Guest Post by John Steen
I had a chance to talk with Adam McCants from The Music Bed on a recent podcast, and he gave me the raw scoop on how to get your music licensed. Adam works with major licensing opportunities every day and The Music Bed library gets over 2 million views a month, so I was very interested in what he had to say.First, he stressed that artists need excellent production quality.
Thanks to the fine folks at The Music Business Association (MusicBiz.org), this Thursday, January 29th at 2:00 PM (EST) we are able to offer free entry into a webinar that will explore solutions for music liscening and royalty collections with Royalty Solutions and take a look inside the annual State Of The Industry report produced by music anaytyics provider Next Big Sound.
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Spirit Music Group has acquired the catalog of composer Henry Mancini for US administration. The catalog includes iconic songs such as “Moon River” from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as themes to movies such as The Pink Panther and Charlies Angels. David Renzer, chairman at Spirit previously oversaw the catalog at Universal Music Publishing Group and plans to seek new opportunities for the catalog via synch in film and TV.
By Luiz Augusto Buff from Berklee College of Music's Music Business Journal.
After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future of music publishing assets, worried that the value of songs would decrease significantly due to consumer’s free access to music. However, the rise of legal alternatives for music consumption offered listeners a way to access music conveniently and affordably, while at the same time compensating publishers and songwriters for the use of their work. Throughout the past decade, the publishing side of the music business ended up suffering a significantly smaller hit than the record labels.
Submit your Songs into Songwriting Competitions: Yes, there are scams out there, but don’t let that stop you. Many songwriting competitions can help your songs gain exposure to top music industry executives. They can also help you meet other writers which may lead to potential new collaboration opportunities. The International Songwriting Competition has a panel of judges ranging from Grammy-Winning artists and songwriters to CEOs of major record companies. We also recommend Song Of The Year, The U.S.A Songwriting Competition, and The Great American Song Contest.
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Directional Music has launched it's website and online searchable music database providing curated content for music supervisors and media makers looking to license music. Directional music aims to keep indie musicians in business by including their work in their powerful search platform, making it available for synch licensing. Users can search, license, and collaborate with others on a project-by-project basis.
The National Conference of Personal Managers has announced that they are planning to host Personal Managers Interchange, a trade conference for professional entertainment, music, sports and talent managers. Set for April 22-23 at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazo, the two-day business conference will provide managers with networking and education opportunities and will feature programs such as The Contract Conundrum and panels on crisis management.
The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has named Elizabeth Matthews as its new CEO. Matthews served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at ASCAP since 2013. She replaces former ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, who retired on December 31st after 33 years at the performing rights organization.
Sony has planned a possible sale of its music publishing division according to recently hacked Sony emails. The emails from Sony CFO, Kenichro Yoshida commented on the instability of the busines with the the market shifting from digital sales to streaming. Sony/ATV, a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the Michael Jackson estate also has partial stake in EMI’s publishing catalog which has revenues of $115 million for Sony. Billboard reports that a sale to Universal Music Group or Warner Music Group is unlikely due to European Union regulators and a more likely sale would be to a private equity firm or major film studio.
America's Music City is turning into Music Business City. Jim Reilley, independent songwriter and co-founder of the New Dylans knows the struggle of the uncertainty that plagues his profession. Every September, he wats to hear if he has a job for another year. Reilley is no stranger to anxiety, "That's how I've lived for the last 16 years, living one year at a time," Reilley said. "You can't help but think about that every day." Do what exactly happened to music's middle class? The answer probably lies within your nearest electronic device.
ASCAP CEO, John LoFrumento has announced his retirement this week. LoFrumento started his career at ASCAP in 1981 as a controller, the serving positions as CFO, COO, and EVP before becoming CEO in 1997. Since then, ASCAP’s memberships have grown from 70,000 to 520,000 with annual distributed royalties growing from $417 million to $875 million. While CEO, LoFrumento helped introduce popular ASCAP programs like I Create Music Expo, and MusicPro Insurance. Along with President and Chairman Paul Williams, LoFrumento has lead the fight for fair compensation for songwriters in the digital space.
UPDATE: Along with adding lyrics today, Deezer announced the appointment of a new Global CEO, Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht. He joins from Millicom where he was President and CEO of the telecom and media group, offering digital services to 50 million customers in Africa and Latin America.
Deezer has added the ability to read lyrics while you listen to streaming music. It's an obvious move, but one that its many competitors have likely avoided because of additional costs. As J Herskowitz tweeted this morning: "Big gamble by Deezer in adding lyrics. Takes a razor thin margin and makes it even thinner."
Two Lyric Modes
Audiam has announced $1 million in funding from a very strategic group of music industry investors. The new round puts Audiam's total funding at $3.5 million. Audiam, launched in mid-2013 by David Willen and ex-Tunecore execs Peter Wells and Jeff Price, audits and collects on behalf of publishers, labels and artists for use on YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Rhapsody, Google Play and other interactive digital music services.
