Digital royalties are fees that digital radio services, such as Pandora, SiriusXM , webcasters and cable TV music channels are required by law to pay for streaming music. These royalties are paid by the services to SoundExchange, and accompanied with playlists of all the recordings played by the service provider. It is there role to take these payments, allocate the fees to the recordings according to how often each song was played, and then pay the featured artist(s) and copyright owners of those recordings. More than 90,000 artists and over 28,000 sound recording copyright owners have registered with SoundExchange. We have paid out nearly $2 billion in royalties since our first distribution.
Timing is everything when it comes to picking a release date for your indie album. There are some definite no-go times for album release - you can read more about those in When Is The Worst Time To Release an Indie Album - but about the ideal times to get your indie album out to the people?
I’ve read at least a dozen articles with people who make sweeping claims like “Don’t release in January” that quite honestly don’t have any idea what the hell they’re talking about. When you should release your album depends on A LOT of factors and there’s no simple reason why you should pick one month over another. It all has to do with what your plans are AFTER the release. Let’s take a look.
You just left the studio and recorded the final notes for your album. There’s the mixing and mastering process for your producer to take care of and the artwork for your album and any merchandise to do—but the real deal is when all of this comes together and you officially release your album at a CD release party. A lot goes into making a CD release party a successful one and it rests entirely on how well you prepare.
This article written by Christopher Knab is one that we constantly read. Musicians - you probably spend a lot of money supporting your craft every year, paying for instruments and amps, photos and photocopies, practice room space and van rentals. Wouldn't it be nice to deduct some of lose expenses on your income taxes? Maybe you can.
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