Tagged: royalties

10 Ways To Raise Funds For Your Next Music Project (Without Selling A Single Record)

**Guest post written by Dae Bogan, Music Industry Insider For The Indie Artist, of Dae Bogan Music.

 

"What do you do when you don’t have a label underwriting your career and you have to choose between paying your personal bills and paying a studio engineer, publicist, or rental van company? You fund raise!" But how...

Demystifying The Music Industry: What’s The Difference Between ASCAP/BMI/SESAC and SoundExchange?

**Guest post written by Dae Bogan, Music Industry Insider For The Indie Artist, of Dae Bogan Music.

 

"A lot of indie artists are confused about the difference between ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange. I’ll attempt to break down the most important differences between these groups and elaborate towards the end about other considerations and other royalty collection entities."

# I Respect Music (.org)

**Guest post written by Blake Morgan, artist, musician, record producer, and founder and owner of ECR Music Group.

 

"The Washington beltway turned a deaf ear to artists' rights until one guy, one activist, wrote the words "I Respect Music" on an index card and showed it to the world. Now, thousands upon thousands of music makers and music lovers are standing together and making history by adding their names to a petition that is not only shaking up the music world, it's shaking up Congress."

Spotify or Physical CDs: What's better for the music creators?

**Guest post written by Danny Schmitz, an indy musician, writer, and connoisseur of all things Mexican food.

 

"I had a conversation via email with a friend from LA, and another friend living in Singapore. All three of us are musicians and frequently talk about the current state of the music industry. We were talking about the streaming music subscription service Spotify..."

Infographic: What Apple Music Means to Artists and Fans

**Guest post written by Megan Liscomb, originally posted on TakeLessons.com.

 

"Online streaming is changing the face of the music industry, for artists and fans alike. Recently, Apple announced their entry into the streaming game via their new music streaming service Apple Music, due out June 30.

 

So what does Apple Music mean for you? Whether you're looking at the service as an artist or as a music fan, here's what Apple Music has to offer..."

TuneCore Asks Songwriters To Sign Up For Spotify Settlement Without Disclosing Terms

**Guest Post by David Lowery, frontman from Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. Originally featured in The Trichordist.

 

"If you are a Tunecore songwriter, you recently got an email asking you to sign up for the NMPA/Harry Fox Agency/Spotify settlement. Songwriters are directed to [a] Survey Monkey form. This is it. No details. Nothing. Nada. In particular, there is no mention of the possible statutory damages that songwriters are waiving by opting in to this..."

Earning Royalties For Your Music

**Guest post written by Katie Lott, Songwriting & Voice Coach, as featured in her blog Modern Songstress.

 

"So what the heck are royalties, and how do you get them? Royalties are fees that are paid to the composer (that’s you!) every time a song is played anywhere: radio, live venues, TV, satellite radio, internet radio, streaming services, etc."

Album Release Checklist - 7 Things You Must Do Before You Release an Album

**Guest post written by Nicholas Rubright of Dozmia.

 

"Releasing music requires a huge amount of work, which makes it easy to miss something important. In addition to promoting your new release – sending it to radio stations, getting bloggers to write about it – there are some important things to take care of on the administrative side. Here’s a checklist of all the boring things you should take care of when releasing new music..."

When a Cover Song Is Not a Cover Song

**Guest post written by Donna Kay of Donna Kay & The Carousers.

 

"After the time and expense of recording, mixing, designing the cover artwork, and launching the CD, I had two tasks: Copyright the CD, and obtain the licenses to release (for sale) and perform our version of “Minor Swing”...I had to obtain two permissions to use the song: One from the owner of the publishing rights, and after submitting their permission in writing, the Easy Song standard licensing fee to record and perform our version of the song. This took a full month of digging, e-mailing, getting responses and finally finding two brothers in NYC who run a publishing company and own the rights the song."

The Poor Man's Copyright For Songwriters: Separating Truth From Fiction

**Guest post written by Clay Mills, hit songwriter, producer, performer, and founder of SongTown.com.

 

"For years I have heard the phrase “Poor Man’s Copyright” thrown around in songwriting circles. The term is often brought up as a cheap alternative to an official $35 copyright from the US Copyright Office...BUT..."