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YouTube Content ID is a Scam

YouTube and the major labels and publishers are in cahoots. YouTube knows its Content ID claiming system is far from perfect, but it’s the best we got.

How To Get a Sync Agent and Your Music on TV and in Film

I study the sync licensing realm (getting songs placed in film, tv, commercials, video games) quite a bit. Just in this past year, on the New Music Business podcast, I've had as guests: Music Supervisors: Jen Malone - Euphoria, Atlanta, Empire,...

The MLC is Sitting On $423 Million, How Songwriters Can Claim It

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) came out of the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Wow there were a lot of buzz words and phrases you may have never heard of in that first sentence. To not get into the weeds of how...

NFTs for Music Explained (in Musician Terms)

I have a new album coming out April 9th. No, I'm not about to pimp another album NFT (more on this in a bit). This is only for reference to say I'm A) a working musician and B) I...

How Much Each Distributor Pays For Spotify and Apple Music

All streams are not treated equally. How much Spotify and Apple Music pay for a stream varies on many factors. There are around 800 different pay rates for each stream on Spotify. Some of the variables include: Country/Territory of the listener ...

Songtrust vs. Sentric vs. CD Baby Publishing vs. TuneCore Publishing

Which admin publishing company will work best for you: Sentric, TuneCore Publishing, CD Baby Pro Publishing, or Songtrust?

Teespring vs. Printify vs. Gooten vs. Printful vs. Teelaunch: Best Print On-Demand Merch Companies for Musicians

Which print on-demand merch company is best for musicians: Gooten, Printful, Printify, Teelaunch, or Teespring?

Best Music Distribution Companies – Full Comparison Chart

This is the most comprehensive digital music distribution review comparison between Amuse, AWAL, CD Baby, DistroKid, Ditto Music, LANDR, TuneCore, Songtradr, and more.

If Spotify Won’t Pay More, They Should Give Us More Data

I’ll say it. And I’m going to get shit for it.  The comment from the CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek, “you can’t record music every 3-4 years anymore” got blown way out of proportion. I actually did a full podcast...

Session Musicians’ Money Stolen by the Union Meant to Protect Them

If you’ve ever played on a recording as a hired gun, you are entitled to more than just the check you got for the session. You are guaranteed (up to) 5% of all the performance royalties that recording ever makes....

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How Important are Spotify Followers?

Whether it's Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube; growing followers is fundamental in becoming a successful artist. But what about Spotify...
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