If you are a musician or other artist, the idea of getting a manager and possibly a record label to sign you up might be appealing. This is the goal of many, but does it really offer the benefits that almost all musicians and artists today desire? Things have changed and that’s absolutely true in the music industry. So today we’re going to look at the advantages of remaining an indie musician or indie artist and resisting the corporate industry.
Retain Full Ownership of Your Work
One of the most significant things about remaining indie is that it lets you maintain full ownership of the world your music or your job. No one else has it and nobody else can make decisions about what happens to it. That’s a special situation because once you register a label, you are primarily giving up quite a lot of control that you might have.
Fewer Industry Pressures and Constraints
There are quite a lot of industry pressures and restrictions that can make life difficult for you when you’re tied to the corporate structure. You do not have much control over your image and how you present yourself to the world, and you may find yourself struggling with that pressure. When you are an indie artist, you can present yourself in a way that feels true and real to you.
Independent Distribution Has Never Been Easier
One of the things people love most about independence is the ability to distribute their own artwork or music. In the past it was a really tedious and complex task but now it is really easier than before. You can get your music on Apple MusicSpotify, and other major streaming platforms somewhat easily, and you are in control.
You will be Free to Explore Alternative Income Streams
There are many ways to make money in the world of art and music. You can sell your music, obviously. But you can even license it so it can be used in TV shows, movies, and video games. You can create your own merchandise and get a bigger share of the revenue. Those are all things that are neither easy nor impossible to do when working with a music label.
You Will Have Immediate Access to Buyers and Fans Worldwide
Finally, you will have more direct access to the people who buy your work and your audience of fans. You can directly communicate and interact without having to take into consideration the wishes and opinions of those who manage and represent you at the corporate level. That kind of freedom is something that many artists desire but not because of the decisions they’ve made.
There are many benefits to remaining an indie musician or artist, even if there are opportunities to enter the commercial industry. It’s absolutely something to consider and think about, particularly if such opportunities are starting to open up for you.