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Major Victory For Songwriters As Mechanical Royalty Rates Rise 44% In The USA

Major Victory For Songwriters As Mechanical Royalty Rates Rise 44% In The USA

Earlier today (Jan 27) the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) confirmed its decision concerning the compulsory mechanical rates which will be distribute to songwriters for 2018 – 2022. This decision is the…

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Without a competent publicist, one who is well-connected with the film media, your film stands little  chance of succeeding. Hiring a publicist who has had no experience handling films will be a waste of money and valuable time. Remember: with the development of excellent low-cost cameras and post-production software, the market is now glutted with indie films all looking for that golden opportunity.

You’ll thus want your publicist to do the following:

* Contact and pitch all the major film critics. Good reviews are like money in the bank.

* Write and send compelling press releases.

* Set up interviews (when possible).

* Reach out… Read More

The Publicist— Key to a Successful Launch

Without a competent publicist, one who is well-connected with the film media, your film stands little  chance of succeeding. Hiring a publicist who has had no experience handling films will…

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Having your film in nearly every country in the world is the dream of every filmmaker, both big and small. The big Hollywood studios spend millions to achieve this. Now the indie filmmaker can do so, even one on a starvation budget.

The solution is clear and simple: get your film listed on the major digital platforms. iTunes now is available in 148 countries. They cover the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Imagine: that little indie film of yours can now be seen in Botswana, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Honduras.

The… Read More

Having your film in nearly every country in the world

Having your film in nearly every country in the world is the dream of every filmmaker, both big and small. The big Hollywood studios spend millions to achieve this. Now…

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Innovate or die! That’s the mantra in every industry. In 2004, Blockbuster had 9,000 worldwide outlets and $5 billion in revenue. Six years later they were in bankruptcy court; Sears is hanging on by a thread; Kodak is no longer in the film business; and Warren Buffet is predicting that just three of the nation’s 1,400 newspapers have a chance of surviving (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post).

Many Indie filmmakers are facing huge challenges today. They, too, must innovate or die: distributors are accepting fewer films, raising money is getting harder, and marketing and… Read More

The Future of Film Distribution

Innovate or die! That’s the mantra in every industry. In 2004, Blockbuster had 9,000 worldwide outlets and $5 billion in revenue. Six years later they were in bankruptcy court; Sears…

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Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a… Read More

RECORD STORE DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND 2017

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture…

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You’ve put in the work, slogged through all the rewrites, did all your mastering, and now it’s album release time. You have a show booked within the next month, so logic states you should make the record release show and your official release date. Not so fast. If you’re looking for more exposure on your music beyond the traditional friends and family who come to every show, you need to be strategic. Your band is your business, and like any successful business you need to create a plan for your album launch. If you’ve invested your time and money into the… Read More

6 Tips For a Successful Album Release

You’ve put in the work, slogged through all the rewrites, did all your mastering, and now it’s album release time. You have a show booked within the next month, so logic…

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The music industry continued to adapt to the digital world in 2016. And there’s much more chaos and innovation to come.

Last year was another eventful one in the history of music. And that was no surprise.

In 2016, the music industry saw its first signs of true growth since the internet started ravaging it a decade and a half ago. By mid-year, labels saw revenue grow 8.1% over the same period in 2015, fueled mostly by an explosion in subscribers flocking to services like Spotify (40 million subscribers) and Apple Music (20 million). Indeed, in early 2016, we learned that streaming… Read More

7 WAYS STREAMING MUSIC WILL CHANGE IN 2017, AFTER ANOTHER CRAZY YEAR.

The music industry continued to adapt to the digital world in 2016. And there’s much more chaos and innovation to come. Last year was another eventful one in the history of…

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Snapchat has integrated with Shazam so that users can look up a song from within the photo and video sharing app. When music is playing and a person has the Snapchat app open, the individual can press and hold the camera screen to identify the song. In addition to getting the information, the listener can send the song data to their Snapchat contacts.

“We are excited to launch our partnership with Snapchat,” said Shazam CEO Rich Riley. “We’ve integrated Shazam into Snapchat in a way that makes discovering and sharing music both fun and easier than ever.”

