Next year, a time bomb embedded in the Copyright Act of 1976 starts to detonate, as valuable copyrights fall back into the hands of artists who decide that they would prefer to own their songs, rather than allowing their label and publisher to keep selling them… read more
Are you a musician, visual artist, dancer, actor, filmmaker or other artist living in the Chicago area?
Are you interested in making $50?
If you answered YES to both questions, we invite you to participate in a focus group on Wednesday, Feb 29 about artists and health insurance. The meeting will be 90 minutes long and held at a Metro-accessible location in the Chicago area.
Email artistfocusgroup [at] reingold [dot] com (subject: Chicago%20focus%20group) or call 202-333-0400 and ask for Jillian to find out how you can get involved!
Please share widely with your artist friends. We want to hear from a diverse range of Chicago area artists.
A "second bite at the apple" for musicians and songwriters
FMC and Adam Holofcener
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Right to Terminate: a Musicians’ Guide to Copyright Reversion[i]
Unlike most countries, the United States copyright law provides musicians and songwriters an opportunity to regain ownership of works that they transferred to outside entities, such as record labels and music publishers. Congress established this “second bite at the apple” for authors of creative works after a period of 35 years. “Termination of transfer” is not automatic, however, and there are certain steps creators must take to regain the rights to their works. This guide aims to shed more light on the process for the benefit of musicians and songwriters who are eligible to reclaim ownership of their creations. read more
Remember when we told you about that ambitious, groundbreaking survey on musicians’ revenue streams? Well, we’ve got all the data, and we’re now in the process of making it available via unique presentations that highlight specific areas of our research. Through ths ongoing effort, we hope to shed light on the large, diverse, and specialized group of folks that are musicians. read more
The issue of musician compensation is so important and complex that we could write volumes about it. Although artists face tremendous challenges earning a living, there is an ever-expanding array of revenue streams to take into account when considering how artists make money. read more
Neil Young simply ran away with the news cycle this week. You’d think he was Kim Dotcom, what with all the hullabaloo.
By now, you’ve probably heard the comments from Mr. Young — the occasionally affable and always Canadian singer-songwriter — about how “piracy is the new radio.” His remarks came during AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media Conference on January 31, and have been bouncing around the interwebs at incredible velocity ever since. read more
If you’ve ever looked at who gets paid (and how) in the digital music space, you may have walked away dizzy. The two copyrights in music — sound recording and composition — wend their way through the marketplace in lots of curious ways. For us, the most important thing is how money gets back to the actual muscians and songwriters. read more
When MIDEM convenes in Cannes Jan. 28-31, the event will once again draw participants from more corners of the globe than any other music business conference. In 2011, more than 6,800 participants from 77 countries and 3,120 companies participated in MIDEM, which is now in its 46th year.
How can one get a grasp on the numerous offerings at MIDEM?
For starters, Billboard offers this guide to 12 points to watch at MIDEM in 2012, from a trans-Atlantic perspective, as compiled by senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples in the United States and contributor Richard Smirke in the United Kingdom…