How Artists Can Drive Brand Partnerships

2With such a high volume of new music constantly being released, artists and their music have a difficult time breaking through and getting traction among listeners. That said, the upheaval and transformation of the traditional music industry has given the scrappy do-it-yourselfers a chance to succeed with the help of brand partnerships.

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Dirty Money And The Legend Of The Starving Artist

2The cliché of the starving artist has existed for centuries in all creative sectors, and the music industry is no exception. Unfortunately, this makes musicians all that more likely to expect a hand-to-mouth way of life, particularly when an impoverished lifestyle is encouraged on the basis of making 'art for art's sake.'

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5 Artists Sue Sony, Universal, For Copyright Infringement

1Historically, record labels have made every effort too keep as much revenue as they could for themselves, and paid artist the minimum amount possible, but as the music industry has shifted, many had hoped this practice would lessened. This is not so, at least according to five artists bringing down the litigation hammer on industry majors Sony Music and Universal.

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DIY Crowdfunding For Musicians: A PledgeMusic Alternative

image from cdn.pixabay.comCrowdfunding has become a well tested fundraising tool, particualrly for independent musicians. But the ongoing troubles at PledgeMusic have led many to look for alternative approaches. Tommy Stalknecht, the CEO of Spotify music distribution app Single surveys the current music crowdfunding landscape and offers a well tested direct-to fan alternative.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiWe had a whole plethora of invaluable tips for the scrappy music industry do-it-yourselfer this week, with advice on how to crowdfund outside of the troubled PledgeMusic, how to craft a superior Spotify playlist, how to create the biggest splash possible with your next music video, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Memorable Melodies • Music Publishing • Danger • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on how it bands are able to craft melodies that stick with us, what you need to get started in music publishing, and some of dangers associated with becoming a musician.

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Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018

1In this piece, Bobby Owsinski breaks down some complex recent streaming data, which highlights the disparity between the royalty rates paid out by major streamers (with YouTube coming up particularly short) as well as the contextual challenge of drawing accurate information from these kinds of data sets.

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Bandsintown Relaunches Facebook Event Export

image from pbs.twimg.comBandsintown and Facebook have partnered to relaunch the popular concert discovery platform's Facebook Event export feature. Once a day, Facebook scans Bandsintown events and automatically populates the Events tab on artists' Facebook Page as part of the Facebook Events service.

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Creating Better Spotify Playlists: Best Practices

1Like it or not, music consumers and the industry as whole are all neck deep in playlist culture by this point. The good news is, building playlists is a skill like any other, and skills can be honed. In this piece we look at some of the best practices for creating a killer Spotify playlist.

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Meet The 9 Startups Named To Techstars Music 2019 Class

Techstars-master-logo-color-600x380 (1)Techstars Music has named international nine music tech startups to its class of 2019.  The startups for this third edition of the mentoring and accelerator program were chosen from about 1000 applicants. 

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Music Supervision and Sync News: Lady Gaga • Bohemian Rhapsody • Red Dead Redemption • BMG • More

image from lh5.googleusercontent.comThis month's music supervision roundup from Emma Griffiths at Synchtank surveys the world of film, tv, advertising, gaming, business and more for the best and most interesting synch placements and news.

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A2IM Announces First Ever SXSW Showcase

A2IMA2IM has announced their first ever showcase at this year's SXSW featuring  six acts from the rosters of U.S, based independent labels. " While planning the lineup, the most important goal was to have the acts best represent our unique and diverse membership, said Patrick Ferrell, Head of Label Relations at A2IM.

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Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings Acquires Atlas Music, Publisher For Brandi Carlile

image from pbs.twimg.comIthaca Holdings, the media holding company led by manager and music entrepreneur Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande) has acquired prominent music publisher Atlas Music.

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Music Streaming Rates 2018: Per Stream Rates Drop and YouTube's Value Gap Is Very Real

1[UPDATED] 2018 saw music streaming come into its own as the dominant source of recording music revenue. But as streaming volumes swelled, the YouTube value gap and its pitifully small payout percentage became even more apparent.

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PledgeMusic Advises Artists To Suspend All Campaigns [UPDATE]

PledgeMusic NewPledge Music has sent an email to artists with active crowdfunding campaigns advising them to "suspend" them immediately, Hypebot has confirmed. The company also suspended new fan contributions to all campaigns overnight Wednesday. 

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Spotify's Podcast Play Not A Sure Winner says MIDiA Analyst Mark Mulligan

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comSpotify declared itself an "audio-first' streaming service on Wednesday with a $500 million push into podcasting led by the acquisition of Gimlet Media and Anchor, with other deals in the wings. But Spotify's major podcast play is far from a sure bet, says top industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA.

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Why A Trademark Can Be Valuable To Your Music's Brand

1If you've gone to the trouble of cultivating a specific logo or brand for your music, there are a number of benefits to "making it official" by getting it trademarked. Besides just establishing a potential source of revenue, a trademark can provide you with certain legal protections down the road.

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NMPA Warns Spotify May 'Declare War' On Songwriters Over 44% Royalty Rate Increase

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe NMPA and its member music publishers are reminding songwriters and other publishers that Spotify and other digital music streamers thus far "won’t say" if they plan to appeal the 44% increase over five year in mechanical royalties to songwriters made official by the US Copyright Royalty Board this week.

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Spotify (SPOT) Stock Continues To Fall

Spotify newSpotify (SPOT) stock fell 2.83% Wednesday after the streamer's Q2 earnings report and news of two major acquisitions. The stock was trading down another 2.21% at $132.46 in pre-market trading Thursday.

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Article 13 Moves Forward As France, Germany Sign On

image from www.clker.comArticle 13 is moving forward to full adoption after France and Germany signed on to a revised version. The on again off again controversial EU copyright directive legislation is set up-end the Safe Harbor protections on which YouTube and other popular user-generated platforms were created.

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Orchard Co-Founder Issues Warning To Music Industry: 'You're Probably Going To Be Replaced'

2In this article, Oisin Lunny shares a dire warning from Scott Cohen, the enigmatic music tech pioneer affiliated with company's like, Spotify, The Orchard, and the British Phonographic Industry. In a recent keynote presentation, Cohen warned a massive industry sea change would likely soon reshape the music business entirely.

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WMG Names Eliah Seton As President of Independent Music and Creator Services

WMG-W-logoWarner Music Group has named Eliah Seton has been named its first President of Independent Music & Creator Services.  Seton is bing promoted from his post as President of ADA Worldwide as of WMG's effort grow its footprint in independent music.

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Copyright Royalty Board Ups Songwriter Royalties 44%, Coalition Bids To Oversea Mechanical Licensing

Copyright-blue-2_1The US Copyright Royalty Board published the final rates and terms for mechanical royalties for songwriters to the Federal Register on Tuesday, making them official more than a year after they were first announced.

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