The Team

Why We Wrote This Guide Famous artists function like a business. As with any business, there is a team of people working together toward a common »


Types of Music Releases

Why We Wrote This Guide Albums, singles, LPs, EPs, mixtapes, compilations — the music industry uses a whole host of classifications for commercial releases. As technology evolves »


Copyright Registration

Why We Wrote This Guide The American government, as well as many others, offers protections to those who create intellectual properties. This guide was written to »


Music Industry Contracts

Why We Wrote This Guide Musicians sign contracts for a number of reasons: publishers, distributors, managers and agents all require them for formal deals. Furthermore, contracts »


What is Music Distribution?

Why We Wrote This Guide In 2017, paid audio-streaming subscriptions increased by 45.5% worldwide. Additionally, digital revenues accounted for over half of all revenue from »


Major vs. Indie

Why We Wrote This GuideThe terms “major” and “indie” (independent) can refer to many different aspects of the music business. While we most often think of »




What is a Record Label?

Why We Wrote This Guide Record labels have been around nearly as long as recorded sound. For years, being signed to a label was thought to »



What is a Songwriter?

Why we wrote this guide While there has never truly been a standardized or traditional approach to becoming a songwriter and making a living as one, »


What is a Sound Recording?

Why We Wrote This Guide Any time someone listens to a recorded song, they are listening to a sound recording. Sound recordings themselves are copyrightable. However, »