Independent music

  1. Inside YouTube's Controversial Contract with Indies

    June 20, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Billboard has obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. The devil is in the numbers, but also in the overall strategy. Even though YouTube is said to be offering lower r ...

  2. Artist Development: Musicians Are Now in Control (Guest Post)

    April 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Steve Rennie is president of REN Management and host of Renman Music & Business. In addition to having managed  Incubus, Primal Scream and The The, Rennie was a founding member of ArtistDirect and SVP and GM of Epic Records where he worked wit ...

  3. Warner Music Begins Auctioning Off Assets to Indies Following Parlophone Acquisition

    March 03, 2014 12:55 PM EST The Warner Music Group has begun the process of divesting of some of its artist and catalog holdings to accommodate a deal it made with indie trade organizations Impala and Merlin when it acquired Parlophone Records last February, according t ...

  4. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  5. How Five Indie Labels Are Trying to Change The Major Distribution Game

    May 31, 2013 1:46 PM EDT This story on five independent labels working together to create autonomous deals with major distributors is from the latest issue of Billboard (June 8, 2013). The book also includes a cover story on J. Cole and the follow-up to his album ...

  6. Op-Ed: We Wouldn't Mind Getting Less Money From Pandora and Spotify, Indie Musician Says

    February 13, 2013 10:27 AM EST My name is Patrick Laird and I am an independent musician with Break of Reality, an American cello rock band. Recent articles in national newspapers and magazines have focused on how working musicians are being underpaid by Internet radio compa ...

  7. The MUSIC Act Aims to Help Independent Labels in U.S.

    December 12, 2012 7:45 PM EST Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for U.S. independent music labels to access the global marketplace. The Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act aims to help small label ...

  8. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  9. A2IM's Indie Week Day One: U.S.'s Shrinking World Market Share, YouTube Helps Indies, Playing China

    June 20, 2012 9:21 AM EDT A2IM's Exporting to the Emerging Music Market in China Panel: Moderator Robert Singerman, on the far right with (from left), Laura Devine Attorney's lawyer Anastasia Tonello, China Audio-Video Assn. Secretary general Ju Wang; Shanghai Sy ...

  10. SoundExchange Top $1 Billion in Total Payouts, Surpasses $100 Million in Q1

    June 18, 2012 11:28 AM EDT SoundExchange announced Monday it has paid out $1 billion in digital performance royalties to record labels and recently topped $100 million in a single quarter for the first time. The organization paid out $108.6 million in the first quarter of 2 ...

  11. In Their Own Words: Quotes From Reps of Pandora, NARAS, RIAA, NAB's Testimony at House Radio Hearings

    June 07, 2012 5:30 PM EDT A day after Clear Channel brokered a deal with Big Machine to pay sound recording performance royalties, music execs and interest group reps gathered on Capitol Hill to offer their testimony at a Congressional hearing entitled the "Future of ...

  12. Exclusive: Clear Channel, Big Machine Strike Deal to Pay Sound-Recording Performance Royalties To Label, Artists

    June 05, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In an unprecedented deal, Clear Channel, the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, has agreed to pay sound-recording performance royalties to Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group and its artists. The sound recording performance royalty - ...

  13. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  14. Business Matters: Why Spotify Royalties Are Greater Than Radio Royalties

    December 27, 2011 4:48 PM EST Why Spotify Royalties Are Bigger Than Radio Royalties -- Because of its large audience, radio is a more valuable revenue stream than on-demand subscription services. But when compared a revenue-per-listen basis, Spotify royalties exceed those paid ...

  15. Impala, Buma/Stemra Partner On First European Mechanical Rights Licensing Portal

    November 28, 2011 8:36 AM EST The first ever one-stop online shop for mechanical rights licensing in Europe has been established, following a ground breaking deal between Impala, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, and Dutch collecting society Buma/Stem ...

  16. YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers

    November 17, 2011 6:11 PM EST The independent music publisher agreement with YouTube first reported in August is finally ready to be implemented, according to the National Music Publishers' Association. Advance payments are expected to follow shortly. In anticipation of p ...

  17. YouTube With New Deals Expanding as Music Destination

    October 20, 2011 8:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- YouTube has been very good to bedroom singers, who have found a quick path to fame, and major labels, which have benefited from some of the largest digital audiences for their top music videos. But the middle tier - hundreds of in ...

