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Meet Soundstr, the Tech Startup Trying To Streamline Performing Rights Royalty Payments « American Songwriter

Meet Soundstr, the Tech Startup Trying To Streamline Performing Rights Royalty Payments « American Songwriter | For Musicians | Scoop.it
We corresponded with company founder and musician Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger about how their service will put Performing Rights payments into the proper pockets.
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The new tastemakers: a day in the life of a music-streaming playlister

The new tastemakers: a day in the life of a music-streaming playlister | For Musicians | Scoop.it
Once, people like Sam Lee would have aspired to work in music journalism or radio. Now they’re curating playlists for services like Deezer
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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson to stop touring to save his hearing

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson to stop touring to save his hearing | For Musicians | Scoop.it
Doctors tell the veteran frontman that if he stays on the road he risks total hearing loss
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10,929,203 streams on Spotify = $56,329.35 - Music Business Worldwide

10,929,203 streams on Spotify = $56,329.35 - Music Business Worldwide | For Musicians | Scoop.it
Does streaming need to tell more positive stories?
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Deadmau5 Goes Independent As More Artists Decry Major Labels -

Deadmau5 Goes Independent As More Artists Decry Major Labels - | For Musicians | Scoop.it
Massive EDM producer Deadmau5 has made a giant move by ditching major label Universal for the favour of independent artist publisher Kobalt.
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Yes indeed ... "This is one of many moves towards independence in the music industry with the often unfair treatment of artists coming to a head as the opportunities to go it alone become ever easier. As music production becomes easier and cheaper for independent artists, talks increase on fair treatment of artists and with free digital distribution available through distributors like RouteNote we look to be moving towards the first major reshuffle of power in the music industry since it became an industry."

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Jesse's curator insight, November 13, 2016 4:26 PM

The music world is a never ending process of evolution and adaptation. As musicians it's simple, we either adapt, or die. For most they can't see they need to adapt and end up dying off. In this case many artists decided to go independent and I think this is a fantastic idea for both small bands just trying to get off the ground or for well establishes artists. Being independent and doing things diy is great, this will educate you on how things work, and save/make you soooooo much money. Do it yourself! Thats one of the biggest problems is we say we don't have any money but we do! We're just giving it away to people that we could easily do what they do, we're just too lazy. Be your own booking agent, make your own merch, do it all yourself! 

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Bandcamp rolls out subscription service option for all | Complete Music Update

Bandcamp rolls out subscription service option for all | Complete Music Update | For Musicians | Scoop.it


Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has rolled out its subscription service option to all users, it turns out.

First revealed last November and in beta since then, this new set-up allows artists selling tracks and such-like direct to their fans via the Bandcamp platform to offer a subscription option, so people pay a set sum of money each year or each month for access to all new tracks, and/or back catalogue, and/or other exclusives, whatever the DIY artist chooses and/or thinks his or her fans would like.

The approach has drawn some parallels with the buzzy-for-a-while Patreon platform, where fans pledge to make a payment each time an artist creates (or they can make a monthly contribution there too). Though really the Bandcamp subscriptions option is a new way of delivering the good old fashioned fan club, something that has seemed ripe for better exploitation ever since digital direct-to-fan channels first emerged.

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Is Spotify Evil? (An In-Depth Assessment)

Is Spotify Evil? (An In-Depth Assessment) | For Musicians | Scoop.it

In this specific situation for our fictional top 10 charting song, the APPROXIMATE ROYALTIES the artist would receive PER MILLION EFFECTIVE LISTENS of the song, for comparison, are as follows (in ascending order): 


Illegal downloads… £0

Mainstream Radio (e.g. BBC Radio 1)… £3

YouTube… £5 to £50 at a rough estimate 

Streaming service (e.g. Spotify)…  £2000

Sales (e.g. iTunes)… £1200 to £7000 (depending on record deal)

 

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Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change

Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change | For Musicians | Scoop.it
As their attitudes toward the online economy shift, more artists are speaking out for an overhaul of the industry and how they are compensated.
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Here's how much musicians make online from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube

Here's how much musicians make online from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube | For Musicians | Scoop.it

In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians earned online from sales and streams of their music.

 

It caused quite a stir within the music industry, which even then was debating what the emergence of streaming services like Spotify would mean for artists. In 2015, that debate is still going on, and it's even more heated.

 

Now McCandless has created a new version of the infographic, updated for 2015.

 

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Jesse's curator insight, November 13, 2016 4:30 PM

Very insightful and informational article. If you're a musician, looking at this and knowing what will get you the most profit is very important. Especially if you're independent. Very important to know where your music is going, how much you should be making, and what you have to do to profit.

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Best indie music from Ireland 2015 (full songs playlist) - YouTube

Love indie music, but want to hear something new? This playlist by ArtistsOwnMusic presents some of the best indie music from new Irish bands and artists in 2015. 

