Then & Now: Synthpop

Ah, synthpop. Now there’s a word that rolls off the tongue like “soft-serve,” or any other sweet confection of days gone by. A guilty pleasure, a bit of cotton-candy for the ears, and a musical genre many thought—or sometimes hoped—was relegated to the dustbin of history.

Oct 16, 2018

Songtrust: The Music Modernization Act and You

Though they may not grab the same headlines that SCOTUS, the 2018 midterms and #MeToo so rightly do, there have been massive and historic changes in the music business this year. Three separate but related pieces of legislation—the Music Modernization Act here in the United States plus significant copyright reforms both in the US and the EU—are poised to alter the financial landscape for the better for artists, songwriters and publishers. After many long, lean and frustrating years for many in the music business, a sensible and up-to-date framework for managing the complicated business of music rights is finally coming into view.

Oct 11, 2018

How Songwriters And Publishers Can Benefit From The Rise Of Smart Speakers and Voice Interfaces

As smart speakers continue to grow in popularity, music is taking center stage. Multiple studies have shown not only that playing music is easily the most popular function for smart speakers—ahead of getting the weather and news—but also that owners of smart speakers are more likely to pay for music streaming. In fact, according to the 2017 Smart Audio Report by NPR and Edison Research, nearly 30% of smart-speaker owners said their device led them to become a subscriber to a music streaming service.

Oct 2, 2018

'Art of a Manager' Discusses Splits

The way the US government views the the definition differs from the way the music industry has evolved to view and make deals in regard to the writing splits of songs.

Sep 17, 2018

Then & Now: The Reign of Hip Hop

Many genres of popular music boast to have “changed the landscape.” Some of them even make a strong case for the claim. But of all the musical styles to have arisen in the past few decades, it’s arguable that none has had as deep an impact as hip hop. And though it’s unquestionably an expression of the African-American experience, it’s found resonance in every corner of the globe and on every continent. (Yes, including Antarctica.)   

Sep 13, 2018

Then & Now: The Enduring Power of Soul

“We want these words, Tender and bold, They don't have to be strong, Just give us a whole lot of soul.”

Aug 23, 2018

Five Tips for a Better Financial Future

For many, the current economic environment continues to make it difficult to make ends meet. Many of us have readjusted our spending habits, and we may no longer shop as much as or where we used to - we may settle for a staycation, rather than a true getaway - and items that were previously considered to be necessities have been relegated to the “can’t afford” or “not needed” category.

Aug 16, 2018

Copyright 101

What exactly is a copyright? The simplest definition is it is a form of intellectual property protection enforceable under the law. Despite the term being used in the singular, “a copyright” is actually a bundle of rights granted to an author of an original creative work that has been fixed in a tangible medium, such as song recorded on a CD or audio file.

Jul 26, 2018

When Should You Consider Sync

Sync licensing is an important driver, both creatively and financially, for artists, composers and producers. At a basic level, granting a sync and master license means to allow a third party to use the copyright and sound recording of a musical work in timed relation with visual media (ie. TV, Film, Ads, Trailers, Video Games, etc..). In my experience, sync is an art form that can add a dynamic layer to an artist’s story while also providing a significant revenue stream.  

Jul 24, 2018