Do You Really Want A Record Deal? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

1As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.

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5 Techniques For Leveraging Music Press

1After spending countless hours reaching out to the bloggers, podcasters, and other powerful tastemakers in the music business, being met with deafening silence can be frustrating to say the least. Here we look at five techniques for leveraging the press in your favor.

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Streaming Music Payment Rates Drop 9%, Apple Music Gains [David Lowery]

Arrows downMusician and artists advocate David Lowery has been sharing an analysis of the streaming royalties that he receives as the principle songwriter and leader of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven since 2014.  Every year they offer an important snapshot of trends that effect all artists and rightsholders.

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Facebook Gives Indie Musicians, Publishers March 12 Licensing Deadline

image from europeansummerschool.com[UPDATED] Facebook has finally created a system for musicians and rightsholders to get paid for use of their music on the social giant. But they've also set a March 12th deadline to participate directly via an exclusive deal with the Harry Fox Agency's Rumblefish division.

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Round Hill Raises New $263 Million Music Investment Fund

image from mms.businesswire.comRound Hill Music Royalty Partners announced that it has raised $263 million for a second music investment fund. The private equity firm has taken stakes in music copyrights from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars and others.

 

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QUICK HITS: The Ryman • Hunter Hayes • Diddy Donates • UMP + Disney • Sony Music • More

Quick HitsOpry Entertainment Group has promoted Gary Levy to General Manager of the Ryman Auditorium, reporting to Opry Entertainment COO Michael Guth. Levy previously served as the Ryman’s Director of Operations.

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Facebook Signs Licensing Deals With SESAC, Kobalt, Azoff's GMR and Adds Indie Music Publisher Program

Facebook-musicFacebook announced three more major muli-year global music licensing deals today - SESAC's Harry Fox and Rumblefish services, Kobalt Music Publishing and Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights. The agreements follow recent deals with Universal Music and Sony/ATV. 

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Music Publishing News: Reservoir • Sony/ATV • Kobalt • Round Hill • More

music publishingReservoir, the New York based music publishing company, which includes UK based Reverb Music, has promoted Rell Lafargue to President and Chief Operating Officer. Since 2008, Lafargue has served as COO. 

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Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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23 Top Music Orgs. Endorse Licensing Reform Legislation

billProminent music trade groups and other organizations representing U.S. music publishers, record labels, songwriters, composers, artists and performance rights organizations (PROs) today announced their united support for key pieces of pending music legislation.

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What We Learned From 2017 About Making A Record In 2018

2While not the most popular year on record, there are a number of valuable takeaways from 2017, and some evidence that it is once again possible to forage a career as an independent musician. Here we look at a few important lessons from the past year to keep in mind for 2018 releases.

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Facebook, Instagram Sign Sony/ATV Licensing Deal

Facebook-musicFacebook and Sony/ATV music publishing announced on Monday that they have signed a multi-year, multi-market licensing deal for the social media giant, it's Instagram photo and video service as well as Oculus, the virtual reality platform. Late last year, Facebook announced a publishing and recorded music deal with Universal Music Group.

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Radiohead Sues Lana Del Rey: "Creep" vs. "Lust For Life"

Lana Del Ray lawsuitRadiohead is suing Lana Del Rey over the new song ‘Get Free’ from her latest album 'Lust For Life' and alleged similarities with Radiohead's 90’s hit "Creep." On Sunday, Del Rey responded on Twitter,  saying that even though her song was not inspired by "Creep," she had offered the band a 40% stake in publishing, which their lawyers rejected.

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When Do You Need A Music Publishing Deal And What You Should Expect From It

3Whether or not it's in a songwriter's best interest to pursue a music publishing contract is a complicated issue. Here we delve into what each party's role in a contract is, the different types of contracts out there, and other considerations to take into account.

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How The Wixen Lawsuit Impacts Spotify's Upcoming Public Stock Offering

Spotify legalSince Wixen Music Publishing filed its $1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify, speculation has run rampant as to how this and other court actions would hurt Spotify's nearing IPO.  Spotify isn't commenting, but industry analyst Mark Mulligan has taken a look at all we know and come to some interesting and  - for Spotify - concerning conclusions.

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Bono On Chance The Rapper, Going DIY, Spotify Payouts and How Streaming Made Him A Better Songwriter

bonoIn a wide ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Bono shared his perspectives on the modern music industry. For a man that can afford to never sing another note in his life,  the U2 frontman showed a surprising grasp of the limitations and opportunities presented to all musicians by streaming and the direct to fan era.

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Best Practices For Your Getting Songs Into Music Libraries plus a FREE WEBINAR INVITE

image from lh3.googleusercontent.comMusic licensing is one of the income streams always touted for musicians working to build steady income and a career, but it's also one of the most mysterious. In this piece and a free upcoming webinar,  Dave Kusek and Joyce Kettering offer insights to one important point of entry into the world of licensing: music libraries.

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What Music Has In Common With Bookstores And Swiss Watches [Jack Kelly]

2Despite their turbulent sales histories and brushes with obsolescence, print on paper books and Swiss watches have both managed to make impressive rebounds and have of late shown steady profitability. Here we look look at some important takeaways that could potentially apply to the music industry.

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Spotify Hit With $1.6B Lawsuit By Tom Petty, Neil Young Publisher Wixen, Up To 6M Songs Stream Without Licences

spotify[UPDATED] Wixen Music Publishing, which controls songs by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Weezer, The Doors and many others, has sued Spotify demanding $1.6 billion in damages for alleging using thousands of songs without the proper licenses or compensation.

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Copyright Infringers: Do They Have The Right To Remain Anonymous?

2It has been established that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism, but in a recent legal case regarding copyright infringement, the defendant is also alleging that maintaining their anonymity in also a First Amendment right.

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Disney Parks Sued Over Improper Use Of Iconic Song "Brother Can You Spare A Dime"

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwWalt Disney Parks and Resorts performs “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” without permission according to a new lawsuit.  Courthouse News is reporting that music publisher Glocca Morra Music has filed suit against the entertainment giant over the use of the iconic song.

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Universal Music Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out Of Cold with Licensing Deal [Chris Castle]

1Long known as something of a deadbeat when it comes to paying music royalties, last week social media giant Facebook signed a deal with Universal Music Group which will allows the social network to carry songs from the major label across its platforms.

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