Music Modernization Act: What’s In It, Why Is It In There, Is It A Good Thing?

2Enacted on October 11, the Music Modernization Act will have vast impact on the music business and how it is conducted in the US. Here we look at exactly what sort of changes this new legislation will bring about.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Swift Goes Major • Glassnote Goes AWAL • Recording Academy Changes • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this 2nd edition of our continously updated Business Of Indie compendium of independent  music news, we share stories on Taylor Swift's exit from indie Big Machine to UMG, Glassnote's switch from UMG to AWAL (Do they cancel each other out?), changes in Recording Academy membership to increase diversity and much more. As always, you'll find it under our INDIE tab here


15 Dream Fellowships, Grants That Musicians Need To Know About

1Making a living as an artist can be hard, and having to keep down a day job while still working to fulfill your musical potential isn't a juggling act everyone can keep up. For a fortunate few, however, there are fellowships and grants that can give you the opportunity to live comfortably and massively expand your creative abilities at the same time.

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An Exploration Of Co-publishing, Sub-publishing, And Administration Agreements [Pt. 1]

1In this follow up to a previous series exploring traditional songwriter and music publisher relationships, we look at some less well-known contractual agreements between these two parties, including co-publishing, sub-publishing, and administrative agreements.

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Universal Music Revenue Up 13% As Sale Plans Accelerate

Universal_music_group_logo__pngRevenue at Universal Music Group grew 13.5% year of year last quarter, according to financials reported by corporate parent Vivendi. But on everyone's mind were Vivendi's plan to sell a 50% stake in the world's largest music group.

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Will Taylor Swift Exercise Her Nuclear Option?

1Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.

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Music Modernization Act A 'Countdown to Modernity' - Progress Chart For Mechanical Licensing Collective

1In this piece, the people at Music Technology Policy provide a chart listing the key events in the necessary path to launch in order for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as needed by the recently ratified Music Modernization Act.

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Viral Rapper Wynne Talks Lemur Doodles, Espionage, Tierra Whack [INTERVIEW]

Screenshot 2018-11-14 06.52.20In this installment of the #nofilter interview series, AWAL talks with viral rapper and social media sensation Wynne about some of her more off-the-beaten path thoughts and opinions.

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The Business Of Indie: Daptone Resurrected • New Ole CEO, Acquisitions • Sup Pop Singles Club • More

Business Of IndieToday Hypebot launches The Business Of Indie, an initial step in our effort to give independent labels, publishers and artists the attention they deserve. Much like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie will be nestled under the Indie tab at the top of the page and feature a constantly updated compendium of indie news  from hundreds of global sources.  

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How I Created A $300 Fan Generated Music Video

1While creating music videos is an important segment of an artist's music promotion, such endeavors are frequently expensive and time-consuming. In this interview Ariel Hyatt speaks with Eli Lev about how he did things a little more frugally with the help of fans.

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On Spotify, A Follow Is More Powerful Than A Pre-Save

1There are many options to promote music on Spotify, and while they all have their pros and cons, some strategies are more effective than others. CD Baby's Chris Robley illustrates why artists should focus on follows rather than pre-saves.

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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Screenshot 2018-11-11 09.02.08Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.

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The Business Of Indie Launches Tuesday • Prophecy Expands To US

Business Of IndieIndependent labels, publishers and artists are the heart of the music business. But with media and the trades obsessed with major labels, big hits and the Life Of Kanye, indie music doesn't get the recognition it deserves. So Tuesday, Hypebot is launching The Business Of Indie as a first step to change that.

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8 Tools To Help You Monetize Your Music Online

2Being an entrepreneuring artist in 2018 is still incredibly hard, but has some advantages as well, particularly in the monetary department. Here we look at eight tools that can help you to get your music out there an heard, and bring in a little cash while doing it.

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2019 Nominees

SongwritersHallofFamelogoThe Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 nominees and they include Chrissie Hynde, Tom T. Hall, Missy Elliot, John Prine and Vince Gill among others. Successful nominees will be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame during its annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 13, 2019 in New York City.

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Spotify Music Publishing Analytics Launches In Beta

Spotify AnalyticsSpotify has launched Publishing Analytics in beta. Dubbed the first music streaming analytics tool built specifically for music publishers, the platform was developed in collaboration with a range of publishers to service the various roles that publishers play from A&R to administration.

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Music Modernization Act Was Verse One, Rest Of The Song Yet to Be Written [Michael Huppe]

1Recently signed into law, the Music Modernization Act provides a much needed update to existing copyright laws.. While certainly a good first step, this piece of legislation was just the beginning of what's needed.

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Contracts Studio Producers Should Be Familiar With

1Studio producers and sound engineers typically require certain types of contracts in their work, so familiarizing yourself with such legal documents early can benefit you in the long run. Here we look the circumstances under which sound engineers should maintain ownership of work, vs. when a one-off fee is appropriate.

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How I Got On Official Spotify Playlists As An Unknown Independent Musician

2In this piece, independent artist Braden Lam of Halifax NS recounts how he was able to land himself on official Spotify playlists using only smart marketing, Show.co, and no money.

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Pharrell, Decidedly Un-Happy About Trump's Use Of His Song, May Actually Have A Case

2No election cycle is complete without a politician using a song at a rally to the consternation of its creator, and while blanket performance licenses usually prevent the artist from doing much other than complaining, Trump's use of the song "Happy" at a recent rally could result in some very real legal blowback from Pharrell Williams.

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How To Premiere Your Next Video On YouTube

1Although only available to select creators for the moment, YouTube recently followed Facebook's lead by debuting a video premiere feature which allows viewers to watch a video together as soon as it's published. Here Chris Robley walks us through how it works.

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