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Report Calls For Altering Music Licensing Framework

4In this piece, Emmanuel Legrand breaks down a recent report suggesting a massive overhaul of the framework through which sound recordings are licensed, and that rights holders need greater autonomy in order to negotiate more equitable contracts.

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Building Your Artist Development Team: The Music Producer

1In this second part of a series on artist development and establishing an effective team, Camille Barbone delves into the role of the music producer, including how to find one, what their responsibilities are, and how to work with one.

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Saban Music Group Launches With $500 Million Investment

image from www.vitalthrills.comBillionaire investor Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Group, is teaming with music industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to launch Saban Music Group with a promised $500 million investment. SMG is positioned as a record label, international A&R, and artist development company built around offering ‘360 deals’ to artists.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Astral People Launches • The Orchard Revealed • Zebralution Acquires EMS • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In this week's Business Of Indie, Indie label Astral People launches, The Orchard's Chief Operating Officer Colleen Theis tells all, distributor Zebrulation acquires its technical service provider Encoding Management Service (EMS) and much more.

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3 Strategies For Reviving Cold Music Industry Contacts

1If you've entered the difficult world of music PR, you've doubtless faced the bone-chilling silence which greets most of your pitch emails. Getting a response to your carefully crafted email can largely hinges on finding just the right person to contact - here we look at some helpful tips for finding cold contact you want.

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Who Are Winners And Losers In The New Music Industry?

2Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?

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Are You Creating A Record No One Will Hear?

1After pouring your sweat, tears, and of course money into an album, you're likely going to want someone to actually listen - unfortunately, there are a number of all too common blunders artists often making leading up to the release process which can limit your audience to just a handful of listeners.

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What Is A Trademark, What Are Trademark Rights?

1While copyright tends to get the most coverage when it comes to music industry law, trademarks and trademark rights are also incredibly consequential to any artist, band, or DJ. Here we look at the importance of choosing a unique trademark and ensuring you register it through the proper channels.

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New Copyright Office Regs Concerning Pre-72 Recordings

1Here Chris Castle outlines some of the new regulations surrounding how the passage of the CLASSICS Act section of the MMA will effect pre-72 recording copyright owners, and the procedure for recovering statutory damages for infringement.

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Taylor Swift's Story Is Indictment Of "Negotiating Asymmetries" and Call For Copyright Reform

1In this piece, Neil Turkewitz offers a different take on the recent Taylor Swift rights ownership incident, arguing against viewing it as an indictment of copyright, and rather as a reminder that the rules protecting creators' intellectual property need to be easier to enforce.

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Taylor Swift Should Re-record Hits Lost To Scooter Braun, says Kelly Clarkson

image from www.hypebot.comShake it off, Kelly Clarkson is telling Taylor Swift about her feud with Scooter Bruan and Scott Borchetta, by re-recording and releasing the hits that Braun now controls after acquiring her former record label, Big Machine. Swift called the sale her "worst case scenario;" and re-recording the hits would both give her control of the new masters and devalue Braun's reposted $300 million purchase.

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UN Organization Debuts New, Global Anti-Piracy Database

1Despite streaming's popularity, piracy is once again on the rise at an alarming pace, leading the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to unveil a new global anti-piracy database, aimed at curbing this alarming spike in intellectual property theft.

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Big Changes For YouTube Content Management and ID

It's been a tumultuous 1 time at YouTube, with a number of important changes taking place regarding how the site handles content ID, and content management overall. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby breaks down some of the changes and explains how your bottom line might be affected by these shifts.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Indie Growth • Iggy Azalea Goes Indie • Merlin + Jaxsta • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In a new edition of the Business Of Indie we share of streaming driven indie growth, hitmaker Iggy Azalea's return to an independent label, Merlin's new Jaxsta deal for music credits and more/

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Spotify's 'Dance Like Nobody’s Paying' Serves As Call For User-centric Royalties

image from musictechsolutions.files.wordpress.comSpotify's new ad campaign 'Dance Like Nobody’s Paying' drew ire from musicians and artist advocates “Dance like nobody’s paying because we aren’t,” tweeted singer/songwriter David Poe in response. The ad is also an ironic reminder of the need to shift to user-centric royalties, writes Chris Castle.

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Jaxsta Inks With Merlin To Deliver Indie Music Credits

image from artwork.jaxsta.comAustralian music tech startup Jaxsta has announced a deal to deliver track and album credits from global independent music licensor Merlin and its thousands of label members. With the deal, Jaxsta now has access to the credits of more than 80% of all global music releases.

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How To Use Spotify Analytics For Labels

1For those running a label with music on Spotify, the platform has a ton of exciting tools packed into its Spotify Analytics for Labels feature, all for the low-low price of nothing at all. Here we explore what it does and why you should care about it.

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UMG Attempts To Block O-Town's Trademark Application Over Its Motown Label

UMG squareIn a recent move, Universal Music Group has thrown down the copyright tire spikes, attempting to block the MTV era group O-Town from applying for a trademark, alleging the band's name is too similar to UMG's Motown.

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10 Ultimate Industry Quotes From Notable Musicians

1After working as a successful musician for a time, you're bound to accrue some valuable insights into how the machine that is the music business operates. Here we look at some profound one-liners from several renowned musicians on how to navigate a treacherous industry.

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NMPA Backed Mechanical Licensing Collective Wins Battle To Administer Music Modernization Act

Music Modernization ActThe US Copyright Office has named the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the official entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the new Music Modernization Act (MMA).

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Unified And Together: How Diverse, Inclusive Is The Music Industry?

Screen Shot 2019-07-04 at 5.02.09 PMIn part one of this two-part analysis, Ben Gilbert speaks with a variety of people working within the music business, in an effort to assess the state of diversity and inclusivity within the industry right now, and whether or not it's representative of society as a whole.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: India's Indie Scene • AIR Awards' Indie Nods • AWAL Nabs Cold War Kids • More

Business Of Indie 2019

This new edition of the Business Of Indie includes news from India's growing independent music scene, the AIR Awards indie label nominees, AWAL's partnership with Cold Water Kids and a whole lot more.

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Setting Realistic Goals For Your Music Promotion: Musician's Guide

Screen Shot 2019-06-30 at 9.26.49 PMWhile cultivating a huge audience is typically the end goal of your music promotion efforts, having that as your only milestone can be discouraging, and overall detrimental to the furthering of your music business career. Here we look at how to set more attainable goals for your music promotion.

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Fiona Apple Gives 2 Yrs Of 'Criminal' Royalties To Refugees

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comFiona Apple apple will donate two years of royalties from her 2009 hit “Criminal” to help refugees. “After months and months of reading the news about how my country is treating refugees, I’ve become gutted with frustration trying to figure out the best way to help,” Apple wrote. “It seems to me that the best way I can help detainees is to contribute to the payment of their legal fees.”

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7 Steps To Mapping Out Your Music Release Campaign

1While it's important to focus on crafting the perfect batch of songs for your next release, it's also essential to develop a plan for how exactly you intend to unleash your music on the public, otherwise you'll find yourself in possession of a collection of songs that are all dressed up with nowhere to go. Here we look at how to develop a solid release campaign.

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Downtown Music’s Roberto Neri To Chair UK Publishers Assoc.

image from celebrityaccess.comRobert Neri, the Executive VP of Downtown Music Publishing, has been named chair of UK trade organization the Music Publishers Association.

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Music Market Focus: China Streaming, Recording Business In China [Part 1/2]

4Recently, China has successfully navigated its way up the music industry food chain, rising from 12th to 7th in the global industry in just two years. Here we look at what has led to the rapid growth in the country's streaming and recording business,

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