Jamendo Spins Subscription-Based Sync Licensing for Video Producers & Podcasters

If the world has arrived at all-you-can eat subscription, why hasn’t sync music licensing? Now, leading indie licensing platform Jamendo has launched a sync-subscription service that aims to benefit indie creators and artists alike. Jamendo’s concept i… Continue Reading

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Music Benefactors Wants to Solve the Crowdfunding Riddle for Musicians — Introducing the ‘Artist Public Offering’

On November 14th, 2019, Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to the public, the music industry, and, most importantly of all, her many millions of fans. In it, Swift — who has sold over 50 million records and became a global sensation long before her 30th… Continue Reading

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Identifyy Sees Massive Growth — HAAWK Now Represents YouTube, Facebook & Instagram Rights for Over 75,000 Artists

How do indie artists and smaller producers get access to YouTube Content ID and Facebook Rights Manager?   Artists signed to Merlin-affiliated labels have a shot at claiming and monetizing, if their labels are able to staff up and do the work. And majo… Continue Reading

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What Is Sync Licensing? A Look at One of the Music Industry’s Fastest-Growing Sectors

Sync licensing is quickly ramping upward, with artists capturing increased revenues. Here’s an overview for artists, composers, advertisers, and everybody in between. The following was created with the support of Songtradr, part of a broader part… Continue Reading

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Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays

Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — … Continue Reading

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Thematic Is Unlocking the Content Creator Economy for Artists — 2.5 Billion Plays, 1 Million Fan Conversions

Last time we reported on Thematic, the company had generated more than 1 billion song plays for its artists. Now, that number has surpassed 2.5 billion, just one of several impressive stats being shared by the company this week. It’s all part of a coll… Continue Reading

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Neil Young’s Archive Has 25,000 Subscribers, Each Paying $1.99 a Month

Neil Young’s Pono player was a high-profile disaster.  But he’s bouncing back with a low-profile success story. Instead of grousing about the wretched state of artist compensation, rock legend Neil Young is trying to do something about it. … Continue Reading

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YouTube Music Says It Pays the Same Royalty Rate as Spotify — At Least on Its Subscription Streams

Not sure this is good news, exactly.  But YouTube Music is at least offering some data on its per-stream royalty payouts. Spotify is notorious for crappy royalty payouts to artists.  But compared to YouTube, Spotify’s per-stream rates are downright lav… Continue Reading

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Decides He Wants to Make Money, Skips Spotify, Apple Music, Other Streaming Services on His New Single

Michael Stipe’s “Your Capricious Soul” is available exclusively on Stipe’s website for a suggested $0.77. After a long creative hiatus, Michael Stipe has released his first song since R.E.M. broke up in 2011. The new single, “Your Capricious Soul,” is … Continue Reading

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PledgeMusic Almost Killed Artist Crowdfunding — Bandzoogle Has a Plan to Save It

It was a disaster that almost killed artist crowdfunding entirely. As PledgeMusic disappeared with potentially millions in fan contributions, the concept of an artist crowdfunding platform rightfully came under scrutiny by musicians.  But how was it po… Continue Reading

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