Even as YouTube launched it's much anticipated music service, its core user-generated video business was being threatened. The EU Parliament is seriously considering overturning basic provisions of the safe harbor framework under which YouTube operates; and the idea is gaining traction in the US.
The one-sheet, a simple single page overview of you and your music, is a tool used by the many music industry gatekeepers (think radio stations and booking agents) to determine how sellable you are as a band or artist. Here we look at a checklist designed to help you write the most effective one-sheet possible.
CD Baby has opened an office in London, headed by Rich Orchard; who joins CD Baby as EU Director of Market Development. Orchard comes via Absolute Label Services, where he was Head of Digital. Prior to that, he spent six years at Activision, where he dealt extensively with publishers on games like Guitar Hero Live.
The over-saturating of the online market has made promoting events challenging for artists, yet certain avenues still remain effective, provided your advertising is targeted correctly. In this piece we look at how Facebook events can be used to reach your ideal audience.
The Music Modernization Act is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. The latest is a new burden the MMA places on all sound recording owners, large and small, to help the digital services comply with their obligation to locate song copyright owners in order for the services to keep the new “reachback” safe harbor also referred to as the “Limitation on Liability”. This is the retroactive safe harbor given effect on January 1, 2018 regardless of when the bill actually is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. Here’s the relevant clause (at pages 100-101 of the House bill):
While cover art no longer carries quite the same weight as it once did (with music less often purchased as a physical product) it remains an essential part of the marketing puzzle. Here we look at the guidelines for when it comes to putting your music on streaming services.
We have come a long way in the last nearly forty years from when endorsements were easy to come by for musicians everywhere who simply had an awesome look and a cool sound. Nowadays, the industry has changed dramatically, so I thought I would offer some pointers for the best way to get an endorsement from the company you love.
Instagram now has 1billion users globally, up an impressive 200 million from September of last year. Anchoring its next chapter is an aggressive move into longer form video, including expanding the allowed video length for all users.
With Spotify now one of the most popular platforms for music consumption, figuring out how to get your music placed on one of the streaming services coveted playlists has become the Holy Grail for up-and-coming musicians. Here we look at some advice on cracking the playlist code.
After noticing that many of its artists weren't utilizing the streaming platform's full potential, Spotify has a launched a new series of helpful videos intended to direct artists on how to take full advantage of their artist specific site.
Artists and songwriters have a tendency to rip on streaming for its low payouts, sometimes without understanding the scale and metrics of how it really works. While it’s true that streaming royalties can seem absurdly low sometimes, it turns out that U.S. radio airplay is way worse.
You’ve read these tour articles a thousand times. By this point it’s no surprise that touring is hard. It’s no surprise that touring is expensive. And it’s no surprise that making your money back doesn’t often happen for DIY bands on their first couple of trips. That said however, there are legalities to consider. A band is a business, whether you want it to be or not. A tour is a venture. And musicians are people who bring their own lives and difficulties to the table. So when you’re looking to tour, consider some of the legal problems that could stop you from being able to fully experience or continue to tour in the future!
YouTube Music Premium, the new subscription tier for Google’s video service, is launching fully in 17 countries today, including 12 additional markets to the five that were announced in May.
The recorded music industry has been on the up and up for the past few years, seeing double digit growth thanks to the magic of streaming. As with so many good things, however, doomsayers at Sony are predicting this precipitous growth will soon come to an end.
[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression.
Garrison Snell CEO of Crosshair Music and Gyrosity Projects joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss the self-service platform, Crosshair Music, for submitting music to playlists. Their mission is to affordably connect musicians directly to the playlist curators and social influencers who can help grow their audiences. But does it work?
Following Sony Corp.’s April sale of half of its stake in Spotify, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) sent an email to indie labels on Thursday (June 14) declaring its intent to share a portion of the profits with “eligible artists and participants as soon as possible,” with a target of August.
