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  • Court Approves $43.4M Spotify Artists Compensation Fund Settling Class Action Lawsuit May 23, 2018
    The court has approved the settlement of combined class action lawsuits originally brought against Spotify for copyright infringement by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The settlement guarantees an artist compensation of $43.4million plus future royalties. The full settlement totals $112.55 million, including legal fees. The ruling came despite objections...
    Bruce Houghton
  • Beginner’s Guide To Launching Social Media Ads May 23, 2018
    If you're trying to market an upcoming release or tour via social media, and your carefully crafted posts seem to be going unnoticed, don't give up hope! Here we look at how you can make paid social media ads work for you and your band. __________________________ Guest post by Dana...
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  • FREE Webinar: Ask A Booking Agent May 23, 2018
    A booking agent is one of the most important members of a successful artist's team. But what exactly does a booking agent do? And how do you find one? Next week, I'm joining the fine folks at Bandzoogle for a free webinar to answer these questions and much more. _____________________...
    Bruce Houghton
  • EDM Business Down Worldwide May 23, 2018
    The International Music Summit Business Report 2018 shows the global electronic music business took a 2% drop in 2017, fueled mainly by a dip in record sales, but added that the change does not necessarily mean EDM business is down. In fact, the opposite may be true. Global EDM business...
    Bruce Houghton
  • How To Diversify Your Music Promotion Efforts May 23, 2018
    With music consumption habits changing so much in recent years and showing no signs of stopping, the techniques for promoting must also adapt. Here we look at the importance of diversifying how to promote your music. __________________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire from the TuneCore Blog It’s a complicated time...
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  • Irving Azoff Calls Out 'Liar' Cohen, YouTube Over Payments May 23, 2018
    YouTube Global Head Of Music Lyor Cohen is making the media rounds touting the launch of YouTube Music as the dawning of new day for music discovery and promising bigger payments to artists and labels. But Irving Azoff, super-manager and founder of the Global Rights, is not buying the hype....
    Bruce Houghton
  • How To Book Convention Concerts (Without Pissing Off Staff) May 23, 2018
    Fandom convention shows can make for fun, fantastic gigs, but while these performances can be laid back, they require the same (if not more) amount of planning as any other show, particularly if you want to avoid getting on the bad side of those staffing the con. _________________________ Guest post...
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  • Pandora Adds Personalized Playlists With A Twist May 23, 2018
    Pandora rolls out personalized playlists to all Premium users today. Like Spotify and others, Pandora's individualized playlists begin with machine learning to match taste and mood, but then blend in selections from their proprietary Music Genome and curation team. _______________________________________ After a March tease, Pandora Premium users can now access...
    Bruce Houghton
  • ALTERNATIVE TAKE: How Recording Industry Hid A New Attempt To Expand Copyright May 23, 2018
    Some of the new music legislation currently sailing through Congress has received criticism from music rights advocates. Not so with the CLASSICS ACT. But here, Mike Masnick of Techdirt shares his belief that some provisions in the bill represent a recording industry effort to expand copyright and why he opposes...
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  • A2IM Board Nominees Announced, Voting Begins May 23, 2018
    Voting for the American Association of Independent Music's Board of Directors election opened this week. The board is elected by A2IM’s label members with one vote per company. A2IM’s voting members will vote to fill three (3) seats from the list of candidates (below, alphabetically by first name). Voting closes...
    Bruce Houghton
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