  18. How Three Indie Labels Took Over A Failing Independent Record Collective's Distribution

    September 19, 2011 8:26 AM EDT When the owner of their indie distributor turned out to be missing in action, three indie labels took the unprecedented steps of taking over the company. As part of that move, boutique distributor, Independent Record Collective in Richmond, VA., w ...

  19. Guest Post: Artist Revenue Stream Survey -- The Importance of Being Data, by John Simson

    September 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from John Simson, former executive director of SoundExchange now operating as an independent consultant for the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Stream project . As revenue diversification is seen as t ...

  20. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  21. BPI Establishes Fund for Indie Labels Impacted By London Riots

    August 15, 2011 11:32 AM EDT U.K. music trade body the BPI has set up a fund to help indie labels affected by last week's fire at the Sony DADC distribution centre in Enfield, London. More than £100,000 ($163,350) is to be made available to U.K. imprints that lost stock ...

  22. Support Fund Established for Labels Affected By Sony Warehouse Fire

    August 12, 2011 9:55 AM EDT The U.K.'s indie sector is pulling together to help support labels devastated by the August 8 Sony DADC warehouse fire, which saw 25 million discs destroyed . A support fund has been established by AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for t ...

  23. LabelLove Campaign Launched to Raise Money for Labels Affected by Sony Warehouse Fire

    August 10, 2011 7:40 AM EDT A campaign has been initiated to raise money for the labels that were affected by the fire that destroyed Sony's distribution center in London Monday night, according to The Guardian . The LabelLove website allows fans to donate money to the ...

  24. Billboard Q&A: Mike Davis

    July 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Mike Davis joined Atlanta-based one-stop Justin Entertainment as a sales representative in 1989, he had a pretty limited view of the music business. "Back then," he recalls, "I thought the scope of the music industry consiste ...

  25. Merlin Sues LimeWire, Seeking at Least $5 Million

    July 15, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Merlin has filed a lawsuit against LimeWire, charging that the shuttered peer-to-peer software company has failed to fulfill an agreement to reach a settlement with the indie international music rights group. It is seeking at least $5 million. Ear ...

  26. U.K.'s AIM Announces Inaugural Independent Music Awards for November

    July 04, 2011 9:00 AM EDT The Fourth of July might celebrate the United States' liberation from its original U.K. masters, but Independence Day today sees the unveiling of the AIM Independent Music Awards, the first-ever dedicated ceremony hailing the U.K. indies sect ...

  27. Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM, Answers Six Questions

    June 22, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music is holding its sixth annual Indie Week, June 20-23, with labels flying into New York to participate in educational seminars and good-old fashion brain-storming sessions. The not-for profit trade organi ...

  28. Apple Signs Deal With Universal Music Group for iCloud, Major Publishers Also on Board

    June 02, 2011 5:25 PM EDT As expected, Apple has signed the fourth major label -- Universal Music Group -- to a licensing deal for its new iCloud service , which is scheduled to be unveiled on Monday at its Worldwide Developer Conference, sources told Billboard today. At t ...

  29. Merlin Boasts Indie Labels' Digital Stats in Bid for Equal Terms

    May 23, 2011 1:19 PM EDT Among all the talk about the major label deals struck-and not struck-for cloud music services from Apple, Amazon and Google, it's easy to forget where the indie labels stand in all this. Typically, independent labels are the "easier" ...

  30. Cooking Vinyl Signs Mult-Million Dollar Venture Capital Deal

    May 17, 2011 11:20 AM EDT London-based Cooking Vinyl Group, one of Europe's leading independent music companies, has clinched a multi-million dollar funding deal with Icebreaker, a U.K. venture-capital company. Cooking Vinyl will use the cash to finance the production ...

  31. Thoughts From 51 Hours In SF: @iTunes, @Google and Angry Little Clouds

    May 11, 2011 7:56 PM EDT You didnt have to read between the lines to hear the frustration on the part of Google execs when they launched their locker on Monday but were unable to launch a proper Google Music service with major label licenses. Top Googlers including Zahava ...

