Wayne Bennett

UK Distributor dumps independent labels with “Dear John” style letters (that in some cases they forgot to even send).

A well known UK distributor early last year starting dumping independent labels, sending some the following letter.

“Dear “label name here”
In an effort to streamline our service to labels, we regret to inform you that due to income from your label, has now fallen below our profitability threshold, we will be taking down your content from all services in the next month.

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The Truth About Spotify. Part 3.

As the modern music industry is in constant change, with many of the platforms and resources we now rely on in their infancy, it’s necessary to always try new ways of succeeding. However, it’s important we all understand how the model works, its merits, as well as its shortcomings as failing to do so, can be disastrous.

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The Truth about Spotify. Part 1

Streaming accounts for 37% of all the revenue from recorded music and with over 220million subscribers and a market share of 36% Spotify are by far the market leader in music streaming. In fact, more than 1/8 of all the revenue from recorded music, including physical sales and downloads, comes via Spotify. So it’s really important, as independent artists, to fully understand how the platform works and how to get the most out of it.

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Unhappy with your PRS and PPL royalties? 6 Things you can do today to increase your future payments.

0n June 29th, PPL made their main annual distribution of royalties to its members. More than £150million was paid out, a 12% increase on the previous highest amount (June 2017, £135million). Two weeks later PRS for Music also made one of their biggest payouts to date. Were you one of the tens of thousands of people who received a payment? Are you happy with the amount? If not read on, there are a few things you can do right now to make sure your future payments are the full amount you are entitled to. 

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The $25billion question…What is music copyright?

When a song is written, and then recorded, there are two copyrights involved.  The owners of these copyrights get control over the works and the right to monetise them or license them to someone else to monetise.
Understanding these copyrights is key to understanding the music industry because these copyrights form the foundations of the two most important aspects of the music industry. Publishing (composition) and recording.

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