Foreign Artists Hoping to Play SXSW Could Face a Serious Crackdown This Year

Foreign Artists Hoping to Play SXSW Could Face a Serious Crackdown This Year

Ahead SXSW 2018, Italian Singer Damien McFly’s detention and deportation may signal what could happen to foreign artists and bands. Early last year, independent artists from other countries started freaking out.  As part Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration, the popular SXSW festival changed the language in contracts with bands.  The suspect terms and conditions suggested that South by Southwest organizers […]

Beware Songwriters: The Music Modernization Act Sets the Stage for a Brutal Songwriter-Publisher Tug-Of-War

Beware Songwriters: The Music Modernization Act Sets the Stage for a Brutal Songwriter-Publisher Tug-Of-War

The Music Modernization Act is setting the stage for a brutal tug–war over tens millions dollars between individual songwriters and their publishers. H.R. 4706, also known as the Music Modernization Act, provides many benefits and updates to the arcane royalty structure US Copyright Law.  However, there are some provisions concerning unclaimed and unmatched monies which, as currently drafted, could lead […]

Here's the Entire Facebook Contract for Music Publishers & Songwriters

Here's the Entire Facebook Contract for Music Publishers & Songwriters

If you’re an indie publisher or songwriter, you’re probably going to hate Facebook’s music publishing contract. So far, we’ve been covering a string licensing deals between Facebook and music industry rights owners.  That includes multiple publishers, starting with the largest.  The signing derby started with Universal Music Publishing Group, followed closely by Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell, among others. We haven’t seen […]

Indie Songwriters Feeling Left Out as the 'Music Modernization Act' Moves to the Senate

Indie Songwriters Feeling Left Out as the 'Music Modernization Act' Moves to the Senate

The ‘Music Modernization Act’ is being heralded as groundbreaking legislation for music and tech.  But indie songwriters and publishers feel like they’re getting the shaft. Most music industry bills face brutal deaths, outmatched by stronger, smarter opponents.  The RIAA has been flopping on the Hill for decades, despite seven-figure salaries and pricey DC fices. Somehow, opponents like Google and broadcast […]

No Age Are Back to Not Taking Themselves Seriously on 'Snares Like a Haircut'

No Age Are Back to Not Taking Themselves Seriously on 'Snares Like a Haircut'

A decade ago, No Age defined everything that was great about late ’00s indie rock; the duo’s first three releases, Weirdo Rippers, Nouns and Everything in Between blended stripped-down experimentation with snooty punk rock, gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews in the process. After putting out the minimalist, challenging and underwhelmed An Object in 2013, drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall […]

UCLA School of Law Is Offering Free Music Industry Legal Advice + Contract Help

UCLA School of Law Is Offering Free Music Industry Legal Advice + Contract Help

Nothing’s free in this world — except for complicated music industry legal advice and contract assistance at UCLA’s School Law. A bad contract can complicate an entire music career.  Or, flat-out end it. Entire companies have been destroyed by bad legal advice — or, no legal advice (don’t wing it). Part the reason is that competent lawyers and legal services are expensive.  […]

What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2018)

What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2018)

Find out what top streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, actually pay per play. Thanks to streaming music services, record labels reported record-breaking revenue last year.  In 2017, the big three made $14.2 million a day from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.  Universal Music Group alone made $4.5 million each day last year. Despite increasing […]

Notice: Artists Have Less Than 60 Days to Opt Into Facebook's Direct License

Notice: Artists Have Less Than 60 Days to Opt Into Facebook's Direct License

Indie artist or self-published songwriter?  Here’s how to get paid for your songs on Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus. In an attempt to avoid copyright issues on its platform, Facebook has entered into major deals with music labels and publishers. First, the social network signed a major pact with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) and its parent, UMG.  UMPG had previously […]