How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Our God Is Marching On!March 25, 1965, Montgomery, Alabama Everyone knows that streaming royalties are unsustainable. The question is what to do about it. The current system evolved from the early […]
Every now and then we run into a great resource for artists, managers, labels toiling in the vineyard of the music business as currently constituted. The new Your Morning Coffee podcast is one of those, featuring Jay Gilbert and Mike Etchart and it’s highly recommended for your valuable time. You can get it on iTunes […]
The recent $424 million black box distribution may be the start of a massive fraud case.
The Circular Awards Ceremony has begun anew and the corporate media wants someone to adore, dang it! Cue “It’s a Pleasure Being Sad.” The MLC received $424 million of “inception to date black box” as required by the statute enacted October 18, 2019. It didn’t just happen by accident that most DSPs paid the money […]
Microsoft President Brad Smith’s convincing put down of Google and Facebook’s opposition to Australia’s new media laws.
Spotify finally admits it profits from COVID.
I’m not lying to you. I don’t tell lies. I differ from George Washington. I have a higher and grander standard of principle. George could not tell a lie. I can but I won’t. Oh I used to tell lies. But I’ve given it up. The field is overrun with amateurs. While when I look […]
Some surprising results from the MLC Awareness Survey
For some reason, there’s a focus at the moment on songwriter royalties and in particular for streaming royalty rates. Notice that I said “rates” not “share” or the one I find particularly irritating, “share of the pie.” Let us be clear—there is no “pie” there are only “rates”. Or should be. Let’s investigate why. To frame this idea (speaking […]