In this video interview, instructor Mike King talks with Tony van Veen, CEO and president of AVL Digital Group (the parent company of CD Baby), about where the music industry is headed for independent musicians, with a special focus on online distribution, physical sales, and music publishing.
When a songwriter creates a piece of original music, they own the copyright to that composition — meaning they have certain rights in determining when and how that music is “copied” and exploited (recorded, licensed, etc.).
If you’re a songwriter, you own the copyright to your own tunes the instant that music is fixed in a permanent format (on CD, as sheet music, etc.). And you’re also owed a royalty whenever your music is sold, performed in public, played on radio or TV, licensed for usage in a film, etc.
Are you curious how long you and your estate will be able to own the copyright for one of your original songs? Want to know how long you have to wait before you can record your own version of an unreleased tune written by someone else working under a pseudonym? How about the copyright to another writer’s work published abroad before 1978?
Cornell University has put together a document to answer all these questions, and many more you never even thought to ask. Check out “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States.” It’s kinda fun.
30% of CD Baby’s annual music sales take place during the last 6 weeks of the year. That’s a whole lot of CDs, vinyl, and downloads being purchased by fans of independent artists around the world.
Black Friday (that crazy shopping day after Thanksgiving) is only a week and a half away, and we want to make sure your sales go up throughout the holidays too. Are you ready to capture the most music sales this season?
You don’t have to spend hours getting prepared. Just follow the steps on this simple checklist.
6 things you can do in under an hour to boost your music sales this holiday season
Get FREE advertising for your band’s YouTube channel with Fan Finder
YouTube is one of the best places to showcase your music, make new fans, and earn money from the usage of your songs. Now YouTube is giving you the opportunity to drive more viewers to your band’s YouTube channel — for free!
With Fan Finder, you can create an ad for your channel and YouTube will do targeted promotion for you, showing the ad to users they think will like your music videos.
[This article was written by guest contributor Budi Voogt, and it originally appeared on his website at BudiVoogt.com.]
Just about a year ago, I started doing this music thing professionally, and launched my first company.
I was 20 years old, overly enthusiastic and had absolutely no clue what I was getting myself in to. Together with a partner, we founded artist management agency Heroes Management. We started out with two acts, and were absolutely dead certain that they’d make it big in no-time. And that we would be able to make that happen… easily.
Oh boy, were we wrong.
A guest-blogging action plan for more effective music promotion
[This is a guest article by Ben Sword, head coach at Music Marketing Classroom.]
Chances are that if you’ve ever dabbled in the wonderful world of online music marketing you might have set up a blog at some point.
After playing with the fonts and colours for 7 hours (or was that just me?) you got to work eagerly bashing away at the keyboard week after week until finally that sinking feeling hit you like a sucker punch from Grandma…
“Hot Dang’ …Nobody is reading my Shizzle!”
Kinda feels like playing the best show of your life with only the bar staff watching! Not Cool.
But why the radio silence?
[This article was written by guest contributor Dmitri Vietze, CEO/founder of StoryAmp.com, and publicist of 16 years.]
You spent a big investment of dollars and time, took all of your learnings from rehearsals and performing on stage, absorbed everything you could from your mentors and inspirations and produced the best recording of your career. Maybe you even borrowed money from friends and friends, or maxed out your credit card to master and manufacture albums. All of your hopes and dreams were wrapped up in your last record. But for the life of you — you couldn’t get it reviewed by the press or blogs, couldn’t get it on the radio.
One memorable way to reach new fans at the end of the year is to record and release a holiday single.
But you already knew that, didn’t you?
If you’ve ever recorded your own version of a holiday classic or written a brand new holiday original, ’tis the season to share it with the CD Baby community.
Let’s turn the comments section into the ultimate independent holiday music playlist!
Leave a link below to your holiday song on CD Baby, SoundCloud, YouTube, BandCamp, Spotify, Vimeo, etc.
Pop Punk duo earns 5 figures from their music on YouTube
CD Baby artists TeraBrite have built up quite the following by creating a steady stream of Pop Punk music videos and customized vlog intros.
They’re earning serious income from YouTube too — as well as driving significant merch and music sales from their video activity.
So, how does a video-savvy band with quick music production skills find an audience on YouTube? I thought I’d ask TeraBrite…
An interview with TeraBrite about the role of YouTube in their music career
1. So, let’s hear about the basics first. Tell us about TeraBrite. What’s your music like? Where are you from? Why did you get together to make music?
We call ourselves the “Two Piece Band Living in YouTube Land” due to the fact that there are only two of us creating the music of an entire band, and everything we do ends up on YouTube in some way.