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Until the Ribbon Breaks among the latest bands to get Government funding

Until the Ribbon Breaks among the latest bands to get Government funding | For Musicians | Scoop.it

Until The Ribbon Breaks is one of 19 artists and songwriters receiving government funding to help export their music abroad.

 

The band, which was formed in Cardiff, will benefit from the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) which provides funding to boost sales of British music around the world by financially supporting small and medium sized independent music companies in their overseas activities.

 

Two BBC Sound of 2015 shortlisted artists, this year’s Hot Press Most Promising Act in Ireland and a forthcoming support act for the Rolling Stones ate also due to benefit.

 

Over the last 18 months the Music Export Growth Scheme – which is run by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and UK music body BPI - has awarded support to 89 independent music companies across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

 

According to estimated figures from BPI, this has generated an approximate return on investment of £8.50 for every £1 invested.

In this sixth round of funding, the 16 acts and three songwriters will receive grants ranging from £8,000 to £15,000.

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Unsung songwriters could get their shot on Adam Levine's new NBC series Songland

Unsung songwriters could get their shot on Adam Levine's new NBC series Songland | For Musicians | Scoop.it
New NBC reality series starring Adam Levine focuses on an often overlooked part of the music industry: the songwriters.
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Top 10 Sites to Get Free Music Downloads

Top 10 Sites to Get Free Music Downloads | For Musicians | Scoop.it

If you’re a music lover (and c’mon, who isn’t?) I’m sure you’ve tried searching for websites that offer free music downloads. Here, I give you the top ten sites to get free music downloads, many of which you can add to your mp3 player or burn to a CD. Enjoy!

 
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BitTorrent Giving out Cash Grants to Musicians and Artists

BitTorrent Giving out Cash Grants to Musicians and Artists | For Musicians | Scoop.it
BitTorrent has announced the Discovery Fund, a grant program for marketing and promotional funding for artists. The company will award up to $100,000 each to up to more than two dozen artists, in a rolling application process. “Over the next year, BitTorrent aims to partner with 25 creators by providing cash grants and global promotional support to build impactful releases and discover new fans,” BitTorrent said in a blog post. “We are looking for artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers and other creators working on uncompromised projects representing a diverse, original perspective seeking world wide distribution. This open, international initiative has a rolling call (so you can apply when your project is ready) and provides $2,500- $100,000 in marketing and distribution funding to use at your discretion.”
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Lyric Intelligence In Popular Music: A Ten Year Analysis

Lyric Intelligence In Popular Music: A Ten Year Analysis | For Musicians | Scoop.it
We've all heard the assertions that popular music is getting dumber and dumber, but is there any truth to that statement? Look to the numbers to find out.
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How To Future-Proof Your Album Artwork - hypebot

How To Future-Proof Your Album Artwork - hypebot | For Musicians | Scoop.it

Low resolution album artwork is instantly noticeable, and as the size of displays continue to improve the standard for what equates to "high-quality" is being continuously upped. Here we look at ways a DIY album designer can make sure their album artwork is of comparable quality to that of major labels ...

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Very important and useful for indie musicians to note!

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Independent musicians find unexpected rewards in streaming

Independent musicians find unexpected rewards in streaming | For Musicians | Scoop.it
Early last year, Perrin Lamb, a singer-songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, who is not signed to a record label, started to receive all kinds of strange Twitter messages. Fans he never knew he had, writing sometimes in languages he couldn’t understand, were saying that they loved his song “Everyone’s Got Something” on Spotify

 

.Lamb — who did not use Spotify — quickly learned that "Everyone's Got Something" was on a popular playlist on the service, and racking up streams by the million. By the end of the year, the song had been listened to some 10 million times, earning Lamb more than $40,000.

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I'm Imogen Heap. And This Is Why I'm Releasing My Music on Blockchain

I'm Imogen Heap. And This Is Why I'm Releasing My Music on Blockchain | For Musicians | Scoop.it

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So why is it that I make a piece of music, and then someone listens to it, and then one day maybe in a couple years time, I receive some money for that music?  Instead, what could be the simplest way to put a piece of music online, in one place, where I could pop it up there, and then all the other services could say, ‘okay, new Imogen Heap music, okay, we’ll take that,’ instead of me having to service it to Spotify, service it to iTunes, service it to YouTube, blah blah blah blah blah, read all the small print, all these different things, everyone’s got different ratios of things that they give you, or don’t give you.

 

And I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if I could decide what I wanted to do with my music, who I wanted to have it for free, or not have it for free?  Maybe I’d like people under 18 to have it for free, or people over 60 should have it for free.  Or I might decide, today’s my birthday, I’m going to give all of my music to everyone for free today.  And at the moment, I can’t do that.  Because it’s out there, and once it’s out there, I don’t really have a say in it anymore.

 

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YouTube's Premium Tier Is Coming Very, Very Soon

YouTube's Premium Tier Is Coming Very, Very Soon | For Musicians | Scoop.it
Content owners have until October 22nd to update the agreement, or their videos will be removed.

