Recording Academy Shifts To 'Community-Driven Membership,' But Could It Lead To Less Diversity?

recording academy logoThe Recording Academy, whose members determine the Grammy Awards, has announced a new "community driven" membership model, as part of an an effort to increase diversity and build a more relevant organization. But could new professional recommendation and peer review requirements have the opposite effect, turning Academy membership and The Grammys into an insider's game?

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Music Modernization Act: What’s In It, Why Is It In There, Is It A Good Thing?

2Enacted on October 11, the Music Modernization Act will have vast impact on the music business and how it is conducted in the US. Here we look at exactly what sort of changes this new legislation will bring about.

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50,000 Sign Petition Asking Maroon 5 To Skip Super Bowl Show In Support Of Colin Kaepernick, #TakeAKnee

Maroon 5  Drop Out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show · Change orgJust under 50,000 have already signed a Change.org petition calling for Maroon 5 to drop out of performing as part of  the Superbowl halftime show in February. The band are rumored to have accepted the gig even after Rihanna turned it down in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick and other players.

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Taylor Swift's UMG Deal Includes A Gift To Other Artists

tsTaylor Swift has once again used her power to help hundreds of other musicians.  Universal Music Group will share profits from the sale of Spotify stock with artists that have not recouped their advances.  While this almost unprecedented payment promise will match Sony's Spotify payments, the real person to thank for UMG's largesse is Swift.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Swift Goes Major • Glassnote Goes AWAL • Recording Academy Changes • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this 2nd edition of our continously updated Business Of Indie compendium of independent  music news, we share stories on Taylor Swift's exit from indie Big Machine to UMG, Glassnote's switch from UMG to AWAL (Do they cancel each other out?), changes in Recording Academy membership to increase diversity and much more. As always, you'll find it under our INDIE tab here


Big Radio Payments To Artists, Producers, Labels Are Overdue [A2IM's Richard James Burgess]

2While radio stations have provided compensation to songwriters and music publishers, they have never never paid record labels, artists, or producers, something which, Richard James Burgess of A2IM believes, it's high time to change.

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Taylor Swift Exits Big Machine For Universal Music Group

Taylor swiftJust a month after becoming a free agent, Taylor Swift has announced a global deal with Universal Music Group and its Republic Records imprint. The superstar has been with indie label Big Machine since 2006, selling more than 32 million albums in the US alone.  As part of the new deal,  Swift will own her own masters going forward.

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15 Dream Fellowships, Grants That Musicians Need To Know About

1Making a living as an artist can be hard, and having to keep down a day job while still working to fulfill your musical potential isn't a juggling act everyone can keep up. For a fortunate few, however, there are fellowships and grants that can give you the opportunity to live comfortably and massively expand your creative abilities at the same time.

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An Exploration Of Co-publishing, Sub-publishing, And Administration Agreements [Pt. 1]

1In this follow up to a previous series exploring traditional songwriter and music publisher relationships, we look at some less well-known contractual agreements between these two parties, including co-publishing, sub-publishing, and administrative agreements.

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Spotify Secret Genius Awards 2018 - Full Winners List

image from celebrityaccess.comSpotify honored behind the scenes music makers at the Secret Genius Awards Friday evening in Los Angeles. Held at the Ace Theater, the award show was hosted by Ne-Yo.

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Glassnote Moves Distribution From UMG To Kobalt's AWAL

image from musically.comIndie label Glassnote Music has shifted its digital and physical distribution to Kobalt's AWAL, after years at Universal Music Group.  Glassnote artists include Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Childish Gambino, The Strumbellas, and Jade Bird.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiOur tips and advice for those independent artists trailblazing their own path this week covered a comprehensive breakdown of effective email marketing, how to gather your first five thousand followers on SoundCloud, a beginners guide to building an audience, and much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Remote Collaboration • Millennials • Online Mixing • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the future of remote music collaboration, the ways in which millennials are changing the music industry, how to find the right mixing engineer for your project, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiAs we flip back through essential music industry news and events from the past seven days, we're revisiting the full list of Latin Grammy Award winners, determining whether the CD is really dead, looking at some of this years big winners in Country Music, and more!

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Artists Gaining Fake Spotify Plays From Unexpected Source

1Artists have been finding ways to game the system since the digital age began, often in the form of purchasing likes or subscriptions, but streaming isn't immune either. Here we look at the tactics employed by some artists to dramatically boost their streaming numbers.

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Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry: Here's How

3Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.

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Ethical Streaming Royalties: More For Few Or Fewer For More

1In an effort to improve the methods by which royalties are calculated, Chris Castle theorized something known as the "ethical pool". Here he takes a deeper dive, taking a look at a new study on the topic and how it compares more conventional royalty calculations.

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Spotify Alums Create Canopy App Offering Recommendations Without Stealing Your Data

image from chittagongit.comTwo Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else.

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Universal Music Revenue Up 13% As Sale Plans Accelerate

Universal_music_group_logo__pngRevenue at Universal Music Group grew 13.5% year of year last quarter, according to financials reported by corporate parent Vivendi. But on everyone's mind were Vivendi's plan to sell a 50% stake in the world's largest music group.

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