After a year filled with lawsuits and bad press over disputes resulting from the lack of a global music database, Berklee College Of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship has an announced an initiative to fix the problem. The efforts is so ambitious that it could be dismissed as just another academic exercise, if not for the fact that every major music group and streaming music service has signed on.
With labels and the music industry offering less and less support, managers have become the linchpin of most artists' teams. But except for those who give up 50% equity to join mega-management groups like Red Light, most managers are left with no road map and little support. Faction hopes to change all that.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with Scott LeGere and Jay Coyle, who are educators and entrepreneurs. LeGere heads the music business program at McNally Smith College of Music. Coyle is the founder of Music Geek Services and an instructor at Berklee Online. We attended the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, DC and recorded a podcast over dinner.
While piracy remains a significant issue in New Zealand, the recording industry is saying that the country's laws make copyrights too expensive to enforce. According to a report by Fairfax Digital's Stuff.nz, only one complaint has been successfully pursued with the country's Copyright Tribunal this year, compared with four last year and 18 in 2013.
Recently Finnish-American singer-songwriter Janita did an interview with Forbes regarding her #IRespectMusic movement, an interview which Forbes later declined to publish. Here Janita examines the reasons behind the reversal of Forbes' decision, as well as providing the original interview in it's entirety.
As carefully calculated and smartly packaged as Taylor Swift is, Miley Cyrus is improvisational and raw. The music industry needs more of both kinds of artists. Each attracts legions of fans and neither is afraid to criticize the establishment. But, lets face it, Miley is way more fun to watch, and she didn't disappoint last night.
[UPDATED] The controversy surrounding music streaming and artist compensation has been earning quit a bit of press lately. Still, the actual process of licensing, publishing, and compensating those involved in music publishing is complex and convoluted. This article offers a clear and detailed breakdown of exactly how music rights and payments work.
Although some claim that now is the best time in history to be a musician, many artists have great difficulty in accessing information regarding the rights and usage of their music. That can be detrimental, not only to their career, but it also makes life difficult for anyone wishing to use their music. Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren weighs in:
Today in part 5 of his series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard continues his exploration of Blockchain technology in a conversation with venture capitalist Any Weissman who shares his vision of how the technology could be used to create a music rights "Nirvana State".
In yesterday' interview with Zoe Keating and previous posts in this series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard explored Bitcoin Blockchain and its potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, he interviews musician, artist and inventor Imogen Heap, who is working on her own Blockchain inspired solution to help creators and the industry.
While there are obstacles to its adoption, Bitcoin Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, in part three of a series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard interviews musician Zoe Keating who sees the technology as a way to empower the musical middle class.