The Guide to Music Streaming Platforms

Last year, streaming platforms were the music industry's biggest source of revenue, surpassing physical sales and digital downloads. While the music industry is seeing a surge for streaming, it’s still not a direct path to riches for the beginning, and even the experienced, songwriter.

Jun 12, 2018

What's The Deal With Black Box Royalties?

If the term black box royalties sounds a little ominous, it probably should. Black box royalties, or black box income, have become a blanket term for money – an estimated $2.5 billion – that is earned but never paid out to any artist. Finding a way to get it is, in many ways, like trying to locate a black box at the bottom of the sea – frustrating and overwhelming.

Jun 7, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Davis Mallory

ATLANTA BORN, Davis Mallory is a singer-songwriter, DJ, actor and former reality TV-star appearing on MTV’s The Real World: Denver and three seasons of MTV's game show The Challenge. Afterwards, he moved to New York City to pursue music studying at Dubspot School of Electronic Music while working at Capitol Records in A&R/Marketing for Astralwerks Records. In 2013, Davis moved to Nashville, Tennessee to focus on writing and recording original music. He’s collaborated and released several tracks all over the world, including "Beautiful Girls (Diem's Song)" - a tribute to his MTV co-star Diem Brown who lost her battle to cancer - and  Landis’ “Loud (feat Davis Mallory)" which signed to Grammy-nominated Cedric Gervais’ label Delecta, thus earning Davis a Spotlight feature on Gervais's website. Davis currently divides his time between Nashville, NYC, LA and Europe writing music for and with DJs, as well as working on his debut forthcoming album.   

Jun 6, 2018

You Can Be Your Own Music Publisher

Ask any aspiring songwriter what they want more than a number one worldwide hit and they’re likely to tell you they want a deal with a music publisher. In exchange for a percentage of your royalties, the music publisher will collect royalties and licensing fees, seek out synchronization deals for TV and film placement and sometimes provide cash advances to cover living or touring expenses.

Jun 5, 2018

Industry Spotlight: Talking About Artists With Pandora

PANDORA’S Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) is a suite of free, self-serve marketing tools to help artists promote their music and careers. These tools support the artist’s goals of breaking music, connecting with fans, and making more money – both on and off Pandora. The marketing tools on AMP are supplemented by artist data insights and analytics on Next Big Sound. We sat down with Heather Ellis, from Pandora's marketing team, to talk about artists - from how the industry has changed to the tools now available - and why it's never been a better time to be a songwriter. 

May 30, 2018

Why Use a Publishing Administrator?

The first day into my first job in music publishing, my boss took me aside and said, with earnest, “Give it time, Mandy. It will take many years to master music publishing administration”. How right he was! I’ve been working in music publishing for over a decade now and I’m still learning. The landscape is currently vibrant. There is erosion and evolution.  

May 29, 2018

Songtrust's Music Publishing Glossary

The definition of a successful artist or songwriter is evolving. To thrive, you have to learn the business to make informed decisions. We know, perhaps better than most, that the music industry is flooded with acronyms and terms, probably a few hundred too many. Sometimes just adding a word to an existing term can create a whole new definition! As a part of our continued mission to help songwriters and rights holders become better business people through expert resources and explanation of the music business and music publishing industry, we’ve curated a collection of music industry, business, and publishing terms. Below are a few of the top ten commonly used industry terms and their definitions. Check out the Songtrust Glossary for our full list of terms and educate yourself on their definitions.

May 24, 2018

The More You Know, The More You Grow

There is no denying that the more that you know, the more that you are able to grow. Learning on (and off!) the job is essential to developing your working self, regardless of what your job technically is. I am excited to share some tips that I’ve learned through being a vagabond intern, an unemployed graduate, and, currently, the Publishing Coordinator at Songtrust, as well as show you how Songtrust enables you to “know and grow” as a songwriter.

May 24, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Jason Cerf


AS A MUSICIAN, Jason takes a wholesome approach, learning from the various business models and opportunities that exist in the music industry for all types of creators. Working with clients at all levels and from so many different countries presents him with the opportunity to learn about how individuals and businesses find success in a very mercurial market. From hitting ‘record’ to managing thousands of copyrights, Jason is dedicated to helping others navigate and enjoy the world of music.

May 23, 2018