A massive piece of legislation, the Music Modernization Act has, at long last, finally passed through both the House and the Senate. Here entertainment industry lawyer Wallace Collins looks at what some of highlights and benefits will be for artists and songwriters as the the bill takes effect.
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Many songwriters, particularly those just starting out, may live in constant fear of their creative work being stolen from them, a fear which the music industry's constant stream of litigation helps perpetuate. The reality is that this kind of plagiarism, at least when perpetrated deliberately, is a little harder to pull off than commonly thought. That said, we here break down the three steps to proving your music was plagiarized.
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For musicians, growing a solid reputation on SoundCloud is key, as the platform provides opportunities to take their work to the next level, although the way in which they manage their account can often have as much of an impact on their success as the music itself.
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Yesterday the Music Modernization Act, a massive overhaul of the US copyright system, unanimously passed the Senate, and while good news for the music industry as a whole, one entity remains in opposition to the bill: SiriusXM. That said, the MMA's smooth passage will like prevent a major boycott of the satellite radio service by artists.
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The motivation behind creating music varies wildly from artist to artist, with some doing so in hopes of fame and fortune, and others just because they feel like it. Here we look at how to strike the delicate balance between making music based solely on your own self-interest, and desperately trying to make music the world will like.
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On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Copyright Royalty Board rate determination for non-interactive web streams for the period of 2016-2020.
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[UPDATE 4] The music industry was quick to react to the United States Senate's unanimous passages of S. 2823 the Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by more than 80 Senators that brings the music licensing system into the digital age.
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This excerpt from Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas delves into the concept of Artist as Hacker, which asks music artists to utilize a thought process and view of the music business that is radically different from that which they are accustomed to.
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With over 47 million events being created on Facebook in a single year, getting yours to stand out from the crowd is no easy task. Here we look at 5 tips from the Facebook Events Team on how you can make you next event, whether it's a workshop or an album release, catch your fans' attention.
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The Music Modernization Act, which is scheduled for a full Senate vote over the next 24 hours, is supported by the music industry because it brings music copyright and compensation into the digital age. But SiriusXM is working to scuttle key MMA provisions, and artist advocates the musicFIRST Coalition are fighting back.
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While the ways in which people discover music have changed dramatically in many ways, some avenues remain the same. Here we offer advice to artists on how to get their music discovered in the digital age by consulting with industry experts on where they go to find new music.
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An official email sent to the offices of all U.S. Senators on Monday evening stating that the Music Modernization act had officially been hotlined, began a 24 hour countdown for a voice vote by the full Senate late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.
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Small businesses make the music industry go round, and whether you're a record label, marketing agency, or management company, we here offer five essential tips for achieving success as a small music business in 2018.
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Most streaming platforms have seen their share of woes, but perhaps none more so than TIDAL, which has been plagued with a flagging user base and numerous legal issues. A new partnership with Sprint could change things around for the platform, however, and give TIDAL a fighting chance.
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UPDATE: The Music Modernization Act is being fast tracked for a voice vote in the Senate. It's a bold strategy that could backfire if even one Senator votes no. Despite earlier reports, it is now unlikely that the vote will happen today.
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While YouTube certainly has received plenty of negative attention from the music industry over the years, due in large part to its failure to pay fair royalties to artists. It has a least been good for promoting music discovery thanks in large part to user generated content, something which Bobby Owsinski says the EU's copyright reform could make harder.
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While you may think you have everything ready to go for a release as far as your marketing campaign and advertising plan are concerned, getting the attention of fans (or potential fans) can sometimes require an extra push. Here we look at promo tools that will grab consumers by the throat and hold their attention.
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In celebration of AmericanaFest 2018, Noisetrade here conducts a group interview with artists including Amanda Shires, Tommy Emmanuel, Erik Koskinen, Them Coulee Boys about the festival and the genre itself.
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One of the most valuable types of data for artists and labels is demographic information on exactly who is listening to their music. This is why a new deal being struck between Spotify and Nielsen Research could have implications for not just advertisers, but also artists.
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BMI has reported record revenue of $1.199 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30th. The PRO distributed and administered a record $1.118 billion in royalties to its songwriters, composers and publishers, an increase of $95 million, or 9% higher than the previous year.
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In this op-ed, Jeffrey Bennett of SAG-AFTRA and Mitch Glazier of the RIAA decry the recent questionable actions of SiriusXM and encourage those involved in the music industry to help the Music Modernization Act's progress forward.
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Despite the composers having died hundreds of years before the concept of copyright violation had even appeared on scene, performers are now finding it difficult to post their performances of the classical works online without receiving notices of copyright infringement, fraudulent though they may be.
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Samples are an incredible tool at all levels of music production, opening up all kinds of new creative horizons. However, they can be confusing and difficult to implement effectively. Here we explore how to use samples the proper way.
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ASCAP has announced that the 14th edition of its signature “I Create Music” EXPO, will return to the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on May 2 - 4, 2019. The PRO also announced the release of 60+ hours of video of panels and performances from the 2018 conference.
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While musicians typically follow an established formula when it comes to releasing new music, this doesn't mean it's always the best way. Here Chris Robley digs into three way you can think differently about releasing your music and see drastically improved results.
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Chasing press can be one of the most frustrating elements of self-marketing, and is made even more frustrating by the fact that there is no guarantee of a payoff. Here we look at five easily fixable problems that could be preventing you getting the press you need.
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While you may not yet be ready to employ a full-time music manager, that doesn't mean that, as a DIY artist, you need to totally go it alone. In fact, there are a number of ways you can expand your team and advance your career without having to fully invest in a manager. Here we look at five things an accountability team can do for you.
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Broadcasting company SiriusXM is up to no good, says Chris Castle, claiming that its out to see artists paid their fair due. In reality the company is using rhetorical trickery to distract artists while Sirius climbs its way to a more advantageous industry position.
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In this piece Gloria Ruth Finney looks at the phenomenon of a YouTube Pop-space dubbed the Nashville Sessions which allows select up-and-coming musicians to connect and collaborate over the course of a week as well as work on increasing their YouTube viewership.
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With users spending an increasing amount of time consuming video content, the social networks have taken note, with Facebook now expanding its "Watch" section to go global, coupled with new content management features and advertising options.
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