Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?
With a 415-0 vote of approval in the House of Representatives, many anticipated the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) would achieve a similar, swift vote in the Senate and finally, we would see an update to archaic laws to reflect how artists and songwriters should get paid today. To nearly everyone’s surprise, however, it came to fruition that the opposition to... Read More

Making Your Mark in the Music Business

Making Your Mark in the Music Business
Artists often wonder whether they can seek federal trademark protection on their band name and if so, the costs associated with the same. The simple answer is typically, yes. However, determining how complicated and costly the process is depends on a number of factors. Let us start at the beginning and take a very general approach. Keep in mind, however,... Read More

Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works

Seemingly Simple Ways to Make Money on Your Musical Works
Photo by Lukas from Pexels The DIY era has its pros and cons. Musicians are able to take initiative, protect their works using seemingly simple/user-friendly instructions to do so, generate royalties from various streams, and do so while keeping more money in their own pockets. The downside, however, is that there is a plethora of music platforms available and unfortunately,... Read More

Songwriters – Grab a Fork and Dig into the Spotify Settlement Pie

Songwriters – Grab a Fork and Dig into the Spotify Settlement Pie
In May 2017, individual lawsuits filed against Spotify by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick (and later joined) reached a settlement to the tune of $43.5 million. The suit arose after Spotify allegedly failed to compensate songwriters with publishing income deriving form mechanical licenses. Read More

U.S. Music Industry’s Open Letter to the U.S. Government – “Support Europe’s Copyright Reform and Reconcile the Royalty Payment Disparities.”

U.S. Music Industry’s Open Letter to the U.S. Government – “Support Europe’s Copyright Reform and Reconcile the Royalty Payment Disparities.”
In their open letter, a host of United States music industry organizations, including Asoff MSG Entertainment, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, the RIAA and numerous others, have banned together asking for the United States Government’s support of Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposed by the European Commission. Read More