9th Vienna Music Business Research Days: A Retrospective

1In this piece we look back on the 9th Vienna Music Business Research Days, a multi-day event which gathers together researchers and music business professionals for keynote speeches and panel discussions covering important music business goings-on.

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Sony Music Faces Lawsuit For Under-Reporting Streaming Revenue

1Just in case you didn't feel like the music industry was a litigious enough space, the estate of 60s era pop star Ricky Nelson has open a whole new can of legal worms by filing a class action lawsuit against Sony Music over its alleged failure to properly report streaming of the late artist's music.

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'Stairway To Heaven' Copyright Lawsuit Again Headed To Court

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwA recent lawsuit from the estate of the late Randy California that Led Zep has pilfered key elements of their hit song "Stairway" from the band Spirit's somewhat less well known "Taurus" seemed like it was it was settled in 2016, but a federal appeals court flipped the decision (which had landed on the side of Zep) meaning everyone is once again returning to court.

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Opposition To Sony Acquisition Of EMI Publishing Grows

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkLast week, Sony told EU anti-trust regulators that it was ready to close its deal to acquire EMI music publishing. If the sale is approved, Sony, already a behemoth in the world of music publishing will nearly double their publishing catalogue, growing it from 2.16m to 4.21m compositions.

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Warner Music Group Partners With dotBlockchain To Modernize Content Management

WmgdotBlockchain Media has scored its first major label and music publisher partnership with Warner Music Group.  Warner Chappell publishing and WMG labels will work with the startup to create new ways to track their assets on the blockchain. 

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EU Article 13: The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Euc (1)The European Parliament has passed Article 13,. The controversial copyright directive will force Google, YouTube, Facebook and others to do much more to stop the spread of copyrighted material on their platforms. But according to MIDiA's Mark Mulligan, the legislation has some important unintended consequences.

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Music Supervision and Sync Roundup: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Metallica and More

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-10-01/800d20a6-11c8-463f-96a6-481d61246a56.pngThanks to awards season and a plethora of new productions, the wold of music synch fro Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to Metallica and beyond is in overdrive this week. as Emma Griffiths  of the Synchtank Synchblog chronicles.

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3 Effective Techniques For Connecting With Your Audience

1Unless you're writing music purely for your own delight, fostering a strong connection with your fans should be a top priority as an artist. Besides simply the substance of the music itself, we here look at three essential ways in which artists can cultivate a connect with fans.

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What Artists Get Paid By Spotify Direct Deal

1Spotify has recently begun not only allowing artists to directly upload their content to the streaming service, but also cutting directly deals with artists. Here we take a closer look at what exactly artists, labels, and Spotify all get out of these deals.

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BMI Files Rate Court Action Against Concert Promoters

BMI logoBMI has filed against the North American Concert Promoters Association (NACPA) in the U.S. Rate Court.  The performing rights organization  says it has been negotiating with NACPA for five years to agree on new rates when  BMI member songs are performed publicly.

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Industry Reacts To Music Modernization Act House Passage: SoundExchange, BMI, NMPA, More

image from openclipart.orgThe "Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night and is on its way to the President for a final signature. Widely praised by the industry, the leaders of music trade groups and others were quick to react.

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Effective Spotify Strategies For New Artists

1Spotify is an important strategic component to keep in mind for you next musical release, and releasing your music on the streaming service requires a significant amount of careful pre-production in order to be executed effectively. Here we look at how new artists should craft and carry out an effective Spotify strategy.

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Music Modernization Act Passes House, Trump Signature Next

Music Modernization ActThe Music Modernization Act has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on a unanimous vote after passing in the Senate last week. The bill, which brings music copyright law and royalties into the digital age, now heads to President Trump for his likely signature. Now called the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act” (H.R. 1551), the legislation includes these changes:

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Going Full Time: How One Musician Took The Leap [INTERVIEW]

1In this recent article, Chris Robley looks at the case study of musician Laini Marenick, who decided to quit her day job and pursue life as a full-time musician. Here she discusses the rewards and challenges of life as professional artist.

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Understanding The Music Modernization Act: Highlights And Benefits For Artists, Songwriters

1A 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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3 Steps To Proving Plagiarism Of Your Song

2Many 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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Attracting More Views On Your SoundCloud Releases

2For 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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Passage Of Music Modernization Act Averts Artist Boycott Of Sirius XM

1Yesterday 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 Musician's Delicate Balance: Unbridled Self-Expression vs. Listener Alienation

1The 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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Industry Reacts To Music Modernization Act Passage: AIMP, BMI. A2IM, NMPA, SoundEx, ASCAP, More

thumbs up music[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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Artist As Hacker: Book Excerpt + 80% Off Discount Code

1This 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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5 Tips To Create A Facebook Event From The Social Network's Events Team

2With 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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Artists Are Driving MMA Ahead, SiriusXM Should Join Them [Chris Israel, musicFIRST Coalition]

join us musicThe 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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5 Ways To Get Music Discovered In The New Digital Age

1While 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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Sprint Could Single-Handedly Rescue Tidal As A Platform

2Most 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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Music Modernization Act Vote Unlikely Today [UPDATE]

Music Modernization ActUPDATE: 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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