SoundExchange Payments Up 16.2% In Q1 2019

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange distributed $220.7 million in payments to more than 185,000 payees in the first quarter of 2019. This represents a 16.2% increase in distributions and 17.3% increase in payees over the first quarter of 2018.

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YouTube Music Launches Free Ad-Supported Streaming On All Google Home Speakers

YouTube Music logoYouTube Music has launched a free ad-supported streaming service, just days after rumors surfaced that Amazon is about to launch similar free music service. YouTube's free tier is currently available on Google Home speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers.

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How A Songwriter In His 60s Broke (Back) Into The Music Business

1In this piece, Chris Robley examines how musician and songwriter Daniel Antopolsky fought his way back into the music industry and began building a career in his 60s and on into his 70s - no small feat in a business which is less than favorable to the older set.

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PledgeMusic Sale Appears To Be Another Empty Promise

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast week, we reported that some artists affected by the demise of PledgeMusic became hopeful they would be made whole after receiving emails touting "negotiations the board is having with a potential buyer."  It now appears that is was just the latest in a series of empty promises from the crowdfunder.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: A2IM Seeks Board Candidates • Curve Royalty Systems • Ortiz Sues DEL Records • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this edition of the Business Of Indie, A2IM is seeking nominations for its Board Of Directors, indie focused Curve Royalty Systems launches, Gerardo Ortiz counter sues DEL Records and much more on the indie music front.

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Your Event’s Comprehensive Social Media Advertising Calendar

2Advertising on social media is important to making your next show or event a success, but unstructured bombardment of all social channels will do you little good and, like in so many aspects of the music industry, it's important to have a plan. Here we break down what a complete social media advertising calendar should look like.

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If The Music Industry Is One Giant Party, You’re Not Doing It Right

1While the life of a musician is often associated with a variety of vices, the reality is that engaging in these diversions too much can, in some instances, derail a promising potential future in the music business, and that making your career into too much of a party can be detrimental to longterm success.

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Bandcamp Adds No-Risk Vinyl Pressing via Pirate Press

image from bandcampblog.files.wordpress.comBandcamp is expanding its commitment to vinyl with a new offering that eliminates upfront costs for artists and labels. Vinyl on the popular independent music destination has grown 600% in the last 5 years, with 3,500 unique vinyl albums added to the site each month.

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Major Labels Demanding 'Guaranteed Money' From TikTok Owners

1Spring will shepherd in the cancellation of numerous music contracts, and with renegotiations on the table, three of the industry's biggest labels are eager to see if they can squeeze some additional revenue out of the rapidly growing social media platform TikTok.

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Evolution Of The UK Festival Scene

1Almost as much about the spectacle as about the music, music festivals have always been notable for their eye catching visuals and remarkable fashion scene. Here we look at UK festivals in particular have changed and evolved with each passing scene.

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Amazon's Twitch Takes On TikTok With Karaoke Game and Deals With All The Majors

image from assets.help.twitch.tvAmazon online gaming service Twitch has launched Twitch Sings, an interactive karaoke game aimed straight at the wildly popular TickTok app. The huge difference is that Amazon actually bothered to licence all the music it's using.

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The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Artist Positioning

BeatlesManager Jake Udell reflects on the authenticity and image of modern artists, and how, historically, managers for groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones worked to successfully cultivate very distinct but very different images for both groups.

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Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Far Beyond Spotify

AmazonWith Amazon reportedly close to launching an ad supported music service that directly competes with Spotify's free tier, MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks at the wider implications of the internet giant's ad supported strategy

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Look Inside The Tiny Bedroom Where Billie Eilish, FINNEAS Are Redefining Pop Music

Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 7.20.44 AMTake a look at the humble origins of revolutionary pop artist and rising star Billie Eilish, and how the singer and her brother FINNEAS create their #1 signature sound in a small bedroom studio in a modest LA neighborhood.

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Warner Music Is Tagging Music Teachers For Copyright Violations On YouTube

CensoredMusicians teaching other musicians online - often for free - are being tagged and their videos taken down by YouTube for alleged copyright violations. Many of the takedowns appear unwarranted. Here musicians two musicians shares their recent experiences with Warner Music Group.

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Live Nation Launches 'Femme it Forward' Empowerment Tour

image from www.microsofttheater.comLive Nation Urban has announced Femme it Forward, a multi-city series of women curated events featuring leading female musicians and entrepreneurs. All Femme It Forward shows will donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to philanthropic organizations that support the advancement of women.

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SEO Strategy For Making Your Music More Discoverable In 2019

1If you're looking to get serious about your music career in 2019, it's important to put some effort into making your material discoverable online, in what has become a decidedly crowded field. Whether you're trying to sell concert tickets, merch, or just trying get new fans to hear your music, spending a little time developing a good SEO strategy can make a world of difference.

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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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How To Build, Nurture Your Community On And Offline

1Community can be a dangerously nebulous word, and taking the time to develop one as a band or artist can be an intimidating prospect, particularly when there are so many other aspects of your life as a musician to keep track of. Here we look at some the best ways to cultivate a community both on and offline.

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Former ADA, Cooking Vinyl, Essential Execs Launch Curve Royalty Systems

image from celebrityaccess.comFormer executives of ADA, Cooking Vinyl and Essential are launching a new music accounting platform, Curve Royalty Systems. The UK-based platform’s first clients include Hospital Records and publishing division Songs in the Key of Knife, together with Sky TV, Cooking Vinyl Group and The Music Royalty Co.

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The Week's YouTube Music Charts: BTS, Blackpink, Muse, Soundgarden, Lil Nas X and More

Youtube_logoK-pop dominated the YouTube Music harts with BTS breaking records and Blackpink taking over the #1 spot on the Global Top Songs chart, Muse and Soundgarden also saw a spike in views following last week’s first black hole photo, and Lil Nas X continues his ride with the “Old Town Road” remix.

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If Audio Is Hot, Why Isn’t Radio Partying?

1While the massive uptick in the popularity of audio seems like it should be good news for traditional broadcast radio, the reality is that much of this resurgence has manifested in the form of podcasts and new forms of tech like smart speakers.

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Zoe Keating: 'Unrepresented songwriters deserve to be heard'

image from miro.medium.comA battle is brewing on the songwriter front. Two organizations, the NMPA backed Music Licencing Collective (MLC) and the independent non-profit American Music Licensing Collective (ALMC) are vying to become the conduit for songwriter and publishing royalties from streamers like Spotify, as mandated by the new Music Modernization Act. Music and artist advocate Zoe Keating is firmly in the ALMC camp and explains why others should join her.

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Take This Important Survey Of Musicians Now

Audience-1835431_640MIDiA Research and independent distribution company Amuse have launched a survey designed to understand the issues facing modern musicians. Little analysis has been done of working musicians, so if you are a singer, DJ, producer, performer or in a band, your participation is important. The survey closes this Friday April 19th.

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Festify Uses Spotify To Create Your Dream Music Festival

image from salty-beach-42139.herokuapp.comFestify takes the users most listened to Spotify artists and creates a visual line-up that they can share with friends.  Connect a Spotify account and the Festify program uses play counts to bill favorite artists as headliners and ranks others as openers.

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iHeartMedia’s IPO May Demonstrate Future Of Music Radio

2In an effort to pay down its massive debts, iHeartMedia is set to file for an IPO, a move by the bankrupt internet radio company which could be indicative of what the future may hold for other music companies involved in radio, and specifically internet radio, may do moving forward.

 

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