As 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.
After 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.
Musician 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.
[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.
Round 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.
After forty years of old works not tipping over into the public domain, it appears the Term-Extenders-That-Be are opting not to push for an extension this time around, anticipating that they'd face much more significant pushback.
Opry 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.
With 2017 already having been a busy and reformative year for the music industry, 2018 looks to be headed in a similar direction. Here we visit three important factors which will have a major effect on the industry in the coming year.
Ed Sheeran may be credited as a writer of Tim McGraw’s new duet with Faith Hill, but two Aussies claim in a federal complaint that the ballad is a shameless ripoff of a song they penned in 2014.
Facebook Signs Licensing Deals With SESAC, Kobalt, Azoff's GMR and Adds Indie Music Publisher Program
Facebook 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.
Reservoir, 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.
With so much advice about finding success in the music industry, there are a number of romanticized myths floating around that have gained more traction than they deserve. Here we debunk five such misconceptions.
[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.
Prominent 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.
While 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.
Facebook 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.
Kobalt has named Lonny Olnick as CEO of its recordings division, which includes both AWAL and Kobalt Music Recordings. He was previously the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for business development and strategy.
Radiohead 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.
Whether 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.
Since 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.
Bono On Chance The Rapper, Going DIY, Spotify Payouts and How Streaming Made Him A Better Songwriter
In 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.
Music 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.
Despite 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.
In this interview, dream pop artist Cuesta Loeb discusses strategic methods for promoting your music, the value of having 'a plan', how it was that she became signed to Fierce Panda, and where she's headed next.
Good news for the pocketbooks of artists, a recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board will be boost the rates for what the satellite service SiriusXM doles out to artists by a not insignificant forty-one percent.
Spotify Hit With $1.6B Lawsuit By Tom Petty, Neil Young Publisher Wixen, Up To 6M Songs Stream Without Licences
[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.
It 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.
Walt 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.
Long 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.