Swapping Your Performing Rights Organization: What To Consider

1Tired of ASCAP? Looking to move away from BMI? This article provides a breakdown of what to keep in mind when making the major leap to switch from one performing rights organization to another, and what can go wrong in the process.

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Harry Fox Agency Unfairly Blamed As MMA Debate Rages [Chris Castle]

11In this piece Chris Castle defends the Harry Fox Agency which has, of late, been heavily maligned as debates over the Music Modernization Act Continue to rage on. Here he looks at the facts and explores alternative solutions to simply ganging up on the HFA.

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Music Minds Matter: Mental Health Support For Musicians

2In this article, the good people at 6/8 Music highlight Music Minds Matter, a UK based initiative which works to provide musicians with comprehensive mental health support, including advice, signposting, and professional therapeutic services.

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SoundExchange Q2 Payments Up 17.5%

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange distributed $208.7 million in sound recording performance royalties in Q2 2018. That's up both 17.5% over the same quarter last year and the $189.9 million paid out in the Q1 of this year. The PRO has paid out a total of $398.6 million so far in 2018. 

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5 Mistakes You Should Avoid As A Member Of Your Local Music Scene

1Contributing to your local scene is important to building your fanbase and growing your success, however as with so many aspects of the music industry, it's easy to misstep and mess up the close-knit relationships of a local scene.

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Cage The Elephant, Q Prime Rewrite Rules Of Music Investment with Royalty Exchange

image from celebrityaccess.comRoyalty Exchange democratized music investments with its online royalty marketplace. Now the startup has launched private syndicates, a new kind of music royalty financing plan with Cage The Elephant and Q Prime as the first clients.

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Performance vs. Mechanical Royalties: What's The Difference?

1While any artist is aware that playing shows or selling albums can bring in cash, there are a multitude of other potential revenue streams that are a little less clear cut. Here we breakdown the difference between mechanical and performance royalties, and how artists can use both to their benefits.

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Songwriters Cry Foul As SESAC, HFA Propose Changes That Could Sink Music Modernization Act

Music Modernization ActTwo major songwriter organizations are crying foul after the Harry Fox Agency and SESAC proposed changes to the Music Modernization Act  that the trade groups believe could scuttle or at least severely weaken the sweeping legislation. 

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How To Spend Less, But Sell More Tickets

1While every artist and promotor wants sold out shows, pouring endless amounts of money into every aspect of marketing isn't usually an option for the typical musician. This piece looks at how to budget your money effectively in order get the greatest return on every marketing dollar spent.

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Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetization

Facebook-musicDIY distributor TuneCore has added a new opportunity - Facebook and Instagram monetization. Facebook recently cut licensing deals with all three majors, Merlin and others for music on all its platforms, but this is the first time we've heard of funds trickling down to DIY artists. 

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Lack Of Streaming Artist, Song Info 'Is Just D-U-M-B'

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Don't Wait For U.S. Music Modernization Act: What All Artists Performing In Canada Can Do Now To Get Paid More

1With the future of the Music Modernization Act looking uncertain, and things generally not looking great for artists in the performance rights in general, Shawn Wilson offers some advice on what those artists performing in Canada can do to pull down a little more money.

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How Micro-Influencers Help Sell More Tickets

1While traditional advertising remains an essential part of promoting a tour or show, industry influencer are much more trusted by consumers, and therefore can be a powerful promotional tool. in this piece Georgina Rutherford explains the power of the mico-influencer.

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Performance Rights Disputes: What They Are And What Causes Them?

1As old as recorded music itself, disputes over ownership have permeated the music industry for decades. Luckily the advancement of technology has made it a little easier to keep performance rights in check. In this article we explore exactly what performance rights disputes are, and where they come from.

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Who Owns The Publishing Rights To Your Music, And How Is The Money Split?

1As a writer of music, you may be curious where the money comes from when your composition is consumed, whether via streaming, live performance, or any other medium. Here Chris Robley breaks down exactly who owns what, and where the money goes.

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Spotify Playlists, Influencer Marketing, YouTube Placement: Case Study Of Indie Band Victors

1In this case study, the team at Burstimo worked to raise the profile of the band Victors to the next level, by hitting hard on YouTube, Spotify, industry influencers, and social media as whole. Here we explore the story of their success.

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What's Next For ASCAP, BMI As Justice Dept. Starts Termination Of Legacy Antitrust Judgments?

1As the Department of Justice begins its termination of 19 decades-old 'legacy' antitrust judgements, Chris Castle writes about questions being raised as to what the future holds for ASCAP and BMI, as the Music Modernization Act continues to move forward.

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Hipgnosis Songs Closes $23M The-Dream Catalog Deal, Debuts On London Exchange

image from www.hypebot.comHipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (LON:SONG) has acquired a 75% stake in the song catalog of Terius Youngdell Nash aka The-Dream.  The fund, which listed on London’s main exchange today, will pay $23.75 million USD.

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QUICK HITS: Crowd Surf • Big Deal + Sounds Of Memphis/XL Records • Steel Wool Entertainment • Downtown

Quick HitsMusic marketers Crowd Surf has added Sarah Gaupel and Emily Bowman as Marketing Account Managers in the LA office. Gaupel worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist at Fearless Record and Bowman joins from Bkstg where she was a Community Manager. 

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