The list of music industry insiders participating in this new round:
The CMA Songwriters series celebrated its 10th anniversary December 3rd at Joe’s Pub in NYC. The recurring event features key Nashville songwriters responsible for big hits performing and telling the stories behind their songs in an acoustic low key setting. Leading this event were writer’s Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, Brett James, and Radney Foster playing their recent hit songs such as Blake Shelton’s “Boys Round Here”, Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On”, and an emotional "Live Like You Were Dying" co written by Wiseman. During this week’s event, the writers pointed out that they were united against streaming and in support of songwriters and publishers being fairly compensated.
1) Music Publishing is the business of music journalism and Music PR
The word “publishing” can throw some people off, but music publishing is actually the business of owning and exploiting songs in the form of musical copyrights. The business started because the main source of revenue for composers originally came from “publishing” sheet music.
BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music are suing Cox Communications which provides Internet services to 4 million households. In the lawsuit, which could have wide ranging implications, the publishers claim that Cox does not do enough to identify and punish offenders. If the charges are proven, Cox could be responsible for thousands of unauthorized downloads by its customers. Further, other ISPs would likely take more aggressive action to avoid similar fines.
By Lueda Alia on Alueda.net
My social media feeds are full of rants (and often snarky comments) from frustrated people in the entertainment industry. What worked so well for many years suddenly doesn’t seem to work anymore. Distribution of music has never been easier (Soundcloud, BandCamp, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, etc.) and there are more publications, magazines, and blogs than ever before. Why, then, is it so difficult to secure artists and brands the exposure they deserve?
BitTorrent has tasked themselves with the building of a sustainable ecosystem for artists and fans alike. Fostering a community where fans can connect directly with artists and vice versa, BitTorrent demonstrated their commitment to sustainable art with the launch of BitTorrent Bundles, a publishing project that allows fans to access content via a key that becomes available when users provide an email address or a direct payment to the artist. In September, BitTorrrent asked 2,500 users about the presence of and interaction with content, creativity, music and film in their daily lives. Despite the recent manifestation of streaming as the enemy and the thought that if music isn't available for free it won't be heard, 50% of users still purchase music monthly and 52% buy films. Streaming is holding its position as an inevitability, but according to the BitTorrent survey, their average user still wants more.
Google and Youtube will launch their new music streaming service on November 17th, 2014. The new App will display YouTube videos as well as ad supported non-video music. Along with these new features is the new music curation service which is powered by Songza, which Google acquired earlier this year. YouTube has also launched a new paid subscription based tier called YouTube Music Key. The service will cost $9.99 a month and be available starting November 17th in the US, UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Finland, and Portugal. While YouTube spokesperson Matt Mclernon comments on the launch as a way to “give artists more ways to reach fans and make money,” many industry professionals including Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier have commented on the unfair rates for songwriters and artists.
Op Ed by Dae Bogan of DaeBoganMusic.com
Earlier this week, hundreds of budding entrepreneurs convened at the SF Music Tech Summit XIV to network with potential future collaborators, gain insight from established industry pros, and promote their startups. Hopeful to become the next big thing in music tech, founders shuffled from room to room soaking in as much insight as possible while exchanging business cards along the way with anyone who gave them an ear for a quick pitch.
While music was once a minor consideration for console gamers, it is now a serious component that influences consumers and drives decisions. While this may sound strange, it is a testament to just how far technological advancement and musical culture has influenced modern designers and contributed to the wider gaming experience. While it is hard to cite a single reason why music and sound effects have emerged as such central gaming features, these two factors have undoubtedly played a central role in this evolution.
After months of contentious negotiations, yesterday was finally Google's day in the music business spotlight with launch of both a new home for music on YouTube and its Music Key subscription service. But mega-manager Irving Azoff, who recently added performing rights advocate to his resume, had a different plan. After all, The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, John Lennon and the writers of the 20,000 songs that Azoff reps had not signed any new deal with YouTube.
What Azoff Really Wants
Audiam is aiming to retrieve accurate payment for publishers and songwriters globally for the digital use of their compositions with their launch of International Association of Music Publishers. Audiam recognizes that the difficulty that plagues music publishers extends beyond the United States - so in an effort to combat the underpayment of publishers around the world, the International Association of Music Publishers was created.
The San Francisco based web platform, Seven Seas Music, is taking the headache out of music discovery and licensing by bringing a wide array of world music to digital content producers virtually. Media professionals can audition tracks within the carefully curated library of 5,000 tracks and begin the process of licensing that music for use with one click. The startup, overseen by music licensing professionals Brooke Wentz and Maryam Soleiman, hopes to bridge the gap between international musicians and audio-visual producers.
audiomachine, a boutique motion picture advertising music production collective, was approached by demanding consumers to release their fan-proclaimed "epic" trailer music commercially, and as a result, audiomachine: Remixed happened. To add an additional layer of creativity, audiomachine approached some of electronic music's most famed remixers to turn their trailers into something even more unique and engaging. In streaming the sample track, I can say with confidence, "mission accomplished."