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How to get paid in the music business

While doing some research on the subject today I stumbled upon an interesting graphic located at the future of music coalition.org website. There is a great article filled with several graphics explaining the how’s and who’s. THis is a nice peice written by Kristin Thomson.

There are several graphics which open to larger ones but if you scroll on thru to the bottome or middle of the page there is a large graphic easy to read. I would like to thank every one over there for this information it was quite helpful. So lets dig in….

http://www.futureofmusic.org/article/article/music-and-how-money-flows

How are musicians and songwriters compensated when their music is played on the radio, sold on digital platforms, webcast or streamed on interactive services? Click on this infor graphioc to learn how.through any of the infographics below to see how the money flows, at least on US sales, performances and streams.

http://www.futureofmusic.org/article/article/music-and-how-money-flows

graphic of how money flows thru the music business

 

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The Basic’s of Music Publishing

I would suggest that with anything you need to learn and study what you can. If your trying to go at making music a career or make any kind of money of your music you should always do what you can to understand the business. There is SO much to learn and many other folks out there with more info that you have no excuse for not teaching yourself.

This article is by no means and end all but merely a starting point to educate yourself in the music business. I would also like to share with you a few places to visit at the end of this BLOG posting that you may find some helpful tools and insights along with some encouragement. Follow the links at the bottom be sure to share all things withthose in your world of influence for you never know who is listening. Peace

Copyright Basics

Whenever an original song, with lyrics or instrumental music, is “fixed” in a tangible medium (recorded or written down), a copyright is generated. The copyright owner of a song is entitled to certain exclusive rights in the song under the U.S. Copyright Act. Therefore, only the copyright owner of a song can use the song unless someone pays him to use it. When a copyright owner allows someone else to use his music, the owner is really granting a license in the copyright. A license is a legal agreement between two or more parties that allows one party to use something that another party owns, but does not transfer ownership from one party to the other. The money from these licenses is called publishing.

Publishing

1. Registration with Library of Congress and optionally, with the PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) with whom the publisher and/or songwriter are affiliated. Registration provides best protection in the event of copyright infringement.

The three main PROs in the United States are BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers). Each of these works basically the same way but with a few slight differences. Each boasts thousands of members and many great artists and performers. For instance BMI has over 350,000 members including Jimmy Buffet and The Beatles. ASCAP also has over 300,000 members including Elvis Costello, Jay-Z, and Alan Jackson. SESAC has Garth Brooks and Bob Dylan in their stable.

2. Exploitation – can include sales of CDs, downloads, ring tones, video games, film, tv, advertising and many forms of different commercial licensing usages.

3. Collection – getting the money for the mechanical royalties plus any/all other licensing fees which are sold.

Summary of music publishing

Even as the music industry changes, publishing will always be the “constant” at the center, so it’s important to understand the publishing side of the music business. For example, even if CD (compac discs) sales completely fade out, there will still be mechanicals, synchronization, performance royalties and other streams of income from dozens of traditional and new commercial music licensing types.

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Publishing

Publishing is concerned with the registration, exploitation (Sales), and collection of the copyright.

Royalty Streams

In this video  An Introduction to Music Publishing   learn how royalty streams work.

1. Royalties paid to the songwriter/composer (could be same as publisher) are the mechanical royalty which covers the composition.
2. Royalties are also paid to the performer of the song, which can be the same as the publisher and/or record label.

Publishing is focused primarily on the royalties paid to the songwriters and composers. If you are just starting out, you will most likely be a self-published publisher, which is very common these days, and is the best way to build and expand your future music publishing career and licensing opportunities.

Songwriters receive the following royalties

1. Mechanicals for the composition of the music – paid by the label to the songwriter for the rights to “mechanically reproduce” the writer’s song on CD or download. Note, this occurs whether or not the writer is the performer of the song.

2. Performance – Paid by the Performance Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), to the writer(s) of the song when the writer’s music is broadcast over the public airwaves, such as radio, tv, satellite, internet, etc. Note, some music publishers and libraries also do direct, “per program” licensing deals with broadcasters or other businesses using their music.

3. Synchronization for use of music with visual media such as film, videos, slide shows or games, etc. – Paid by the producer of a movie, tv show or ad agency to the writer of the song for the right to “synchronize” the writer’s music to the producer’s moving images.

4. Special use – paid by creators of ring tones, karaoke, video games, etc. to the songwriter for the rights to use the songwriter’s composition work.

