Managers of The World – Unite!

Managers across the world are coming together to form communities where they can network and stay informed about current issues. Getting their artists to sign…

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Federal law governs the licensing of music and songwriter collections. In particular, sound compositions that are broadcasted over the public airways or performed in commercial…

Exclusivity and Its Limits

Major labels are pushing for the end of exclusive deals with streaming services as they are quickly realizing such a practice hinders the potential profit…

Sponsorship Lift Off

Not too long ago, recorded music sales were a dependable source of income for labels and their artists. Earnings from live music shows added substantially…

Brexit and the Music Industry

On June 23rd 2016, the U.K. voted in favor of leaving the European Union. The referendum put the majority at 52%, with England and Wales in…

YouTube’s Value Gap

In the beginning of the XXth Century music consumption did not compare with today. Music publishers, for instance, were used to generate revenue mostly through…

The Drama of Artist Payments

In recent times, artists/songwriters, who once made their living recording and writing songs, have been severely affected by the slump in royalty revenue coming from…

Gross Margin Blues

There has been a lot of excitement around streaming lately. At the end of last year, Apple launched their own service that amassed over ten…

The Life of Prince

Elvis Presley had the Pompadour, James Brown had the cape, and John Lennon had circular-rimmed sunglasses. Prince Rogers Nelson wore the color purple. Every iconic…

The Non-Profit Dance

Coverage of music industry news tends to follow, as this Journal does, the for profit sector. Corporate market leaders, like Apple, Spotify, and Live Nation,…

Kesha’s Quagmire

The recent Kesha-Sony lawsuit has struck a nerve across the music industry by highlighting personal abuse and issues of gender inequality. It has also raised…

The Billboard Power 100

One could do worse than write a history of the business from the pages of Billboard’s Power 100 rankings. This year the venerable music industry…

Compromising Moral Rights

Copyright law is based on property law. It evolved over time and recognized more and more economic rights, such as those of music creators to…