Music streaming: friend or foe to the independent musician?

Percentage of music streaming of music salesBased on these facts, it would seem unwise for most artists – independent or otherwise – to follow Swift’s lead and dismiss offering some or all of their music in an intelligent and well-thought out way through select streaming services. Studies show worldwide paid subscribers on the leading streaming services and the growth in streaming earnings are up. Clearly, streaming has become a substantial part of the revenue pie and appears poised to continue steady growth. Read more.

Online music platforms for connecting, distributing, and networking

Online Music Platforms It is easier than ever to work globally to promote your music as an indie musician, artist, or band through the use of various online music platforms. These platforms provide access to a wide audience of potential fans and industry professionals, and with so many out there, it’s worth taking a look at some of the innovative and essential online resources for indie musicians that can help boost your musical career and profile. Read more.

Music Industry News: BMI Royalty Record, ASCAP Fights Pandora, Steve Albini’s Fax

Nirvana music industry news Performance rights organization BMI reports new records for royalty distributions and revenue for the fiscal year. ASCAP is taking a firm stand against Pandora Internet Radio, claiming that “the rights of songwriters are under attack” and asking songwriters to sign an online petition. It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero, and among the items included in the new box-set is a four-page letter from producer Steve Albini. “I would like to be paid like a plumber,” he writes. Read more.

Let’s Pay Music Artists Less – The Fight for Internet Radio Fairness Ain’t Done Yet

Late last year, at the urging of Pandora radio and other tech industry players, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) co-sponsored the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA). The bill got such a late start that it failed to make it out of committee during the 2012 Congressional year. It also fared poorly at a Congressional hearing in late November 2012, but sources such as Billboard warn that the bill isn’t dead so much as “hibernating.” Read more.

Pandora: Changing the Way We Discover Music

Rob Walker wrote an article called, “The Song Decoders,” which was published in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday. If you’re unfamiliar with Pandora it’s a great way to get up to speed; if you already use it, it’ll help you understand the way the recommendation engine actually functions. Pandora’s model is unique partly because of the musicologists behind the scenes – the people who rate each song on its melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and sound (and dozens of smaller categories within each of those aspects). Surprisingly, Pandora only has 700,000 songs in its library, significantly less than some of the other online streaming sites. Read more…