Below is the full text of an article that was broken up and initially published on Immersive ATL. You recorded an album and released it online. Now you just sit back and wait for the checks to roll in, right? If only it were that easy. Last year, a Berklee College of Music report found […]
How to Start a Record Label
I field a fair number of calls from people who, despite what they’ve read about the decline of the recorded music industry, want to know how to start a record label. As it turns out, starting a record label is not too complicated; the hard part is figuring out how to make it a financially […]
New SoundExchange Letter of Direction
In news that is probably exciting to very few of you, there’s a new SoundExchange Letter of Direction available on the SoundExchange website (link below). Yes, I’ll wait until the thundering applause dies down. What is SoundExchange? SoundExchange is a performance rights organization like ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, except that they collect and distribute royalties on […]
A Musician’s Guide to Metadata: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
By Michelle Davis, UGA Law Class of 2015 Metadata, generally speaking, is data that describes other data. In the context of music, metadata is the identifying and descriptive information embedded in a digital song file. For example, when you play a song in iTunes, metadata is used to populate the “artist,” “song title,” and “album” fields. […]