Though it has recently been focused on several specific facets of public performance licensing, David Lowery examines six music business issues which the Department of Justice would be better off turning its attention to.
This article looks at the value of metadata, as well as the challenge of keeping it accurate and up-to-date over time, as ownership and rights can easily change from year to year, as well the difficulties of dealing with geographical shifts.
How musical preferences differ from place to place? Who are the top ten top acts in California, and how do they compare to New York? Pandora analyzed mountains of listener data to see which artists had the most station adds in the last year.
Allowing its users to take the reigns for the first time ever, YouTube has released a new app, YouTube Director for Business, giving users the ability to produce and create ads which they can then easily publish on the video sharing site.
Beyond the obvious technical expertise required to put on a good live show, musicians also need to be able to arm themselves with a certain set of performance psychology skills, or else even the greatest virtuoso will have a difficult time finding success.
When a touchstone music festival has a 46% attendance drop, does it signal we've reached peak festival attendance? It's too soon to call it a trend, but a signification number of existing fests shutting down or reporting smaller attendance.
The Polaris Music Prize announced its 2016 Short List of Canadian albums today. The Polaris Music Prize Gala will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET and streamed live on CBC Music’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
In this interview, Jason Grishkoff, founder of the established music blog Indie Shuffle, discusses his latest project, SubmitHub, a site designed to streamline the complex and disorganized process of submitting to music blogs.
This week, the National Music Publishers Association and Spotify declared the settlement over unlicensed tracks a smashing success, with 96% of NMPA members signing on. But the fight for fair compensation from Spotify is far from over for many indie publishers and songwriters; and David Lowery, who filed suit against Spotify, explains why.
It's not uncommon for artists to hit something of a wall when growing their fanbase, with the result that attendance at shows may begin to slip. Here we look at several different factors which can contribute to this slump, and what artists can do to turn it around.
For a small but significant group of major artists, streaming is evil. While most will let their music go up on YouTube, they vehemently vow to keep it off Spotify, Apple Music and other on-demand music streamers. That is, until they change their mind...
Before the ubiquity of streaming, many music fans spent a lot of time (and money) on amassing huge quantities of physical music. Here we look at how longtime fans can reconcile their preexisting stock with current technology.
For artists who want to make a greater positive impact beyond simply the songs they write, Playing for the Cause acts a link between said artists and charitable non-profit organizations. Here we speak with founder Lynn Cook about PftC's creation and goals.
In this article for musicians and independent artists, Dave Ruch explores what artists can accomplish through the use of Facebook advertising, and why such ads can often be a worthy (and sometimes minimal) investment.
Although differences in song length didn't have much of an impact on revenue when physical album sales dominated the industry, this is no longer the case in the age of streaming, suggesting that it's time to revisit how the revenue pie is being divided up.
Family Plans and multiple user offerings are one of the lures for the digital content marketing. And while 6 people on one account certainly lowers the per user payments to creators, they've proven to be an effective sales tool. Now Google is finally expanding their offering to match Apple's.
Here we look at why, as in independent musician, Twitter can often be a better starting place than Facebook when it comes to DIY online promotion, owing to its easy accessibility and, unlike Facebook, a notable lack of paywalls.
Spotify announced artist hosted playlists and shows more than a year ago alongside the announcement that it was adding video. They've slowly built a portfolio of artist and media driven playlists, but two new ongoing series suggest a major expansion of the offering.
While many are of the opinion that it's impossible to develop an appreciable fanbase without significant financial investment, this free ebook provides artists with concise information on how to grow a fanbase without breaking the bank, and is designed to be read and absorbed in under 30 minutes.
Physical music sales may be tanking, but its still an important component of the industry's bottom line. Along with sales shrinkage inevitably comes consolidation, and its against that backdrop that Alliance's acquisition of ANconnect, which services music to Walmart and other big box stores, is being viewed with caution.
SFX would appear to be running out of options in its efforts to exit bankruptcy. After selling digital marketer Fame House and ticketer Flavorus to Universal Music Group, SFX withdrew its bankruptcy reorganization plan in favor of dealing directly with creditors. Now it's withdrawn a proposed Beatport sale.
Although doing so adds yet another layer of complexity to an already stressful event, livestreaming video is an excellent way to expand the reach (and ROI) of your event beyond the venue. Here we talk with three event marketers for tips on how to successfully integrate livestreaming at your next event.
Surprising for an artist who isn't exactly a household name, singer-songwriter Mat Kearney managed to surpass 1 billion streams on Pandora. Here we look at the set of circumstances which allowed an artist like Kearney to see such dramatic success on the internet radio service.