  32. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  33. Guest Blogger: Jay Frank on Breaking the Digital Oligopoly

    March 30, 2011 8:27 AM EDT (This was originally posted by Jay Frank ( @repojay ) at his blog, FutureHit.DNA . Jay is SVP of Music Strategy for CMT, author of the book Futurehit.DNA and a member of Billboard's Twitter 140 list of the most influential music industry blog ...

  34. Harry Fox Agency, Songtrust Cut Adminstrative Deal

    March 30, 2011 7:30 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and Songtrust, Downtown Music's publishing administration service for indie artists, have cut a deal whereby HFA will supply back-office support for the collection and distribution of royalties. What's more, th ...

  35. A2IM Disputes Billboard/SoundScan's Label Market-Share Methodology -- What Do You Think?

    March 03, 2011 12:08 PM EST (Following is an op-ed article from American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, in which he outlines the organization's disagreement with the methodology that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan use to calculate label marke ...

  36. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  37. Labels United In Battle With Italian Radio

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's record labels have decided to present a united front in the current showdown with the 10 national radio networks that stopped broadcasting new records two weeks ago. This morning (May 24) in Milan, all four CEOs of the country's ...

  38. Op-Ed: Equal Access

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Charles Caldas, CEO of indie rights agency Merlin In order for the digital music market to fully offset the impact of plunging CD sales, consumers need to have access to a diverse, compelling and comprehensive range of legal opportunities to acces ...

  39. Kontor New Media Partners With RightsFlow

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Kontor New Media, a European digital distributor of independent music and movies, has cut a deal that allows its distributed lines to use New York-based RightsFlow for mechanical licensing, accounting and royalty payment services. By offering labe ...

  40. MySpace, Merlin Standoff Ends

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music and independent music aggregator Merlin buried the hatchet with a deal that adds the company's roster of independent labels to the online streaming music service. While financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed, th ...

  41. Nine Lessons From Next Big Nashville

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The fourth annual Next Big Nashville conference and music festival gathered some of music's most forward-thinking professionals to discuss the current state of the industry and how they are building new strategies. Three of the Thursday (Oct. ...

  42. NMPA, Major Labels Sign On Terms Of Agreement

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. and the four majors-with Recording Industry Assn of America acting on their behalf-have signed a terms of agreement sheet that will result in better business practices being enacted to ensure prompter mechanical ...

  43. Analysis: How Much $ Is In The Middle?

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New music venture Polyphonic, the creation of music industry veterans Brian Message, Adam Driscoll and Terry McBride, aims to re-write the artist contract and blaze a new trail in the music business based on a model of less risk and more modest po ...

  44. TuneCore, UMG Ink Services Deal

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TuneCore has struck a wide-ranging deal with Universal Music Group to deliver major-label marketing services to its DIY indie clients. Under the deal, UMG labels will resell TuneCore's digital distribution services, and add their own marketin ...

  45. Harvard Paper on P2P Flawed But Worth Reading

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two Harvard Business School economists tackled the effects of digital piracy in a new working paper titled “File-Sharing and Copyright” (download the PDF here ). In the paper, Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf address the impact file-sharin ...

  46. Dynasty Expands To Canada

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST American indie record label and distributor, Dynasty Records, has launched a Canadian division, the company announced today. The company, which was operated in the U.S. for two decades says it will offer Canadian artists "unprecedented access ...

  47. Pinnacle Collapse A 'Nightmare' For Indies

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent labels' representatives have consulted a lawyer through trade body AIM after independent distribution company Pinnacle went into administration on Dec. 3, roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Around 60 labe ...

  48. Muxtape Founder Reveals Majors’ Mixed Messages

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The founder of the on-indefinite-hiatus music search engine Muxtape posted the saga of his licensing negotiations with the major labels on the front-page of the service’s still-defunct site (http://muxtape.com). Far from being some anti-label miss ...

  49. Updated: MySpace Music Launch 'Unhealthy,' Says Merlin... Not So Says Orchard, MySpace

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent labels, has described the launch of MySpace Music without its members' repertoire as "incredibly disappointing." However, the London-based trade association says it remains in negotiati ...

  50. Editorial: Indies Are Well-Positioned In Today's Business

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Now is the time for independent music labels and their artists. As music goes digital, economic and traditional radio and retail barriers to entry become less important due to this economy shift, and the opportunity for independent labels to thriv ...

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