The Music Modernization Act aims to boost songwriter revenues from interactive streaming

The Music Modernization Act aims to boost songwriter revenues from interactive streaming

CD Baby supports efforts to improve the way mechanical and performance royalties are calculated. The music industry is a completely different beast than it was when the copyright laws currently governing royalty rates were written. Some of the framework that impacts what you earn as a songwriter doesn’t just pre-date streaming, it pre-dates the widespread …

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Introducing Automatic Revenue Splits – DistroKid News

DistroKid can split earnings from any song or album. And automatically send those earnings to your collaborators. That means musicians can easily share earnings with producers, beat makers, featured artists, and anyone else. Just specify a collaborator’s email address and what percentage of earnings you want them to receive. Then DistroKid will make sure they …

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Creating a good lyric video for less than $10

Creating a good lyric video for less than $10

How to make a lyric video for your song (without using Motion or After Effects) Lyric video: a video that shows your song lyrics while the music plays. [Pretty self-explanatory.] Not only are lyric videos a great and manageable way to keep your video content coming in between bigger projects that involve more complicated production, …

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44% increase in mechanical royalty rates for streams in the USA

44% increase in mechanical royalty rates for streams in the USA

Songwriters win a big victory: The royalty rate for interactive streams will rise by 44% over the next five years. Right now streaming services pay about 10.5% of their revenue to songwriters for the usage of composition copyrights (the right to the underlying songs, as opposed to specific master recordings of those songs). The Copyright …

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12 ways to make the most money from your music this holiday season

12 ways to make the most money from your music this holiday season

Can you believe it? The holidays are almost upon us, which is good news for your music. 20% of industry-wide music sales take place in the last six weeks of the year, and 30% of all sales on CD Baby happen during that same period. Get prepped now to make sure you’re ready for the …

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Sequential marketing with social content (or WHY YOUR MUSIC VIDEOS AREN'T WORKING!)

Sequential marketing with social content (or WHY YOUR MUSIC VIDEOS AREN’T WORKING!)

No, I’m not describing a graph. What I mean is: quick videos that are shot with the camera held upright (not in landscape) — that’s the key to introducing your music to new “cold” audiences on social platforms. Sequential marketing is about easy introductions, and short social videos are a great way to begin. Last …

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How old do you have to be to copyright your music?

How old do you have to be to copyright your music?

The age limit for copyright. Is there an age requirement to copyright something in the USA?  No, there is no age requirement. But, there is a classic American Dilemma here: copyrights are governed by Federal law, while most copyright transactions are really governed by State law — and State law can have all sorts of …

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