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4 Benefits To Recording, Releasing Commentary For Your Music

Sometimes 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. ____________________________ Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of the Symphonic Blog Do you ever feel like you’re not able to convey the full story when it comes to a certain song with lyrics alone? Maybe there’s a fantastic behind-the-sce...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Music Industry, Pandora, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business


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

With 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.   ________________________________ Guest post by Erin M. Jacobson of The Music Industry Lawyer. This article originally appeared on Synchtank The window is open for authors and heirs to rec...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Publishing & Songwriting


TuneCore Upgrades Music Publishing Administration Service

TuneCore 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. Five years ago, TuneCore began offering Music Publishing Administration services for its distributed artists. TuneCore is the first company to integrate ‘RightsApp’ powered by Sentri) into its publishing administration services ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, Music Publishing, D.I.Y, Scott Ackerman, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians


ASCAP 2018 Revenue Up 7% To $1.2 Billion

ASCAP has announced that total revenues for 2018 topped $1.227 billion, an increase of 7% over the previous year. That's the second year in a row that ASCAP distributions crossed the $1 billion mark. $1.109 billion in royalties were paid to member songwriters, composers and publishers in 2018, up 10% year-over-year. US Revenue ASCAP domestic revenue from US music licensing surpassed the prior year by 7% to hit $906 million. Key licensing categories saw significant organic growth: Audi...
Tags: Music, Congress, US, United States, Music Business, Ascap, Board, Bruce Houghton, Elizabeth Matthews, Paul Williams, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Composer And Publisher Members, US Revenue ASCAP, Foreign Revenue ASCAP


What Promotional Platforms Give Artists That Soundcloud, Dropbox, Do Not

As the music industry continues to evolve and change, promotion has become more important than ever but has, unfortunately, gotten anything but easier. That said, there are a number of promotional platforms which can help artists market their music at a minimal cost. Sadly, free doesn't necessarily mean effective. _________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Just because a service is free does not mean it’s right for your promotional needs. Promotion is the ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Guest Post, Dropbox, Musicians, Metallica, Soundcloud, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians, James Shotwell, Haulix


Eliminating Obstacles To Music Business Success

In this piece we look at the importance of mindset when it comes to achieving success and eliminating obstacles in your both towards music industry success, and what it looks like to transform your mindset from negative to positive. ___________________________ Guest post by D Grant Smith of Soundfly's Flypaper There’s a great scene in the movie Hands of Stone about a Puerto Rican boxer named Roberto Duran, who had become a legend in his country, but never gained the skill to fight at...
Tags: Music, US, Russell Brand, Guest Post, Robert De Niro, Batman, Smith, Music Business, Grant Smith, Duran, Roberto Duran, Ray Arcel, Arcel, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Oprah Winfrey Will Smith Jay Z Lady Gaga


The Pennsylvania Bill That Should Worry Musicians Nationwide

A cause of concern for musicians everywhere, there is a new bill which recently sailed through the Pennsylvania House as an amendment to the state's liquor code which would prevent minors who perform at restaurants and clubs from being fairly compensated. _____________________________ Guest post by Wade Sutton of Rocket to the Stars Artist Services The following is a transcript of the latest episode of The Six-Minute Music Business Podcast , which can be heard on iTunes, Spo...
Tags: Music, Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Guest Post, House, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Music Business, Live & Touring, Wade, state Senate, House Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania House, Bryan Tuk, D.I.Y, Delozier


Social Network For Musicians' Drooble Song Reviews, Reviewed [Brian Hazard]

In this review of the song reviews section of the musician focused social media site Drooble, Brian Hazard of Color Theory provides a detailed breakdown of his experience using the site, kind of user feedback he received on his music, and whether the process as a whole was valuable to him as an artist. ______________________________ Guest post by Brian Hazard of Passive Promotion Drooble is a social network for musicians. Like Facebook, it has a news feed with comments ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Social Media, Music Industry, Karma, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Bulgaria, Jackson Pollock, Music Business, Songwriting, Musician, Huntington Beach California, Brian Hazard, Like Facebook


