5 Things All Musicians Should Know

Dave Cool has some advice for music artists. He recently posted 5 things every musician should know on Bandzoogle.

  1. All songs have 2 different copyrights – one for the musical work and one for the sound recording.
  2. Every piece of music is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is written down or recorded.
  3. Register your songs with the copyright office anyway.
  4. There are special copyright laws for songs that are have two or more writers.
  5. Make sure you license all cover recordings. It’s easy to do.


For the detailed list see Bandzoogle.com

RSC at SXSW – Visit Our Panel on Cover Recordings

Mark Spier and Julien Frank will be participating in a panel hosted by Royalty Solutions at this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, TX. The panel Cover Recordings: Career Boost or Bust? will take place on Friday, March 20 at 3:30. If you’re going to SXSW we’d love to see you there. You can see the panel description below and in addition, you can visit Give It Away Now: The “Value” In Free Music to find out more about the panel being hosted by our sister company, Memory Lane Music.

Did you know that the Rolling Stones started out covering Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard? Cover recordings and performances can be a great way to showcase your skills and make a name for yourself. YouTube, Glee, and The Voice have created a comeback for the cover, but many artists are reluctant to become known only for their covers. Some even believe there’s a stigma attached. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of starting out with cover recordings and what you can do to get your songs out successfully and legally.

For more information, please visit the SXSW website.




Race to the Top of Streaming Services

Internet streaming is currently the fastest growing way for consumers to listen to music. What’s still unknown is which service will become the standard for how we consume streamed tracks for years to come. In an article written for Quartz, John McDuling poses the question: will music streaming be a “winner-takes-all” market like other internet trends of the past, such as social media and Facebook or search engines and Google?

Besides the companies created solely for the purpose of streaming, such as Spotify and Pandora, many of the internet’s biggest entities are already investing in streaming services to add to their cache of assets. Apple recently purchased Beats ElectronicsGoogle owns Songza, not to mention its control of YouTube; and there is now Amazon Prime Music.

Companies are still showing very little profit from streaming. The article goes on to analyze the predicaments of the different types of streaming models. While radio style services are the most profitable, the largest, Pandora, still showed $75 million in losses over the last several years. In comparison, because of its “on demand” structure, Spotify has much higher content costs. However, after a 15 year decline, streaming services are predicted to show growth in 2015.