Biz: Reference articles & interviews on music business topics like copyright law, performing rights organizations, fan-funding, etc.

Mutiny on the Microphone Interview w/ Adam Blye

Written by Aidan Rush | Posted in: Biz on June 26, 2012

Adam Blye of Mutiny on the Microphone talks about his desire to transition the podcast to an Internet broadcast, benefitting local charities, his thoughts on radio's role in the future and more!

Creative Interest & The LoanSpark Collective: Amanda Palmer’s Other Venture

Written by Jem Bahaijoub | Posted in: Biz on June 05, 2012

Without a doubt Amanda Palmer is a tour du force in the music industry, constantly breaking away from industry norms while creating new and impressive ways to thrive artistically. However, what I’m finding more interesting than Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign is the launch of her LoanSpark Collective and the term she’s coined “Creative Interest.”

Performing as an Independently Contracted Musician

Written by Mike Harmon | Posted in: Biz on May 31, 2012

If you’re in a band that does a large repertoire of songs or regularly performs out in bars and local clubs, you may be interested in seeking out some higher-profile gigs as an independently contracted musician/band.

Interview w/ Cab 20 Manager Tom Callahan on VC Funding

Written by Cheryl Rafuse | Posted in: Biz on May 23, 2012

You may have heard of the reality show Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel of investors, or 'sharks.' These 'sharks' decide whether the entrepreneurs' ideas are worth their investment. Tom Callahan, manager of southern Californian rock band Cab 20, saw this as an opportunity to explore an alternative way of funding the band's music.

Interview w/ Emmanuel Zunz of ONErpm

Written by TJ Petracca | Posted in: Biz on May 17, 2012

In a music landscape where more and more music is being sold digitally every year, it’s becoming increasingly important for artists to be familiar with all the digital distribution services out there.

Interview w/ Cheryl Rafuse of Music Riot

Written by Aidan Rush | Posted in: Biz on May 16, 2012

A student at Emerson College, Cheryl’s been perceptive to the fact that the Boston music community is more disjointed than it needs to be, especially when it comes to the collegiate music community.

Discussing the E.I.Y. Movement with Founder Sarah Saturday

Written by Paul Adler | Posted in: Biz on April 22, 2012

Sarah Saturday is an accomplished musician, web designer, and Warped Tour veteran, but most notably she's the founder of the Earn It Yourself movement. As staunch believers in the DIY ethos, we've followed the evolution of EIY and were psyched to finally catch up with Sarah to talk about the project.

Interview w/ Scott Quist of REAL RocknRoll Movers

Written by Chris Cave | Posted in: Biz on April 16, 2012

Touring as a musician on a shoestring budget is hard enough, but things really get tough when you have to return home from your tour with no steady job lined up. After all, the chances of you finding a job that allows you to come and go as you please for the purpose of touring is slim.

The Music Placement Process Explained

Written by Anishka George | Posted in: Biz on April 09, 2012

Music placement in film, television, and advertisements has quickly become a significant revenue source for musicians and the music industry. Most importantly, it has become a new platform for A&R and allows the opportunity for relatively unknown artists to break.

What Musicians Should Know About Trademark

Written by Aidan Rush | Posted in: Biz on April 02, 2012

A while back, we wrote a piece aiming to answer the most common questions musicians have about copyright. Today, we’re going to do the same for copyright’s cousin, trademark!

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