5. Print – When music gets published in song books, sheet music or other transcriptions, the royalties are paid to the publisher and the songwriter.

It is important for you as an artist or someone involved with artists, to understand how music publishing works to generate money, but also to generate interest and audiences to continue growing your publishing career and related opportunities.  To learn more about the most common music licenses categories and types,  I would recommend Types of Music License article.

Links for MORE

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wolfiesmusicpublishing.com

artistshousemusic.org

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Hope for your HEART

So here you are pressing onwards so to say. You have created all sorts of music designed the CD’s, got tours lined up or at least some gigs even if they are just playing parties for the time being. None the less you got something going. You have a dream, a desire to share your music with the whole world, yet you do not know where to start. Perhaps you do know where to start yet you have been plugging away for it for some degree or been climbing the hill for years. THIS IS FOR YOU!!

There is this certain type of bamboo that grows deep in the heart of China and it takes like five- six years to even start to grow but when it does it grows like 90′ ft with in like 6 months! Consider the farmer who plants his crops and does everything he does and needs to for a crop to grow. He has NO idea that things will come about, yet he tries and continues to do what he does for hopes that He will eventually reap a harvest.
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You need to have the same attitude, that no matter what you will climb this mountain. You will succeed in your efforts WHAT EVER THEY MAY BE!! No matter if you are trying to get some where in business, make a name for yourself in the music business or in life. You may be trying to deal with something that has kept you down for years and you try and try only to not see anything. For all you know right after the next hill, the next day the next swing your answers will come!

I wanted to just drop you a note of encouragement and give you a little hope for your heart. You need to believe in something so why not believe for the best. It is what keeps you going? To many people failing at something over a 100 times you might begin to think something is impossible. After 150 times you might seriously doubt your sanity and question your motives, yet you would not even think perhaps of trying 200 times, well someone did they pursued with something for nearly 999 times actually on the 100th time BOOM!! the perfect filament for the light bulb was found.
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Well if your trying faint not, if your at least trying to get where you are your doing something. Never give up and never surrender, you never know who is counting on you and how you will change the world or those around you.

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Behind the music

Well here I am sitting in my studio wishing I had hair still so I could pull it out. lol I got some killer new upgrades, new gear, software that will enable me to communicate with aliens and a new droid phone. Well maybe not aliens but you get the picture. I am saying I have all these new upgrades and what not but not enough time in the day to learn everything and implement all these new procedures on top of making new music, licensing more music for certain projects and promotions and oh my the list grows.

So you say , “Mark ? What is your problem?” to which I would say …nothing but I thought I would share my drama with you guys for seems like everywhere you turn there is drama on TV, Film, at the grocery store, plus I like sharing with you guys and I enjoy what you share with me.

So, I got this new phone today in the mail my sweet heart angel got this Galaxy Samsung kick butt phone. I swear you could probably launch a satellite with it, or even use it as a can opener. at any rate I have not even scratched the surface of this thing only synced my social network to it and trying to figure everything else out. I thought it would be somewhat silly to share a bit about it and stuff like it.

We live in a generation where a few years ago we would scoff at things like that being used like, who needs cell phone when there are so many phone booths all over the place? Yes the future has come down upon us with a raging fury that would make Attila the Hun proud. In our attempt to work faster and more proficient we have added on another level of stress and added stuff to clutter out minds with the ever-growing frustration to make money to buy more stuff!

I now try to tackle the task to learn how to maneuver thru this land of Apps, shortcuts and their little buttons and social networking issues. I know in the end these things will allow me to create more and work faster and hopefully reach out more to people like yourself. I am really hoping that if I can do a few things in this life it would be to share my music with the world and try to encourage folks all around the globe that there is hope for a better day and a better future.

If you have any ideas , websites, personal helps that you have found in your endeavors to gain understanding with your phone apps or your social networking why not share with every one here, perhaps you will share some wisdom to us folks who are trying not to turn the thing off by sending an email. Remember to smile it is contagious.

Rock on!
Mark Allan Wolfe
mark@markallanwolfe.com
www.markallanwolfe.com

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New songs update

Thought I would like to add to your day another announcement that I have some great new songs available for FREE download!! Either at my homepage www.markallanwolfe.com or linkedin.com/markallanwolfe
songs called,”sometimes”;”All the way”; and “in your arms” Give them a listen you maybe surprised.

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