17 Accessible and Affordable Music Marketing Tips

Music marketing has become a whole new animal from what it was a couple decades ago, and while variety of new tools and techniques are now available to artists, many of them require a significant investment. Here we look at seventeen different marketing tips that, while still effective, remain affordable to the average musician. ________________________ Guest post by Eugene Eaton Music marketing has changed drastically in the last couple of decades, offering artists all sorts of pro...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Youtube, Marketing, George Carlin, Guest Post, Music Business, Eugene, Facebook Instagram, Louis CK, YouTube Channel YouTube, D.I.Y, Social Media Marketing Social, Publishing & Songwriting, Eugene Eaton


BUSINESS OF INDIE: Record Store Day • iHeart Submissions • Reviver Adds Imprint • Music AI • More

In this new edition of the Business Of Indie , we preview this weekend's Record Store Day, indie submissions to iHeartRadio via A2IM, Reviver adds an imprint, music + AI and more. Like Hypebot's More News  section,  The Business Of Indie  is nestled under its own  Indie tab at the top of the site and features a regularly updated compendium of indie news from hundreds of global sources.   READ BUSINESS OF INDIE HERE. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Indie Labels, Bruce Houghton, Publishing & Songwriting, Business Of Indie


Staying In Love With The Craft Of Songwriting

As with so many creative arts, songwriting can often be an incredibly frustrating experience, and it can be easy for you to lose your inspiration and forget your love of the craft when compositional process grinds to a halt. Here we look at how to rekindle the fire and maintain your love of songwriting. ______________________________ In this most recent post to MusicThinkTank, Caleb J. Murphy looks at how songwriters can maintain their love of the craft, even when faced with creative ro...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Song, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Songwriting, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians, MusicThinkTank Caleb J Murphy


Pre-Adds, Pre-Saves Are The New Pre-Orders - Is That A Good Thing?

Much as streaming has replaced traditional album sales, Spotify and Apple music 'pre-saves' have replaced pre-orders. While these pre-saves are certainly good news for artists as a metric of gauging listener interest, there is concern that artists are missing out some valuable listener data as a result. ___________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Consumers are replacing pre-orders with pre-adds and pre-saves, but is something important being lost along the way...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Billie Eilish, Publishing & Songwriting, Oliver Schusser, Schusser, James Shotwell, Haulix


Top Way To Improve Press Coverage Of Your Music

With the world of music journalism in a state of disarray, navigating when and how to get press coverage of your music has become increasingly challenging. Even once you've selected an outlet, getting that publication or personality interested in your music is a major hurdle, one where adding a personal touch can go a long way. ____________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix In an age of abundance, adding a personal touch to promotional efforts can go a long way...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, James Shotwell, Haulix


Avoiding Music Industry Burnout: A Crash Course

In a competitive and crowded industry, it can be easy for those working in the music biz to overdue it as they try to juggle innumerable tasks, and act as both entrepreneur and artist, but taking time off and giving yourself breathing room can be just as important. ________________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Everyone in music works too much and has a million things they feel they must accomplish, but taking time to recover is just as important as getting...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, James Shotwell, Haulix


Fans Want To Hear Your Narrative: Building A Story For Your Music Career

When trying to promote yourself as an artist, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on social media and the promotion of your latest release, for while this is certainly important, too many artists neglect the development of their personal narrative, and the crafting of an image that's compelling to fans. _______________________ Guest post by Chelsea G. Ira of the TuneCore Blog When it comes to promoting your music, it’s easy to focus on social media, writing ...
Tags: Music, London, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, Saskia, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Chelsea G Ira


