all of us in terms of experience and advice, but it turns out we had just as much to learn from each other.  Much of the weekend was spent interacting with fellow artists, and sharing stories, struggles, and inspiration.

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TuneCore Live at Bardot

On Saturday night, after the first full day of the Forum came to a close, all in attendance were invited to a night of continued networking, drinks, and live music at Bardot for September’s installment of TuneCore Live. Sponsored by Swisher Sweets, CeleBuzz and Mirrored Media, it was the perfect way to keep the momentum going.

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.58.59 PMUp first was San Francisco’s Split Screens – the brainchild of musical/visual artist Jesse Cafiero. The crowd eased into the
evening with Split Screens’ intoxicating, poppy jams, which included his popular single “Close Your Eyes” that was recently licensed on FOX’s series Bones.

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Next, as more folks began to filter in, TuneCore Artist Joel Taylor took the stage with his band. The LA-based singer/songwriter took
us on a rollercoaster ride of tempos, themes and influences – and even got the room going with a wonderful Bruce Springsteen cover!

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.59.32 PMTo cap off the evening, the ever charismatic Desi Valentine hit the stage with a four-piece backing band. Kicking up the funk, soul and pop, Desi kept the party moving and dancing. Speaking of covers, the crowd was treated to a fun twist on Oasis’ “Wonderwall” from Valentine and his band!

Check out our photo gallery from this month’s TuneCore Live at Bardot.

Giving Back

As Kelley James pointed out on Sunday, giving back can be hugely impactful for an artist.  Artists in attendance on the final day of the Forum had the opportunity to learn about one fantastic outfit for musicians to give back — a company called CoachArt.  CoachArt offers artists and athletes the opportunity to put their skills to good use by volunteering to spend time with, and teach a new skill to, chronically ill children and their families.

For artists in the LA/SF area, here’s where you can learn more about volunteering opportunities with CoachArt.

Wrapping Up

This was our first Indie Artist Forum, but it surely won’t be our last.  Huge thanks to everyone that came out, and to those that didn’t, we hope to see you next time.  Thank you to all our sponsors, including WorldArts, WURRLY, A&R Worldwide, Swisher Sweets, Bompopradio, MSCLVR, Dash Radio and Mirrored Media.

Check out our photo galleries from the inaugural TuneCore Indie Artist Forum below!

Day 1 – 9/19/15

Day 2 – 9/20/15

 

UPDATE – RSVP now! | Save The Date: TuneCore Indie Artist Forum Sept. 19-20, 2015

You’re invited, TuneCore Artists:

Connecting with fellow indie artists goes beyond booking shows and interacting within your local scene. It’s about more than having a floor or couch to crash on when you’re out of town on tour. It’s about sharing ideas, struggles, opportunities, motivation and inspiration. Because nobody picks up an instrument, microphone or pen thinking, “This is gonna be a breeze!”

TC Artist Forum Flyer

That’s why we’re rolling out our first-ever TuneCore Indie Artist Forum at SIR Studios in Hollywood, CA from September 19-20, 2015. No cheesy name-tags or ‘getting to know you’ games. We’re talking involved and educational roundtable discussions, keynote speakers that live and breathe the music industry everyday, showcases that’ll include your talented TuneCore peers, and much more. TuneCore wants to show you that we’re  committed to bringing our artist community together for straightforward, tactical discussions about the daily reality of being an artist in today’s music industry landscape.

This one’s on us.

Since TuneCore is determined to present an opportunity to artists of all career levels and genres that gives them something truly valuable to walk away with, we’re presenting the Indie Artist Forum free of charge. We request that you only RSVP for the Indie Artist Forum if you’re definitely going to be in the LA-area on September 19-20. That way, we ensure that everyone gets a fair chance to attend and we are reaching a diverse group of TuneCore Artists.

“How can I RSVP?”

We’ll be offering you the opportunity to RSVP soon! Stay tuned for updates here on the blog and in your inbox. RSVP now by clicking here. There will be no cost to the artists that get one of the 200 available slots. Space is limited; interested parties must sign up for a chance to be selected by lottery for admittance.