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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 ...

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....

How To Get All Your Music Royalties: ASCAP, BMI, PRS, SoundExchange, PROs and the Rest

This piece was updated May 9th, 2019A 2015 Berklee College of Music report found that anywhere from 20% to 50% of music payments do not make it to their rightful owners. Kobalt calculated that there are over 900,000 royalty streams per song. How do you make sure you regis...

How Do Producer and Songwriter Splits Work

My friend is a pop producer in LA. He used to play in a progressive funk band in Minneapolis back in the day and our bands used to play shows around the Midwest together when I was a rock/pop singer/songwriter. We lived together with 5 other musicians in our house and had a rehea...
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Ricky Montgomery From Viral on TikTok to Major Label Bidding War

You may know Ricky Montgomery from his Vine days. You may know him from his band The Honey Sticks. Or you may know him because a few of his songs went viral on TikTok in 2020. This led to a massive bidding war amongst 50 major labels.
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