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3 of the Most Commonly Misunderstood Music Copyright Laws

Some of the people whose work is most intimately affected by copyright law are musicians, yet there are many misconceptions and even outright falsehoods circulating in the musical community when it comes to things like the right to perform and make changes to existing songs, and what really constitutes fair use. If you’ve ever played […]Read More »

5 Tips Every Artist Must Know Before Signing Their First Record Deal

You’ve finally made it. A record label recognized your talent and offered you what seems like the deal of a lifetime. But before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you actually understand what you’re signing so your dreams of fame and fortune don’t turn into a nightmare. Here are five tips every artist […]Read More »

Understanding Artist Management Agreements, Part 2: How Long Should the Contract Last?

This article was originally published at Sonicbids.com – it has been re-posted here with permission. In the first installment of our three-part series on the artist/manager relationship, we talked about managers’ duties to their clients and what falls within that scope of responsibility (and what doesn’t). Now that you have a basic understanding of that dynamic, let’s […]Read More »

Understanding Artist Management Agreements: What Does (and Doesn't) a Manager Do?

This article originally appeared on Sonicbids.com – it has been republished here with permission.  The artist management agreement is the deal that you, the artist, enter into with a personal manager or management company. Not only is it an important agreement, but because your manager is responsible for advancing and overseeing your career, your relationship with your manager will […]Read More »

Four Ways For Every Band to Keep Bootleggers at Bay

Bootleggers Beware: Your Band’s Guide to Slaying Counterfeiters  MERCHANDISING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER.  Online resources have made the process of designing and manufacturing t-shirts, stickers, vinyl, etc. straightforward, fast, and relatively cheap.  The downside, however, is that counterfeiters also have this luxury and – as a result – it has never been easier to manufacture […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Tax Tips for Musicians

Maximize Your Band’s Income Tax Deductions  EVERY YEAR, YOU SPEND CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ADVANCING YOUR CAREER.  From gear to travel expenses to promotional materials, your annual out-of-pocket expenses can be substantial.  The time is now to get your finances in order, not 11:00 pm on April 14th.  Whether you’re a solo musician sparsely gigging […]Read More »

How to Make Money From Your Band's YouTube Spins

SESAC Acquires Rumblefish: Monetizing Your Band’s Video Spins Just Got Easier I’ve long said, “Where there is video, there is music.” With CD and download sales all but obliterated, abysmal streaming rates, and pressure on live ticket sales, video monetization will be the leading revenue source of any independent music rights holder in the next […]Read More »

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