Radio Music Licensing Committee, the Digital Media
Association and the MIC Coalition responded efforts to
reform the decades-old system determining ASCAP and
BMI's rates. While music publishers, songwriters and
both ASCAP and BMI are urging the U.S. Department of
Justice to reform the consent decrees under which the
two performance rights organizations operate, and
eventually allow them to expire, music users insist that
the consent decrees are vital to the music licensing
landscape and without them chaos would reign.
Music for Artists provides detailed metrics on an
artist's streaming impact in more than 100 countries
the band is "big in Japan?" Now, an app can
verify that. On Thursday (August 8), Apple
Music for Artists, a free analytics tool for verified
musicians and their camps, launched on Apple Music.
The product, available on desktop or iOS devices, uses
Apple Music streaming data to give artists a
comprehensive picture of their global impact and industry
success in music is no walk in the park. The advent of
free digital streaming has made it far more difficult
for songwriters to reap the financial rewards from
writing music that was achievable before the existence
of leaks, piracy, and app-based listening. And although
tons of money does get exchanged digitally now — in
2018, downloads and streaming made up 88% of the total
revenues of recorded music in the United States — for
most artists, it doesn’t amount to much.
new study conducted in March by market research firm
Ipsos, and commissioned by iHeartMedia, finds that
American audio listeners aged 13 to 64 spend an
average of 17.2 hours per week tuning in to radio
stations, streaming services, podcasts and other audio
providers. For millennials and Gen Z, groups the
study terms "the audio generation," that
number is 18 hours per week, and 2.6 hours or more per
aspect of being an independent artist is particularly
easy, but getting endorsements and sponsorships is
perhaps one of the hardest and most confusing of all. In
this article we look at four techniques for successfully
securing an endorsement as a do-it-yourself musician.
Music For Artists has long lagged behind Spotify and
Pandora with the tools and analytics that it offers
artists. That changed overnight with the public
launch of a toolkit that insiders have been playing
with for months. Apple Music For Artists now offers
all musicians and their team a robust set of analytics
and notifications, as well as some limited tools to
control your image on the platform.
and SourceAudio have partnered to license music for
podcasts. Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace
for podcasters, will now have access to SoundExchange
creators and offer licenses for label and
it comes to contemporary social media marketing,
Instagram has in many ways become an artist resume of
sorts, allowing musicians to be discovered from the
comfort of their bedrooms. That said, for Instagram to
do you any good, you need to be engaging with users and
growing your fanbase. Here, we explore how to
organically build your following on the platform.
streaming is the new normal for music consumption, the
income that many artists receive from it is far less
than needed to sustain a career. But, as some artists
have learned, merch sales, remain an excellent way to
net much larger profits.
an independent artist, the songs you write and the
recordings you make are your intellectual property,
meaning you own the copyright. Here we walk you through
the technical steps of copyrighting your work via the
official channels, as well as making money off your
music once the copyrights are registered.
artists bemoan the time they must spend on business and
marketing, instead of focusing on their artistry and
musicianship. While there's no silver bullet to changing
this ratio, there are a number things you can do to make
life easier on yourself and have more creative time.
revenues continue to shoot upwards at the three major
record companies: Universal, Sony and Warner are now
jointly turning over nearly $1m every hour
from the format, according to MBW’s calculations. Yet
there is a fly in the ointment: monetary growth in
streaming revenues across these three companies actually
declined year-on-year in both calendar Q2 and the first
half of 2019. This works out at $23.13m each day in the
period – on the verge of a million-dollars-an-hour
rate the music industry could once only have dreamed of.
However, that $2.08bn figure also harbors a less
positive story under its hood.
some radio promoters today liken those days to the Wild
West — a distant past — conversations with more than
30 people in the music industry familiar with the modern
radio business indicate that payments to influence
airplay are still a significant feature of the radio
landscape. “It never went away,” says Paul Porter, a
veteran of “urban” radio who discusses his
experiences with payola in his 2017 book, Blackout:
My 40 Years in the Record Business. “The old days
of coming in [to a radio station] with a 12-inch
[record] full of money [and offering] trips and cocaine
are all gone. Now everything goes to LLCs and cash
to the high-stakes game being played by Amazon, Apple,
Spotify, Google, and every other streaming platform
hoping to lure consumers into lengthy, long-term
accounts. Of course, Amazon is one of the
well-endowed behemoths that can subsidize big upfront
discounts, especially for college students who will
someday be armed with disposable cash.
has been found destroying hundreds of perfectly usable
guitars in a just-leaked video. The video,
released by former Gibson employee BJ Wilkes, shows
a large collection of brand-new Firebird X guitars
getting pulverized by a massive construction vehicle.
Wilkes worked for six years at Gibson, handling
maintenance and facilities duties. He was based in
Gibson’s Memphis location, which is likely where this
video was shot.
over a year after selling North American Midway
Entertainment (NAME) for $23.5 million, Townsquare Media
has parted with another parcel of its live events
business. The company sold its music festival portfolio,
which comprises multi-day music events, to concert
promotion giant Live Nation for $10 million.
