Court Approves $43.4M Spotify Artists Compensation Fund Settling Class Action Lawsuit

The court has approved the settlement of combined class action lawsuits originally brought against Spotify for copyright infringement by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The settlement guarantees an artist compensation of $43.4million plus future royalties. The full settlement totals $112.55 million, including legal fees. The ruling came despite objections…

Beginner’s Guide To Launching Social Media Ads

If you’re trying to market an upcoming release or tour via social media, and your carefully crafted posts seem to be going unnoticed, don’t give up hope! Here we look at how you can make paid social media ads work for you and your band. __________________________ Guest post by Dana…

FREE Webinar: Ask A Booking Agent

A booking agent is one of the most important members of a successful artist’s team. But what exactly does a booking agent do? And how do you find one? Next week, I’m joining the fine folks at Bandzoogle for a free webinar to answer these questions and much more. _____________________…

YouTube Music Is Rolling Out Now

YouTube’s long promised new entry into the subscription music streaming wars, YouTube Music, is live. About Noon ET today, Google announced that they had started rolling out early access to the new service in the US, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. We have access and will be taking…

ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Music Modernization Act Database  –  Landmark Or Landmine?

As the Music Modernization Act has moves through congress, controversy continues to persist surrounding the actual impact it will have on the creators, producers, and performers in the music industry, particularly with regard to the database creation built into bill. ________________________ Op-Ed by Christy Cowl of ProMusicDB From what we…

R. Kelly Streams Increase After Spotify Ban

A week after Spotify made R. Kelly the poster boy for its “Hate Content and Hurtful Conduct” policy, total streams of his music actually went up slightly. Last week, Spotify removed the R&B singer’s music from its official playlists, citing its new policy. Before Spotify’s May 10th announcement, R. Kelly…

Amuse Raises $15.5M For Next Gen. Record Label, Free Music Distribution

[UPDATED] Next-generation record label and music distributor Amuse has raised a $15.5 million Series A round co-led by Lakestar and Raine.The company was founded in Stockholm by execs from Spotify, Universal Music and Warner Music. Using Amuse, artists can distribute their music for free to major services including Apple Music,…

How To Critique Creative Work With A Growth Mindset

In this post by music tech educator Ethan Hein, he dissects the process of critiquing creative work, the challenge presented therein, and how using a growth mindset can make the assessment more fair and constructive. __________________________ Guest post Ethan Hein from Soundfly’s Flypaper I’m in the process of doing some…

How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 4]

In this fourth of a five part series, Justina Grayman looks back on her successes (and failures) running a successful crowdfunding campaign, and outlines what others considering embarking on a similar journey should keep in mind. ___________________________ Guest post by Justina Grayman for Dotted Music This series was originally published…

TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platform

TuneGO, a data driven music A&R startup has completed a Series B financing totaling more than $7.7 million. Private equity firm Falcon Capital led the round. TuneGO will use the funds to enhance its technology platform and global infrastructure, which is already being used by many leading music and entertainment…