After a copyright is created, the length of time for which it hangs around tends to vary greatly - although it's often for longer than one might guess. Here we look at what determines a copyright's life span, and why it's usually not safe to assume something's fallen into the public domain.
After noticing that many of its artists weren't utilizing the streaming platform's full potential, Spotify has a launched a new series of helpful videos intended to direct artists on how to take full advantage of their artist specific site.
In this video Rick Carnes, president of the songwriters guild, gives testimony on the need for a small claims court for copyright infringement, something which the recent CASE act would help establish.
The music industry is fraught with trademark disputes, and any artist would be well advised to take steps to avoid such infringement conflicts before they arise. In this piece Katelyn Kindberg talks us through what to do if your artist name is similar to that of another band.
SOCAN collected a record $352-million in total royalties in fiscal year 2017, continuing a seven-year trend. The Canadian PRO said the jump was driven by a 44% increase in revenue from Internet sources and a 13%t surge in royalties from countries outside of the county.
Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play.
When submitting music for radio, musicians will, at some point in the process, hit a brick wall. Here we look at straight forward breakdown of how to submit your music in a way that increases your chances of it getting picked up.
[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression.
Earning a living from music alone is no easy task, but can be done, particularly if you're willing to get your musical fingers in a few different pies. Here we look at the top five side jobs musicians can while still focusing on music.
In this piece Michael Hahn explores the art of album sequencing, why it's important, and how an artist can assemble their tracks in such a way as to create a compelling and successful album and album release.
Last year, Rihanna's "Work" sent us into a spiral of discussions for days about where the tonal center was in that song, and what key it was in. People on the internet still can't agree. Regardless of that, we examine the ways that music theory (in the European classical sense) can still be relevant in today's popular music, and how we need to adapt its contours and constructs to be able to fit new musical languages inside.
A Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal. Think again.
Facebook recently rolled out a new feature which awards users for high levels of interaction (likes, shares, comments) with a page by bestowing "fan badges" to them. Here Michael Brandvold outlines how these badges can be utilized, and what to watch for.
SoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks has added two new tools developed to expand on its NOI LOOKUP service to help music publishers and songwriters search the more than 70 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) filings made with the U.S. Copyright Office.
There have been rumblings over at Spotify HQ of a plan for the streaming platform to pay advances for direct deals with artists and artist managers. Chris Castle explains why this shift is a wrong turn for the music streamer
Instrumental guitarist Lance Allen has been consistently able to make his mortgage payments every month with the money he's earning off Spotify streaming revenue. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby looks at what this DIY artist is doing right, and the five ways in which he's been able to drive streams.
SoundExchange and SiriusXM have settled their years-long litigation surrounding outstanding claims for unpaid and underpaid royalties from January 2007 through December 2017 in exchange for a lump sum payment of $150 million.
While it appeared for a while that the Music Modernization Act was headed toward an easy passage, a new bill called the Accessibility for Curators, Creators, Educators, Scholars, and Society to Recordings Act (or ACCESS) was recently introduced in the senate, and may bog down and reduce the likelihood of the passage of either bill.
Owing to a pervasive misconception of what music industry success is, and how it's achieved, several prominent myths have emerged which many musicians take to heart that simply aren't true. In this piece Krizel Minnema works to debunk four of them.
It's been almost forty years since president Jimmy Carter established African-American Music Month to recognize the cultural contribution of black musicians. Here William Glanz explores the origins of the month, and the effect it's had on music consumption and beyond.
Once a song is written and recorded, the owner of the song gains certain exclusive rights over the work relating the reproduction, adaptation, distribution and performance of the song. Here we look at what exactly those rights are.
Adding to the already intense level of criticism being levied at the Music Modernization Act, this piece from Chris Castle delves into the legislation's failure to properly include startups, and why they should be more present in the legislative process and the act itself.
As streaming continues to dominate music consumption, (with an eye towards replacing the album altogether) artists have a lot to gain by assembling their own playlists and promoting them to fans. Here we look at six benefits in particular.
Leadership Music has named its Class of 2019 made up of 45 carefully selected leaders from every sector of the music industry. While Nashville based, the program, founded in 1989, has graduated 1,200 industry leaders from across the country.
[UPDATED] Being a successful solo musician is no easy task, and before fully embarking on a career as a solos performing, there is a certain amount of planning that should be done lest your hopes and dreams crumble before you've even begun. Here we explore how to launch and promote a solo career.
The latest chapter in an ever-raging battle between performance rights organizations and radio to set rates for music use on radio i has BMI and RMLC headed to Rate Court, for a decision that could change songwriter incomes.
If you feel like a lot of new music has been dropping on Fridays, it's no accident. Here we look at the three main reasons why Friday is the number one release day choice for record labels around the world.
Dolly Parton has scored a new Netflix anthology based on her music. The legendary country performer will not only serve as singer, songwriter, and co-star of the 8-episode series but will executive produce the project through her own Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Sam Haskell’s Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros Television.