Category Archives: Music Business

You Have To Spend Money To Make Money…Is It Really True?

Blanket statements…of any kind…they just drive me nuts (almost as nuts as when people say, “No, you can’t do that”).  This statement implies that if you have no money to spend, then you can never make any money.  I’m sorry, that’s just ridiculous.

Yes, if you have some kind of a budget to work with it is much easier to promote yourself/your band and it’s easier to place yourself in a position to make more money.  So, does that mean that if you don’t have a budget (that covers most of the working musicians I’ve encountered in my life) you are doomed…never to make any money?  NO, I say!  I don’t think it means that at all.   Read the rest of this entry

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Songwriters and Publishers Get Royalties…What About Performers?

Oops!  I made a slight mistake.  In paragraph 2, the new performance royalties include satellite radio, cable TV radio stations AND certain types of internet broadcasts.  Sorry about the missing info…by all means, continue reading. 🙂

Performance royalties for sound recordings…this is a fairly new concept here in the United States, even though this type of royalty has been in place in Europe just as long as standard performance royalties (the ones collected in the U.S. by standard performing rights organizations or PROs such as ASCAP and BMI).  Yeah, we can be a little slow sometimes.  In 1995, the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act (DPRA) was passed and we started to catch up a little.   Read the rest of this entry

House Concerts…A New Kind Of Tour

Well, ok, it’s not a totally new concept.  I went to one a long time ago in South Jersey when I was up for a family visit…it was ok.  I wasn’t crazy about the music (it was poorly done abstract electronic) …and there wasn’t enough seating (which made me even less crazy about the music) but it was an interesting idea to have a small concert in a house.  No one was smoking.  There were no sloppy drunk people.  Everyone was listening intently to the music.  It was kind of nice.  It was, however, not nice enough for me to remember that such a thing existed.  I had totally forgotten about house concerts until just recently when I was doing some other research.   Read the rest of this entry