Project Title: Musical Rags to Riches: How do Small Artists Make it Big?
BASIS Advisor: Mr. Heilbronn
"The luxurious lifestyle of a music artist, with sold-out tours and adoring fans, is envied by many young artists hoping to reach similar status. From the outside looking in, getting rich from making music seems easy enough. But many people seem to forget the years of dedication that their favorite artist most likely had to endure to get to where they are. Focusing mainly on artists from R&B, pop, and rap genres, I will explore how
small artists can produce their music using independent labels, grow their audience through social media, and eventually have best-selling songs played through streaming platforms around the world. Using information collected from literature reviews and interviews with experienced individuals in the music business, I intend to use this knowledge to get a better understanding of how artists use the resources available to
them in this modern age. I hope that my final presentation will alter the way we listen to music, by conveying all of the hard work that goes into creating and sharing music."
Good evening! I would first like to thank everyone who watched my presentation last Monday. I’m so glad I was finally able to fully present all of the information I’ve gathered over the last few weeks. I chose to focus my project on the music industry not only due to my own curiosity but also […]
Welcome back! This week I began working on my final presentation using the rubric provided as a guide. I spent most of my time focusing on how I wanted to structure the information I’d gathered, in a way that would clearly answer my research question. I decided that I would group my research based on […]
Welcome back! This week was extremely slow for me, I’m currently trying to set up a few more interviews. In the meantime, I decided to look into digital music distributors such as TuneCore, which we learned about last week. Starting from $29.99 for albums and $9.99 for singles, TuneCore offers artists the opportunity to sell […]
Hello again! This week I was able to conduct an interview with emerging indie artist, Charles on TV. Charles is a 24-year-old indie artist, who already has released two singles, and has another one releasing today. As a high school student, Charles would record covers of popular songs and release them on Youtube, but he […]
This week I was able to have another incredible interview, this time with a young individual hoping to one day work in entertainment law, named Felix. While speaking with Felix I was able to get a better idea of how some music marketing businesses actually work. Felix had been interested in music since a young […]
Hello! This week I was able to have my first interview with an emerging artist, a young producer from Brooklyn by the name of Isaiah. Isaiah first began making music at the age of 15, by skipping school to work construction, allowing him to save up for a laptop. He began by making trap and […]
Hello again! This week was pretty slow, I spent most of my time researching different music marketing/PR companies and reaching out to them for internships. These marketing companies are catered towards more independent artists, though many of them work with signed artists as well. In addition, different companies offer different services, and some are more […]
Hi again, everyone! This week I decided to watch a documentary for some additional research while I was still planning out how I want to approach research for this project. The documentary I decided to watch is called Artifact, it came out in 2013 and was directed by Jared Leto. The film follows Leto’s band […]
Welcome back, everyone! On Monday morning I had my Senior Project Defense Presentation and was able to get some really great feedback to work with. One of the major issues brought up was the arbitrary definition of the word ‘success’. My project focuses on how artists become successful, but in order to measure that, I […]
Hello everyone! My name is Asha Wills, and I’ve been a student at BASIS for seven years. Having been a music enthusiast for as long as I can remember, I was always curious about the behind the scene process artists go through to create songs and release them to their listeners. Last year I took […]