February 22nd, 2013
How to market yourself – You’re not Kanye
There is a big different when it comes down to how to market yourself if you are one of those established artists over being a new band. Too many of the new bands look to established artists as a benchmark and a template when it comes down to how to market yourself online. Unfortunately, many of these new bands don’t realize that those online posts from established artists that have millions of followers all too often are not going to be as productive or effective for the new band.
BUT WAIT… there’s more!
Read the full article and watch the video here! –> http://www.lorenweisman.com/2013/02/13/how-to-market-yourself/
Passing on some great information By Boomy Tokan
Merely going to an accountant to set up a business structure without prior knowledge can land someone in an amount of trouble and sometimes even loss of money.Let’s explore the three main types or structures briefly:
A Sole Trader is a business structure that provides no separate legal entity from the person and such an individual is personally liable for any debts and losses the business may incur.
A Partnership is a business structure that occurs when two or more people get together to run a business. It is not necessary that all the partners are actively involved in running the business. But like Sole traders, partners have unlimited liability. Partners are liable in law for each other’s actions. Read the rest of this entry »
August 24th, 2010
By Range Producer Aaron Levinson
From their first real introduction in the early 70′s the synthesizer has played a unique role in popular music. From the pioneering work of groups like Can and Kraftwerk on the Krautrock side to the slippery funk of Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder, the synth has had its ups and downs. Some years it’s all over stuff and then for some reason it goes into the musical witness relocation program. I think it is safe to say that today it has come out of hiding again and is back with a vengeance. Like any weapon, it can be used responsibly or it can be misused with tragic consequences for all involved.
In part this rise and fall can be located in what kind of synthesis we are talking about. When they first came into prominence the reigning design model was multi-oscillator analog synthesis with names like Moog and Arp dominating the landscape. Further down the road various other designers and manufacturers got on board and those quirky sounds give way to the dreaded digital synthesis of the 80′s and the emergence of Yamaha and the ubiquitous DX-7. The DX-7 is the kind of beast that can give any instrument a bad rep for years to come. That is exactly what happened. The cheese factor of digital synthesis was so insanely high that it basically broke the cheese-o-meter in half. Read the rest of this entry »
May 7th, 2010
Create, Consult, Control
News & commentary on intellectual property issues.
Got more questions about protecting your music? Connect with Steven O’Donnell on his SeeJoeRock.com profile: www.seejoerock.com/AttorneySteve
February 8th, 2010
Whether you pursue the label route or self-release, it is important to realize that the “thing” that you create as an artist is a product, which must be protected. Your songs, music and even your image are all classified as “Intellectual Property” and qualify for a variety of legal protections to ensure that it not be stolen or misused by someone else. As an artist, it is your most important and valuable asset and it is not enough to rely on your managers, agents, or even lawyers, to protect your interests in the works you create.
Intellectual property law is complicated and nuanced, but an understanding of the fundamentals will help you be more effective in protecting your rights. Please note that the purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the intellectual property rights associated with music and the music industry in the United States. It is not intended, nor should it be used, as legal advice, but a launching ground for you to begin to learn more about your rights as a musician.
No matter where you are in your career, Intellectual Property laws, particularly Copyright law can greatly impact your art and income. Similar to a title on your car or house, a Copyright provides proof of ownership. Your songs, music and recordings qualify for Copyright protection in the United States of America as guaranteed in the Constitution.
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August 22nd, 2009
How many of you have read a resume or bio from someone in the music industry such as a studio, an engineer or a producer and run into a strange list of names. You know, “I work with This Person who worked with That Person.” While this impresses a few fans and friends, it actually makes you look worse to the industry. The name dropping doesn’t fool anyone….anyone = the people who matter. Yeah, I’m talking to you, studios and producers. Instead of just appearing strong, why not funnel that energy into actually being strong?
There is referencing that is beneficial and then there is just outright bragging. Like I said, come off strong, but let’s clearly define that. Ego, bragging and arrogance are overdone. In a way, by going over the top, instead of standing out, you are just dropping yourself in to the bag with a truck load of other mediocre studios, engineers and producers. Instead, showcase what you have really done and how you really do things. Read the rest of this entry »
March 12th, 2009
This is a post from an entertainment attorney.
Copyright Your Songs -by Hillel Frankel
Songwriters need to protect their work. You would not pitch your billion-dollar reality show to MTV without protecting it would you? Well maybe you would, but remember, when you record and send out samples of your songs they can be spread all over the world in the amount of time it takes to upload an MP3. That dude in Russia who wants that American pop sound can re-record your song and get his US partner (that he pays in petrodollars) to pay the $35 filing fee and register the song first with the US Copyright Office, and you are shit out of luck and out of a hit song. Sure you could try and sue some day when the song is a hit for Sergey Putin. Just try and get a lawyer to represent you in a copyright claim using the CD of the song you mailed to yourself via U.S. post as evidence.