Shazam has entered several new… Read More

Shazam partners with Snapchat

Snapchat has integrated with Shazam so that users can look up a song from within the photo and video sharing app. When music is playing and a person has the…

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iDitty Cards are the revolutionary way to connect fans to artists and to efficiently distribute music, videos, pictures, and other rich media content. Fans are more engaged, Bands keep more of their own profits, Labels get incremental revenue, and Brands can help enhance the overall experience for all.

Physical Cards
Pick up an iDitty card from a fan club or the merch tent at your favorite concert or event and access premium content and an enhanced experience right that very second. No downloads required, just scan the back of the card with your smartphone or surf to the address provided on the… Read More

iDitty Cards has arrived to Digital 1 Media Services.

iDitty Cards are the revolutionary way to connect fans to artists and to efficiently distribute music, videos, pictures, and other rich media content. Fans are more engaged, Bands keep more…

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In a surprise move, BMI’s rate court judge ruled on Friday that fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under, according to a statement from BMI.

According to Stanton’s ruling, “The consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing,” which is the exact opposite of what the DOJ argued when it gave ASCAP and BMI one year to employ full-works licensing.

In making that ruling, Judge Louis Stanton ruled against the Dept. of Justice’s controversial decision on June 30 — which insisted that the consent decree mandated full-works licensing (also known as 100 percent licensing)… Read More

BMI Rate-Court Judge Rules Against Dept. of Justice’s ‘100 Percent’ Licensing Decision

In a surprise move, BMI’s rate court judge ruled on Friday that fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under, according to a statement from…

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Premium video and music streaming service YouTube Red has expanded into Mexico. For that reason they are offering a 30 days free trial. YouTube Red is going to be MX $99/month when purchased on desktop or android (MX $139 on iOS). YouTube Red is now available in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. They’ve also made it clear that their goal is to make the service available to the whole world, so we can expect a slowly but steadily roll-out to all available countries.… Read More

YouTube Red in Mexico

Premium video and music streaming service YouTube Red has expanded into Mexico. For that reason they are offering a 30 days free trial. YouTube Red is going to be MX…

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Apple Music launched in South Korea this August, just one day after it launched in Israel. South Korea is the eighth largest music market in the world. With its expansion into the land of K-pop, Apple leaves out one major part of its service: iTunes (downloads).

South Korea is the second country (after China) where consumers can only access streaming service Apple Music, and not iTunes. This is a remarkable but also expected development as Apple is shifting its focus on streaming while downloads are declining.… Read More

Apple Music launches in South Korea

Apple Music launched in South Korea this August, just one day after it launched in Israel. South Korea is the eighth largest music market in the world. With its expansion…

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Using its highly-adaptable artificial intelligence engine, LANDR has mastered over 2 million tracks for musicians worldwide. Tailored to each track’s production style and genre, it applies a custom set of adaptive tools to give tracks the unique treatment they deserve. Artists must simply drag-and-drop their track into LANDR’s platform, and within minutes, receive a free 30 second “before and after” preview, and an option to purchase their master in various format options starting at just $1.99.

As an exclusive offer to all FUGA clients, LANDR is offering 1 free 16 bit WAV and 1 free HD WAV to let you hear the results:

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Digital 1 recommends LANDR Instant Mastering

Using its highly-adaptable artificial intelligence engine, LANDR has mastered over 2 million tracks for musicians worldwide. Tailored to each track’s production style and genre, it applies a custom set of adaptive…

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The streaming service will most likely be launched this September or at the latest this fall in selected territories in the EU, USA and Asia. 

The company already offers a free streaming service (Prime Music) with a very limited catalogue to its Prime shipping and video service subscribers, but the launch of this new subscription service will put Amazon in direct competition with rival streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. 

Amazon will offer stand-alone subscriptions to the streaming service for $9,99 USD/ 9,99 EUR per month. A half priced version of the subscription service is offered packaged with Amazon’s… Read More

Amazon preparing to launch a full on-demand subscription streaming service

The streaming service will most likely be launched this September or at the latest this fall in selected territories in the EU, USA and Asia. The company already offers a…

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OVERVIEW
Copyrights are a form of intellectual property granted by the U.S. Copyright office that covers creative products including songs, books, films and more. Copyright protection is available for both published and unpublished works and is valid for 70 years after the protected work’s author’s death.
The U.S. Copyright Office provides a concise introductory guideto copyrights and copyright law.