Spotify has offered advances to a number of managers and indie acts in exchange for licensing their music directly to the streaming service, sources tell Billboard. Under the terms of some of the deals, management firms can receive several hundred thousand dollars as an advance fee for agreeing to license a certain number of tracks by their independent acts directly to Spotify.
Lance Allen, the instrumental guitarist who’s paying off his mortgage every month with the money he earns from Spotify, is obviously doing something right. He’s doing quite a few things right, in fact.
Sirius XM Radio has agreed to make a one-time $150 million payment to settle a lawsuit brought by SoundExchange nearly five years ago, alleging the satellite radio service underpaid royalties. The agreement also resolves “all outstanding claims” including all of SoundExchange’s ongoing audits of Sirius XM’s web radio service.
20,000 to 24,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, Napster and other streaming music service every 24 hours. That's 1 million tracks every 6 weeks. Let's that number sink in for a moment and imagine how hard it is to break through that much clutter.
Once a song is written and recorded, the owner of the song gains certain exclusive rights over the work relating the reproduction, adaptation, distribution and performance of the song. Here we look at what exactly those rights are.
As streaming continues to dominate music consumption, (with an eye towards replacing the album altogether) artists have a lot to gain by assembling their own playlists and promoting them to fans. Here we look at six benefits in particular.
Live streaming is taking the world by storm. And how. Companies of all sizes are clamoring to add live streaming tools to their interfaces, allowing users to connect more deeply and to experience products up close. Live advertising encourages digital entrepreneurs to sell and advertise in real-time, and companies centred on this new brand of marketing are quickly sprouting up, thanks to the tremendous demand that the medium holds. The potential in live streaming, and more so, live advertising is enormous. If you’ve been chasing the entrepreneurial dream, there’s no better sector than this.
We’ve been partnering with music companies around the world to bring music to more experiences on Facebook. Today we’re announcing new ways for people to express themselves with music in their posts, including a new feature, Lip Sync Live.
It’s accepted wisdom that the impact of music media has greatly diminished over the past decade. Intuitively, it makes sense. When there are millions of people shouting, the voices of a few are drowned out, regardless of how influential or learned those voices may be.
Playlist curators are the tastemakers of the modern age, and when they're putting their playlists together, they have a specific set of requirements in mind. Here Michael Warner explains how artists can game with a few editing tricks to make their songs more playlist-friendly.
More than a year of out-of-court negotiations failed to produce an agreement between the Radio Music License Committee and Broadcast Music Inc. Now the process will move into federal court. Judge Louis Stanton has ordered the RMLC and BMI to appear in a New York courtroom on June 22 to begin hashing out the issues involved in their 18-month stand-off.
You might have noticed that all new music released by record labels always comes on a Friday and wondered why. After all, Friday generally isn’t a great day for communication online (especially via email) as people are especially frantic before the weekend. And if you remember back to before 2015, Tuesday used to be release day in the U.S.
There are actually 3 reasons why Friday was chosen as the global release day for new music.
While all the excitement and buildup preceding an album release can make you eager to get it out the world as soon as possible, an album release should be carefully planned and orchestrated in order to avoid a disappointing flop.
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware yesterday entered an order granting Gibson Brands Inc. the authority to access the full amount of its $135 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and use of cash collateral.
This article explores how the financial balance of power in the music industry has shifted with the rise of streaming, how contemporary high-profile artists are making this shift work in their favor, and whether it could ever revert back to an older model.
Cover art is one of the best ways to make an instant first impression on your listeners, but can also easily backfire and drive them away. Beyond this, cover art that doesn't comply with the guidelines of streaming and download services will be kicked before it has the chance to reach anyone. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby details how you can avoid such pitfalls.
While your band photos may technically have anything to do with your music, they are nonetheless part of your brand, and having a solid set of band pictures is important. Here we look at how to avoid ending up with pictures that are cliché garbage.
To better manage its relationships with music publishers, Apple has launched a new music publishing division that will be led by longtime legal and licensing specialist Elena Segal, an Apple rep tells Billboard.
