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Make your music pay with strategic control of publishing rights

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Ukiah Bass, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    From my blog at: http://davebuergeronbass.blogspot.com/2014/03/make-your-music-pay-with-strategic.html

    The old fashioned way to make money from music was based on record/CD sales. Those have tanked to historical lows for nearly every musician. Paid downloads such as from iTunes are also trending down. Streaming services pay a pittance. Fees for live performances are quickly eaten by touring expenses. As for "merch": how many unworn tee-shirts can you stuff in a drawer that's already full?

    The last bastion of profit is in managing revenue streams from publishing rights. It's no surprise that the publishing frontier offers opportunity because it's so darn hard to understand. Obscurity has served publishers and lawyers very well for decades. And now it's time that musicians rise to the challenge and fight for their rights -- and money.

    A good overview of this realm is a long article by Budi Voogt, "Now You Know Everything About Music Publishing..." Highlights of where you can collect dough include:

    • Publishing
    • Copyright (musical composition vs. sound recording)
    • Publishers
    • Royalties
    • Performing artists
    • Mechanicals
    • Public performance of musical compositions
    • Digital performance of sound recordings
    • Public performance of sound recordings
    • Home taping, rental and lending
    • Synchronizations (especially instrumentals, customized work for hire, and monetizing YouTube videos)
    • Sampling and music libraries

    This information is dense and challenging. But don't wait to learn. He who hesitates automatically loses to the person who knows how to steal what's yours.

  2. Thanks for the post UB - this could be a "Sticky".