Music Modernization Act signed into law last October,
meant to ensure that songwriters, artists and producers
are paid fairly for music licensing, is a game-changer for
music stakeholders -- but it's also notoriously difficult
to understand. And that's how Kevin Erickson, director
of the nonprofit musician advocacy organization Future
of Music Coalition, came to own a bunch of puppets.
major component of the recently passed Music Modernization
Act is a new entity known as the Music Licensing
Collective (or MLC), designed to manage blanket licensing,
gather money from streaming platforms, and payout revenue
to copyright owner. Here we review some key things
songwriters should know before the MLC goes into effect.
Texas, is launching a DipJar pilot program that will let
fans digitally tip their favorite musicians. The
Music and Entertainment Division of the city’s economic
development department has provided 10 artists with a DipJar,
a device that allows fans to tip artists using a credit or
has passed 232 million monthly active users, up 29% since
this time last year, including 108 million paid
subscribers, up 31% YoY. The new stats were one of
many strong new numbers shared by the streamer in a Q2
earnings report on Wednesday.
a few important exceptions, nobody likes a loser. This is
doubly true for those musicians looking to cultivate a
following via social media. Here we look at how artists
can present a successful-seeming before without also
coming across as inauthentic.
the first quarter of 2019 (Q1 2019), the satellite radio
giant reached a new milestone, locking down 34.2 million
subscribers. The company’s pro forma revenue
jumped 10% to $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion over the
same quarter last year. In addition, adjusted EBITDA
grew 27% to $567 million. Overall revenue grew 8%
year-over-year to $1.5 billion. Yet, not everything
was good news for the company.
you're looking to use someone's music that you don't have
the rights to, you'll need to get some form of official
license from the copyright holder. These types of licenses
are pervasive in every aspect of the music industry, but
the ways in which music licensing works is changing across
the board. Here we look at how.
efforts to fight music piracy seen as largely successful,
at least one music trade group executive is saying out
loud what others in the industry have only dared whisper -
the real problem keeping artists and labels from earning
more from music isn't stream-ripping, it is the free music
offered by Spotify and YouTube.
the three majors report only their overall recorded-music
revenue, there is much speculation about what their owned
labels earn individually. These estimates are limited to
reliable third-party U.S.-only data sources and do not
include synchs, merch or 360-deal revenue. Each label’s
total was calculated with the data used to compile Money
Makers and with Nielsen Music Connect’s unit counts for
each delivery format (CDs, streams, etc.). Video and
programmed streams were interpolated using on-demand
audio-streaming market share, and a multiplier was used to
account for the difference between the RIAA’s and
Nielsen’s wholesale sales totals.
mobile voice controls are now available to all iOS and
Android users after exiting a limited beta.
new feature allows users to ask for playlists, stations,
albums, songs, and even soundtracks for specific
activities. Pandora’s voice control mode works similarly
to Alexa or Google Assistant. You’ll need to use the
“Hey Pandora” phrase to activate the app.
is one thing that separates music professionals from
hobbyists and amateurs: Their willingness to work.
two words are more frequently uttered by aspiring music
professionals than “I’m gonna.” This fact is not
based on science, nor is the second word even technically
a word, but fifteen years of industry chats have proven it
correct nonetheless. Aspiring professionals love to talk
about what they’re ‘gonna’ do. The bands they’re
gonna work with, the show they’re gonna go to, the story
they’re gonna write, etc.
don’t really know where I got the idea to start making
practice performing a part of my regular routine but
it’s now something I rely upon all the time and that I
attribute to my comfort on the stage. So what is it,
let’s start with what practice performing is to me.
Major record labels have always been at the heart of the recorded music business, having the marketing and distribution muscle to make a marginal song or album a hit, or turn a hit into a global phenomena. That’s all changing though, as even though the majors have survived the latest assault on their industry leadership in music streaming, a new revolution in the business is coming. This one they may not survive so easily.
music services including Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify
will top $8 billion in revenue in the U.S. this year, up
33% as increased adoption of products like wireless
earbuds and smart speakers help drive more music
subscriptions, according to a new Consumer Technology
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?
years, both organizations have sparred in a series of ugly
legal battles. To make a very long story short, Azoff and
GMR accuse the RMLC of paying too little in royalties.
The RMLC, in turn, accuses Azoff and GMR of bullying
major radio broadcasters into paying higher performance
fees. Global Music Rights, argues the licensing
committee, has leveraged its catalog of high-powered hits
to force the higher radio rates. The radio group
negotiates licensing fees for around 10,000 radio stations
across the U.S. – 90% of the market. GMR has accused the
RMLC of operating an “illegal cartel.” The RMLC
alleges GMR has engaged in “deliberate witness
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.
