We’ve had a number of questions lately about how artists should look at aggregator deals and how to evaluate them. You would, of course, evaluate these deals the same way you would any other deal in the first instance–using break even analysis. This requires a little bit–a very little bit–of high school algebra, but you […]
Chris posted “One for You, Nineteen for Me: Is Kickstarter Money Taxable?” on the Semaphore Music blog. It’s a short explanation of tax issues with taking crowfunding money.
“Mechanical royalties” refer to monies paid to songwriters or music publishers for reproductions of songs in sound recordings (either for permanent downloads or streaming mechanicals). Mechanical royalties (or “mechanicals”) are usually paid by record companies (or outside the US, by digital retailers). In the United States these rates are set by statute and have varied […]
There is a bit of strategy involved with affiliating with a performing rights society in the United States. All the societies have a creative staff. The decision to affiliate with a particular society should be made after the artist/writer has taken some meetings with the performing rights society and decided if there’s more love coming […]
Artist Glossary of Industry Terms: “Advance” An “advance” is almost always defined as a pre-payment of royalties, whether the advance is paid by record company to an artist, a publisher to a writer or a merchandiser to an artist. An advance is also sometimes called a “minimum guarantee”. Advances in the music industry do not […]
Have You Registered With SoundExchange? Featured recording artists and bands that own their own sound recordings can register with SoundExchange, the U.S. performing rights organization for sound recordings. Registration forms are available on the SoundExchange website (http://www.soundexchange.com/), and membership is free. It is a good idea to check the PLAYS database (which can be done […]