If you are lucky enough to have an independent record store in your community today (mine is the fabulous Waterloo Records), you may not realize just how lucky you really are. For an independent record store to have survived the last 20 years is something of a modern miracle. (I think the Waterloo story should […]
This post is an interview with a reader who is an independent publisher about how they view the future for songwriters and independent publishers in the streaming upside down world to the right of the decimal place.
The Spitting Image of the Modern Major General MTP readers may remember the name Christopher Sprigman. Most recently, we have identified him as a counsel to Spotify in the “Nashville cases” brought against his firm’s client Spotify by four plaintiffs represented by well-known and successful artist rights attorney Richard Busch. These were cases brought […]
In this 20 Questions Sidebar, we look at the harsh reality of ever-declining streaming royalties.
Chris Castle on how the streaming royalty allocation guarantees a declining royalty for artists
Driving traffic to Spotify just doesn’t pay off for indie artists (or probably for smaller indie labels). See an explanation of the Ethical Pool method as a possible solution. Whatever we do, the status quo is not sustainable.
Hyper-efficient market share distributions are already causing some artists to like cutting the cord with big services–the only question is how to get their core fans to follow them.
David Crosby was in this band called The Byrds which covered “Mr. Tambourine Man” aka Bob Dylan’s first #1 hit as a songwriter. Then he was in another band called Crosby Stills Nash & Young. He’s done a lot of other things, too, but I mention those two bands because each of those bands were […]
Marc Hogan, Senior Staff Writer at Pitchfork, takes a detailed and objective look at the Music Modernization Act and makes some critical recommendations for amendments to the MMA. This is a must-read for all songwriters wanting to better understand the nuances of the legislation.
Sara Hickman on how the economics of streaming is hollowing out the “middle class musician” and devouring the music business from the ground up.