Segal's new publishing team will be made up of several divisions dedicated to operations, commercial, publisher relations and A&R. Segal will split time between the U.K. and the U.S. Apple is not planning to start acting as a music publisher itself, the rep tells Billboard.
ARTISTS BEWARE. Music Choice is trying to solicit your support to deceive Congress into reducing your royalties from Music Choice. The below email that Music Choice is sending out to artists may be one of the most deceitful and disingenuous efforts to cheat artists out of their rightful royalties that I have ever seen.
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While networking's value as a tool for getting ahead in the music industry has long been established, how to do it effectively, and what is exactly it is are somewhat harder to define. In this piece we hear some tips from a pro on what exactly makes for good networking.
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has asked a federal court in New York to hike what radio stations pay for licensing music in its repertoire. Not only does the performance rights organization call its proposed rate hike “reasonable” but it raises questions about the promotional value of broadcast radio and says overall music use by radio stations, including of music in the BMI repertoire, has increased dramatically.
One of the best parts of taking your passion project to the next level and treating it as a business is that you are able to take advantages of the tax write off that goes into running your business. Yet many new entrepreneur-musicians struggle to fully benefit from this. Especially shocking given the equipment that goes into production is one of the largest cost to your business. Write that new mixer off baby!
Vevo has announced that it will shut down its mobile apps and video web site in the coming weeks, and make YouTube its sole delivery platform. The shift also strengthens YouTube's dominance in music just as it launches its biggest push into paid streaming yet.
Iconic Artists has announced the beta testing of Streamtrack, its copyright infringement and reporting software. Launched as a response to the continued threat of piracy and exploitation faced by so many in the music industry, StreamTrack was designed to help songwriters, musicians and other rights’ holders keep track of their intellectual property.
The streaming company will recompense songwriters not paid enough royalties, but one unhappy music publisher claims ruling is ‘a free pass on wilful infringement’. Spotify will pay out $112m (£83.5m) in a settlement agreement, following two lawsuits that claimed songwriters hadn’t been paid enough in royalties for their work being streamed on the service.
After years of false starts and months of rumors, YouTube's new subscription music streaming service -- aptly titled YouTube Music -- has finally arrived. The YouTube Music Premium service, priced at $9.99/month, will deliver ad-free access to all the licensed music and user-generated music content available on YouTube, while the new-look YouTube Red (now re-christened simply YouTube Premium) will expand those offerings to all YouTube content for $11.99/month.
Nielsen-owned media data specialist Gracenote wants to help music services make better mixes with fewer outliers: The company announced a new music dataset called Sonic Style Wednesday that classifies 90 million tracks not by the genre the artist is known for, but the actual style of the recording.
The FCC is proposing to collect $322,035,000 in regulatory fees from broadcasters and other regulated industries this year. That includes $26.9 million from AM/FM operators, a 13% decrease compared to what it collected in 2017. Nearly every class of station would see a lower regulatory fee under the just-released proposal
Google is rolling out early access of the new YouTube Music in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea today. Here is an intro video and a list from YouTube of "six reasons you're gonna like it."
With a check for $2.3 billion, Sony has become the world's largest music publisher. The deal adds a catalog of more than two million songs from EMI Music Publishing, including hits ranging from Queen to Pharrell Williams to Sony's already massive 2.3 million track repertoire.
EPs have existed for a long time as a great way for artists to test the waters before dropping a full length album. Here we look at the benefits of having an EP, how to use it, and the history behind the format.
There has been chatter for months about YouTube’s plans to revamp its music-subscription offering, with the company’s head of music Lyor Cohen talking regularly about the strategy to roll YouTube Red and Google Play Music together, while doubling down on recommendations and artist promotion. Now we know when all this is launching: Tuesday 22 May.
After more than two years of negotiating, the Radio Music Licensing Committee is apparently sticking to its guns with trying to lower the royalty rate it pays BMI for the 2017-2022 period.
