If My Music Changes, Should I Change My Artist Name?

1Many musicians tend to go through an artistic evolution over the course of their career, and there can be any number of reasons why a band or artist might seek fresh moniker at some point to during their time in the industry. That said major rebranding, as Chris Robley here explains, can be a risky proposition.

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Music Royalties Explained: Where To Sign Up To Get All Your Royalties

1Royalties are, in the many ways, the number one source of income for a lot of musicians, particularly once they start to make it big, which is why making sure you're registered in the proper place to actually see that income is so important.

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The Almighty Record Deal

Screen Shot 2019-05-21 at 8.28.48 AMLove it or hate it, a record deal is a big deal, and while it may only be words on a page, those words can ultimately make or break your career. Here we break down the ins and outs of what's in a record deal, and what red flags you need to be on the lookout for.

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Jay-Z , Timbaland Sued Over 1990's Copyright Infringements

image from celebrityaccess.comJay-Z and Timbaland are being sued by soul singer Ernie Hines for copyright infringement over the use of his 1970 single “Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart)” on two separate songs released 20 years ago, documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York reveal.

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5 Crowdfunding Myths Exposed

1While many artists view crowdfunding as their ticket to music industry success, recent events like the PledgeMusic train wreck may have them second guessing the concept. That said, crowdfunding can still be effective if you know what you're doing. Here, we look at the truth behind five commonly believed crowdfunding myths.

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Apple, Amazon, Google Sued For 'Massive' Music Piracy

PiracyApple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pandora are being sued for selling and streaming unauthorized recordings of Harold Arlen, the composer of Over the Rainbow and other classic songs. The lawsuit accuses the companies of running “massive music piracy operation” involving more than 6,000 pirated recordings.

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Make A Splash By Tapping Into Local Promo Opportunities

3While the wonders of technology have made it possible for every artist, big or small, to seek out and find an international audience, too often this potential leads band and performers to neglect their more accessible local audience.

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The Four A’s Of Operating In An Article 17 World

1In the wake of the passage of Article 17, and the massive impact it will have on how we consume audio and video, Bob Barbiere explores how Dubset will implement the four As (Access, Attribution, Authorization, and Administration) to tackle copyright as we move forward in a post-Article 17 world.

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How Streaming Is Altering The Way Music Is Produced and What We Can Do About It

1Thanks to the rise of streaming, the metrics with which we measure the success of music are changing, which inevitably means the structure of music will change to compensate. In this piece we look at what kind impact streaming has had on the production of music, and what artists can do in response.

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Eurovision To Bring Its Weird, Wonderful Song Contest To North America

image from celebrityaccess.comThe successful and weird phenomenon known as the Eurovision Song Contest reportedly will see a North American version in the near future. The song competition, which pits European countries and others including Israel and Australia, against each other for the campiest song possible, could launch in the U.S. in 2021.

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5 Things To Keep In Mind For Your Next Photo Shoot

2As an artist, having solid promo photos is key, so when prepping for you next photo shoot, it's important not only to make sure you look good, but also also that these five key logistics are fully kept in mind before that shutter starts clicking.

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Merlin Names Former Spotify, Apple Music Exec As Japan GM

Merlin-logo-one-with-strapline-copyTalk about knowing where all the bodies are buried... Indie global music rights agency Merlin has named Akira Nomoto as General Manager, Merlin Japan, the world's second largest music market.

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Revelator Launches Artists Wallet To Enable Real-Time Royalty Payments

image from photos.prnewswire.comMulti-territorial music rights administrator Revelator has launched Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright app that uses smart contracts technology to turn future receivables into instant royalty payments. Slow, delayed and inaccurate distribution of royalty payments have long afflicted the entertainment industry.

 

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Why Downtown Bought CD Baby • Vinyl vs Mother Earth • Canada's Indie Awards • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this week's edition of the Business Of Indie, Downtown music's CEO speaks out on why they acquired CD Baby, confronting the environmental impacts of vinyl records, Canada's 2019 Indie Music Award winners and more. 

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A Brief History Of Record Deals

1While artists have always been responsible for music's artistic future, technology and the recording industry have always shaped how that future has been implemented. Here we look at record deals through the ages, from their inception in the late 1800s through to present day.