Learning How To Fail: An Essential Part Of Success In The Music Business

While some artists may like to believe that they're music industry career will hold nothing but success story after success story, the reality is that finding your feet in an incredibly challenging and competitive business requires that you first learn how to fail.   ____________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison As much as you may like to believe your career in music is infal...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Thomas Edison, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, James Shotwell, Haulix


Eat, Sleep, Write: 5 Apps For Every Musician, Songwriter

Apps have been integrated into all aspects of the creative process for some time now, and songwriting is no exception. Beyond simply facilitating the technical aspects of composition and recording, several apps have now been released designed to help spark inspiration in composers. ________________________ In this new post to MusicThinkTank, contributor Joe McLean looks at a variety of different apps designed to streamline the songwriting process and provide artists with resources to pr...
Tags: Music, Music Business, Apps & Mobile, Owen Davie, Joe McLean, Rhymer, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


Spotify Songwriter Town Hall Charm Offensive: Go Ahead, Make My Day [Op-Ed]

In an effort to combat some of the negative press it's been receiving over its efforts to keep down songwriter royalty rates, Spotify is planning to hold a series of "town halls" where songwriters can air their concerns, a tactic the streaming company tried in 2014, with less than ideal results. ________________________ Op-ed by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions If you’ve heard about the high turnover at Spotify, here’s the latest confirmation:  Someone at Spotify evidently thinks...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York, Texas, Marketing, US, Los Angeles, Guest Post, Streaming, Nashville, Music Business, Soho House, Blake Morgan, Chris Castle, Publishing & Songwriting, Copyright Royalty Board First


5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best. ____________________ Guest post by Evan Zwisler of Soundfly's Flypaper The prevalence and quality of home recording software available today has made recording music at home so much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. But still, for those of us ju...
Tags: Music, New York, Diy, California, Macbook, Brooklyn, Guest Post, Shanghai, Musicians, Recording, Garageband, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Tracktion, Giada


NMPA, Downtown, Ole, Peer, Others Sue Peloton For $150M In Song Infringement

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a lawsuit against exercise equipment and streaming giant Peloton on behalf of members Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music and others. The lawsuit alleges infringement of more than a thousand musical works and seeks damages of more than $150 million. Music publishers Big Deal Music, Reservoir, Round Hill, TRO Essex Music Group, and The Royalty Network also joined the lawsuit. Whil...
Tags: Music, Gwen Stefani, Streaming, Music Business, Ole, Bruce Houghton, Florida Georgia, Downtown Music Publishing, Royalty Network, Peloton, NMPA, Ultra Music, David Israelite, National Music Publishers ' Association NMPA, Peermusic, Publishing & Songwriting


The Art Of Spending Your Music Money (Part 2)

In part two of this five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we look at a visual framework for self-investment, and how artists can use it as a series of checks and balances when developing their business. ______________________________ Guest post from AWAL This is the second (for PT 1) of a five-part Decoded series in which we break down (1) a mental framework to help spend money in the right places and (2) ...
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, Marketing, Netflix, Guest Post, Kanye, Music Business, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, AWAL Weekly


The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry. ________________________________________ By Mike Masnick from Techdirt A key claim by those who support Article 13 is that it's necessary to get "fair compensation" for artists on the internet. Whenever more specifics ...
Tags: Europe, Music, US, Streaming, Riaa, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Mike Masnick, Napster, IFPI, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, Axel Voss


How Spotify Can Fix Its Songwriter Problem [Mark Mulligan]

While it seems easy to blame Spotify for joining Google, Amazon and Pandora to appeal a 44% increase in streaming royalties paid to songwriters, the issue is not that simple. In fact, it's so complex, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. that "both sides are right: songwriters need to be paid more, and streaming services need to increase margin." ____________________________________   By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry blog Songwriter royalties have always been a pain po...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, US, Netflix, Pandora, Streaming, Music Business, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Google Amazon, Copyright Royalty Board, Spotify Amazon Pandora, Publishing & Songwriting


