Selling merchandise is one of the best ways for generating income for your band, and as a matter of fact, it may be the only source of income that you as an artist can make that you can easily control. If you are a touring act, selling merch is often times your livelihood, providing money for food, and petrol to get to the next gig.
Today we can announce the results from the online survey we ran at the beginning of June 2012. We wanted to find out from you, the musicians, areas of the industry you’d like to know more about.
We want you to set the agenda. The results from this quick survey will help us decide what we focus on. We will then publish articles based on the top ten subjects carry out interviews and Q&A’s via Facebook, Twitter & email and will also invite guest bloggers to contribute.
There has been a lot of talk recently surrounding music streaming platforms and precisely how equitable they can be for artists. A couple of weeks ago David Touve published a blog article suggesting that Spotify could be more lucrative than iTunes, Grooveshark continue to be sued by Universal Music Group for uploading unlicensed content and Spotify announce that they have reached over 2.5 million paid subscribers.
The European Commission has proposed that cross-border copyright legislation shift to a model that spans across multiple European regions. It seems to be the general consensus that EC representatives have become particularly frustrated with the copyright process.
UK Music is appealing to industry figures to help amend the 2003 Licensing Act in order to grant small capacity events exemption from acquiring entertainment licenses. Events with capacities under 5000 will no longer need to obtain licensing and therefore will facilitate and help support small and independent events.
Analysis Britain could have invented the iPod – if it wasn’t for a copyright law that everyone ignores. So says the UK government in a remarkable economic justification of the so-called “Google Review”, the Review of IP and Growth led by Ian Hargreaves. The document was written for the government by civil servants at the IPO, part of the business department BIS.
In response to today’s government announcement of a consultation on a new exception to UK copyright law which would legalise the act of making a private copy of a CD, the MU has called for a fair compensation scheme to be introduced.
We are looking for interesting stories from grassroots musicians on how you are managing your career online.