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4 Benefits To Recording, Releasing Commentary For Your Music

1Sometimes it can be hard to convey everything you want about your music through the album alone - luckily this creates the perfect opportunity to release commentary, giving fans insight into your creative process while keeping them engaged in the music.

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Why Every Musician Needs A SoundCloud Account

2While fewer mainstream consumers use it and artists generally don't pull in as much revenue as from other streamers, Soundcloud is still an essential tool for every musician.

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Guide To Getting Your Spotify URI Before Releasing Your Music

1In this how-to piece, Chris Robley details how artists can get their unique identifying Spotify URI in advance of releasing their music on the platform, thereby allowing listeners to pre-save music before its dropped.

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NMPA Chief Compares Spotify To Uber As Songwriters vs Streamers Battle Escalates

image from theurbanbuzz.comOn the day that Uber went public, NMPA head David Isrealite used the IPO to fire the latest salvo in the escalating battle the pits music publishers and songwriters against Spotify and other music streamers.

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Copyright Terminations: What Rights Holders Must Know [Erin M. Jacobson]

4With copyright terminations in the offing as a result of statutory terminations, there are plenty of authors and heirs out there hoping they can recapture their copyrights, but current rightsholders need to be just as informed as others if they hope to stay competitive in a challenging landscape.

 

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Free SPLITS App Makes Songwriter Splits Super Simple

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comThe new free SPLITS app from Create Music Group is designed to eliminate songwriting disputes between writers, producers and artists.by generating a free split agreement - the document music publishers use to clarify individual contributions to a song.

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Building Your Dream Team: The Creative Director

Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 7.46.32 AMIn this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of the creative director and why, in a world where we are increasingly saturated by words, pictures, and videos, the challenge of making an up-and-coming artist's image stand out has become harder, while simultaneously becoming ever more important.

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SOCAN, RE:SOUND Join To Simplify Performance Licensing

image from celebrityaccess.comCanadian performance rights management organization SOCAN and  no-profit music licensing company RE:Sound have launched Entandem, a joint venture aimed at simplifying licensing for retailers, restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses.

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Tough Love: Rift Between Spotify, Music Industry Growing

2A contentious relationship from the beginning, the streaming industry and the rest of the music business have been increasingly at odds of late. Even as recorded revenues continue to rise, artists and publishers have grown increasingly frustrated with streamers like Spotify and Apple, creating a rift that shows no signs of healing.

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TuneCore Upgrades Music Publishing Administration Service

Tunecore logo newTuneCore has announced enhancements to its  Music Publishing Administration services including faster song registration, an all-in-one solution for monitoring distribution and publishing, faster international royalty collection and an improved ‘splits’ process.

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Why No One Is Noticing Your Music

1In the music industry, the climb up the ladder of success is an especially grueling one, and it can be frustrating, afters years of recording and performing, to still not be getting what feels like appropriate recognition for your music. Here, we look at some important factors to consider when it comes to getting your music noticed.

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Game Of Thrones Breaks Shazam Record

1Proper placement in a show has long played a major role in boosting a song's profile, as recently evidenced by the Apple-owned music identification app Shazam, which busted through its previous record after the song "Jenny of Oldstones" was played over the credits of Game Of Thrones' most recent episode.

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Building Your Dream Team: The Music Publisher

Screen Shot 2019-05-05 at 3.39.38 PMIn this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of the music industry's matchmaking money hunter, the publisher. Here we look at the important role they play in gathering artist revenue, and how why they've taken center stage in the legally complex streaming era.

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Copyright Directive: Can We Avoid Rotten Apples Through An Early Harvest? [Neil Turkewitz]

1Now that the EU Copyright Directive has (for better of for worse) passed into law, in this Op-Ed Neil Turkewitz takes a long and hard look at what the fallout from this new legislation, and looking ahead to how we can build a more creator-friendly world of fair compensation and voluntary licensing.

 

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Grow Your Email List, Make A Profit By GIVING AWAY Your Albums

2While it may seem counterintuitive to simply give away albums that you've poured so much blood sweat and tears into, this new piece from Chris Robley reveals how giving away CDs in pursuit of growing your mailing list can, ultimately, be profitable.

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