YouTube’s charm offensive with the music community cranks up a gear with the streaming giant’s announcement overnight it will recognise the creators of the music on its platform. Alphabet’s video-streaming titan has rolled out “Music in this video,” a feature that allows you to scrutinise details on artists and songwriters, and their respective labels and publishers. More than 500 million videos that contain music are covered, whether it’s a DJ set, a gaming film or a wedding dance. Anything with recorded music.
The consent decrees that dictate how radio secures songs in the ASCAP and BMI repertoire aren’t part of the copyright overhaul bill making its way through Congress. But the prospect of the Dept. of Justice sun-setting the 77-year old agreements hung over much of the discussion Tuesday as the Senate took up legislation designed to modernize music copyright laws.
No matter which field you choose in life, marketing has become an integral part of every field. Whether you cook food, paint or make music marketing is something you should keep yourself updated about. If you’re an up an coming musician, the first thing that you will need is to increase your fan base. You need to make sure that you can woo the hearts of those who take your music to another level.
Self-releasing is more difficult than the old-school model of signing with a label and expecting it to carry the ball. But with so many tools available to modern artists, the ones who establish a sound, a fan base and relationships inside the business have an upper hand, whether they choose to carry on alone or team eventually with a major. Self-releasing "was less thinkable in country music, but it was very doable and has been done in every other genre for years," says Tony Morreale, the head of Watson's BIG Label Records.
Apple Music is touting 50 million subscribers to its premium service. That’s quite a jump from March’s report of 38 million subscribers, but this time around CEO Tim Cook is including those who are on a three-month free trial of the subscription service.
The Dept. of Justice’s list of which consent decrees to target for possible elimination still includes the decades-old agreements covering how radio licenses music from ASCAP and BMI. But The MIC Coalition, which includes broadcasters, argues such a move would be a “nightmare scenario” for how the music marketplace functions.
When it comes to social media, the vast variety of options from which to choose can make it difficult for artists and bands to know what tools are best for them. Here we break down the top twenty options, and look at what puts them at the top of the pile.
Warner Music Group has quietly launched a digital music distribution service that is a direct competitor to Tunecore, CDBaby and DistroKid. Level Music, which WMG has never announced it's involvement is live online, accepting artists and offering some additional service.
Two weeks after the House unanimously approved a sweeping music copyright reform bill, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Similar to the House bill, the proposal doesn’t include a performance royalty for AM/FM airplay. But it does include several provisions that could have an impact on radio stations.
[UPDATED] SoundExchange has launched Music Data Exchange (MDX), a free software application designed to facilitate the exchange of sound recording and publishing data and ownership claims between record labels and music publishers.
These days, there’s a lot of talk about digital marketing — and for good reason. Web and social media ads have become a highly precise, measurable tool for reaching your target audience of music fans right where they are online.
To keep your shows and your brand top of mind for your fans, span the entire spectrum of marketing. That means complementing your online efforts with offline marketing programs.
When it comes to the job description of producers in today’s recording studio, the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” comes to mind. While technological advances have made the studio a significantly more streamlined and efficient place to work, the principles of what makes a good producer have stood the test of time. That said, let’s take a look at what the producer’s role is when it comes to songwriters and their demos in the current climate.
Making money from your music gigs isn’t easy. Few creators are able to make a living solely off their music. In fact, incredible and talented musicians often have to work multiple jobs on top of playing gigs just to be able to afford gear and all the other expenses that come with creating. And even if you are getting paid for your music, it’s not always with money.
Spotify and Instagram have recently announced that they will be partnering up in order to allow Instagram users to share what they're listening to on Spotify in their Instagram stories.
As Spotify was getting its subscription music service off the ground, the world’s biggest music labels took equity stakes in the company. Now that Spotify has gone public, they’re selling big chunks of those holdings.
Last week, Sony, the music label with the biggest stake in Spotify, announced that it had sold about half of its shares, for about $750 million. Warner Music Group says it has sold 75 percent of its Spotify shares, for about $400 million.
