Here we look at some of the highlights from Irving Azoff's recent keynote at the NMPA, particularly regarding artist's rights and the importance of what's best for the creators. Azoff's efforts now also includes this campaign signed by 180 major artists.
Berklee College of Music’s Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship announced the Open Music Initiative to approach the issue of rights management and organization in the digital era.
Pandora has announced a partnership with rights administration platform, Music Reports, to manage the mechanical licensing and royalty administration for its upcoming on-demand streaming service. The deal comes on the heels of two $150m+ class action lawsuits filed against Spotify over missing or inaccurate mechanical royalty payments to songwriters.
Following the filing of a class action lawsuit against Spotify, the popular streaming service announced that it had reached a landmark deal with the NMPA which it quickly tried to get publishers and songwriters to sign on to, a deal which is rife with problems, says the respected Future Of Music Coalition.
Surprise releases have been all the rage of late, with artists like Beyonce, Drake, and Radiohead dropping full length albums completely out of the blue, and while these spontaneous marketing techniques can be great for major artists, they can hurt indie musicians, and are something of a mixed bag for fans, suggesting this new trend may be short lived .
"There are a handful of songwriting resources out there, but we wanted to go one step further,” says songwriter and educator Ed Bell. “We wanted to talk not just about theory and techniques, but also about big picture ideas – like how to collaborate, how to maximize your creative potential, and how anyone can become a confident and independent artist."
Songwriters and publishers are seeing big rewards from international syncs, like the recent Apple Music ad featuring Drake & Future’s “Jumpman.” The ad has been viewed more than 20 million times since debuting in April on Taylor Swift’s Instagram account.
[UPDATED] When Spotify and Musixmatch announced a partnership that made easily accessible lyrics an integral part of the music streaming service, it was hailed as both a win for fans as well as for songwriters who would benefit from an additional income stream. Now, that partnership has ended abruptly, apparently under less than favorable circumstances.
Recently, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association had its lecture videos taken down owing to their inclusion of brief clips of bluegrass music. Although the use of the music was clearly fair use, Sony initially demanded a fee for the use of the recordings, raising some alarming questions regarding copyfraud and the use of ContentID.