Although rarely brought up in casual conversation or mentioned in the news, the consent decrees imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice on ASCAP and »
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Why We Wrote This Guide Successful and well-known artists function like businesses. As with any business, there is a team of people working together toward a »
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 »
Why We Wrote This Guide The American government and others offer legal protections to those who create intellectual property. This guide has been written to explain »
Why We Wrote This Guide Contracts are the primary tools that entities in the music industry use to enter into business relationships with one another. This »
Why We Wrote This GuideThis guide serves as a logical continuation of our previous guide, the Digital Download. In order to better understand the context and »
Why We Wrote This GuideThis guide serves as a logical counterpart to our On-Demand Streaming guide, which itself serves as a counterpart to our Digital Download »
Table of Contents 360 Deal Administration Deal Advances Album Cycle A&R Department Black Box Blanket Licenses Bundled Services Business Manager Catalog Commercially Satisfactory Compilation »
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 »
Why We Wrote This Guide The terms “major” and “indie” (independent) can be applied to many different entities in the music business. While we most often »
The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) is a piece of legislation that was signed into law on October 11, 2018. The provisions that »
Why We Wrote This Guide This guide serves as a resource to grant interested parties a better understanding of print rights and how they function within »
Why We Wrote This Guide Lyrics are integral to modern music. Many of the most compelling songs in the world use lyrics to tell a story »
Why We Wrote This Guide Over the last decade, the digital music industry has gained significant momentum. Many digital platforms—streaming services, downloads, digital media players, »
Why We Wrote This Guide Music Business World reported in 2016 that neighboring rights account for over $2 billion in revenue per year. In today’s »
Why We Wrote This Guide Work for Hire agreements are a popular mode of contractual interaction between various people and entities in the music business. Due »
Who This Guide Is For Producers that want to sample copyrighted sound recordings in their work. Recording Artists that want to explore licensing options for their »
Why We Wrote This Guide There is a lot of video content out there, and much of it uses music! Synchronization licensing is the process by »
Why We Wrote This Guide An airport cafe is bustling with travelers on a Monday morning. The sweet and familiar opening of “Come On Eileen” comes »
Why We Wrote This Guide For over a century now, American copyright law has worked to create and maintain a system that ensures copyright owners are »
Why We Wrote This Guide This guide serves as a comprehensive resource to grant interested parties a better understanding of SoundExchange and its unique function within »
Why We Wrote This Guide Music Reports administers mechanical royalties from digital service providers (see our guides for On-Demand Music Streaming and Digital Downloads) to songwriters »
Why We Wrote This Guide The Harry Fox Agency administers [mechanical royalties](mechanical royalty) from digital service providers (see our guides for On-Demand Music Streaming and »
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 »
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- Organizations and Advocacy Groups of the Music Business
- The YouTube Guide for the Music Business
- Powerful Women / IFPI Plan / Atlanta Music Hub
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- Spotify Data For Publishers
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- Annual Report 2015
- Exploration Data
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- Exploration Year in Review – 2014
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- Happy Holidays
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- Investing in Music Global Report + YouTube Music Key Tutorial + Holiday Parties
- Happy Thanksgiving + Office Closure
- YouTube Music Key – LAUNCHED
- YouTube Streaming Service – hacker / am – Hunnypot – AIMP Member Showcase
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- Latin Billboard Awards
- Heartbleed [URGENT – IMPORTANT]
- SoundCloud Data
- Digital Media Brief, Miami, and a Love Song
- Who we are, Grammys, Conferences & Confidentiality
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- Merry Holidays and a Joyous New Year!!!
- Happy Thanksgiving!!