With recent Facebook deals netting labels and publishers tens of millions of dollars, and next months Spotify IPO creating a windfall of tens millions more, songwriters are demanding their fair share with the Brits leading the charge.
With all the data and analytics available for measuring your music's impact and success, it can be tempting as an artist to play the comparison game and assessing how your play count compares with that of your rivals. Such behavior only brings disaster, however.
In this piece we explore the details of a publishing agreement between a songwriter and and a music publisher, as well as looking at some of the clauses which are typically included in such agreements.
It's tax season once again, and for those fortunate enough to be working as self employed musicians, this means an opportunity to claim a number of deductions and expenses when filing your tax return.
Included in the mountains of documents filed in preparation for last night's iHeartMedia bankruptcy were lists of unpaid bills. Alongside $20 billion in debts to bondholders were performing rights organizations, record labels, a music streamer, and others that return revenue to musicians.
Dubset Media, which handles royalties for DJs, announced a strategic partnership with music licensing and administration company Rumblefish. The deal enables “a turnkey royalty payment system” between music publishers.
The much maligned Music Modernization Act here comes under fire for its fatally flawed "audit" clause. Rather than simply cast stones however, this article form Chris Castle looks at potential solution for fixing the clause.
While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles - just not everyone's accepted it yet.
As musician orbiting in a creative community, you will likely be asked to give constructive critical feedback on your peers music something which, if done correctly, can be valuable to both parties involved. Here we look at how to improve your constructive critique of both others' and your own music.
The higher ups are, it seems, eager to rush the Music Modernization Act through the U.S. Congress as quickly as possible, with little opportunity for public comment. Chris Castle poignantly asks, why?
[UPDATED] Clickamix believes that unlicensed use of music in sports is a $670 million untapped revenue stream. As a solution, the startup has launch the first pre-cleared music licensing platform for sports that also allows music mixes in competitions.
EMI Music Publishing is for sale for $4 billion, and Sony is reportedly first in line. Access Industries, the owner of Warner Music Group, is among those also expressing interest in the massive song catalog.
While supportive of much of the copyright reform recently put before congress, including the Classics Act and the AMP Act, David Lowery outlines some of the reasons behind his distaste for the Music Modernization Act.
"Address Unknown" Notices Of Intent has been a problem in the music industry for some time, with music streamers and big tech companies dodging royalty payments in over sixty million instances. Chris Castle looks at how NOIs have impacted New Orleans songwriters, and what SoundExchange is doing about it.
Working as a songwriter can a be a rewarding experience, and allows you to bring a tangible offering to the people who experience your work, but it can also be a difficult road financially. Here we look at ten different jobs that can make your career as a songwriter that much more feasible.
Following two lengthy years and a slew of cash from digital streaming services and the NMPA, the Copyright Royalties Board has finally reached its decision to increase payout to songwriters and publishers by (on paper at least) 43.8%. Here we look at what this actually means for your bottom line.
While Marvel movies have certainly been commercial successes, Marvel has thus far largely missed the mark when it comes to the meaningful integration of music into their films. Until, that is, the release of Black Panther, the score of which fixed Marvel's music problem.
As an entrepreneuring DIY artist, your career is going require massive amounts of time and energy, meaning this risk for burnout is incredibly high. Here we look at some tips for how to avoid burnout and the negative effect it has on your creative output.
Singer/Professor Attempts Lawsuit Against Student For Bad Internet Ratings, Fails, Appeals, Fails Again
Although there has been significant call for anti-SLAPP legislation on the national level, there seems to be some pretty effective policing on the state level, if a recent case involving a singing professor attempting to sue her students is any indication.
Today, March 12th, is the last day for unaffiliated independent songwriters and music publishers to get paid for use of their music on Facebook by registering with the Harry Fox Agency's Rumblefish division.
The music modernization act received a lot pushback form the industry, this time for it's doubling down on the power of the industry's already dominant tech players. Here we explore the opportunity of offering a startup a more prominent position in the ruling bodies which would emerge should the act go through.
Any artist who has tried their hand at songwriting likely knows the struggle of composing a compelling melody, and may often give up in frustration before achieving success. Here we look at five valuable tools that can help artists in this creative endeavor.
This piece looks at how musicians can work to stand out and separate themselves from the crowd, with an emphasis on making music from a socially conscientious perspective, and how they can become better at doing this as they develop their careers.
In this piece, RE Katz reflects on the life and works of Jóhann Jóhannsson, who passed away recently after releasing his most successful solo album Orphée, and the spectacle of hope which his work provides.
While Facebook hasn't entered into the streaming game yet, it does seem to be leaning that way, having recently dipped a second toe in after signing a deal with ICE Services, a licensing group representing several European performing rights organizations.
In taking a closer look at the language used in the controversial Music Modernization Act, Chris Castle here speculates that the bill may contain some of the same content as an orphan works bill that went down in flames.
While there has long been a crusade from the powers that be to de-fang small publishers and independent songwriters as much as possible to prevent them from suing major companies like Spotify, the streaming platform's new public status could shareholders a legal leg-up.