In 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.
In 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.
Billionaire 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.
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.
If 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.
Regardless 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?
After 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.
While 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.
Here 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.
In 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.
Shake 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.
Despite 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.
It's been a tumultuous 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.
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/
Spotify'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.
Australian 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.
For 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.
In 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.
After 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.
In 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.
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.
While 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.
Fiona 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.”
While 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.
Recently, 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,