The music industry
This section aims to cover the inside-track of the music industry: Careers in music, music copyright, how to break into the music industry and other miscellaneous insider information that might be useful for you fame-thirsty musicians... gawd help ya!
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"90 per cent. of musicians are not millionaires—they earn about £15,000 a year from their royalties."
Michael Connarty - Labour MP, Falkirk East.
40,000 musicians and 3,500 record labels (that number seems large to me) have apparently signed a petition to increase the length of time copyright exists on their art... and by extension, of course, the duration royalties are paid.
I'm glad I found this - I read it a while back but lost the URL - If you're seriously looking to get signed to a label, then you owe it to yourself to read carefully.
These A&R guys are not allowed to write contracts. What they do is present the band with a letter of intent, or "deal memo," which loosely states some terms, and affirms that the band will sign with the label once a contract has been agreed on. The spookiest thing about this harmless sounding little memo, is that it is, for all legal purposes, a binding document.
The Music Industry Landscape Today
Let's first look at the recent numbers to come out (in chronological order)...
Your Record Label - Help? Or Hindrance?
If you're a record company executive, the future doesn't appear to be looking too great at the moment. More appropriately (perhaps), if you're an aspiring up-and-coming artist looking to be signed to a record label that still doggedly holds onto the Digital Rights Management (
Podcasting, in case you didn't know, is now experiencing explosive growth across the internet... and where there's entertainment, there's cash!
I used to make jingles for 2 or 3 online radio shows a few years back but it was more for fun than anything else. However, over the last few months or so I've been getting enquiries - completely out-of-the-blue - from people who remembered I used to do it back in the day. These people are either in the process of starting their own podcasts, or have begun already and realise they need some flash-whizz-bang intro with their name and show-ident thrown-in.
Struggling for ideas on how to enter the music industry? Think laterally! That's what Chef Jeff and partners did when they launched AdultIndustryMusic.com - yes, music for porn movies!
Read exactly how they got started including the costs, equipment and recording processes involved.