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Producing Music: Its History and the Process

By guest student writer, John Freund Music production is simply not what it used to be. Behind every great record is great production, but just what that production entails continues to grow more complex with new technology and a changing music industry. During its humble beginnings in the mid-20th century, production was extremely simple, quick, [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:03-06:00June 23rd, 2011|RIAA|Comments Off on Producing Music: Its History and the Process

Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a high-profile hearing  today on the subject of imposing additional performance royalties on so-called "over-the-air" or "terrestrial" radio stations (I'll just call them OTA's in this article).  Investigative hearings such as these are usually precursors to legislation being introduced on the subject.  Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett and Chicago-based singer-songwriter [...]

By |2007-11-13T14:27:32-06:00November 13th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Internet Law, Music Law|Comments Off on Return fire by the music industry – artists to testify before Senate

Copyright: it’s the end of the world as we know it.

Abraham Maslow’s famous “hierarchy of needs” places self-actualization as the pinnacle of human behavior.  To illustrate what the phrase "self-actualization" meant , Maslow said: “a musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.”  Of course, the thing that is important to [...]

By |2007-11-08T14:13:17-06:00November 8th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Music Law|Comments Off on Copyright: it’s the end of the world as we know it.

The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

I have often advised my clients in the past that the new direction for independent artists is what I refer to as "guerilla" marketing, meaning finding alternative means of marketing your product.  One of the most explosive methods of doing that over the past few years has been the Internet.  One of the problems with [...]

By |2007-11-07T15:43:57-06:00November 7th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”

What songwriters can do to improve their negotiating strength in an entertainment deal A very common theme among my songwriter and artist clients is the subject of how they were "ripped off" by their record label and/or music publisher (for purposes of this general publication, I'll refrain from using the actual, more vivid terms often [...]

By |2015-03-21T22:26:58-06:00March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”