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The Dark, Light Sides Of Digital

1While many musicians in the industry (particularly legacy artists) may like to rage against the digital machine, the reality is that this new era of music, while it reduces or closes off many traditional sources of revenue through music sales, creates a number of important new opportunities for those willing to embrace them.

 

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Concerts From The Closet: Amy Speace’s “Yes” to Motherhood + Music Making

001_lschneider_AmyCloset_03212019 copyWhen critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Amy Speace, live streamed a Concert Window album preview from her walk-in closet to the fans who had just helped fund its release, it wasn’t because she couldn’t book another venue. It was because she is both a new mom, and a musician, and with a one year old asleep down the hallway, it was a way to say yes to both.

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Performance Rights Disputes: What They Are, What Causes Them

2For as long as recorded music has existed, so too have wrongful claims of ownership. Either as the result of ignorance or confusion, disputed claims continue to crop up in the recording industry again and again. Here we look at what causes the disputes, and what systems exist to resolve or avoid them.

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Pandora Set To Launch Interactive Voice Ads

1A fundamental part of the music business, advertising's latest evolution is arriving at Pandora in the form of interactive voice ads, built in partnership with Instreamatic around AI tech and with an alleged ability to understand listeners' speech beyond simple "yes" and "no" commands.

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Why Music And Tech Can Never Be Separated

1In 2019, music and technology have become more linked together than ever, with new tech advancement now part and parcel of every aspect of the music industry. In this piece, Patrick McGuire explores the historical context for this, and what happens technological change is put at odds with artists' values.

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CD Baby Partners With Audible Magic To Identify Copyright Infringement

image from www.billboard.comCD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner.

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Many Spotify, Apple Music Subscribers Share Passwords Costing Artists, Labels Millions

PasswordA survey of 1000 streaming service subscribers showed that many share their passwords with others, breaking terms of service. Apple Music subscribers were the biggest offenders among music services, with 31.4% admitting to sharing their passwords with others.

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Musician’s Guide To Growing A Massive Email List

Musicians guide to growing a massive email list

 As old school as it may sound, email is still the most effective and consistent way to communicate with and monetize your fans.  Here, Ariel Hyatt and the CyberPR offer a step by step guide to building a massive email list.

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Despite Streaming’s Growth, Music Industry Remains Half The Size It Was In 1999

2While paid streaming subscriptions have, in many circles, been billed as the savior of the music industry, the reality is that the business is still operating at a severely reduced capacity since the devastation visited on it in the early days of digital.

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Pre-Adds, Pre-Saves Are The New Pre-Orders - Is That A Good Thing?

1Much as streaming has replaced traditional album sales, Spotify and Apple music 'pre-saves' have replaced pre-orders. While these pre-saves are certainly good news for artists as a metric of gauging listener interest, there is concern that artists are missing out some valuable listener data as a result.

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Techstars Music's Bob Moz On The Music Business and How Tech Is Reshaping It

Bob Moz (Techstars Music  Startups  and the Future of the Music Industry) 3-48 screenshotBob Moz (short for Moczydlowsky) is a fixture in music tech. Now the Managing Director of the Techstars Music startup program, Moz worked at Yahoo Music, as Topspin VP Product & Marketing and Twitter's Head of Music.

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Stream-Ripping Finally On The Decline

1As with so many consumer practices, piracy has its own trends which, in the age of streaming, most recently took the form of stream-ripping, an illegal process whereby, content is 'ripped' from existing streaming sites. Fortunately, this practice appears to be on the decline, according to a recent report.

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Spotify Names Chaka Zulu To Head Artist Relations

Spotify new rectangleSpotify has hired Chaka Zulu to head artist and talent relations. Zulu is the long term manager of rapper Ludacris and co-founder of the Disturbing Tha Peace label. He replaces Troy Carter who exited the streamer several months ago. He shared the news via a post on Instagram.

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What Musicians Need To Know About Spotify’s Personalized Editorial Playlists

1Spotify has recently been testing the waters with its new personalized editorial playlists, a kind of hybrid between curatorial and strictly algorithmic playlists. Here Chris Robley outlines what artists need to know about this new listening format entering the streaming arena.

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CD Baby, AVL Digital Acquired By Downtown Music

CD_Baby_Logo_Black newDowntown Music Holdings has acquired AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of music distribution, rights management and artist services businesses, including CD Baby, AdRev, DashGo and Soundrop. DMH is the company behind Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust.

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Apple Music App Now Installed On 40 million Android Devices

image from support.apple.comThe Apple Music app has been installed on 40 million devices running on the Google Android operating system. Of course, installs and paid subscriptions are two different things, with Apple Music only having a total of 50-55 million subscribers worldwide.

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How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Community

2In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.

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Tools For Managing Music Merch

1Being an artist is hard enough without having to manage the mini-department store that is your merch - luckily there are a number of tools out there designed to lessen the headache of keeping up with orders and streamlining sales.

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How To Take Responsibility For Archiving Your Music, Data

1Recent news that the down on its luck social network Myspace fried a dozen years of media due to a server error should have artists and professionals alike scrambling to make sure they have a multitude of backups for their precious data.

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The Awkward Truth Behind Skip Rates

1With the ubiquity of music access and a lack of any need for patience, the term "skip-rate" has crept into the modern music industry lexicon, and some new data behind why and when consumers are skipping songs (and thereby not generating revenue for the artist) has many in the industry concerned.

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Splice Raises $57.5M, Artist Payments Pass $15M

image from splice.comSplice has raised $57.5 million in a Series C round to expand its music sample subscription service and other artist services. The startup also announced that it has paid $15 million in royalties since launching in 2013 to creators who offer samples through the company's artist-to-artist service, Splice Sounds.

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The Importance Of Artwork In Your Music

2With the rise fo streaming the prominence of album artwork has, quite literally, been greatly reduced. That said, it's a mistake for artists to discount the incredible importance of album art when it comes to releasing and promoting your music.

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Black Box Income Most Musicians Don’t Even Know About

2Some of the most common advice given to indie artists is to populate their metadata. In the streaming age in particular, telling organizations who you are and how to get ahold of you is key to your getting paid. Still, many artists' failure to do this has resulted in pools of undistributed "black box income." Luckily, new provisions in the MMA could help to finally get this unclaimed income into the pockets of deserving artists.

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Supreme Court Tells Songwriters: “You’ll Have to Wait”

1In a further bit of bad news for music creators, the Supreme Court recently ruled that artists who are victims of copyright infringement must wait, in some cases for as long as seven months, before they are able to file they are able to file a lawsuit.

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New Report Reveals Why Piracy Persists In The Streaming Era

1Given the ubiquity of available content and ease of access which many of us now have to music and video in 2019, analysts had predicted that the streaming age would all but eradicate piracy. This hasn't quite panned out however, according to a new study out of New Zealand, although not for the reasons you might think.

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Tracklib: A Valuable Tool For Producers

3Sampling is a huge part of producing music in the modern era, but clearing records in order to do so legally can be a pricey and drawn out process. Thankfully, the good people at Tracklib have now become the first record store to streamline the digital sampling process - a game changer for music producers.

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IMPALA, AIM, PRS Join 200+ Groups Supporting Article 13 Copyright Directive

UnnamedEU independent music trade group IMPALA. AIM, PRS For Music and more than 200 organizations from across the cultural and creative sectors have united in calling on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. "This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field," the groups argue.

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2018 Was A Good Year To Be Spotify [Russ Crupnick]

2While there has been much discussion of Spotify's financial situation, another important metric to pay attention to is actual listeners. Here Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch breaks down some of the numbers on Spotify's market share.

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