So You Want a "Record Deal"? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

[Editors Note: This was written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.]   While most musicians dream of getting signed to a major “record deal,” the days where a record label executive attends a show and signs an artist based on their performance are long gone. These days, that only occurs in the movies or on television. Instead, […]

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July Industry Wrap-Up

Facebook Moves Closer Towards Copyright Protection Folks in the entertainment industry (among other sectors of business) have been following Facebook’s growth and expansion into the music space, whether it’s sharing videos, partnering with streaming platforms to encourage social engagement and discovery, or supporting user-generated content and live feeds. With that, of course, comes pressure to […]

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Breaking Down Copyrights In Music

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Justin is an entertainment and media attorney for The Jacobson Firm, P.C. in New York City. He also runs Label 55 and teaches music business at the Institute of Audio Research.]   We have previously explored the reasons to register a copyright and the procedures to effectuate […]

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Music Sampling: Breaking Down the Basics

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Justin is an entertainment and media attorney in New York City. He also runs Label 55 and teaches music business at the Institute of Audio Research.] With advancing technology and the development of new digital musical techniques, it has become even easier for […]

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April Songwriter News

By Dwight Brown As spring settles in, songs, activists and artists are creating news. The iconic civil rights song “We Shall Overcome” may be headed to Public Domain territory. Government regulations are stymying songwriters, but there may be a way out. Led Zeppelin may have a “Whole Lotta Love” for borrowing tunes. There’s a lot […]

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March Songwriter News

By Dwight Brown Spring forward. Get ahead. The publishing industry is becoming an investment goldmine. Artists who applied to a songwriting competition TV show get a wakeup call. A Berklee professor sues Spotify, while Spotify settles with NMPA. A hot debate over the length of copyright terms erupts. There’s a lot going on for songwriters. […]

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A Walk-Through: Sampling

I’ll be writing a periodic set of articles all designed to present the necessary information to make complex topics in the music business more easily understood—”walk throughs,” if you will. The first in the series is a walk through on sampling.

I chose this topic because it allows us to view an action—sampling—which requires an understanding of an array of music business elements. As such, I’m able to introduce several important concepts at the same time. Even if you yourself are an artist who does not sample, it’s important to understand the process because someone may desire to sample your music.

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Amanda Palmer, Independent Musician

On September 11, Amanda Palmer—AFP to fans and friends—will release Theatre is Evil with TuneCore providing digital distribution. If you don’t know Amanda Palmer, you should; the successes of her career can serve as inspiration for many DIY performers.

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Rdio increases catalog to over 18 million songs; adds TuneCore and other new partners

Rdio increases catalog to over 18 million songs; adds TuneCore and other new partners. The partnerships with top independent music aggregators connect over a quarter-million artists to fans in 13 countries

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Double Your Income… No Really

By Ari Herstand

When you’re on tour, merch is your #1 income generator. This can’t be stressed enough. Believe it. Bands stress over their guarantees and door splits and turnouts. If you want to survive financially with your music you must understand the importance of merch sales and approach it as such. I’ve played shows where 10 people showed up, but they had such an amazing time and I stressed the merch to them that all 10 people bought something averaging about $15. That’s $150 in merch sales. That’s good for any night.

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