"What Is An Indie Artist?" Music Notes
Updated: Oct 25, 2020
WELCOME to my fourth edition of Music Notes, which essentially is my Music Blog. Music Notes will provide more detailed information on my music, releases, updates or various musical articles.
So without further ado, enjoy this edition of Music Notes.
What Is An Indie Artist?
Being an independent artist myself, there are lots of questions around...
What is an Indie Artist?
One of the best definitions that I could find was from Studio120blog:
"In today’s music industry, many are unclear as to what it means to be an
independent artist. The most basic definition of an independent music artist
is a undiscovered group that is not signed to one of the big four labels. Artists
under the big four record labels, Sony, Universal Music Group, Warner Music
Group, and EMI are generally defined as “Major Signed” artists.
Beyond the major label artists, independent artists include everyone from the
high school music prodigy who is dropping his first album to the accomplished
indie artist who now owns his own label to maintain creative control over his
music. According to SoundScan, the company responsible for tracking music
sales, independent music makes up 18% of the total music market share."
So in short - there are really two types of indie artists..
1) Independent Artists who are signed with an independent label or record
company.....(again not part of big four labels mentioned above)
2) Independent Artists who are not signed with any label or record
company who are solely "independent" controlling their own music.
The term "independent" was always intended to mean
"independently generated without the financing or creative input of major labels"
There are many gray areas with this term in today's music arena. Additionally,
the term "indie" has blurred into genre's and styles (such as Indie Rock, etc).
But for the intention of this email - we are not looking at genre's or styles.
Next time- we'll touch on specific ways fans support independent artists.
As always, thank you so much for your love and support of my music!!!!!
LT Turner Jr Musical Artist (Vocalist, Pianist, Conductor, Recording Artist) www.LTTurnerJr.com
"Sharing the gift of music, one note at a time....."
- LT Turner Jr
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