RIGHTS GRANTED
An U.S. copyright grants six specific rights.  As stated by the U.S. Copyright Office, those rights are
To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale… Read More

Copyright Royalties

OVERVIEW Copyrights are a form of intellectual property granted by the U.S. Copyright office that covers creative products including songs, books, films and more. Copyright protection is available for both published…

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Canadian-based collection society SOCAN recently acquired MediaNet, a music tech provider boasting a catalogue of more than 51 million tracks. In a May 12th press release, MediaNet announced, “[we] will provide SOCAN with authoritative information pertaining to master rights (sound recordings), and will augment already strong matching capabilities for all kinds of performances and reproductions of music on radio, digital, live, satellite, film and TV and other delivery of music to public audiences.”

This acquisition now brings SOCAN to the forefront of collection societies for digital matching. It means enhanced royalty reporting for SOCAN’s four-million members, as well as increased profits… Read More

MediaNet teams up with SOCAN to improve royalty distribution for songwriters.

Canadian-based collection society SOCAN recently acquired MediaNet, a music tech provider boasting a catalogue of more than 51 million tracks. In a May 12th press release, MediaNet announced, “[we] will…

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We’ve all seen the video – Taylor Swift puts on “Jumpman” by Drake & Future, starts running on her treadmill while rapping along to the song, and falls flat on her face. The Apple Music commercial has gained upwards of 17.5 million views since the video was posted to YouTube on April 1st. But what’s more impressive is the success of the song as a result of the sync placement.

Downloads for “Jumpman” increased 193% in the week that the video went live, from 15,000 sales the week of March 31st to 44,000 a week later. This is another win for… Read More

Sync placements kill two birds with one stone for artists like Drake, Skrillex, and more.

We’ve all seen the video – Taylor Swift puts on “Jumpman” by Drake & Future, starts running on her treadmill while rapping along to the song, and falls flat on…

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ouTube announced in a July 14th blog post that they have collected over $2 billion in streaming revenue for rights owners using their rights management system Content ID, double what YouTube reported back in 2014.

For those unfamiliar with Content ID, the system uses audio files submitted to them by a partner (like TuneCore YouTube Sound Recording Revenue Service), and then detects those audio files on third-party videos uploaded to YouTube to monetize on behalf of the rights owner. In layman’s terms, if someone uses your song on a cat video that goes viral, you get paid for any money that… Read More

YouTube proudly announces $2 billion in gross earnings for rights owners through their Content ID technology, but the music industry needs more convincing.

ouTube announced in a July 14th blog post that they have collected over $2 billion in streaming revenue for rights owners using their rights management system Content ID, double what…

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When it comes to the world of publishing, the biggest news of the month, by far, has been the US Department of Justice’s recent ruling in favor “100 percent licensing,” meaning that for songs with multiple songwriters, a licensee only requires a license from one of the contributors (instead of each of them). The music industry as a whole is shocked and upset by this verdict, especially in the wake of petitions fighting for a total overhaul of the already-outdated legislation currently in place. Songwriters and publishers alike fear that this could mean lower royalty payout, more complicated work for… Read More

The Department of Justice passed new legislation that could mean smaller royalty payouts for songwriters across the United States.

When it comes to the world of publishing, the biggest news of the month, by far, has been the US Department of Justice’s recent ruling in favor “100 percent licensing,”…

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How do you increase your chance of getting featured on iTunes? Here are seven tips that should help. (Friendly reminder: it’s completely up to iTunes staff to decide what gets featured.)

1. Plan Ahead
Lead-time is a key element in feature consideration. The iTunes store is a planned out effort, not put together last minute. In general, featured releases are picked with at least three weeks lead-time. It’s a good idea, when possible, to select a release date three weeks from the time you hit ‘distribute’ in your Digital 1 account, to give iTunes (and other stores) enough time to consider your… Read More

7 Tips For Getting Featured On iTunes

How do you increase your chance of getting featured on iTunes? Here are seven tips that should help. (Friendly reminder: it’s completely up to iTunes staff to decide what gets…

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