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…

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…

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…

Shortchanging Covers

On February 5, 2015, the US Copyright Office released a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to revise copyright law called “Copyright and the Music…

Song Catalog Finances

After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future…

Music Synchs Galore

Over the past fifty years, the music industry has benefitted from a steady and increasingly lucrative stream of revenue from synchronization licensing deals.  Traditionally, the…

A Report on Music Business Jobs

In December 2012, Peter Spellman, head of Berklee’s Career Development Center, produced a listing of salary ranges for US music positions in performance, writing, business,…

Copyright Efficiency

It is true that in recent years technology has been challenging the entertainment industry, not only allowing a widely unauthorized circulation of copyrighted works, but…

The Publisher as a Record Label

At the start of the summer of 2010, the release of the self-titled debut album from Oklahoma rockers, Taddy Porter, signified a landmark shift in…