Robert George “Joe” Meek was a song-writer, producer and sound engineer. He was also an independent label, publisher and studio…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
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
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
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
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
The truth about the current state of the music industry.Continue Reading