While there has been significant discussion of late over how streaming services pay artists and labels, the means by which publishers and songwriters are compensated has been shockingly absent from the conversation.
How can you land your band on the front page? This article offers unique insight into pitching and securing press and offers a detailed checklist of how to proceed when working to procure an appearance or feature for an artist.
Are we seeing more blurred lines controversy? For years Warner/Chappell have been collecting millions in royalties off of the song "Happy Birthday," but recent evidence, revealed last minute during a legal case involving the company, shows the song may actually belong in the public domain.
Pandora has taken multiple tacts in its effort to lower the royalties it pays to musicians, labels, publishers and other rightsholders, including lawsuits, lobbying and even buying a small South Dakota FM radio station.
Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music put out a report criticizing various rights/publishing organizations within the music industry for not providing artists with sufficient transparency or pay, although this article posits that the report should have delved deeper.
As companies seek to promote younger and younger stars, they are wary of a minor's ability to disaffirm contracts at any time, and so will take legal steps to guarantee that said company gets what it wants.
It was an active week in music publishing. SESAC acquired the Harry Fox Agency, new stats confirm YouTube's popularity as a streaming music service, and musicians used a MoveOn.org petition to push Apple for more recognition.
Followers of the Future of Music Coalition know that they have long supported a public performance right for AM/FM radio that would pay artists when their music is played on over-the-air. This right already exists for digital radio platforms like Pandora and SiriusXM. Yet massive companies like iHeart Media, Cumulus and Entercom are exempt due to a loophole in US law.
Streaming is not just causing a seismic shift in recorded music revenue, its disrupting music publishing and performing rights, as well. Mechanical licenses handled by Harry Fox were once a lucrative business, but as tracks sales decline and streaming rises, performing rights have become an increasingly valuable business.
[UPDATED] The music business, particularly the pop and urban markets, is more producer driven than ever before. Producers not only help capture the sound in the studio and use the available technology to mold it to be commercially acceptable, but more and more producers are finding and discovering new talent and developing the artist’s sound and even co-writing the songs with the artists.
Now that ASCAP and BMI have released their revenues for 2014, and we have some data on SESAC (thanks to Moody’s), we can estimate the value of a spin, per listener, to songwriters;from performances on US;Radio, in 2014; and it's not much...
SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million. It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context.
Universal Music and several co-plaintiffs allege that music was being offered during flights without proper licensing agreements. Provider Global Eagle Entertainment countersued, but yesterday a judge sided with the music industry.
[UPDATED] Warner Music Group has appointed Michael Nash as an advisor to CEO Stephen Cooper, filling in for exiting COO Rob Wiesenthal. Nash worked at the label from 2000-2011 as one of its first digital execs and will now focus on business development.
With 4 million musician members ReverbNation has a unique view of what's hot in d.i.y and indie music. Now with the development of its artist incubator CONNECT, they are using their massive set of date to choose a few promising artists to take to the next level.
In this week's music publishing news, Bobby Braddock talks about his newest venture, writing a memoir about is life as a Nashville songwriter,Grooveshark makes a splash as it re-emerges in Sweeden, and Daniel Ek defends Spotify's "freemium" model in the wake of Taylor Swifts dramatic exit from the streaming service.
Many clients ask about whether or not they can "sample" from an existing sound recording and how much is permissible to use, and whether or not they need permission to embody a sample in their new sound recording. Learn the do's and don'ts of sampling in the following article.
BMI vs. Pandora Judge Louis Stanton backs his decision to award BMI 2.5% of Pandora's revenue, ASCAP President Paul Williams was awarded the PRS for Music Special International Award, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing shares new artist news.
Wolfgang's Vault bills itself as the "world's largest collection of live music." Sister site Daytrotter brings that same sensibility to merging music. But much of the music you find on these sites has not been properly licensed, according to the NMPA.
Downtown Music Publishing's acquisition of Eagle i-Music, the battle with The Verge over Sony Music's leaked contract with Spotify and BMI's win over Pandora dominate the music publishing news this week.
The final chapter in the long, sordid story of the pirate site, Grooveshark, finally played out in a New York Courtroom last week. The principals, after years of litigation, have finally shut down their website and signed an agreement stating they will never own or operate a pirate site again or face millions of dollars in fines.
The laws governing digital music are a mess and getting messier. Recently, the FCC approved Pandora's purchase of a radio station that would lower payments to rightsholders, and an ASCAP attempt to retroactively raise their rates was defeated in court. Yesterday, however, BMI scored a major victory vs. Pandora for songwriters.
You’ve closed the door in your room and churned out your favorite songs all by yourself, but what about collaborating? Almost every song you hear on the radio today was co-written, and the skill of collaboration will go a long way for you as a songwriter.