Music Law 101: What Rights Does A Copyright Owner Have?

So you’ve already written and recorded a song and determined who owns it, but now what can you as an owner do with it? What rights in the song do you have, that no one else does?

The owner of the copyright in a work has certain exclusive rights in that work, rights that no one else but the owner has, including the rights to:

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Want Decent Band Photos? Don’t Do This

Photography has nothing to do with music, but the pictures that represent you or your band are hugely important. Imagery, along with the written narrative you use to describe the story behind your music (your bio) is an integral part of getting people interested in your project. But while solid and engaging band photos can help draw in the attention of potential listeners, poorly executed pictures can do just the opposite. Here are some things you’ll want to avoid while taking band photos:

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Basic Ableton Live Tips: Part 1

Ableton Live has become one of the most powerful Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) on the market today. Although it was designed primarily for live performance, it’s become a studio favorite. Originally built for DJs and electronic musicians, it still has enough audio capabilities to compete with other big-name DAWs. We’re introducing a new video series teaching basic Ableton tips and tricks so you can get started in Ableton Live today.

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4 Ways To Make Your Next Album Release A Success

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gearing up to release a new album. All the adrenaline, excitement, and anticipation of the last several months coming to fruition—it can be tempting to just release it on a whim, eager to get it out to the world.

I hate to break it to you, but unless you’re Beyoncé or Taylor Swift, you can’t just drop an album with no notice or hype and expect press, fans, and opportunities to find you. You’ve got to put a little planning into it! While that might seem daunting at first, it’s not only a necessary part of a successful album release, but it can be pretty fun too. Here’s how to plan for your next release, and make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.

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4 Lyrical Cliches To Avoid

Unless the music you make is purely instrumental, the tone, felling, and narrative of the lyrical content in your songs is most likely going to be an important part of your musical identity. Depending on the kind of music you make, you might not think lyrics are all that important, but you’d be wrong. Yes, music speaks when words fail, but the stories portrayed in music often do a great deal as far as reaching out and relating to an audience. Approach lyrics with honesty, thoughtfulness, and poetic potency, and you’ll have a proven way to inspire real emotion and understanding from a listener. But all too often, songwriters rely on cliches to help tell the stories in their songs. Here are four lyrical cliches to avoid:

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Why You Shouldn’t Rely On Crowdfunding For All Of Your Releases

Crowdfunding is an excellent way to promote new music and to help fund it at the same time. Platforms designed to reach friends, family and fans make it easy for artists to reach out to their community and ask for their help in turning a musical vision into a reality. But while crowdfunding has no doubt now helped countless musicians create and release music, it’s a bad idea to rely on it every time you decide to put out new music. Here are a couple of reasons why:

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4 Bad Touring Scenarios To Avoid

If you’re at all serious about trying to pursue a meaningful career in music, you most likely already know how important it is to tour and build connections on the road. Unless you’re remarkably lucky, fans and the music industry alike won’t start to take you seriously until you’ve spent a considerable amount of time performing outside of your hometown. But while touring is hugely important, it doesn’t mean that you should say yes to every touring opportunity. Here are four horrible touring scenarios you should absolutely avoid:

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Artist Interview: How Skrizzy Got Signed To Radar Live

Skrizzy is a hip hop artist from L.A., who coined his own genre of music called Trill and B. He started performing and recording music at the age of 14.

Skrizzy recently signed to Radar Live (who’ve worked with artists such as Buju Banton, Gucci Mane, FreeBandz, and more) through one of our opportunities.

Check out the interview below where he talks about the struggles he faced as a DIY artist, how he generated buzz and got his name out there, and much more.

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