The email, leaked to Re/Code, notes that ’95 percent’ of content owners have already agreed to the updated terms.  “To give fans more choice we will be launching a new ads-free version of YouTube, available to fans for a monthly fee,” YouTube offered in the email.   “This service will create a new source of revenue over time that supplements your advertising revenue.  We want to ensure that fans who choose to pay for an ads-free experience can watch all the same videos that are available on the ads-supported experience.”

 

But, don’t play ball, and you can find somewhere else to put your videos.  “If you haven’t signed by that date, your videos will no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States,” the note warns, though rights owners will have the ability to change their mind after October 22nd and revive their videos.

 

 

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Bitcoin and Music: An Interview with Artist and Composer Zoe Keating - hypebot

Bitcoin and Music: An Interview with Artist and Composer Zoe Keating - hypebot | For Musicians | Scoop.it
While there are obstacles to its adoption, Bitcoin Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, in part three of a series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard interviews musician Zoe Keating who sees the technology as a way to empower the musical middle class. Guest...
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What Do Indie Musicians Really Think About Music Streaming?

What Do Indie Musicians Really Think About Music Streaming? | For Musicians | Scoop.it

Since the conversation is generally dominated by superstars, we asked 12 different indie artists what they think about the streaming debate.

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The Complete DIY Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On Music Blogs - hypebot

The Complete DIY Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On Music Blogs - hypebot | For Musicians | Scoop.it

"Since many new artists often don’t have the money to embark on national tours, advertise on major music outlets, or sometimes even print physical copies of their own album, getting coverage on music blogs (both local and national) is the best way for them to spread the word about the music they’re creating.

 

It’s only “news” once. The first blog to debut a song is most likely going to be the one that generates the most traffic for that story until the rest of the blog community catches up. Giving a new piece of content (new single, new music video, tour announcement, etc.) to one blog to debut exclusively is the best way to get coverage.

 

Remember, the media wants to know what you can do for THEM, not what they can do for you. Debuting a single from an artist means that that artist’s fan base is going to come to that particular blog to listen to the new song or read the new interview, not a competitor’s blog.

 

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New Irish bands cash in on Spotify and streaming music services - Independent.ie

New Irish bands cash in on Spotify and streaming music services - Independent.ie | For Musicians | Scoop.it

While global music stars complain that Spotify and online streaming services have decimated their revenue, Dublin musician John Lambert is one of a growing pack of smaller Irish artists who are making a living thanks to streaming.

 

Lambert says popular Swedish streaming platform Spotify was the first real source of royalties for his music.

 

The musician, who is based in Dublin's Smithfield, performs under the name Chequerboard. His music combines guitar with electronic techniques.

 

"I was releasing for years on a Dublin label, Ladybird, and gigging when I could, while working as a graphic designer. I'm now on my third album. I made my music available online using digital distributors, who make sure your music is on all the main online music services. Bookers and labels are all looking for your online stats now.

 

"Then last November I suddenly saw a huge spike in my listener statistics online; the numbers just went bananas. A friend who has contacts in Spotify worked out the reason - one of the songs from my second album had been listed on a very prominent playlist on their home page.

 

"It's called Deep Focus, it has around 900,000 followers.

 

"Since then the song, ironically called Opening The Gates, has clocked up 2m listens. I'm now averaging 10,000 listens a day.

 

"Royalties have started to come through - the first serious royalties I've made from my music. It works out at around 0.005c per stream, which translates to about €3,000 to €4,000 for every 500,000 listens. Labels and digital distributors take a cut too. Spotify pays royalties once a quarter.

 

 

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The Complete DIY Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On Music Blogs - hypebot

The Complete DIY Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On Music Blogs - hypebot | For Musicians | Scoop.it

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Blog Content & Mindset

Before we can talk about how to achieve successful music blog placements for your music, we first have to have a quick conversation about the type of content that blogs like to cover.

Advertising Revenues

Media is driven by advertising revenues – plain and simple. Blogs make their money and keep writers employed by generating advertisement impressions from visitors. The more visitors a blog can get, the more money they can make from advertisements. Understanding this business model will help you make better pitches when trying to get press coverage.

Exclusive Content

With advertisement-driven blog content in mind, next it’s important to know how blogs and news outlets generate more pageviews – exclusive content.

It’s only “news” once. The first blog to debut a song is most likely going to be the one that generates the most traffic for that story until the rest of the blog community catches up. Giving a new piece of content (new single, new music video, tour announcement, etc.) to one blog to debut exclusively is the best way to get coverage.

Remember, the media wants to know what you can do for THEM, not what they can do for you. Debuting a single from an artist means that that artist’s fan base is going to come to that particular blog to listen to the new song or read the new interview, not a competitor’s blog.

Exclusive content leads to more pageviews and more pageviews means more money. Simple.

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