Artists, like it or not, are frequently judged by their streaming and social media numbers. That said, it has become difficult for artists to break through the digital clutter and be noticed by potential fans. This how-to guide provides tips on finding your audience, monetizing your online presence, make the most out of streaming services.
Merlin, the global digital rights agency for independent labels has announced that it is reducing the administration fee for deals with members by 20% from 2.5% of revenues to 2%. This marks the 5th time in 4 years that Merlin has reduced admin fees. They are now almost a quarter of what they were in 2012.
Co-writing songs with friends and fellow artists can be a fun and productive experience, but also brings with it a host of legal complications. Here we examine how both the revenue and copyright of a collaboratively written song can be fairly divided in such a way that your songwriting partner remains your friend.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we heard advice on becoming a successful songwriter, looked at the dark world of bot ticket scalping, Spotify's claim to the streaming throne, and more.
There's an ongoing debate in the music industry about fairness. How much should Spotify, Pandora and other digital services pay to use music? And how should the money be divided between performers, songwriters and record labels. One particularly contentious issue is the ownership that the major labels took in Spotify, in lieu of higher royalty payments.