Music Publishing Tips


Digital Distribution Tips

Written November 4th, 2013 by
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Digital Distribution Tips

 

Digital Distribution is at the heart of marketing your hit single or CD. It is today’s publishing world, a world which focuses on digital downloads more and more every day, Record Stores have been replaced by Online Music Stores such as iTunes & radio stations are seeing competition from Online Streaming, it is no wonder why some call it The Digital Revolution. This change has happened in a relatively short period of time, and there is no end in sight. It is now the mainstream method people shop for and acquire their favorite media. So, how will you stack up against the competition?

Creating a digital distribution plan

Creating a digital distribution plan involves several aspects and it is never easy. But here are a few tips if you are trying to market yourself online:

1) Make a great cover. Even if you are only marketing digital files, it is important to make your cover stand out. Dynamic colors, artistic designs, and a catchy name will help. Remember your cover must look great in different sizes, you have to capture the audience’s attention in the first few seconds, and an attractive cover will help.

2) Create great samples. The sample people download to hear your music will be the greatest determining factor in whether or not they choose to purchase. So make your sample a great one, and make sure it represents the CD or digital album you are trying to market in the best light.

3) Create an engaging description. The description helps sell your viewers too, similar to the way a book cover helps sell a book. Make the description draw people in with powerful wording, such as “heart-felt” or “soulful” when talking about your songs. Songs are about emotions and feelings, as well as thoughts. Connect with your buyers with engaging words in your description.

4) Market to multiple platforms. Of course, you need to be on the mobile platform since so many people are using mobile technology now. But also consider the importance of marketing to multiple platforms, such as iOS, Google Play Music, and Amazon Music, to name a few.

5) Use the power of social Media. Social media is your best friend, now more than ever before you can leverage your fan base by using social media to share news about your upcoming releases, preview your content, etc.

There are many other aspects to creating a winning combination when you are creating a digital distribution plan. Apply the above techniques to get started promoting yourself. But, if you are serious about making it all the way, consider a consultation from professionals who know the music industry.

Here at CD Depot Stores we offer a wide range of services for Artists & the Music Business in general from conventional services like CD & DVD Duplication, Graphic Design and CD & DVD Replication to cutting edge services such as Digital Distribution, Music Publishing & Digital Neighboring Rights. so visit us at CD Depot Stores or check out our friends at InnerCat Music Group We can help you decide what types of media will best serve your digital distribution plan, and where to market for the maximum result.

Publishing Administrator

Written September 30th, 2013 by
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Publishing Administrator

As a songwriter, you should be spending your time doing what you are great at, and that is writing music. Let a professional handle your business needs. Assigning the copyrighting of your song to a publishing administrator will make life in the music industry much easier for you.

When you sign a deal with a publisher they are obligated to:

find song users.
issue licenses to song users.
collect money.
pay you (the writer).

A Business Professional Worth Having

 

Usually the publisher splits all the income 50/50 with the writer, unless it is the profits from your sheet music and performances. The half that the publisher keeps covers their profit, office staff, etc. In the music industry this is known as the publisher’s share; and the money you collect is, of course, called the writer’s share.

CD Depot Stores working in tandem with InnerCat Music Group can save you a lot of money as  an independent publisher we have enough room, to act solely on your behalf, without the overhead the huge staff and bureaucracy that only will eat your profits, therefore preventing your work from being lost in a huge shuffle (unlike a major publishing company). Instead of getting wrapped up in the workings of a major label, deal with an independent Publishing Administrator like InnerCat Music Group we have the knowledge and the ability to cater to you, the songwriter/artist.

CD Depot Stores offers a wide range of services for Artists & the Music Business in general. Services like CD & DVD Duplication, Graphic Design and CD & DVD Replication, to name a few, are key for new and established artists alike but we also offer services such as Copyright Registration, Digital Distribution and Music Publishing.

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Copyright Vs Neighboring Rights

Written September 13th, 2013 by
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Copyrights vs. Neighboring Rights

The Music Industry can be very complex, it is not just about talent & booking gigs, making records & writing songs, there are many areas that escape an artist’s grasp and require specific knowledge, one of this areas is Copyright. When music is streamed or played, that generates a profit and royalties for the composer or copyright owner & the publisher but it also generates what is called neighboring rights for the artist performing, the owner of the master & the record company.

 

Copyright vs. Neighboring Rights

 

Copyright pertains to the intellectual right of the owner of something, which in music is the song writer or composer and the publisher. While the featured artists are getting the exposure to the public through live performances, radio, etc the song writers remain in the background but they also get paid through the copyright royalty. For every stream or play of that song, they get paid with that royalty so they end up cashing in over time.

 

Neighboring rights is somewhat more recent and protect the rights of the artists who actually performed the song. Whether the rendition gets played locally or abroad, it definitely generates profit and thus a portion of such income should be paid to the right people including the artist. Sadly, this is usually difficult to track or is just neglected on the part of the artist. Luckily, Innercat Music Group is here to help.

 

CD Depot Stores offers a wide range of services for Artists & the Music Business in general. Services like CD & DVD Duplication, Graphic Design and CD & DVD Replication, to name a few, are key for new and established artists alike but we also offer services such as Copyright Registration, Digital Distribution and Music Publishing.  Please if you have any questions just contact CD Depot Stores or our friends at InnerCat Music Group. We can help sort through copyright registration, filings with the PROs, negotiation of licensing, royalties collection, and the full gamut of publishing administration.

Multi-Channel Networks (MCN) and Your Music

Written August 27th, 2013 by
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MCN Networks

Music Publishing rights are no joke. No one knows this better than Fullscreen Inc, which operates thousands of YouTube channels. Fullscreen Inc. channels and videos, which feature tracks from both prominent and up-and-coming artists, pull in roughly 200 million subscribers and 2.5 billion views per month.

A group of music publishers, including Warner/Chappell Music Inc and National Music Publisher’s Association’s (NMPA), filed a complaint August 6, alleging that Fullscreen has pulled in advertising revenue from the videos without paying royalties to the songwriters and publishers behind the music. Some, such as the NMPA’s president and CEO, David Israelite, feel copyright infringement and unlicensed use of music is an epidemic among the multi-channel network (MCN) industry that needs to be corrected.

Matt Pincus, Chief Executive of SONGS Music Publishing, in an op-ed written for Billboard in March 2013, wrote “I’ve heard the media refer to MCNs as the next Cable Television. That could spell trouble. Cable TV pays millions to songwriters and music publishers every year. MCNs? Virtually nothing.”

YouTube does have direct licensing agreements with many music publishers to pay royalties from cover versions of songs; however MCNs like Fullscreen are part of a special YouTube Partner Program which makes them ineligible for coverage under those agreements.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find out if an MCN is using your work without proper licensing. YouTube’s Content Management System, which tracks content on YouTube, does not mark MCN productions. Although other technologies in place at YouTube may pick up MCN videos, findings are not disclosed to those who hold the rights to the content. Really, the only way to figure out if your music has been used illegally by an MCN is to conduct a manual search by individual video. Even then, it’s likely only to come up if the name of a song is in the title of a video.

Protecting your publishing rights is important to us; and we know it’s important to you. CD Depot Stores offers a wide range of services for Artists & the Music Business in general. Services like CD & DVD Duplication, Graphic Design and CD & DVD Replication, to name a few, are key for new and established artists alike but we also offer services such as Copyright Registration, Digital Distribution and Music Publishing.  Please if you have any questions just contact CD Depot Stores. We can help sort through copyright registration, filings with the PROs, negotiation of licensing, royalties collection, and the full gamut of publishing administration.