This is an interesting article comparing live revenue to recorded music revenue. It also compares the current era vs. “the old days,” which were really only about 10-15 years ago. However, the article states, there may be limits to the growth of the live music industry. It comments on the 2016 revenues of Live Nation, America’s biggest event promoter. Live music is not a growth industry anymore. It has matured and its gains come more from higher ticket prices now than incrementally more tickets sold.
YouTube has promised a new paid music streaming service for months, as part of a plan to counter objections from artists and labels that feel the Google owned company pays too little for music. Now, as Google convenes its I/O developer conference, new features are being added to the current failing YouTube Music service.
Our House of Representatives passed The Music Modernization Act this past week. This does some good things, while not taking on the biggest elephant in the room.
Touring can be an incredibly draining experience, and while it's important to take a breather every now and then, taking too much time of from your music can ultimately have a decidedly detrimental effect on your career.
Record Store Day 2018 broke many sales records and proved that U.S. vinyl sales are not tapering off any time soon. The 733,000 LPs sold during Record Store Day week 2018 set an all-time high, according to Nielsen Music.
One of the biggest lies told by Spotify is that streaming will provide more revenue over the life of a record because every play will be monetized. This as opposed to the one time payment earned from a transactional purchase where all the revenue from the purchase of the record is paid at once. There is however, a very big problem with this theory, which is that the consumption curves of streaming match the consumption curves of transactional sales.
YouTube is the most dominant streaming platform in the worldwide music business. According to estimates published in the IFPI’s Global Music Report, the video streaming platform attracted 46% of all music streaming listening time around the world last year (excluding China).
The Department of Justice has released the first list of the nearly 1,300 consent decrees it wants to do away with. The decades-old agreements that limit how much radio pays to ASCAP and BMI aren’t on it, but the Antitrust Division says its review is just getting started.
So you just finished up your music video that you spent HOURS and HOURS putting together with your team and are ecstatic about the end result. Don’t sleep yet! Although a high-quality music video always has the chance of going viral, that chance is SLIM if there’s no promotional strategy to back it up.
The Music Modernization Act passed the U.S. House this week and is headed for the Senate. Here Dae Bogan recounts how providing the Principle Analyst of the Congressional Budget office with a crash course in copyright law and music publishing left him very concerned about the economic future of DIY musicians.
It wasn’t even close as the U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously approved a sweeping music copyright reform bill with a 415-0 vote. The Music Modernization Act doesn’t include a performance royalty for AM/FM airplay however it does encompass provisions that could wind up costing the radio industry more for music use in the years to come.
The sweeping Music Modernization Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on Wednesday with 415 votes. The bipartisan legislation now heads to the Senate with strong support from the music industry. The leaders of three industry trade groups shared their reaction.
While site blocking has long been employed as a nuclear (albeit often ineffective) option for preventing copyright infringement, the entertainment industry is now taking things a step further by blocking certain apps.
As the launch of YouTube's long-promised streaming music service nears, the Google Play Music brand is being readied for retirement, according to reports. Internally code named 'Remix,' the new service, which has been beta tested by YouTube staffers for weeks, will likely be dubbed YouTube Music.
The recorded music market grew by 8.1% globally in 2017, with total revenues for the year of $17.3 billion. This marks the third consecutive year of growth, according to the just released IFPI Global Music Report 2018. Streaming remains the main driver of recovering revenues and, for the first time, has become the single largest revenue source.
If you’re good at waiting for things, music just might be the career for you. Whether it’s the thought of a young band breaking out after playing together for just a few months or the unprecedented access to a constant stream of new music delivered via playlist, patience is a profoundly impactful asset not nearly associated with music as much as it should be.
In this helpful set of tips, Chris Robley outlines the three things every musician needs to keep in mind as they work to achieve success in the music industry, and why it's important to always be working toward the small victories.
A major hurdle for a legislative proposal to rework several pieces of the federal law governing music copyrights has been put on the congressional calendar for this week. The full House is scheduled to consider the Music Modernization Act on Wednesday. The bill earlier secured a positive recommendation from the Judiciary Committee and it’s expected to clear the House by a wide margin.