Video’s Rise Can Lift Music's Fortunes, But Only If Music Clearance Catches Up Technologically

As the availability of content continues to balloon and the streaming technology on which it's accessed continues to advance, the process of clearing music for picture remains stuck in the year 1989, even as the demand for synced, pre-recorded music is ever-increasing. _______________________________ Guest post by Scott Freiman, CEO of Qwire With the technological transformation of video delivery thanks to streaming, you’d imagine that the entire world of film, TV, and video product...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Music Tech, Scott Freiman, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, Qwire


Major Labels Split On Supporting Article 13; As Music Publishers Complain They Can't Make Money From Parodies

The controversial Article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive has apparently lost some support from the major labels, after the music publishers learned the article would prevent them from making money off parodies of their artists' songs. Universal is the most opposed however Warner and Sony Music taking a more nuanced position. __________________________ Op-ed by Mike Masnick of Techdirt Billboard Magazine reliably publishes the views of folks inside the music industry, so a recent ...
Tags: Google, Music, Eu, Guest Post, Warner, Music Business, Major Labels, Mike Masnick, Phelan, Sony Music, Impala, IFPI, ICMP, John Phelan, Publishing & Songwriting, Techdirt Billboard Magazine


Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon Join To Fight Higher Royalties For Songwriters

Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon are teaming to appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling that would increase streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. The four plan to file an action with the D.C. Court of Appeals. Spotify, Google, Pandora issued a joint statement: "The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), in a split decision, recently issued the U.S. mechanical statutory rates in a manner that raises serious procedural and substantive concerns. If left to stand, the CRB's decision...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Pandora, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, U S Court of Appeals for the D C Circuit, Copyright Royalty Board, U S Copyright Royalty Board, Copyright Royalty Board CRB, Publishing & Songwriting, Spotify Pandora Google


Building Your Dream Team: Music Publicist

In this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of music publicists, and how they can help tell an artist's story within a broader cultural landscape. ___________________________ Guest post from AWAL Building Your Dream Team breaks down the fundamentals of an artist's operation through the 5Ws lens: Who, What, When, Where, Why.   It’s not easy to write your story the right way. Enter music publicists, battle-tested word warriors wi...
Tags: Music, Marketing, US, Eu, Guest Post, Music Business, Fader, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Lauren Aquilina


8 Must-Have Pages For Your Music Website

Whether you're an artist, venue, or gear seller, one of the most critical decisions you'll make when building your website is how the content is organized. Clear, concise menu options, and simple menu navigation make all the difference when it comes to appealing to users. _____________________________ In this recent post on MusicThinkTank, contributor Dave Cool lays out the eight essential pages every music website simply must have in order to be functional and successful. "4) Show...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Social Media, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Dave Cool


Spotify Launches In India Without WMG Deal, Premium Costs $1.67 Monthly

Spotify ramped up its battle with Warner Music Group on Tuesday, launching in India without a signed deal with the Warner/Chappell music publishing arm of the world's third largest music group. WMG had failed on Monday to get a court injunction to stop the launch. Spotify Premium will cost 119 rupees / $1.67 per month in India, similar to Apple Music there.  Spotify presumably has deals in place with the other major labels and publishers. For WMG it will rely on a statutory licence previ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, India, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Spotify Premium, Bruce Houghton, Warner Music Group, WMG, Warner Chappell, Publishing & Songwriting


Growing Your Music Industry Network In 15 Minutes A Day

While most artists would rather spend time honing their craft than rubbing shoulders with industry peers, socializing and networking is key to moving up in the industry. Luckily, there is a strategy for building your network that only requires investing fifteen minutes a day. ___________________________ Guest post by Suzanne Paulinksi of TuneCore Let me guess – you’re working on new music, but you keep hearing about the importance of having an engaged, growing fanbase and solid conn...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Facebook Groups, Music Business, Gary Vee, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Suzanne Paulinksi