Robert George “Joe” Meek was a song-writer, producer and sound engineer. He was also an independent label, publisher and studio…Continue Reading
Several countries around the world offer incentives to get movies and TV shows filmed and produced in their country. It’s…Continue Reading
I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of the versions or adaptations of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. It has been…Continue Reading
On the 21st of July 1989, during a “live” performance for MTV the playback device failed and began to skip.…Continue Reading
In early May 2019 music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic announced it was officially entering bankruptcy. Most of the artists who were…Continue Reading
At the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards, Richard Ashcroft announced that after 22 years the dispute over his song, “Bittersweet Symphony”…Continue Reading
Aside from the distributors and retailers of music, there are a huge number of societies, organisations and companies that collect…Continue Reading
As March 29th, 2019 approaches, with no Brexit deal in sight, it’s still unclear what will actually happen if the…Continue Reading
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.
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.Continue Reading
In part 1, I went over the basic principles of how Spotify works and addressed some of the talking points…Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
One of the most important decisions you will have to make as a self-releasing artist and/or independent record label is…Continue Reading
On the 11th October 2018, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA). It’s being hailed as groundbreaking , and while it certainly is for the USA and performers from that country it is not an example of the USA leading the way, far from it.Continue Reading
In the 10 years, or so, that Bandcamp has existed, over $312million has been paid to artists via Bandcamp. Oddly though, about half the artists I speak to don’t have a Bandcamp, so it seems you may need some convincing.
Here are 9 reasons why every self-releasing artist should have one.
You may have seen in the music press that PPL and PRS for Music have launched a joint venture, PPL PRS Ltd, to bring public performance licenses under one roof, but what does this mean for you, the composers and performers.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
So you’ve finally finished mixing your latest project and you’re ready to release it, or are you?I’ve met a lot…Continue Reading
We are in an era where it is possible to create and release high-quality recordings without an established record company involved. That doesn’t mean that the roles and functions of a record company can be neglected. In order to have a successful release, and to reap the rewards of that success, you need to think and act like a record company.Continue Reading
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.
A question I get asked a lot is how to “copyright” your songs, or generally protect them. The question isn’t…Continue Reading
More often than not the information you find online about the music industry comes from the USA. The assumption is…Continue Reading
You just found out you need to register your tracks with a CMO like PPL. They will give you an…Continue Reading
You just found out you need to register your tracks with a CMO like PPL… They will give you an…Continue Reading
Over the course of 2017 a number of records were released with, let’s say, “mixed response”. Releases from acts such…Continue Reading
It’s 2017, there’s a global connection linking the world’s computers, tablets, phones and other smart devices. Information is whizzing around…Continue Reading
All you have to do is mention you are trying to make it in the music industry and everyone will be poised to give you some advice…is that advice any good though?Continue Reading
The truth about the current state of the music industry.Continue Reading