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
Music is the fastest-growing music streaming service
globally, according to a new report published in the
Financial Times. Sources with knowledge of the metrics
told FT the company's premium streaming service, Amazon
Music Unlimited, grew 70% over the past year, a faster
rate than that of rivals like Spotify and Apple Music. By
comparison, Spotify’s premium worldwide paid subscriber
base grew to 100 million through the end of March 2019
(representing growth of 32% year-over-year), while Apple
Music’s grew from 40 million to 60 million between April
2018 and June 2019 (representing 50% growth).
new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse
shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing
segment of the global recorded music business, the
beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within
the music business in decades.
to MBW’s calculations, growth in audio on-demand
streaming volume in the United States fell slightly in the
first half of this year, both in percentage
terms and real terms. New mid-year Nielsen Music data
published today (June 27) shows that the US market saw
333.5bn total on-demand audio streams on services like
Spotify and Apple Music in the 24 weeks from Jan 4 to June
20, 2019.That was up 27.8%, or 72.5bn, on the 261.0bn
audio streams registered in the States in the equivalent
period of 2018. However, looking further back at
Nielsen’s data shows how this annual growth has actually
winner — perhaps unsurprisingly — was the
‘industry consensus’ coalition led by major music
publishers like Universal Music Publishing Group and
Sony/ATV. That group was the favored pick, though
the heavyweight coalition was assailed by rival American
Mechanical Licensing Collective (AMLC) as harboring
numerous conflicts of interest.
to the AMLC, major publishers are planning to exploit
their MLC stewardship to claim billions in streaming
royalties that belonged to smaller songwriters and
publishers. That would be facilitated by aspects of
the recently-signed Music Modernization Act (MMA), which
allows for the rapid payment of unclaimed royalties to the
largest publishers based on market share — even if
the money was accrued on catalogs they don’t own.
a new federally appointed team in charge of licensing
music to digital services -- and getting songwriters paid.
comes the harder part: getting the streaming companies to
fund the team’s efforts.
expected, the U.S. Copyright Office designated the group
led by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA),
the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
and the Songwriters of North America (SONA) to build and
operate a new organization known as the Mechanical
Licensing Collective (MLC).
a casual industry observers know that album sales haven't
been what they used to be, although some new numbers out
from a Nielsen Report reveal that, even in the height of
the streaming age, there is still some value in album
sales, particularly if you belong to the music industry
music blogs easier than ever to create, the internet has
been flooded with a number of exciting pitching
opportunities for artists and their promoters. So how can
you reach out to these industry writers in a way that will
actually yield results?
an independent musician can feel pretty daunting. Not only
do you need to write and record the actual music, but more
and more independent artists are finding themselves
playing the roles of tour manager, publicist, and more.
artist name is often somebody’s first impression of you,
even before they hear your music. Picking the right name
is important but it can be tricky, and there are some
common pitfalls to avoid. Luckily, we’re here to help
you make sure your artist name is the best it can be.
has canceled a state fair appearance by the Southern rock
group Confederate Railroad because of its use of the
Confederate flag. Emily Bittner, a spokeswoman for Gov.
J.B. Pritzker, said Tuesday (July 9) that the
administration prohibits using state resources “to
promote symbols of racism.” The group was scheduled to
play the DuQuoin State Fair on Aug. 27. The band’s logo
features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags. The
flag has been criticized as a racist emblem of slavery and
segregation, but supporters say it represents history.
an artist, understanding and effectively managing your
finances isn't always something that comes naturally, and
is often acquired through a risky trial and error process.
It doesn't have to be that way however, and in this piece
we look at how to craft a budget based on an understanding
of yourself and your values.
artists continue to one-up each other across all metrics,
it seems the music industry one percent are giving way to
a broader swathe of artists, making for an at least
somewhat more egalitarian music industry.
it touted at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers
Conference earlier this month, Apple is making it easier
for Siri users to play live radio stations via iPhones,
iPads and HomePods. The company will source iHeartRadio,
TuneIn and Radio.com
to bring users access to more than 100,000 stations. Until
now, Apple Music has offered Beats 1 radio, and only a
limited number of AM/FM radio stations streamed from
select countries. In the fall, the HomePod will receive
software improvements, including easier music handoff by
bringing an iPhone closer to the smart speaker.
its critical role in providing info that impacts how your
music is stored, sorted, and identified, if your metadata
isn't in order, your music simply isn't ready for public
release. Here we break down exactly what metadata is, and
why need to get it in order before dropping new music.
in-car infotainment experience is in the midst of a tidal
shift, says a new study from Strategy Analytics. According
to the 2019 “In-Car Audio and Radio Report,” listeners
are exploring online streaming platforms. So far, the
vehicle remains a prime destination for AM/FM radio
listening—and Edward Sanchez, Senior Analyst, Automotive
for Strategy Analytics, believes that broadcasters, who
have long enjoyed dominance in the car, have the
opportunity to maintain the upper hand behind the wheel.
announced yesterday that it is closing down its free
direct upload system after less than a year, and forcing
all artists to find an outside distributors within 30 days
if they want their music available on the top streaming
service. Here's what artists need to know to avoid
problems during the transition.